stop calling Allah "GOD"

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    Zaynab123 Subhana Allah!

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    in the name of Allah the most merciful the most compasionate.
    asalamu alaykum wa rahamatulahi wabarakatuh.
    atention believers
    i don`t if i posted this before but i`m gonna do it again.
    i think almost every one knows that Allah(swt) 99 has beutiful names and most popular name is Allah that means everyone knows the name of Allah, yet at the same time we are calling him god, did you know that if you read GOD in back words is DOG and if you read DOG back words is GOD isn`t the worst name ever. you can only call him at certain times like when you are telling someone who doesn`t know anything about it. i have seen alot of muslims that say " oh my gosh" i would rather say it "oh my Allah" so we should respect Allah as he deserves it, it is a muslim behavior when you correct someone else, why don`t you correct someone who is keep saying GOD and Allah(SWT) will reward you for that.
    check this verse out from the Quran:

    "And (all) the most beautiful names belong to Allah,
    so call on him by them..." Quran 7:180

    if you want to know more about names of Allah watch this video, you might learn some that you didn`t before.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIZR9_0CdMg
    :hearts:
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    jazak Allah khairan sis :D, GOOd pOInT..
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    Assalamu'alaikum
    I prefer to call Allah than God.
    Allah is the way Muslims address their Lord.
    But don't you know that christians in my country and Malaysia also call Allah for addressing God, Well....I don't know what the reason is?
    Is there anyone here know why?
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    Salaam,

    God is based of a Germanic word meaning "diety." Allah spelled backwards is Halla, which is a slang for yelling at someone. My point is thus, God is a perfectly good word in English to mean the Deity we worship. The scholars have not declared it haraam or makhroob and I don't think we need to add a negative connotation where there isn't any.

    The 99 names of Allah are in Arabic and there are many ways to say diety in other languages...Deus(spanish), Bog (slavic), Elohim (hebrew), etc., I hardly think it fair to declare the word "God" to be a bad one because you find another word when you manipulate the letters.

    Wasalaam

    ~Sarah
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    Allah

    do you know that GOD is neither of Allah`s 99 names, by the way nonmulims don`t know Allah`s 99 names but if you know why should you say "GOD"
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    Wa alaikum salaam

    I agree with Sarah, the term God and Allah is technically the same thing just two different languages and when you are trying to give dawah, how do you expect the person you are teaching to understand you, if you are using all these foreign words. I remember once when I was learning physics, my professor was talking in all this scientific jargon...that I just stare at the board blankly. But when another teacher broke it down for me in laymen terms, i understand perfectly. Same thing as Allah and God. My intention is not to call Allah a dog...........hell no, I am not trying to go to hell but yet I want people understand what I am saying when I say the word Allah and I also make it clear that Allah is not Jesus (Isa) alahis salaam, but Isa creator.

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    Allah is the name of the creator. that is his personal Name. Allah and God is not the same thing. God comes from the German wort "Gott" which was a diety worshipped by the German tribes during roman rule. And the word God in english means "diety" or something that is worshipped. The arabic equivalent you are looking for is "ilah", ilah means "diety which is worshipped" not Allah.
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    Well said sis Sarah, I agree with you its just the language. The meaning is the same just arabic and english words. Never heard it is harram to say God.

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    Assalamuakum brothers and sisters, I really don't see it as problem whatsoever calling Allah god, for he is god. About spelling it backwards, If you call a dog you were calling it god as well, it really doesn't make sense at all. God is God no matter what, only really really ignorant people will think it backwards.
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    i envy ur knowledge bro......:SMILY82::SMILY82:
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    You mean sis? :lol:
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    The name "Allah" is the Arabic word that refers to the one true God who created the heavens and the Earth – the God of all the Prophets from Adam to Noah to Abraham to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad (peace be upon them all).

    The word Allah comes from the Arabic word “ilâh” meaning “deity, god, divine being” combined with the definite article “al”. Put together, they make “al-Ilâh” or literally “the God” which is then elided together as “Allah”.

    Essentially, "Allah" is the literal Arabic equivalent to the English word "God" with a capital "G" while the Arabic word "ilâh" is the literal equivalent of the English word "god" with a lower-case "g".

    The Qur'ân uses the name Allah consistently when referring to the message of all of the prophets and to the various beliefs of all of the people.

    Even when the Qur'ân quotes people of other religions saying false things about the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, the word Allah is used.

    We have, for example, where certain Jews are quoted as saying:

    "And the Jews say: 'The hand of Allah is tied up!' Their hands shall be shackled, and may they be cursed for what they say. Nay, both His hands are spread out, He bestows as He pleases." [Sûrah al-Mâ'idah: 64]

    We have the Christian doctrine of the trinity conveyed in the following verse:

    "They surely disbelieve who say: 'Lo! Allah is the third of three' when there is no god but the One Allah. If they desist not from so saying a painful doom will fall on those of them who disbelieve." [Sûrah al-Mâ'idah: 73]

    We also have in the Qur'ân:

    "And the Jews say: 'Ezra is the son of Allah', and the Christians say: 'The Messiah is the son of Allah'." [Sûrah al-Tawbah: 30]

    These verses are in Arabic and use the Arabic name Allah. The fact that the Qur'ân does not shy away from using this word even when it speaks about the falsehood of the people of unbelief shows that the name "Allah" is truly universal, and can be used by anyone to refer to the true Creator of the heavens and the Earth.

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) always referred to God as Allah when he discussed the beliefs of the Jews and Christians with him. They did so as well.

    We have the challenge between the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to the Christians of Najran about their false belief in the divinity of Christ. The Arabs of Najran were Arab and were certainly speaking Arabic.

    We read in the Qur'ân where Allah commands His Messenger:

    “If any one disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full) knowledge hath come to thee, Say: Come! Let us gather together, our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves: then let us earnestly pray. And invoke the curse of Allah on those who lie.” [Sûrah Âl-`Imrân: 61]

    The people of Arabia all referred to the Creator of the heavens and the Earth as "Allah", whether they were Jews, Christians, or pagans. This is the reason why, in pre-Islamic times, many people of all three faiths already carried the name `Abd Allah.

    They included the Prophet's father `Abd Allah b. `Abd al-Muttalib who died before the Prophet (peace be upon him) was born, as well as the Prophet's cousin `Abd Allah b. Abî Umayyah who only accepted Islam shortly before the conquest of Mecca.

    They included the prominent Jewish rabbi of Madinah, `Abd Allah b. Salâm, who became one of the most eminent of the Prophet's Companions. Of course, he had been given the name `Abd Allah by his Jewish family long before Islam.

    The measures that have recently been taken in some countries to bar non-Muslims from referring to God as "Allah" in their religious publications are quite unfortunate. The publications is question are ones written in languages where the name used for the Creator of the heavens and the Earth is the name "Allah".

    The purpose behind these restrictive measures is the fear that those publications will confuse Muslims who speak those languages and who might read those publications. Be that as it may, the confusion on a global scale which is being caused by the restriction is far worse.

    Islamic workers who try convey the message of Islam to Jews and Christians have been struggling against the widely held belief idea that the god of the Muslims is some exotic deity other than the one who sent Abraham, Moses, and Jesus (peace be upon them all). It has been a long and uphill effort. These recent measures in some countries to ban non-Muslims form using the name Allah have resulted in confirming and entrenching those false suspicions among non-Muslims.

    It is the duty of Muslims today to redouble their efforts to teach the people of the world that there is only one true God who created the heavens and the Earth; that all of the prophets and messengers were sent by Him with the same essential teaching: to worship the Creator alone and not set up partners with Him; that Allah is the God of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus – and Muhammad (peace be upon them all).

    And Allah knows best.

    Islamtoday Research Committee

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    I prefer to say Allaah, because you cannot change the word to feminine or plural like god- gods-goddess:astag:
    Same with my slavic language bog-bogovi-boginja:astag: which the kuffar often use for some famous singer or basketball player subhanAllaah...
    When you talk to Christian you can also say "Allaah (which btw means the One True God in arabic)", why not? A Christian should also learn what is his Lord's real name.
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    Salams Sister , yes I agree 100% with you also and you have put it better then I could mashallah,
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    Assalamu alaikom,

    I agree with Sister Sarah (ShyHijabi) also. This is just a language thing...Allah = God and trying to spell God backwards in English is a waste of time and nothing good comes from that, it is simply disrespectful and implies an air of arrogance, in my opinion. As I practise dawa, I realize that a lot of non-Muslims think that "Allah" is a different God from the one they worship. It starts with explaining that there is only one God and the God we worship is the same God that Christians and Jews worship, and Muslims call Him "Allah" which is arabic for "The God"..... Christian Arabs also call Him "Allah".

    Please don't get caught up in meaningless trivia, it serves no good purpose. Let's concentrate on cleaning up our own backyard and be the best Muslims we can be, for the sake of Allah :)

    Wassalam
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    salam
    well i dunno what is right or wrong.
    but i always say ALLAH inspite of GOD.
    cuz i love to say ALLAH.
    FI AMANILLAH
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    what about when you give dawah

    when you use allah's name when giving dawah to non-muslims it confuses them before they think his something else all together....

    I dont see the harm in using the work god and then explain we call him Allah, the lord of the worlds....

    what do you think
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    You are 100% right Sister!

    Question: Can I use the word God when speaking about Allah to non-Muslims. The problem is that some Christian leaders in our country are spreading the notion that "Allah" refers to a pagan deity and not to the God of Abraham and Jesus (peace be upon them both). Can we use the word God to avoid this confusion?

    Answered by the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

    Yes, you may use the word “God” – with a capital "G" – when speaking English, especially when you are speaking to non-Muslims. In some cases, it is actually a good idea to do so, since it makes it clear to people that we are talking about the one and only God who created everything and not some other entity.

    Some non-Muslims are under the misconception that Allah is some particular "Muslim God" and not the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Some religious groups encourage this misconception among their followers to keep their people away from Islam. When Muslims are too insistent upon using the name "Allah" with non-Muslims, they can unwittingly reinforce that misconception.

    The word Allah comes from the Arabic word “ilâh” meaning “deity, god, divine being” combined with the definite article “al”. Put together, they make “al-Ilâh” or literally “the God” which was then brought together as “Allah”. The name therefore, literally means "the One and Only God".

    It is, of course, good to refer to Allah by His name – Allah – since this is how Allah refers to himself in the Qur'ân. Also, the name Allah is clear in asserting the uniqueness of God, since there is no way the name "Allah" can be made plural or changed to indicate gender, as is the case with the word "God". However, it is wrong to be dogmatic about this issue, especially when it leads people to have misconceptions about Islam. Insisting upon the use of "Allah" at all times and refusing to use the word "God" can give non-Muslims the mistaken impression that we worship a different God than the God of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus (peace be upon them all) or that we worship other than the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.

    Therefore, we can declare without hesitation: "There is no god but God and Muhammad is the Messenger of God". When we do so, we are speaking the truth – and what we are saying will be understood by non-Muslims.

    And Allah knows best.

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