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Sincerity (Al-Ikhlâs)

In the name of Allah, Gracious, Merciful.

1Say: He is Allah, the one;

2Allah, the eternal absolute;

3He does not beget, nor is He begotten;

4And there is none like unto Him.1

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

1Qul huwal lahu ahad

2Allahu samad

3Lam yalid wa lam yulad

4Wa lam yakullahu kufuan ahad

1. The identity of Allah is difficult to establish from the pages of the Qur’an, because right in chapter one, we read that Allah is asking for direction from an unnamed deity to the Straight Path (Qur’an 1:6). Now if Allah is God Almighty, who is there from whom He should seek direction to Himself? We read of Allah swearing by things created such as the heavens, the moon, the stars, etc. (Qur’an 75:1-2, 77,79, 85).

Once again if Allah is all powerful and absolute why is he swearing by that which is lesser than he is in essence? Allah’s sense of history is completely off, particular when Mary, the Mother of Jesus is made to be the sister of Aaron (Qur’an 19:28). All these put together creates a big problem with who actually Allah is. Definitely, he is not God Almighty as claimed by Muslims.

In Dr. Morey’s book “The Moon-god Allah...” relying heavily on archeological discoveries of the Middle East, concludes that Allah is the same as the Moon-god of pre-Islamic Arabia. In author Ahmed Hulusi’s “MOHAMMED’s ALLAH” this is what he says about Allah; “Commonly the personal pronoun “He” is used in English to denote a “God.” However, as “ALLAH” is not a separate entity as a “god,” it is not correct to employ the pronoun “He” to denote ALLAH. Therefore, I have imported in our works the original pronoun used to denote “ALLAH” in the Koran, which is “Hu.” “Hu” originally denotes the “oneness within the essence of existence,” without implying a separate third being...” By saying this he has distinguished Allah from God Almighty, supporting the fact that the two are not the same.

According to R. BUTIN in the Catholic Encyclopedia transcribed by Joseph P. Thomas, Allah is a compound word from the article, ‘al, and ilah, divinity, and signifies “the god” par excellence. This form of the divine name is in itself a sure proof that ilah was at one time an appellative, common to all the local and tribal gods. Gradually, with the addition of the article, it was restricted to one of them who took precedence of the others; finally, with the triumph of monotheism, He was recognized as the only true God. What should be said here is the god par excellence cannot be the same as the God Almighty. Al-ilah was taken from among the gods and made into an Allah. In otherwords he is the creation of man, and that explains the inconsistencies within the Qur’an. It is clear that Muhammad was confused about who Allah is because when he said that if the Qur’an contains contradictions it cannot be from Allah and it does as has been shown throughout this book, then who is it from?

In the Encyclopedia of the Orient, Tore Kjeilen says this about Allah; The Arabic word for “God”, used in Islam and Christianity. The term “Allah” comes from the Arabic “al‑Lah”, that can be translated with “the god”. In pre‑Islamic times, in the polytheistic religion of Mecca, there was a god that was called by this name. Al‑Lah was probably considered as the highest god, but not an acting power, and therefore rarely focused on in rituals. While Islam rejects the other deities, al‑Lah is described as the one eternal, omnipotent god. “Allah” is therefore not a proper name, and also Arabic Christians use “Allah” in their Arabic Bible.

The above support the idea of appointing a deity for the Arabs by their charismatic leader than for God Almighty appointing them. Jesus in talking to His disciples was careful to tell them the sequence of events. He said, You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. I have appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you. (John 15:16). The identity of Allah is even funny in the Nation of Islam who teaches the Blackman is god and that their Allah is Master Farad Muhammad, the founder of that movement. Please refer to “Who is God among the gods” for more on the subject.

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