Saturday, September 22, 2018
THE NAME "ALLAH"
The first pillar of Islam and the "Shahada" require that Muhammad's followers testify to such as: "There is no ilah but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah".
As the home page makes abundantly clear, it would be pure blasphemy for a Christian to testify that Muhammad was a "messenger" of our God YHWH, since he proclaimed the exact opposite of the whole subject of the Gospel. Additionally, that first pillar of Islam should be more than sufficient to expose the dissimulation of those who obfuscate about "Allah" being a proper name by suggesting it is just another term for God or the God, since the term "ilah" or "al-ilah" would be used for those purposes. If you disagree please click here for more on the subject.
"Allah" is the proper name of Muhammad's deity, just as it was also the proper name of one of the deities that the Arabian pagans worshipped, before Muhammad was ever born. This is even evidenced in Muhammad's own grandfather's name which was "Abdullah" meaning that he was a slave of the Arabian pagan deity named "Allah".
In spite of Arabic language Bibles egregiously assigning Yahweh the proper name"Allah" (at least one of which doesn't blaspheme God's name), anyone who has spent even a few moments investigating the proper name of the one true God of the scriptures of the Jews and Christians, has learned that His name is found in the tetragrammaton YHWH or YHVH, as it occurs nearly 7,000 times in the Hebrew Bible and in paleo-Hebrew inscription that dates to as early as the 9th century BC. "YHWH", or "Yahweh" as it has come to be pronounced, is the one true God's proper name. YHWH means "the existent one" and "creator", or as the King James version translates it, "I AM":
Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Rendering God's name in English as "I AM"! What a wonderful name for our omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God, that has always been and will always be! God IS!
Unfortunately, after their temple burned down, Jews began a later tradition of believing that God's name was too sacred to say or write. To the amazing extent that today some even hyphenate the term "G-d". Substitute terms for God were exchanged in scripture to replace the name YHWH, with terms such as "Adonai" (meaning my Lord) and "Elohim" which is used in scripture to refer to YHWH or to other gods such as pagan deities. But God's name has not been, nor will it ever be, changed.
Perhaps obscuring the name of God was the work of the enemy, since we can only wonder how differently the last 1400 years might have gone if the proper name Yahweh had been used exclusively by Jews and particularly for Arabic speaking Christians, thereby highlighting the stark contrast between YHWH and the proper name of the Arabian pagan's deity "Allah"? There are "Sacred Name Bibles" that restore God's name "Yahweh" as well as the Messiah's name "Yeshua" (which means Yahweh saves, delivers or rescues), to their rightful places in scripture.
Things would seem to be in such a degenerated state of affairs during this prophesied apostasy, that the Roman Church in Malaysia is actually fighting with Muslims, over being able to continue to use the name "Allah"! Churches are even being burned over this entirely unnecessary - indeed completely wrongheaded from a Christian perspective - dispute. What a wonderful opportunity this would have otherwise presented to advance the name of the one true God of the scriptures Yahweh, further highlighting the stark contrast that exists between the God of the Jews and Christians and Muhammad and the Arabian pagan's deity "Allah", since Muhammad's "Allah" proclaimed the exact opposite of the whole subject of the Gospel while blaspheming the Son of God. Just as prophesied of the "beast" as is explored further down the page.
The Etymology of the Name "Allah" (URL)
Quoting from first language Arabic Dr. Rafat Amari's 20-year full-time study of Islam and Arabian history and archaeology, "Islam: In Light of History", on the etymology of the name "Allah":
"We know that the term 'Allah,' as the god of the moon, was derived from the Thamud god of the moon. His name was Hilal, or Hlal, which means 'crescent.' Later, the name 'Hilal' became Hilah, as we see in many inscriptions which were found in Arabia. In the Thamud inscriptions he is found as H-ilah, Ha-ilah and H-alah. We see the same development for 'Hilah,' the moon deity in Yemen, where Almaqah is called 'Halal,' or 'Hilal, the Crescent.'
Safaitic tribes were nomads wandering in many parts of Arabia, especially in the north. The god of the moon was found in their inscriptions as 'H-lah.' in the Safaitic inscriptions, the letter 'H' pronounced as 'Ha' is the definite article, 'the.' It corresponds to the Arabic, 'Al.' This led the Arabians to call him 'Al-lah.'"
From nabataea.net: "Herodotus, in the fifth century BC identified two deities worshiped among the Arabs, as a fertility god called Orotalt (perhaps Ruda, as identified by Macdonald in North Arabian in the First Millennium BC, 1360), and a sky goddess know as Allat. (Herodotus III,3.) Later Allat became referred to in the masculine form as Allah)"
So it should not be a surprise to learn that prior to Muhammad some Mandaean and/or Harranian, Sabians, "fasted" by day during the month that began and ended with the appearance of the crescent moon in the sky. "Ramadan was originally an annual ritual performed at the city of Harran." Please click here for "Ramadan and its Roots" by Dr. Rafat Amari for more on this ritual Muhammad adopted.
Also noteworthy is that some pre-Muhammad Sabian sects performed ablution before prayer, recited repetitive prayers five times a day, prostrated while doing so, and wore long white robes.
Indeed Muhammad and his cousins were so involved in the Sabians, prior to Muhammad's starting Islam, that the locals sometimes referred to Muhammad simply as "the Sabian". He even mentions the Sabians right alongside Christians in the Quran, as if there were some sort of equivalence between Christianity, and Arabian pagan worship.
Islamic Blasphemy Against YHWH (URL)
Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
If Arabic speaking Jews and Christians, do so through ignorance, it may be excused:
Romans 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
However if done in full knowledge and understanding that may perhaps be a different matter. If your intent is to use the name as a way of saying "the God", though incorrect, it may help. Why not use the term "al-ilah" toward that goal if that's your intent? If you use it as the proper name for God with full intent, while we can't know God's judgments, that may be a bad idea. As mentioned earlier there is at least one Arabic language Bible that doesn't blaspheme YHWH's name.
For more on Islamic blasphemy against the one true God of the scriptures of the Jews and Christians please see the dedicated section at this link.
For the Sake of God's Holy Name - Yahweh (URL)
In the prior section we explored prophecy that indicated the "beast" would blaspheme the holy name, of the one great God of the scriptures of Jews and Christians, Yahweh. Many centuries before the Christian era the prophet Ezekiel indicated that Jews would be restored to their land, and explained why they would:
Ezekiel 36:18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols [wherewith] they had polluted it: 19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. 20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These [are] the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. 21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them]. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
That verse indicates that the Lord's name was profaned throughout the land by those that were saying "These [are] the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land." Probably not unlike people such as Muhammad, as he might have said to the Jews of Medina, before he slaughtered them. Indeed with those Jews being so far from their covenant land it wouldn't be hard to imagine that it could have been part of the "poetry" that Muhammad told Hassan to "abuse" them with:
Tabari VIII:28 "When the Messenger approached the Jews, he said, 'You brothers of apes! Allah shamed you and cursed you.'"
Bukhari:V5 B59 #449 "On the day of the Qurayza siege, Allah's Apostle said to Hassan, 'Abuse them with your poems, for Gabriel is with you.'"
The names of our great God Yahweh and His Son Yeshua were heard far and wide, throughout the land, prior to Muhammad:
But then in the 7th and 8th centuries the darkness of Muhammad's anti-religion fell upon the land, through imperialistic conquest and subjugation of Yahweh's people, while exchanging God's holy name with the name of the Arabian pagan's deity "Allah".
Then in the early 19th century, after 1200 years of Islam had rendered Israel a denuded, deforested, depopulated, desertified, utterly desolate wasteland, Jews began to be restored to their covenant land. Just as was anticipated by so many Christians, through Bible prophecy, centuries before that restoration ever began to take place. The name of our great God Yahweh was restored, along with His people, at least throughout that tiny little strip of their covenant land that we know as Israel.
Jews were restored to sovereign rule over their land in 1948 and reign over their city of Jerusalem in 1967, just as prophesied by Daniel right to the year, through two parallel math problems that span 2500 years. For more on the stunning fulfillment of prophecy, of the restoration of Jews to their land - that should cause even "the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD" - please visit our companion site "ZionismChristian.com"
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