The Reality of ISIS
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First of all, it is important to note that "Allah" is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will see the word "Allah" being used where "God" is used in English. This is because "Allah" is a word in the Arabic language equivalent to the English word "God" with a capital "G". Additionally, the word "Allah" cannot be made plural, a fact which goes hand-in-hand with the Islamic concept of God.
It is interesting to note that the Aramaic word "El", which is the word for God in the language that Jesus spoke, is certainly more similar in sound to the word "Allah" than the English word "God." This also holds true for the various Hebrew words for God, which are "El" and "Elah", and the plural or glorified form "Elohim." The reason for these similarities is that Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic are all Semitic languages with common origins. It should also be noted that in translating the Bible into English, the Hebrew word "El" is translated variously as "God", "god" and "angel"! This imprecise language allows different translators, based on their preconceived notions, to translate the word to fit their own views. The Arabic word "Allah" presents no such difficulty or ambiguity, since it is only used for Almighty God alone. Additionally, in English, the only difference between "god", meaning a false god, and "God", meaning the One True God, is the capital "G". Due to the above mentioned facts, a more accurate translation of the word "Allah" into English might be "The One -and-Only God" or "The One True God."
More importantly, it should also be noted that the Arabic word "Allah" contains a deep religious message due to its root meaning and origin. This is because it stems from the Arabic verb ta"allaha (or alaha), which means "to be worshipped." Thus in Arabic, the word "Allah" means "The One who deserves all worship." This, in a nutshell, is the Pure Monotheistic message of Islam.
Suffice it to say that just because someone claims to be a "monotheistic" Jew, Christian or Muslim, that does not keep them from falling into corrupt beliefs and idolatrous practices. Many people, including some Muslims, claim belief in "One God" even though they"ve fallen into acts of idolatry. Certainly, many Protestants accuse Roman Catholics of idolatrous practices in regards to the saints and the Virgin Mary. Likewise, the Greek Orthodox Church is considered "idolatrous" by many other Christians because in much of their worship they use icons. However, if you ask a Roman Catholic or a Greek Orthodox person if God is "One", they will invariably answer: "Yes!." This claim, however, does not stop them from being "creature worshipping" idolaters. The same goes for Hindus, who just consider their gods to be "manifestations" or "incarnations" of the One Supreme God.
Before concluding" there are some people out there, who are obviously not on the side of truth, that want to get people to believe that "Allah" is just some Arabian "god", and that Islam is completely "other" - meaning that it has no common roots with the other Abrahamic religions (i.e. Christianity and Judaism). To say that Muslims worship a different "God" because they say "Allah" is just as illogical as saying that French people worship another God because they use the word "Dieu", that Spanish-speaking people worship a different God because they say "Dios" or that the Jews worshipp a different God because they sometimes call Him "Yahweh." Certainly, reasoning like this is quite ridiculous! It should also be mentioned, that claiming that any one language uses the only the correct word for God is tantamount to denying the universality of God"s message to mankind, which was to all nations, tribes and people through various prophets who spoke different languages.
We would like to ask our readers about the motives of these people? The reason is that the Ultimate Truth of Islam stands on solid ground and its unshakeable belief in the Unity of God is above reproach. Due to this, Christians can"t criticize its doctrines directly, but instead fabricate things about Islam that aren"t true so that people lose the desire to learn more. If Islam were presented in the proper way to the world, it surely might make many people reconsider and re-evaluate their own beliefs. It is quite likely that when they find out that there is a universal religion in the world that teaches people to worship and love God, while also practicing Pure Monotheism, would at least feel that they should re-examine the basis for their own beliefs and doctrines.
 Such as the claim propagated by Robert Morey in his work, The Moon-god Allaah in the Archeology of the Middle East. For a discussion of this work, please see the following links:
Thank you for gracing me with this argument BryanMuslim,
To be precice you are misleading the readers by stating The Reality of ISIS. Not a excelent title for this debate, however I will argue with what I have been given. Let's call this the "Allah Misconceptions" argument...for clarity. Without further ado, I shall present.
To be precice, one has to know both sides of the argument. I cannot doubt that these religions are similar, as they are branched off of each other, however, you cannot say that they are the same. Yes, you have both the Trinity and Divine incarnation explained well and there is only One True God. Judeo-Christians (christians who read the jewish scriptures and the New Testament) believe several things that make our Gods different. (using big G as to not offend you) Among these are titles of the Lord, what the Holy Texts say about what you have to do to enter Heaven, and the confusion of "saints" and other misconceptions.
Yes, Allah, or God in terms of language are the same NAME, but not the same person. Allah is the deciever of unbelievers of the Qur'an (3:54, 7:99, 8:30 using the root word makr) Unbelievers are assumed to be someone who does not believe in the Islamic Allah. The flag of Islam has a morning star, or fallen star. The demon from the Bible is the fallen star. Another reason they are different is that the Judeo-Christian God trinity, 3 forms in one God, calls Himself (The Bible's God) Lord, Prince of princes, Lord of Lords, The almighty one, The One True God, etc. It explicitly states that God did not decieve and what he says is true. The Bible calls Jesus the King of Kings, which is translated into the word Malik Al-Amlak. In the Quran, Malik Al-Amlak is the worst name in Allah's sight. (from Bukhari 8:73:224)In the religions the mortal enemy is the other religion's God. If one religion's God says that the God of another religion, and the followers of that said religion are the worst enemies to the former, what does that mean about the God/Gods in question? If two Gods are pronounced mortal enemies they are not the same God. The only question is who is the real God and who is decieving who?
What does the Bible say about entering heaven? A common misconception is that you have to "be good." This is impossible, so Jesus died so those who believe that Jesus is Lord may enter heaven. That's it, all you have to do is make Jesus (The Bible's God)the most valuable prize in your heart and not turn away from him; if you do turn away from God you will be sent to eternal hell. This means that you can't commit crime in His name, mislead, or not believe. In the Qur'an anyone who believes in the Islamic, Judaeic, or Christian scriptures (without Christ as Lord) will go to heaven. Similar, yet different. In the story of Abraham, the Bible says that Abraham sent his illigetimate son named Ishmael and his slave into the desert, while keeping his second son Isaac. The Quran states that Ishmael was sent to the ruins of Ka'aba, not the desert. Different storylines does not mean the same story.
I am a Christian who does not believe in the worshipping of "saints." I whole-heartedly agree that it is wrong to worship them, but I'm not Catholic, so I do not know what applies to them as "creature-worshipping." (Different donominations believe different things, although all believe in Jesus as God.) Moving on to translation of text, which some claim to be false, there are several ways to translate Old Hebrew and Greek into English, so obviously pronounciation is going to be off. This is similar to other works like the Qur'an, or The Art of War where scholars were converting to English and had to choose between similar words. This happens in every great work. Yes, the Bible is going to be a little distorted, but the scholars who translated took care in choosing effective words so that the message is the same and does not have a large difference. Out of all misconceptions there are few which have actual effect on The Book.
Our Gods are not the same, and do not have the same message. Only one is true, and so the Gods are different. One is Real the other is a Liar. Out of this can you not see that?
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