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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]

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] This is because in Arabic, "al" is an article (word for "the"), so al-Lah means "the God". This is monotheism. 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), 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 2014-03-27. 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