Are God and Allah the Same?
Gen. James Green
T HIS MISCONCEPTION—that the Christian’s God and the Muslim’s god are one in the same, has fooled many. You “Christians” who spout this lie must face the reality that Muslims do not believe this. They may act as if they do when having dialogue with a Christian, but in truth, they do not believe that God is a Father (as we do). They do not believe in the Trinity (or Tri-Unity) either, as we do.
For your information, there was a group (of heretics) in Muhammad’s day called the Miriamites, who were converted from paganism to Christianity. One of their beliefs was that Mary was the Queen of Heaven, whom God married, that gave birth to Jesus. The Muslims claim that Christians are idolaters—they worship God, Mary, and Jesus. But, we worship the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (ONE GOD).
Where is Their Love?
“GOD IS LOVE” is proclaimed many times in our New Testament (see 1 Jn. 4:7-11 to start with). You see, “love” is the very nature of God (vv. 7-9), which God the Father showed by giving His only Begotten Son for the redemption/salvation of all who will receive it (vv. 9-10). We Christians share their nature because we are born of them (v. 7). Because God loved us (Jn. 3:16), we who have experienced their love, forgiveness, and help, are under obligation to help others (Muslims too).
Do you know that the Muslim’s Quran lists 99 names of God, but not ONE is “love”! Not ONE is “Father”! But, in our Bible, God the Father, and God the Son are presented as those who want the “lost” world to become their sons.
Jesus=Son of the Highest
LUKE 1:32 TELLS us that the angel announced to (the virgin) Mary, “He (Jesus) will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest.” And, in John 3:16 we find that the Father “gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting (eternal) life.” This verse, dear Muslims, reveals the heart and purpose of the Father (not Allah)—His love is wide enough to embrace ALL persons, i.e., “the world” (see also 1 Tim. 2:4).
God (not Allah) GAVE His Son as an offering for Sin on the Cross. The atonement proceeds from the loving heart of God (Muslims do not believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, let alone in God “giving” Him for our salvation).
This “giving” was not something FORCED (as the Islamic religion is good at!!) upon Him (see Rom. 8:32; 1 Jn. 4:10). NO! God the Father SENT…God the Son WENT!
By and through Jesus’ death upon the Cross, and the sinners’ acceptance of His death, the lost sinners can receive “eternal life.” “Eternal” not only expresses perpetuity, but also the quality of life—a divine type of life, a life that frees the sinner from the death grip of sin, and Satan, and removes the sinner from what is earthly in order to KNOW God (see Jn. 8:34-36; 17:3).
You see, Islam in no wise offers this. Honest Muslims will tell you that their “salvation” is UNCERTAIN! Believing in Muhammad will NEVER give one eternal life…this only comes by the SINLESS man—Jesus Christ the Lord.
The Muslim’s Quran testifies that Jesus was SINLESS, whereas, Muhammad was a SINNER (see Surat 47:19; 48:1, 2; 33:36-38). Matthew 1:21 testifies that: “You shall call His name Jesus, because He will save His people (and all those who believe on Him) from their sins.”
Jesus came that “they may have (eternal) life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (Jn. 10:10). Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk. 19:10). The word “lost” is the same as “sinner.” JESUS CAME TO SAVE MUHAMMAD—FOR “ALL HAVE SINNED,” as Rom. 3:23 states.
Did you Know?
Adam sinned—Surat 2:36; 7:22, 23
Abraham sinned—Surat 26:82
Moses sinned—Surat 28:15, 16
David sinned—Surat 38:24, 25
Jonah sinned—Surat 37:142
John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29).
Both God the Father/Son forgive sin (see 1 Jn. 1:8-10; Mark 2:3-12).
The Word FATHER
WHY IS FATHER missing from the Quran? There are 99 attributes of God Almighty, but “FATHER” is NOT ONE of them!? As one scholar points out, “Father” in Arabic is easier than the word “Rub” (Lord). “Ab” in Arabic means “father.” Why is “father” not given? Of course the Muslim mindset is that they believe that the Christians hold to sex as an “animal act,” as Muslim Ahmed Deedat (now dead) believed. But, Jesus was not conceived by a physical sex act, but by the Holy Ghost.
Islamic monotheism is rigid and inflexible…it allows for NO plurality in God at all (I cover all this in the “2 Faces of Islam” magazines, free upon request). They say that Christianity is tritheism.
“Muslims,” as pointed out by Christian Bible scholars: “have a rather grossly anthropomorphic view of what it means for Christ Jesus to be a Son of God.”
“La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah”
THE ABOVE IN Arabic means: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle.” So, to believe that Allah and God are the same is not true. Allah, and God, in English, may mean “Divinity,” but THE MUSLIM’S GOD IS NOT THE SAME IN MANY RESPECTS.
Arab Christians use the term “Allah” for “God.” Of course, their understanding of what this term means differs from that of Muslims; both have the same referent in mind.
The author of the Muheet-el-muheet dictionary says this: “Allah is the name of necessary Being. There are 20 different views as to the derivation of this name of the Supreme; the most probable is that it’s root is ‘illah,’ the past participle form, or the measure ‘fi’al,’ from the verb ‘ilaho’=‘to worship,’ to which the article was prefixed to indicate the supreme object of worship.”
Even before Muhammad’s time, Arabs of pre-Islamic days acknowledged a Supreme God. Of the 360 idols in the Kaaba, one was called “Allah.”
This is all well and good, but this does not do away with the fact that Muslims practice unholy things that we are repulsed at: murder, rape, jihad, war, slavery, etc…all of which are not propagated by Bible-believing Christians.
THIS SURA is held to be worth a third of the whole Quran—“most Gracious,” “most Merciful,” “The One
and Only,” “the Eternal,” “Absolute.” Not a word about “love,” nor “Father.”
The Quran uses 2 words to describe the “oneness” of Allah, “ahad” and “wahid;” the first is used as an adjective. It is employed in 2 Suras to DENY that God has any PARTNER or COMPANION associated with him. In Arabic, they claim, this form means the negation of any other number. “Wahid” can mean the same as the first, but also means: “the One, same God for all.” This is to say, there is only one God for Muslims, and he is the same God for all peoples. Thus, both God’s unity and singularity are implied (see Nassir El-Din El-Assad’s “The Concept of Monotheism in Islam and Christianity (1982, p. 23).
The BIG SIN, dear Christians, is for us to assign partners to God. Their Quran boldly declares: “Allah forgiveth not (the SIN of) joining other gods with Him; but He forgiveth whom He pleaseth other sins than this: one who joins other gods with God, hath strayed far, far away (from the Right)” (Sura 4:116).
So, do we DENY Jesus, the Only begotten of God? Do we DENY the Holy Ghost (Spirit) too?
THE ISLAMIC view of Allah is:
1—He is ONE, and in sovereign control of all things;
2—He has NO equals or partners;
3—He possesses many names (traditionally 99), but none really describes His ineffable essence. Rather, they speak of “the sovereign free will of God/Allah.”
ONE ONLY NEEDS TO READ THE QURAN TO FIND OUT THAT THE MUSLIM’S ALLAH IS NOT THE SAME AS THE CHRISTIAN’S GOD.