Introduction of Islam
Islam is one of the Semitic religion, which has over 1.8 billion adherents or followers throughout the world.
Islam means “submission oneself, to the will of God”. Muslims accept the Glorious Qur’an, as it is the word of God Almighty revealed to His last and final messenger prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).
Islam states that God sent many messengers on the face of Earth, time to time throughout the ages with the message of Oneness of God, and accountability in the Hereafter.
Islam thus makes it an article of faith to believe in all the earlier Massanger of God, starting with Prophet Adam, and continuing with Noah, Abraham (Ibrahim), Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Moses (Musha), David, John and Jesus (Isha ibn Mariyam) amongst many others (may peace be on them all).
Definition of God in Islam
The Most Accurate Definition of God:
The most Accurate definition of God in Islam is given in the four verses of Surah Ikhlas of Glorious Qur’an which is Chapter 112 of the Holy Qur’an:
[Al-Qur’an 112:1-4] 👇
قُلْ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ
Say, “The truth is that Allah is One.
Allah is Besought of all, needing none.
لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ
He neither begot anyone, nor was he begotten.
وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُۥ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌۢ
And equal to Him has never been any one.”
The word ‘Assamad’ is difficult to translate. Although it means ‘absolute existence’, which can be attributed to Almighty Allah (swt) only, And other all existence being temporal or conditional. It also means that Allah (swt) is not dependant on any person or thing, but all persons and things are dependant on Him.
Why Muslims Uesd Word Allah instead of English word God
The Muslims prefer calling the Supreme Creator, Allah, instead of by the English word ‘God’. The Arabic word, ‘Allah’, is pure and unique, unlike the English word ‘God’, which can be played around with.
If you add ‘s’ to the word God, it becomes ‘Gods’, which become the plural of God. While Allah is one and singular, there is no plural of Allah.
If you add ‘dess’ to the word God, then it becomes ‘Goddess’ which becomes female God. There is nothing like male Allah or female Allah. Allah has no gender.
If you add the word ‘father’ to ‘God’ then it becomes ‘God-father’. The word God-father means someone who is a guardian. There is no word like ‘Allah-Abba’ or ‘Allah-father’.
If you add the word ‘mother’ to ‘God’, then it becomes ‘God-mother’. There is nothing like ‘Allah-Ammi’, or ‘Allah-mother’ in Islam. Allah is a unique word.
If we prefix tin before the word God, it becomes tin-God i.e., fake God. Allah is a unique word, which Nither conjure up any mental picture nor can it be played around with.
Therefore the Muslims Logically prefer using the Arabic word ‘Allah’ for the Almighty instead of English word God. However, sometimes while speaking to the non-Muslims we may have to use the inappropriate English word God, for Allah. Because the intended audience of this article is general in nature, which consisting of both Muslims as well as non-Muslims, due to this we have used the word God instead of Allah in several places in this article.
Muslims have the touchstone of theology:
There is a chapter in Glorious Qur’an Surah Ikhlas (Chapter 112) which act as the touchstone of theology. ‘Theo’ in Greek means God and ‘logy’ means study. Thus Theology means study of God
Muslims use this as four line definition of Almighty God which serves as the touchstone of the study of God.
Any candidate who claimed divinity must be subjected to this ‘acid test’. Since the attributes of Allah given in this chapter are unique, false gods and pretenders to divinity can be easily eliminated and dismissed using these verses of surah Ikhlas , chapter number 112 of Glorious Qur’an