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Saying God instead of Allah

Question: Is it permissible to say God instead of Allah? Are there equivalents for the word Allah in other languages?
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Allahu tals Names are tawqf; that is, it is permissible to use His Names shown by Islam and not permissible to use other names. For instance, Allahu tal may be called lim (the Omniscient), but it is not permissible to use faqh which also means lim, for Islam does not use faqh for Allahu tal. There is no religious obstacle to using the word god in the meaning of ilh. For example, it is permissible to say, Ox is the god of Hindus or Allah is one; there is no god but He or Our god is Allah. But it is not permissible to say, Our Allah is God. You should understand this fine point well.

(Ilh: God. God means mabd [that which, or who, is, or is to be worshipped]. Anything which is worshipped is called a god. The Name of Allahu tal is Allah, not God. There is no ilh [god] besides Allah.)

Allahu tala Names are infinite. It is well-known that He has one thousand and one Names; that is, He revealed one thousand and one of His Names to human beings. In Islam, ninety-nine of them, called Asm-ul Husn, were revealed.

It is not permissible to say God instead of the Name Allah or Allah instead of the name God, because god means ilh, idol. As Assyrians accustomed the Turks to worshipping the sun and stars, they would worship the sun when it dawned. For this reason, the suns name became tanyeri and finally tanr (god).

The word Allah is a proper name. There is no equivalent for it in any languages. This word does not have masculine or feminine form. However, the word god has equivalents in every language and also masculine and feminine forms in some of them, e.g., mabud and mabuda (in Arabic), tanr and tanra (in Turkish), God and Goddess (in English), Dieu and Deesse (in French), and Gott and Gttin (in German). None of these words can be used instead of the name Allah. It is necessary to use only the word Allah when you refer to Allah, because Allahu tal declares, My name is Allah. Worship Me by saying Allah. We must use the word He has commanded us to use. When the word ilh is meant, all nations can use its equivalents in their own languages, but the word Allah is the same in all languages. (Endless Bliss)

It is purported in the Qurn al-karm:
(Allah is only one god.) [Srat-ul-Nis, 171]

(I am Allah. There is no god but I.) [Srat-u Th, 14]

(Your Mawl is Allah.) [Srat-u l-i Imrn, 150]
 
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16 Temmuz 2019 Sal
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