THIS IS A MESSAGE unto all mankind. Hence, let them be warned thereby, and let them know that He is the One and Only God; and let those who are endowed with insight take this to heart! 14:52
Say ye: "We believe in God (Allah), and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Him (God alone)." 2:136
The current chaotic dispute regarding the proposal to build a mosque close to the area of Ground Zero in New York has exposed some fairly unpleasant distortions and false views about the faith of true Islam. Firstly, the Twin Tower attack was not an action condoned or accepted by Islam and the mainstream body of Muslim scholars and intellectuals - this has been repeated again and again with tireless abandon (read my own contribution here). Many forget that Muslim were also victims in the atrocity, many died in the cowardly act. Are they not included amongst the souls to be mourned?
It is the greatest injustice to attribute falsehoods to the creed and beliefs of Muslims based on this atrocity. One of them being the willful disregard for the common principles we all are believers in. The undiscerning notion that Muslims would be bowing to some strange, alien Arab deity called, ‘Allah’ and that there should be no room for such ‘evil’ devotion on such ‘sacred ground’ is just too much for me to bear.
Let us just go back about this to the source of belief in God from the Qur’an itself:
Say [O Prophet]: "I am but a mortal man like all of you. It has been revealed unto me that your God is the One and Only God. Hence, whoever looks forward [with hope and awe] to meeting his Sustainer [on Judgment Day], let him do righteous deeds, and let him not ascribe unto anyone or anything a share in the worship due to his Sustainer!" 18:110
And do not argue with the followers of earlier revelation (Christians and Jews) otherwise than in a most kindly manner - unless it be such of them as are bent on evildoing and say: “We believe in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, as well as that which has been bestowed upon you: or our God and your God is One and the same, and it is unto Him that we [all] surrender ourselves.” 29:46
In fact, I personally came to embrace Islam (in 1977) when I discovered this. The name of ‘Allah’ is the etymological name of God in the Semitic languages. If you pick up a Bible in Lebanon or Jordan or Egypt, you will see God referred to by this Divine name. The Qur’an blew me away with statement after statement about the One and Only Creator who controls and Sustains the universe we all live and exist in
Such is God (Allah), your Sustainer: there is no deity save Him, the Creator of everything: worship, then, Him alone -for it is He who has everything in His care. 6:102
Indeed, We sent forth Noah unto his people, and he said: "O my people! Worship God alone: you have no deity other than Him. Verily, I fear lest suffering befall you on an awesome Day!" 7:59
You only have to take a cursory glance at Wikipedia to learn that Allah is the standard Arabic word for God. While it’s accepted that the term is best known in the West for its use by Muslims as a reference to God, it is used by Arabs of all Abrahamic faiths, including Mizrahi Jews, Baha'is and Eastern Orthodox Christians, in reference to God.
Say: "What could most weightily bear witness to the truth?" Say: "God is witness between me and you; and this Qur’an has been revealed unto me so that on the strength thereof I might warn you and all whom it may reach." Could you in truth bear witness that there are other gods side by side with God? Say: "I bear no [such] witness!" Say: "He is the One God; and, behold, far be it from me to ascribe divinity, as, you do, to aught beside Him!" 6:19
The term Allah is derived from a contraction of the Arabic definite article al- (the) and 'ilah (deity/god) to al-lah meaning "the [sole] deity/God" (ho theos monos). Cognates of the name "Allah" exist in other Semitic languages, including Hebrew and Aramaic. The corresponding Aramaic form (the language that Jesus spoke and the main language of the Talmud) is Elaha in Biblical Aramaic and Alâhâ or Aloho in Syriac.
Here’s a Prayer to the One and Only God (Allah) to guide us to the straight path of Truth and perfect faith.
O Allah! Guide me with those whom You have Guided, and strengthen me with those whom You have given strength, take me to Your care with those whom You have taken to Your care, Bless me in what You have given me, Protect me from the evil You have Ordained. Surely You Command and are not commanded, and non whom You have committed to Your care shall be humiliated. You are Blessed, our Lord, and Exalted.