Friday, January 15, 2010

Allah is the Arabic word for god


Armenian Cathedral in Aleppo, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

Allah is the Arabic word for god. When we visited a church service at this Armenian cathedral in Aleppo on Christmas Day, we heard the priest mentioning 'allah' very often in his service, Arabic being the local language of the Syrians.

In Malaysia, it seems some Muslims of teh silly variety are causing trouble by trying to stop Christians from using the word 'allah' to describe 'god' as they think the Christians are trying to confuse people, or so I read.

They do have a bit of a point though. If one ios talking in English, teh word is 'god', if they are speaking Bahasa Malysia, they should use whatever the Malay word is for 'god', which according to wikipedia appears to be 'dewa'.

On the other hand, there is according to both Christians and Muslims and Jews only one god so why should they quibble too much about which name people use for him?

4 Comments:

Blogger Ahmed said...

The word ‘Allah’, is pure and unique, unlike the English word 'God' If you add ‘s’ to the word God, it becomes ‘Gods’, that is the plural of God. Allah is one and singular, there is no plural of Allah.Therefore the Muslims prefer using the Arabic word ‘Allah’ for the Almighty.

16 January, 2010 11:26  
Blogger Charles Roffey and Fred O said...

Thanks, Ahmed, for that explanation, I understand you completely.

Still, there is little excuse for Christians in Malaysia to use the word ' Allah' for the Almighty, if they are speaking in English or Malay.

16 January, 2010 11:51  
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