Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The name ALLAH is Jewish and Christian

Rick Brown wrote an article about the origin of the name ALLAH. As this theme keeps coming up among western Christians and in Malaysia, here this good article by Rick Brown:

In talking with Muslims, it is essential to understand and affirm their names for God. In most languages spoken by Muslims, the term allâh is at least one of their names for God. Dudley Woodberry (1996a: 173) has pointed out that the name allâh “is of Christian Syriac origin and was in use long before Muhammad’s time.” Syriac-speaking Christians have always believed this, and scholars like Arthur Jeffrey (1938: 66) have noted this as well. But violent acts perpetrated by some militant Islamists in the name of allâh have led many people in the West to conclude that allâh must be someone besides God.

For the whole article, see HERE

1 comment:

Snake Oil Baron said...

The meaning of a word are the conventions governing its uses - just as the word English word/name God came from a specific pagan name of a god, it is now a far more generic word/name (depending on the capitalization).

The attributes, characteristics, words and deeds of Allah should be enough to make most Christians Jews and non-religious theists and deists uncomfortable using it to represent their view of a supreme being. Maybe that should change when speaking Arabic but I can understand not wanting to associate one's supreme being with the "Allah" of the Koran.