Allah

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"Allah" spelt in Arabic letters

The word Allah (Arabic: الله) is the Arabic term for God.[1] It usually refers to the Islamic God, but in the Middle East, other religions sometimes use the same term for their God.[2][3]

In Islam, Allah is the main word for "God."[4] Muslims use 99 Names of God to describe God, but "Allah" is the most common of these and means all of them.[5] When a Muslim says "Allah," all of the other names of God are thought of as part of it. Muslims also believe that this word tells about God's being a single entity and as being without wrong or defect and of God having no partner.[6]

In Arabic, the name "Allah" is composed of four letters, ا ل ل ه (or Alif Lam Lam Ha), which when brought together make الله.[7]

"Allah" is often used by Muslims when they are praying. Muslims have a faith in one God. They believe that God is the one who made everything, the one judge, and the only one who has power over all things.[8][9] They also believe that Allah created the heavens and the Earth just by saying "Kun,' which means "Be".[8][9]

Most Arab Christians believe that Allah is made up of three divine beings - the Father, Son and Spirit - and that together they make up God.[10]


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  9. 9.0 9.1 Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, Allah
  10. Thomas E. Burman, Religious Polemic and the Intellectual History of the Mozarabs, Brill, 1994, p. 103