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The Christian Allah

by Staff


Tags: catholic church, religious conflict, allah, islam in asia,

In the Arab world, Muslims and Christians alike pray to Allah. Not because of some very ambitious interfaith effort—simply because “Allah” is the Arabic equivalent of “God,” in the singular, monotheistic sense.

Elsewhere, the idea can be fairly shocking. Recently, the Malaysian government threatened to revoke a small Catholic newspaper’s publishing license over its use of the word “Allah” in reference to the Christian god, Asia Sentinel reports. Amid pressure from the public, the government eventually backed down.

(Thanks, Christianity Today.)

Steve Thorngate

jeffery biss
4/21/2008 1:08:49 PM

Realistically, it would be a waste of time trying to explain to the ignorant adherent that they worship the SAME god as Christians and Jews so the government may as well placate as soon as possible. That is how power is maintained in backwards countries.


anne r. fitzgerald_3
4/21/2008 1:06:54 PM

God is the same, no matter what names we concoct: God, Dieu, Deus, Dios, Jehovah, Yawheh, Father, Mother, Shiva, Rama, etc. There is an Arab tradition that the camel smiles because he/she alone knows the thousandth name of God. It may be a mind opening experience to pray to God under different names.