Why the term 'Allah'
is used instead of 'God'
Many people ask why the term "Allah" is
used instead of "God" and assume it's use implies that Muslims worship
a separate God. There is only ONE GOD - a belief held by followers of each
of the three main world religions : Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
The Arabic word for God is "illah". "Allah"
is in fact a conjunction of two words (i.e. Al-Ilah):
The main reasons for using the term "Allah"
in favour of "God" are threefold:
"Al" which means "The"
"Illah" which means "God"
1. 'Allah' has no gender. So
'God' can be male or female [i.e. God or Goddess]
2. 'Allah' is ONE and literally
means THE GOD. Yet the use of word 'God' implies the singular and plural
[i.e. God/Gods and Goddess/Goddesses] can be used.
3. 'Allah' is the personal
name of God as is used in the Holy Qur'an, and 'Elohim' is used in Hebrew
referring to Allah. The end letters 'im' is a plural indicative of respect,
majesty and grandeur. Yet without the ending of 'im', it becomes Eloh (Ilah