Why the term "Allah" is used instead of "God"
Many people ask why the term "Allah" is used instead of "God" and assume it's use implies that Muslims worship a separate God. There is only ONE GOD - a belief held by followers of each of the three main world religions : Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
The Arabic term for "God"
The Arabic word for God is "illah". "Allah" is in fact a conjunction of two words (i.e. Al-Ilah):
- "Al" which means "The"
- "Illah" which means "God"
The reasons for using the term "Allah" in favour of "God" are threefold:
1. "Allah" has no gender. God can be male/female i.e. God/Goddess
2. "Allah" is ONE and literally means
THE GOD. God may be singular and plural
i.e. God/Gods and Goddess/Goddesses
3. "Allah" is the personal name of God as used in the Holy Qur'an