There are 2.08 billion Muslims in the world.
Wherever the Muslim lives, whether it is in Morocco (99.9% Muslim pop.), in Mauritius (16.6% Muslim pop.) or in Mongolia (4.4% Muslim pop.), each and every one of these 2,080,000,000 Muslims calls his God by no other name than Allah.
If you asked a Swiss in Switzerland, a Swazi in Swaziland, a Thai in Thailand or a Finn in Finland – “What is the name of God in Islam?”, every single one of them will answer “Allah”.
It is only in Malaysia that the “meek and mild”, the small minority of “merely 9 percent” Christians insist that the name of God in Christianity is Allah too.
In Islam, God is called Allah. Many verses of the Quran say so.
Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah , the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”
Surah Al-‘Ikhlāş 112: 1-4
Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth.
Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 255 [partial quote]
And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them. And leave [the company of] those who practice deviation concerning His names. They will be recompensed for what they have been doing.
Surah Al-‘A`rāf 7: 180
O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.
Surah An-Nisā’ 4: 171
Indeed, your Lord is Allah , who created the heavens and the earth in six days and then established Himself above the Throne, arranging the matter [of His creation]. There is no intercessor except after His permission. That is Allah , your Lord, so worship Him. Then will you not remember?
Surah Yūnus 10:3
And they worship other than Allah that which neither harms them nor benefits them, and they say, “These are our intercessors with Allah ” Say, “Do you inform Allah of something He does not know in the heavens or on the earth?” Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him
Surah Yūnus 10:18
Indeed, We have sent down to you the Book, [O Muhammad], in truth. So worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion.
Surah Az-Zumar 39:3
And if you asked them, “Who sends down rain from the sky and gives life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness?” they would surely say ” Allah .” Say, “Praise to Allah “; but most of them do not reason.
Surah Al-`Ankabūt 29:63
And the polytheists assign to Allah from that which He created of crops and livestock a share and say, “This is for Allah ,” by their claim, ” and this is for our partners [associated with Him].” But what is for their “partners” does not reach Allah , while what is for Allah – this reaches their “partners.” Evil is that which they rule.
Surah Al-‘An`ām 6:136
Source: Sahih International
YHWH, Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai
The original Bible language was Hebrew. In the very first book of the Bible Genesis, God says, “My name is YHWH’ (pronounced Yahweh). ‘YHWH’ is mentioned 6,828 times in the Old Testament. Show me where in the Hebrew Bible is God called Allah?
About three centuries before the birth of Christ, scholars in Alexandria, Egypt translated the Hebrew Bible into Greek for the diaspora Jews. Show me where in the Septuagint (the Greek Bible) is God called Allah?
In the late 4th century, the Bible was translated into Latin and the name of God was vocalised as Jehovah. Show me where in the Vulgate (the Latin Bible) is God called Allah?
Bible book, Exodus 29:46
And they shall know that I am Jehovah their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them: I am Jehovah their God.
Another word most often used for God in the Hebrew Bible is Elohim and the name occurs 2,570 times in the Old Testament.
BELOW: Gereja Katolik Santa Maria Bonda Allah
What do the rabbis say is the name of God?
Text 10-1 Midrash on the Names of God
AND G-D SAID UNTO MOSES (Exodus 3:14): R. Abba b. Mammel said: G-d said to Moses: ‘Thou wishest to know My name. Well, I am called according to My work; sometimes I am called “Almighty G-d”, “Lord of Hosts”, “G-d”, “Lord”. When I am judging created beings, I am called “G-d” (Elohim), and when I am waging war against the wicked, I am called “El Shaddai” (Almighty G-d), and when I am merciful towards My world, I am called “Adonai”, for “Adonai” refers to the Attribute of Mercy, as it is said: The Lord, the Lord (Adonai, Adonai), G-d, merciful and gracious. Hence I am that I am in virtue of My deeds.’ R. Isaac said: G-d said to Moses: ‘Tell them that I am now what I always was and always will be’; for this reason is the word eheyeh written three times. Another explanation of I AM THAT I AM is offered by R. Jacob b. Abina in the name of R. Huna of Sepphoris: G-d said to Moses: ‘Tell them that I will be with them in this servitude, and in servitude will they always continue, but I will be with them!’ Whereupon Moses said to G-d: ‘Shall I tell them this? Is not this sufficient for the hour the evil thereof?’ G-d replied: ‘NO: THUS SHALT THOU SAY UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL: “I AM HATH SENT ME UNTO YOU.” To thee only do I reveal this but not to them.’ Another interpretation of I AM.
Source: Explanation of the Tanakh via English translation
Where in the Bible?
Is the word ‘Allah’ used for God in the Gutenberg Bible? In the Tyndale Bible? The Geneva Bible? In the King James Bible? In any English Bible? Where? Where?!
Will the DAP evangelistas please show us any verses in any established Bible where God calls Himself Allah?
Respect the laws of Malaysia
DAP evangelistas live in Malaysia and as such they should obey Malaysian laws. The Selangor Enactment of 1988: Non-Islamic Religions (Control Of Propagation Amongst Muslims) prohibits Christians from using lafaz Allah to refer to their God.
A Cabinet decision on 16 May 1986 similarly forbade the use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims and this was gazetted in the P.U(A) 15/82 Gazette and S.59/3/6/A KKDN circular on 5 Dec 1986.
Why do the “meek and mild” Christians refuse to abide by the law?
Furthermore, these peace-loving Christians claim themselves so eager to “build bridges”.
Yet they are unable to respect the May 2008 national fatwa that decided ‘Allah’ is exclusive to Muslims. A ruling by the Majlis Fatwa kebangsaan is made with the consent of the Majlis Raja-raja. Why are the Christians going against their state rulers? Why are they so determined to disrupt public order?
A Selangor fatwa gazetted in January 2010 also pronounced: “The word ‘Allah’ is a sacred word exclusive to the religion [of Islam] and cannot be used or made equal to other non-Islamic religions”.
Aren’t the peace-loving Christians always talking about inter-faith RESPECT? Yet it seems that, to them respect is a one-way street and not something mutual since they refuse to respect the law, refuse to respect the wishes of the rulers and refuse to respect the core foundational belief of the Muslim majority.
An issue of faith
The defence of the ‘Allah’ word is about the importance of maqasid behind the name. If the evangelistas are really so very keen to call God ‘Allah’, they should just embrace Islam and then they can recite the name in five daily prayers.
MAIS believes that the evangelistas’ real “intent and purpose is to spread Christianity among Malays”.
MAIS believes that their efforts should be seen as “a propaganda ploy and agenda for the success of the Christianisation movement”.
Isma vice president Ustaz Muhammad Fauzi Asmuni believes that the DAP lodged police reports against their organization because “NGO Islam sebelum ini telah menentang agenda Evangelist, agenda golongan liberal, tuntutan IFC, tuntutan Comango dan lain-lain usaha DAP dan sekutunya untuk mengubah perlembagaan negara”.