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Errrr from a hebrew/aramaic/arabic speaker who has also researched the etymology right down to the proto phonecian, I can tell you that in Hebraic terms "allah" "alah" means "curse".......
Both Eloh and Allah shares the same root: Eloh (Alef Lameh Heh) , Allah (Alif Lam Ha).
So on what basis that the word Allah is reserved for the Muslims? , its not, and never was. The word Allah or Eloh, by meaning can be translated to 'The GOD' , 'The Highest GOD', or 'The One GOD'.
The name of the father of Prophet Muhammad was Abdullah. Which means 'Servant of Allah' or 'Servant of GOD'. However, that period of time, was way before the Prophet ministry was even started, but the word 'Allah' was already there, used by the polytheist arabs to refer to The Highest GOD in their polytheist society. They even went too far by assigning daughters to Allah (Al-'Uzza, al-Lat and Manah).
So, the word 'Allah' was not introduced after Prophet Muhammad started preaching, thus, not reserved for only the Muslims, it simply word to refer to GOD in the Arabic language!. Even the Bible in Arab countries uses the word Allah to refer to Eloh.
"Allah" comes from the Arabic word "elah"a god' or something worshiped.
Is "Allah" only for Islam and Muslims? [No! It is for All Three Abrahamic Faiths.]
However, the words that are in the Bible that are pronounced more similarly to "Allah" are found below, with definitions and references where these words are found.
By resorting to this lexicon, the person whom Abdallah quotes proves that "elah" is not the name of God but is simply a word that carries both the meaning of "God" and "god" (there is no capitalization in Hebrew either). Moreover, as the person quoted by Abdallah confessed, "elah" and "Allah" are not pronounced the same, so his argument fails on that point as well. For your convenience, since, according to Abdallah, "It's the pronunciation that counts", I reproduce the list of words in the Bible that are pronounced like "Allah":
'alah (Strong’s Number: H421): to bewail :- lament.
But what do I know huh? Just have studied it for years lol...
Ah yes, more wars between those who are Different.
Muslims and Christians set fire to each others' homes
Originally posted by truth_of_truth
reply to post by SuperSlovak
and christians (catholics) any better??? wow these people worship the same god
October 7, 2001
This Is a Religious War
By ANDREW SULLIVAN
erhaps the most admirable part of the response to the conflict that began on Sept. 11 has been a general reluctance to call it a religious war. Officials and commentators have rightly stressed that this is not a battle between the Muslim world and the West, that the murderers are not representative of Islam. President Bush went to the Islamic Center in Washington to reinforce the point. At prayer meetings across the United States and throughout the world, Muslim leaders have been included alongside Christians, Jews and Buddhists.
The only problem with this otherwise laudable effort is that it doesn't hold up under inspection. The religious dimension of this conflict is central to its meaning. The words of Osama bin Laden are saturated with religious argument and theological language. Whatever else the Taliban regime is in Afghanistan, it is fanatically religious. Although some Muslim leaders have criticized the terrorists, and even Saudi Arabia's rulers have distanced themselves from the militants, other Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere have not denounced these acts, have been conspicuously silent or have indeed celebrated them. The terrorists' strain of Islam is clearly not shared by most Muslims and is deeply unrepresentative of Islam's glorious, civilized and peaceful past. But it surely represents a part of Islam -- a radical, fundamentalist part -- that simply cannot be ignored or denied.
In that sense, this surely is a religious war -- but not of Islam versus Christianity and Judaism. Rather, it is a war of fundamentalism against faiths of all kinds that are at peace with freedom and modernity. This war even has far gentler echoes in America's own religious conflicts -- between newer, more virulent strands of Christian fundamentalism and mainstream Protestantism and Catholicism. These conflicts have ancient roots, but they seem to be gaining new force as modernity spreads and deepens. They are our new wars of religion -- and their victims are in all likelihood going to mount with each passing year.
Originally posted by Selahobed
Im never going to cast my pearls amongst swine again... lol... Shish kebab.
In an interview with Raw Story, Schaeffer -- who has a new book coming out this month called Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism) -- discussed his concerns about the radicalization of the Christian right and the increasingly violent rhetoric he foresees turning into actual violence.
"Since President Obama took office I've felt like the lonely -- maybe crazy -- proverbial canary in the coal mine," Schaeffer said. "As a former right wing leader, who many years ago came to my senses and began to try to undo the harm the movement of religious extremism I helped build has done, I've been telling the media that we're facing a dangerous time in our history. A fringe element of the far right Republican Party seems it believes it has a license to incite threatening behavior in the name of God."
"The bestselling status of the Left Behind novels proves that, not unlike Islamist terrorists who behead their enemies, many evangelical/fundamentalist readers relish the prospect of God doing lots of messy killing for them as they watch in comfort from on high," he added. "They want revenge on all people not like them -- forever."
Want president assassinated
"The scary thing is that there are a number of pastors on record as saying they are praying for the President’s death. Can you imagine what some gun-toting paranoid who hears that in a sermon is thinking and might do? And to them the fact that 'the world' likes this black man is reason enough to hate him. You wait. The reaction to Obama winning the Nobel Prize will be entirely negative from the far Religious Right. 'See the world, all those socialists like him that just proves he’s a -- fill in the blank -- communist, secret Muslim, the Antichrist, whatever.'"
Originally posted by TarzanBeta
Originally posted by EvolvedMinistry
reply to post by ModernAcademia
I am a Christian and these things which have been mentioned are not my actions. I am intelligent, peaceful, and loving(sometimes aggressive). I have little regard for the government, nor do I believe in it. I do not care about televangelists nor do I care for any celebrity Christians that makes bucks off of books.
I have GOD within me. He works THROUGH ME. I am still human and do bad things and make simple mistakes. But I know HE IS ALWAYS THERE. I never forget that when I do something bad or make a mistake, He was RIGHT THERE WATCHING. In this way, I AM NO HYPOCRITE.
Do not dare tell me WHAT SHOULD BE BANNED AND WHAT SHOULD NOT. If you want to ban anything, ban unintelligence. Most religions, regardless of how pagan and evil, were developed for a specific purpose and follow a strict set of principles. Don't sit here and tell me that because people are screw ups that we should get rid of religion.
WHY DON'T YOU JUST TRY GETTING RID OF THE WEATHER. You'll have more luck.
And you'll never ban unintelligence, as is obvious, because you contribute to it with this particular post.
Think or Pray - Either one, take your pick.
I tried twice to edit my "I am a Christians" remark and I missed it the first time...but I got it this time!
[edit on 1/9/2010 by TarzanBeta]
[edit on 1/9/2010 by TarzanBeta]