January 26, 2010

Name of Allah

After reading the news below, I started to think...

Malaysia court grants stay order on use of 'Allah'

January 6, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today allowed a stay of an earlier order to allow the use of "Allah" by Catholic weekly, Herald, following consent by the Home Ministry and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malaysia on the grounds of national interest.
Justice Datuk Lau Bee Lan, who had issued the earlier order on Dec 31 last year, made the ruling in chambers after meeting Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and counsel Derek J. Fernandez for Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam for 30 minutes...

Is it true Allah is the name of God in Christian
Is it true, the name of Christian God is Allah? Is it Jesus is really a God to Christian ? Was it clearly mentioned in the bible the name of God is Allah ? If Allah the God mentioned in bible then who is Jesus actually ? Is it in the trinity, name of Allah was mentioned as the God. Who is really the God now to the believer, Allah or Jesus ?

Or if Jesus is the son of God as always claimed by bible, why the son and the father have name from difference dialect ? The son have the english name and the father have an arabic name. Jesus is in english by adding the J in front of Iēsus and Allah is from arabic word.

Then, how can human translate a name into a pronoun ? Allah is a name and God is a Pronoun.

The Right

As stated in the last sermon of our beloved Prophet Muhammad pbuh (s.a.w)

This day the disbelievers despair of prevailing against your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me (Allah)! This day have I perfected for you your religion and fulfilled My favor unto you, and it hath been My good pleasure to choose Islam for you as your religion (Surah 5, Ayah 3).

The question is, how could a group of man in court changed what already stated by Allah through prophet Muhammad s.a.w and also changed what already stated in Al Quran ? Clearly stated " and it hath been My good pleasure to choose Islam for you as your religion ".

If Allah clearly informed Islam as the chosen religion, how can other religion claimed Allah is the name of the God in that religion ? Beside, in the religion's book itself never mentioned that the religion is the choice of Allah.

Are they knows Islam better than Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. ?

Same name but difference in feature
From another reading i have found the narration as below

Allah: Allah is the proper name in Arabic for The One and Only God, The Creator and Sustainer of the universe. It is used by the Arab Christians and Jews for the God (Eloh-im in Hebrew; 'Allaha' in Aramaic, the mother tongue of Jesus). The word Allah does not have a plural or gender. Allah does not have any associate or partner, and He does not beget nor was He begotten. SWT is an abbreviation of Arabic words that mean 'Glory Be To Him.'

The question is, is it Allah as the court approval to be used by Christian in Malaysia does not beget nor begotten. Jesus ( actually not the real name of the prophet) claimed for a long time as son of God by Christians. Is it the God here same as God as believed by muslim and as stated in Quran. Allah in Islam is the God who does not beget children and He is not begotten not as believed and stated in Bible which have the trinity concept (Jesus is the son of God) . So another question, How could the two difference features of God can share the same name ? ( Allah is a name in Islam, not a pronoun)

How about Christian in the Vatican city especially Pope John Paul
Let say because of the weak of the law here, all the christian here started to call their god as Allah, how about Pope John Paul and all the christian at the Vatican city. Do Pope too will call his God as Allah . If yes, at last will stated in history that the new name of god in christian is from Malaysia court decision. Not from God order, not from bible or from the mouth of Jesus.

How about Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, are the herald will accept Prophet Muhammad as the last Prophet too after taking the Prophet Muhammad's God's name as their god's name ?

Hopefully they will re think about this because Allah is the name of god and always used or mentioned in every page of Quran but never been used even in single page of Bible in English version.

Great Confusing & Wrong in translation
Another question, may be the last one. Is it the using of Allah name as translation for God by herald will create a great confusing to Christian too ?

When passed by in front of mosque, children hear calling for prayer saying Allahu Akbar.

Translation of Adhan ( call for prayer ) in English
Allahu Akbar - Allah the Almighty

Then when passed by in front of church, they can see a signboard as seen in the photo below.

What will the children think ?

Both mentioned the same name. Can it make them confuse ?

Another great confusing is the word God as can seen on the church signboard is translated to Allah. Is that the correct translation ? In dictionary God is translated as Tuhan in Malay not Allah. Allah is a name not a pronoun. Another great confusing not only to Muslim but to the Christian too.

Allah adalah Yesus, in english can be translated as Allah is my Yesus, appeared in a line of song by one of the top Indonesian singer. In Islam, Allah is the name of the Almighty God but in the song lyric mentioned as name of Jesus.

As stated in bible, Jesus is son of God, then the god called as Allah by Malaysian Christian but now in the lyric clearly written Allah is Jesus. Now the son is also a God actually, based on the song lyric. For info, the singer is a Christian.

A lot of confusing may occured if name of Allah is still going to be used by Christian in Malaysia. Not only to Muslim but to the Christian too.

Photo of the Mosque:
Photo of the Church: email receive

Note from Wikipedia for Jesus name:
The name Jesus is derived from the Latin Iēsus, which in turn comes from the Greek Ἰησοῦς (Iēsoûs). The Greek is a Hellenized form of the Aramaic name Yēšua (ישוע), a short form of Hebrew Yehōšua (יהושע). Yehōšua (יהושע) is the name by which Moses called his successor as leader of the Israelites, known in English as Joshua; it means 'the Lord is salvation', or literally 'Yahweh saves'. There is a major discrepancy between the Hebrew and Muslim Arabic forms of this name, since the original Hebrew form of this name has the voiced pharyngeal `Ayin or `Ayn consonant at the end of the name (as does Christian Arabic يسوع yasū`), while the Muslim Arabic form عيسى `īsā has the `Ayn at the beginning of the name. For this reason, some claim the Arabic name Isa is related to the Biblical name Esau (which begins with a pharyngeal), but it is also similar in the vowels to the Aramaic version of Jesus, viz. Eesho (Aramaic forms of the name, however, still have the voiced pharyngeal `Ayn consonant at the end of the name).

Note for One God in Islam
SURAH AL-IKHLAS سورة الإخلاص from Al-Quran
Comprised of four (4) ayahs.

The translation in English

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

1. Say (O Muhammad) He is Allah, the One clear of partners and similars.

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ (1)

2. Allah is the One needed by all and He needs none.

اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ (2)

3. He does not beget children and He is not begotten.

لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ (3

4. And there is none, in any way, similar to Him.

وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ (4)

This all the question came into my mind after reading the news of the court decision.

World seek for peace but honesty is still something that unspoken.

(The question above related to the Malaysia court decision only, not to Christian friends as whole.)