Do Muslims worship God or Allah?

One of the biggest misconceptions about Islam concerns the name “Allah.” Some people believe that Muslims worship a different God than Christians, Jews and others, and some missionary organizations distribute literature in English in which they say such things as: “Allah is the God of the Muslims” and ” Muhammad told people to believe in the God, Allah.” They thus imply and reinforce the idea that “Allah” is some sort of false deity.

This is totally incorrect because “Allah” is the same word that Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews use for God. If you pick up an Arabic Bible, you will find the word “Allah” wherever “God” is used in English. “Allah” is also the proper name of God. Therefore, Muslims use the name “Allah” even when they speak other languages.

“Allah” is a special word. It indicates the only entity in existence who truly possess the qualities of divinity and lordship, the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens and earth. It is the name of the only being worthy of worship, the one upon whom all creation is dependant at every moment. This name belongs to God alone and no one else.

“Allah” is the only word in the Arabic language equivalent to “God” with a capital “G.” It is also a unique word grammatically since it cannot be made plural or given a masculine or feminine gender. This is consistent with the Islamic concept of God. In English and other languages the word “God” can be used in various forms such as “gods” or “goddess,” all with different connotations and meanings. The only difference between “god” (meaning a false god or any object of worship) and “God” (meaning the one true God) is a capital “G.” Thus, a more accurate translation of “Allah” might be “the one and only true God.”

But there is another important point, which is that Islam is particularly concerned with the correct concept of God. Someone can have an erroneous concept of Him whether he uses the name “Allah” or the word “God.” Followers of previous religions gradually deviated from the original pure belief in God due to the fact that their scriptures were not adequately protected from loss and alteration. None of these are still available for study in their original form or language.

But this is not true of the last divinely revealed message the Qur’an. Hence, the accurate concept of God can be found therein.

Overall, Our God is everyones God. He is “one” for all human beings. One God for Muslims, Christians, Jews and everyone else. One God that created the universe and created us. We all worship “Allah”/ “God”. 

“In the name of Allah, The most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Say, Allah is One, Allah The Everlasting, The Eternal,
He has not given birth and was not born,
And no one is comparable to Him.” 
Qur’an, Surah Ikhlas (S: 112)

Compiled by Saheeh International

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7 Responses to “Do Muslims worship God or Allah?”

  1. aspiringshia Says:

    Thanks for sharing. This is very informative and I hope many people find it useful.

  2. Muslimah Says:

    You’re welcome aspiringshia.

    May Allah show people the right path ameen.

  3. Abdul Razak Mohammed Says:

    for my Muslim do worship Allah because are the same

  4. al salamo alaykom
    I hope you are well . Happy Eid for all Muslims around the world . I read some of your blogs and they are really great . May Allah bless you .
    I’m arabic and I speak English but I’m not so keen on that so I have one Question if you don’t mind …
    someone who is suposed to be a muslim told me
    ” Allah asks us to make ourselves better and to be better in our personalty ”
    I don’t know if it’s proper to say that I think he means that ” Allah want us to be better and change ourselvs ” but I don’t know if using the word ” Ask ” is proper or right ….
    so if it’s not I can tell this person and correct it
    thank you so much for your time and I hope you answer soon
    thank you and Have a good time
    May Allah Forgive us
    Habiba

  5. ohh i love my alla-h because he are one in world bye of kosova

  6. Do Muslims worship God or Allah? Islam.. religion of peace and love! is an interesting name for a blog, keep up the good work, thanks, from Xaviera Davenport

    • Thank you for your nice words Xaviera.

      I hope you have read atleast some of those words I wrote 🙂
      Maybe you will know .. that Islam is all about peace and love? maybe you will know that terrorism has no religion?
      that media shows us as oppressed, that people talk and say that Islam is a religion of hate and its not even near their words? 🙂

      with respect and peace.. from a Muslim heart. . May God protect you Ameen no matter what’s your religion, nationality or race.

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