The Message of Tawheed:
La illah illallah, i.e. THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH! This statement first half of the Muslim testimony of faith, known in ‘Arabic as Kalimat ush-Shahaadah. It is the ultimate statement consisting of the negation of any false deity, and the affirmation of the one true universal God, Allah. It is the consistent message of all of the Prophets. The one absolute and eternal truth that the whole of existence hinges upon. There is no god but Allah, and there is none worthy of worship except Him.
He is known by many divine names and attributes. He is the Creator [al-Khaaliq], the Unique [al-Ahad], the Giver of Peace [as-Salam], the Absolute and Eternal [as-Samaad], the Ever-living [al-Hayy]. He has many other names, yet, His most personal name is Allah.
The Biblical Hebrews knew Him as Eloh [Elohim in the plural form] and YHWH. However, modern-day Christians argue that Yahweh, Yah, Yahuwah and even Jehovah is His personal name. Yahweh, Yah, Yahuwah, Jehovah all derive from the same Biblical word YHWH, better known as the Tetragrammaton. Biblical scholars differ on its pronunciation owing to the loss of knowledge of classical Hebrew. The early Jews deemed this name too holy to pronounce and considered it sacrilegious to do so. They, therefore, would not read the name aloud and would replace YHWH with “Adonai” when reciting the scripture. However, it is not the pronunciation that is of importance. The significance is in the meaning.
Most Biblical scholars agree that the meaning of YHWH is “The Ever-Living, eternally existent”. The ‘Arabic equivalent to YHWH is “al-Hayy – the ever living eternally existent” [in ‘Arabic that “al” is a definite particle equivalent of “the”]. When Muslims call upon this divine name it is preceded with the ‘Arabic vocative particle “Yaa” making it “Yaa-Hayy” which is curiously similar to the Biblical name Yaweh in sound and meaning. The name“al-Hayy” is also considered one of the most greatest names of Allah as mentioned in a hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wasallam.
Allah sent many Messengers and Prophets to uphold the consistent message of la ilaha illa Allah. But, in through the generations, the message became distorted and innovations in the religion appeared. The Shaytaan seduced people into idolatry and the message got lost. For this reason, Allah sent many Prophets and Messengers to re-establish the truth and do away with falsehood and innovations. The final message of tawheed was established with the coming of Prophet Muhammad, sal Allahu ‘alayhi wasallam, the true reviver of tawheed and the ultimate eradicator of shirk. “Indeed, the truth has come and falsehood has perished.”
Why not just call Him God?
An objection often voiced by English speaking people is: why do Muslims have to use the ‘Arabic name for God, why not use the word God like normal people?
Answer: The English word ‘god’ is not really a name, but a general term that anybody can use to call upon their particular deity. Christians call Jesus god, Hindus call cows god, some people even believe Satan is god. The problem with the word god is that it is too general, and it is not specific. The name Allah, however, is specific to the true universal God who created the universe and cannot apply to any other.
Furthermore, the general term god is derived from the old German word “gott”. The earliest attestation of this can be found in the 6th century Biblical Codex Argenteus in Matthew chapter 5, verse 34. The Hebrew, Aramaic and ‘Arabic texts did not address God using this term. It is seen from the earliest Hebrew texts that the Jews would address God by using the name Eloh, or its plural form Elohim. The Syriac Peshitta demonstrates that the early Christians would address God with the name of Allaha. ‘Arabic speaking Jews, Christians, and Muslims all address God with the proper name Allah, and this is seen in both the ‘Arabic Bible and the Qur’an.
Allah a pre-Islamic pagan moon-god deity?
The enemies of Islam are clutching at straws trying to find any odd argument in their futile attempts to refute Islam. One very modern claim is that Allah is not the God that the Jews and the Christians know, but a pre-Islamic pagan deity worshipped as the moon-god. The argument that Allah and Yahweh are not the same God falls to the ground when we hear people of knowledge from the Jewish community affirm that Allah is the true universal God. Further refutation of the moon-god thesis can be read here.
Who is the true universal God?
With today’s plethora of world religions calling to a variety of different gods, seekers of truth often find themselves in a sticky quagmire of confusion. Where religious doctrines insist that there are a million gods and that god is in everything, thus everything. Another doctrine insists that there is only One God. Let there be beating around the bush. All of these contradictory opinions cannot all be correct. So the question before us is ‘Who is the true God of all that exists? Is God a six-armed elephant, Jesus or Allah? How do we go about finding our way amidst the confusion? There can only be one true answer, one absolute truth. Click here to read the full article
ANSWERING ATHEISM: How do we know that God exists?
Does God exist? Was the Universe created or did it evolve? Are we a product of chance or creation? At some point in our life, we are faced with these challenging questions. Questions which define our attitude towards the meaning of life and how we choose to live it. Whatever we believe about the origins of life shapes our perspective about the hereafter. Is there an eternal bliss as promised by God in scriptures or are we just a product of mere chance that will return to nothing once we die? All of this hinges on one big question ‘does God exist?’ Click here to read The Existence of God
DEMOLISHING THE CLAIMS OF EVOLUTION
After the title of Darwin’s famed book, we are also composing a work on the origin of species to refute the notion that humans evolved from an ape-like creature. However, for now, the following should suffice in refuting this notion. Soon to be published in sha Allah.
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