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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]

The general term for a god in arabic is “ilaah”. This Arabic word is a common noun, and can either refer to any supposed god, or may also refer to a unique One depending on the context in which the term is used. The Name universally accepted among Muslims that refers to the deity of Islam is “Allah”. Allah is a proper noun and hence able to be the name of any specified god, the Muslim god in this scenario. It is worth noting that Arab Christians refer to their god, the Christian God, as 'Allah' as well.

Abdul Mannan Omar, the editor of the Encyclopedia of Islam, and a translator of the Qur'an into English, says directly that Allah "is not a common noun" and, similarly declares it to be a "proper name" (The Dictionary of the Holy Qur'an p.28, 29). Over the centuries however, the continual and prevalent use of that name has made its use synonymous with the noun ‘god’.

In Islam, Allah is now 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] This is because in Arabic, "al" is an article (word for "the"), so al-iLaah means "the God". 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, from right to left, A-L-L-H), 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 simply by saying "Kun,' which means "Be".[8][9]

Some Arab Christians in The Levant call God Allah. Most Arab Christians, like other Christians, believe in the Trinity. Most Muslims believe that Allah cannot be three persons.

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  1. "God". Islam: Empire of Faith. PBS. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. "Islam and Christianity", Encyclopedia of Christianity (2001):
  3. L. Gardet. "Allah". Encyclopaedia of Islam Online. 
  4. Böwering, Gerhard, God and His Attributes, Encyclopaedia of the Qurʼān, Brill, 2007
  5. Bentley, David (September 1999). The 99 Beautiful Names for God for All the People of the Book. William Carey Library. ISBN 978-0-87808-299-5. 
  6. Murata, Sachiko (1992). The Tao of Islam: A sourcebook on gender relationships in Islamic thought. Albany NY USA: SUNY. ISBN 978-0-7914-0914-5. 
  7. Brown, Francis; Driver, S.R.; Briggs, Charles. A. (1996). Hebrew and English Lexicon. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendricksen. p. 41, entry 410 1.b. ISBN 978-1-56563-206-6. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, Allah
  9. 9.0 9.1 Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, Allah