What Is His Name


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  • What Is His Name


  • CHAPTER FOUR - ALLAH IN THE BIBLE (What is His Name - by Ahmed Deedat)



    CHAPTER FOUR

    ALLAH IN THE
    BIBLE

    The suffix "IM" of the word "ELOHIM"
    is a plural of respect in Hebrew.

    (Remember that in Arabic and Hebrew there are two
    types of plurals. One of numbers and the other of honour as in Royal
    proclamations. Since the plural of honour is uncommon in the language of the
    European, he has confused these plurals to connote a plurality in the "godhead,"
    hence his justification for his Doctrine of the Holy Trinity - the Father, Son
    and Holy Ghost).

    Hence ELOHIM = ELOH + IM. Now I want you to perform
    an exercise. Do you see the words: YA-HUWA
    ELOH-IM? Place your left hand index finger on the first two
    letters "YA" meaning oh! and the other index finger on the "IM" a plural of
    respect. What you now have remaining in Huwa Eloh or Huwa Elah. El in Hebrew
    means god, and Elah or Eloh also stands for the same name - god. Therefore,
    "Huwa el Elah" or HUWA 'L LAH, which is identical to the Quranic expression -
    Huwal lah hu (meaning: HE IS ALLAH) of the verse QUL HUWAL LAH HU
    AHUD

    SAY:
    HE IS
    ALLAH
    HE IS
    ONE

     

    Holy Qur'an 112:1

    The above exercise proves that El, Elah and Elohim
    are not three distinctly different words. They all represent the single Arabic
    word Allah. This is not my wishful thinking. Please see below. It is a
    photostatic reproduction of a page from the English Bible, edited by Rev. C. I.
    Scofield,D.D., with his Bible Commentary· This Doctor of Divinity is well
    respected among the Bible Scholars of the Christian world. He is backed in his
    "NEW AND IMPROVED EDITION" of this translation by a galaxy of
    eight other D.D.'s:

    Rev. Henry G. Weston, D.D., LL.D., President
    Crozer Theological jeminary
    .
    Rev. W. G. Moorehead, D.D.,
    President Xenia (U.I,) Theological Seminary.
    Rev. lames M.
    Gray, D.D., President Moody Bible Institute.
    Rev. Elmore
    Harris, D.D., President Toronto Bible Institute.
    Rev.
    William !. Erdman, D.D., Author "The Gospel of John," etc.

    Rev. Arthur T. Pierson, D.D., Author, Editor, Teacher, etc.

    Rev. William L. Pettingill, D.D., Author, Editor, Teacher.

    Arno C. Gaebelein, Author "Harmoney of Prophetic Word,"
    etc.

    I have not listed the above luminaries to awe you.
    They have been unanimous in supporting Rev. Scofield in his "New and Improved"
    commentary.

    Please note that in their comment No. 1 below left,
    they concur that - "Elohim, (sometimes El or
    Elah meaning God)" and alternatively spelled
    "Alah" (line three, third word). All the eight D.D.'s above
    could not have been blind in dittoing the spelling "Alah" for God. How far were
    they from the Arabic word spelled - ALLAH - in English, I ask you dear reader?
    This is Allah's handiwork, but the Devil (I must give him a capital "D," he
    deserves it) was not slow in making a quick come-back through his agents. He
    succeeded in firing all the D.D.'s responsible for that debacle, and had them
    replaced by nine others with more impressive degrees than the previous lot. You
    will find them in the recent reproduction of "The New Scofield Reference
    Bible."
    You will not be able to lay your hands anymore on the Bible
    with "Alah" in it. The Devil has seen to that.

    MY ONLY PLEA

    I had made some public statements regarding my
    discovery of the word "Alah" as alternatively spelled from the usual Christian
    spelling "Elah." My plea to the Christians was this that spell the word as you
    like, with an "A" or an "E", with a single "L" or double "LL's", but for
    goodness sake pronounce the word correctly, as we Muslims do. Because even with
    its proper Anglicised spelling -
    A L L A H: "IT IS SO FAR
    FROM ITS ARABIC ORIGINAL, WHEN PRONOUNCED WITH A THIN ENGLISH CONSONANT AND
    FEEBLE VOWELS, THAT MANY AN ARAB MUSLIM WOULD FIND IT UNRECOGNIZABLE." Says Rev.
    Kenneth Cragg, the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem in his book, "The Call
    of the Minaret,"
    page 36.

    As much as the Englishman has the right to dictate to
    us as to how his language is to be sounded, surely we Muslims have as much right
    to demand a common courtesy when taking the name of God. We do not wish the word
    Allah to go into limbo like the "Yahuwa" of the ]ews. More than 6000 times the
    formula "YAHUWA ELAH," or ya"HUWA ALAH," or "HUWALLAH," (He is Allah!) occur in
    the Hebrew manuscripts of the Jewish Bible, commonly called the "Old Testament,"
    by the Christians. If this fact is openly acknowledged by the learned men of
    Christianity and broadcasted as Rev. Scofield had done then the day for Muslims
    and Christians to worship God together would not be far distant. But the Devil
    will not have it. Vested interests are involved. Instead of prenouncing the word
    ALAH correctly, they would rather have the whole word omitted.

    QUICK ABROGATION

    "Now You See It" - "Now You Don't" is an old, old
    gimmick in the West. Compare the above and see how cleverly, how deftly the new
    band of missionaries expunged the word "Alah" from the
    "Authorised King James Version" of the Scofield translation of
    the Bible
    1.

    As a guide to one of the largest Mosques in the
    Southern Hemisphere, the JUMA MUSJID, Durban, my companions and I are often
    asked by the tourists, "Why Allah?" "Is He another God?" The answer of course is
    "NO!" There is not another god. The Muslim creed, the Kalima is: "There
    is no god except Allah!"
    makes this explicit; every Muslim must utter
    this unequivocal statement. And the second half of the Kalima: "Muhummed
    is the Messenger of Allah,"
    excludes even Muhummed (p.b.u.h.) from
    being associated with Allah in His Divinity. We are made to say, so to say - NOT
    EVEN MUHUMMED is god, or object of worship. It is Allah, and Allah alone who is
    the Only Tue God.

    1. For further
    examples of the Christian gymnastics in the Bible, see Chapter 4 in my book -
    <!A href="http://www.jamaat.net/bible/Bible4-6.html">"Is the Bible God's
    Word?"<!/A>
    .

    UNIQUE NAME FOR UNIQUE
    GOD

    "We Muslims prefer the Arabic word Allah to the
    English word God, because this English word God is often misused or misapplied,"
    I explain to my non-Muslim visitors to the mosque, on their so-called
    "Oriental Tour" as arranged by the Durban Publicity Bureau, I
    continue, "On your last port of call, you will be ending off at a Hindu house of
    Prayer, called a Temple, and there, you might rightfully point out to your
    children the idols and the images found, as 'the gods of the
    Hindus'
    , and if a Hindu overhears you; he will not mind, he will not be
    offended, because what you said to your child is actually what he believes.
    Then, again, we speak of the gods of ancient Greece; of gods and goddesses, who
    ate and drank, who wrangled and plotted; carried away the wives of other gods.

    "Further, in English, if some gentleman was to look
    after somebody's child as a guardian, we would say that he is a "godfather" to
    the child, and the woman - a "god- mother" to the child. And if one tried to be
    a bit too funny, a bit too clever, one would say -'What do you think of
    yourself, are you a tin god!' We spell god with a capital "G"
    (God), and we spell god with a small "g" (god), which creates in your minds
    grades and grades of divinities."

    This Arabic word, Allah, is never used in any other
    sense. There is no such thing as an "Allah-father" or an "Allah-mother" or a
    "Tin-Allah." ALLAH is a unique word for the only God. Arabic, like every other
    language, also has its rules of grammar, but in Arabic you cannot make a plural
    form for Allah, nor can you make a feminine of Allah. All this is very unlike
    the English word, God. If you want to make a plural, just add an "s" (Gods); You
    can make God feminine by adding "dess" (goddess); and you can make God
    diminutive by adding "ling" (godling). Look at the sheer mockery the Westerner
    has made of the word "GOD," and how his fertile imagination has run riot and
    havoc in denigrating the Glory and Majesty of the Incomparable Creator,
    sustainer and Cherisher of all the worlds as recorded in the Oxford
    Dictionary:

    You have a variety of choices in the list above. Take
    your pick like that old woman who lit one candle to St. Michael and another to
    the Devil. So that whether she went to Heaven or to Hell she would have a
    friend.

    Jupiter the god of Heaven
    Pluto
    the god of Hell
    Mars the god of War

    Neptune the god of the Sea and
    Zeus the
    god-father of them all

    with his many wives and many children. His Hercules,
    his Appolo, his Horus, his Isis and Osiris.

    Sheer mythology and rank blasphemy, but to a people
    who believed in mythology, mythology was no mythology; it was empirical truths.
    And this terminology of the West lended itself well to paganistic theology, with
    their "gods" and "goddesses." BUT ALLAH IS FREE FROM ALL CORRUPTIONS. YOU CAN DO
    NOTHING WITH THIS WORD IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE ARAB. YOU CANNOT MANIPULATE IT IN
    ANY WAY!

    PEARLS OF FAITH

    Here is a passage of great sublimity, summing up in
    marvellous terse verses the Asma-ul-Husna, the Most Beautiful
    names of Allah.

    HE IS
    ALLAH, BESIDES WHOM THERE IS NO OTHER
    GODS;

    WHO KNOWS
    (ALL THINGS) BOTH SECRET AND OPEN;
    HE IS MOST
    GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL
    HE IS
    ALLAH, BESIDES WHOM THERE IS NO OTHER
    GOD;
    THE
    SOVEREIGN,
    THE HOLY
    ONE,
    THE SOURCE
    OF PEACE (AND PERFECTION),
    THE
    GUARDIAN OF FAITH,
    THE
    PRESERVER OF SAFETY,
    THE EXALTED
    IN MIGHT,
    THE
    IRRESISTIBLE,
    THE
    SUPREME:
    GLORY TO
    ALLAH: (HIGH IS HE)
    ABOVE THE
    PARTNERS THEY ASCRIBE TO HIM
    HE IS
    ALLAH,
    THE
    CREATOR
    THE
    EVOLVER,
    THE
    BESTOWER OF FORMS (OR COLOURS)
    TO HIM
    BELONG THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NAMES:
    ALL THAT IS
    IN THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, DOTH DECLARE HIS PRAISES AND
    GLORY.
    AND HE IS
    THE EXALTED IN MIGHT
    THE
    WISE.

     

    Holy Qur'an
    59:22-24

    Where is there in the religious literature
    of the world anything to compare with this!

    "ALLAH" IN EVERY BIBLE AND IN
    EVERY LANGUAGE

    There is no difficulty in our agreeing
    that in the languages of the world, every nation has given a distinctive name to
    God. Most of these names are attributive names, describing some aspect of God.
    But the proper name for God Almighty in the Semitic languages, i.e. in the
    mother-tongues of Moses, Jesus and Muhummed (Peace be upon them all) is ALLAH!
    This name is still extant in the Christian Bible in every language of the world.
    The Christians are boasting that they have translated their Bible into over
    fifteen hundred languages, more specially the translation of the New Testament.
    In every Gospel that I have scrutnised in the various languages
    I find the word "Allah" preserved - English or Afrikaanz, Zulu
    or Swahili. Why not check up in your own dialect to prove me wrong. I would love
    to hear from you.

    If what I claim is Gospel Truth, then how
    is it that the whole Christian world of over 1 200 000 000 people have not been
    aware of it. This is what effective programming or brain-washing can do. They
    have been trained NOT to see the obvious. Did not Jesus
    bewail:

    "Seeing, they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither
    do they understand."
    (Matthew 13:13).

    FROM THE LIPS OF
    JESUS

    I ask my Christian visitors, "Do you
    remember your Gospel narrative, that when Christ was supposed to have been on
    the cross, he cried out with a loud voice:

    "ELOI, ELOI, LAMA
    SABACHTHANI?
    which is, being interpreted, My God, My God, why
    hast thou forsaken me?"
    (Mark 15:34).

    The above is a translation from the Greek
    manuscripts "ACCORDING TO ST. MARK." Obviously his Hebrew has a Greek accent.
    Because, his so-called originals were written in Greek. But listen to Matthew,
    who is supposed to have written his Gospel originally in Hebrew, which was aimed
    at the Jews. St. Jerome, an early Christian father of the 4th and 5th centuries
    after Christ, testifies as follows:

    "MATTHEW, WHO IS ALSO LEVI, AND WHO FROM A
    PUBLICAN CAME TO BE AN APOSTLE, FIRST OF ALL THE EVANGELISTS, COMPOSED A GOSPEL
    OF CHRIST IN JUDEA IN THE HEBREW LANGUAGE AND CHARACTERS, FOR
    THE BENEFIT OF THOSE OF THE CIRCUMCISION
    1 WHO HAD
    BELIEVED."

    Naturally, Matthew's accent would be more
    Semitic (Hebrew and Arabic) than that of Mark. Matthew records the same scene as
    Mark 15:34, but note the variation of the dialect:

    Jesus cried with a loud voice,
    saying ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou
    forsaken me'?
    (Matthew 27:46).

    Please memorise the words - "Eli, Eli,
    lama sabachthani." (Eli - pronounced like L and I in English) Utter the words -
    ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI; ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI, to your Christian
    friends and neighbours and ask them whether these words - "Eli, Eli," sounds
    like "Jehovah, Jehovah!" to them? No! is the answer if they are not deaf. Ask
    further, whether "Eli, Eli," sounds like "Abba, Abba!" (meaning father, father!
    in Hebrew) to them! Again the reply will be "No!" if they are not deaf. Can't
    they see that the cry is to Allah? "Eli, Eli - Elah, Elah, Allah, Allah!" Let
    them hear these words from your lips and watch their reactions. No honest per-
    son can help agreeing with you.

    1. Of the
    circumcision:
    means those who had been circumcised. Referring to the Jewish
    converts to Christianity. 

    ALLELUYA!

    Now ask your Christian friend, if he had
    heard the word - "ALLELUYA." No Christian worth the name will fail to recognise
    it. Whenever the Christian goes into ecstasy, he exclaims - "Alleluya!
    Alleluya!", just as we Muslims might exclaim the Takbir - "Allahu Akbar! Allahu
    Akbar!" Ask him, what is Alleluya? Take him to the Book of Revelation, the last
    book of the New Testament, Chapter 19; we are informed there that John the
    disciple of Jesus, saw a vision, in which he heard the angels in heaven singing,
    Alleluya, Alleluya. Ask him again, what is Alleluya! Is it "hip, hip, hooray;
    hip, hip, hooray!" Are angels in heaven singing - hip, hip, hoorays to God?
    Every time when God creates a new galaxy, do the angels exclaim - "hip, hip,
    hooray!" When He explodes a super-nova, do the angels say, "hip, hip, hooray!"?
    How absurd!

    Then what is Alleluya! The last syllable
    "YA" is a vocative and an exclamatory particle in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning
    "OH!" In other words YA = OH, (the vocative); and YA = (!), a note of
    exclamation, or an exclamatory particle, or as is more commonly known an
    exclamation mark.

    The Semite, both Arab and Jew, begins with
    the exclamatory particle or exclamation mark. The Westerner, in his language
    ends with the exclamatory particle or exclamation mark, eg. Stop! Go! Fire!
    Bang!

    Let us repeat the above Tasbih (words of
    praise) as an Arab or a Jew: ALLE-LU-YA will be YA-ALLE-LU because, as explained
    above, YA is always at the beginning in both Arabic and Hebrew.

    YA ALLE LU would be YA ALLA HU: Meaning,
    "OH ALLAH!" (You are the Only Being Who deserves worship and Praise) "OH ALLAH!"
    (You are the Only Being Who deserves worship and Praise).

    Unbiased Christians will not fail to
    recognise Allah as none other than his - El, Eli, Alle, Elah, Alah, Allah. Call
    upon Him by any name, for His are the Most Beautiful names, as long as those
    names are not contaminated and as long as they do not conjure up in our minds
    the images of men or monkeys howsoever glorified they might have been.

    THE CONCEPT OF "GOD THE
    FATHER"

    There are many beautiful attributes of
    God, which are common to both the Holy Qur'an and the Holy Bible. A lengthy
    thesis can be written on this. But a very interesting facet I have discovered in
    this that among the 99 attributes of God given to us in the Holy Qur'an the word
    "Father" is not one of them. If the Holy Prophet was the author of the Holy
    Qur'an as his adversaries allege, then how could he have avoided the term -
    Father - for God, for twenty-three years of his prophetic life!
    Abb, meaning father in Arabic (Abba in Hebrew), is an easier
    word than Rabb, meaning Lord and Cherisher; yet the attribute Rabb abounds in
    the Last and Final Revelation of God. The reason for the omission of the word
    Abb (father) for describing God Almighty is obvious: MANKIND HAD DENIGRATED THAT
    BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT OF THE LOVING Father in Heaven to being the Father of the
    "only begotten son"
    1 - to
    being physically like a human being, because begetting is an animal act,
    belonging to the lower animal functions of sex.

    1. John
    3:16

    UNIQUE TO THE QUR'AN AND
    CONCLUSION

    SAY: "SHALL I TAKE FOR MY
    PROTECTOR ANY BUT ALLAH
    THE ORIGINATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH?

    WHEN IT IS HE WHO FEEDS BUT HAS NO NEED TO BE
    FED."

     

    Sura An-am 6:14

    No creature who is ever in need of earthly
    food can be "ATNATU!" If you can make the worshippers of the
    "man-gods" to apply this touchstone to their heroes, you can retrieve millions
    from the impending Hell-fire. Learn a lesson from the Australoid (give him one
    last look on the frontispiece), who despite his abject primitiveness still
    stands high above the millions of the civilised men and women of both East and
    West who strut the world today.

    GLORY BE TO ALLAH!
    And Peace
    and Salutations upon His Messenger Muhummed for conveying the Message of God to
    mankind. May Allah make us worthy to be his followers,
    Ameen!

     

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