Misconceptions about Allah: Is Allah God ?
Yes, Allah is God. He is Allah, the One and Only. He is the same God worshipped in the Jewish and Christian faiths and is recognisable as such. Across the globe and throughout history people of all faiths and beliefs have turned towards God, or a supreme deity, the Creator of the universe. He is Allah. Allah is God. God the Creator. God the Sustainer.
The word God is spelled and pronounced differently in many languages: the French call him Dieu, the Spanish, Dios and the Chinese refer to the One God as Shangdi. In Arabic, Allah means the One True God, worthy of all submission and devotion. Jewish and Christian Arabs refer to God as Allah, and He is the same One True God referred to in the Biblical passage,
"Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is One". (Deuteronomy 6.4 & Mark 12.29)
In all three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) God and Allah are the same. However, when asking the question, Is Allah God, it is equally important to understand who Allah is not.
He is not a man, nor is He an ethereal spirit, therefore when Muslims talk about Allah there is no concept of a trinity. He was not begotten nor does He beget, therefore He does not have sons or daughters. He does not have partners or underlings; therefore, there are no demi gods or minor deities inherent in the concept of Allah. He is not part of His creation and Allah is not in everybody and everything. Consequently, it is not possible to become allahlike or attain allahhood.
Preservation and Literary Challenge of the Quran
Memorisation: In the ancient times, when writing was scarcely used, memory and oral transmission was exercised and strengthened to a degree now almost unknown.' relates Michael Zwettler. It was in to this 'oral' society that Prophet Muhammad was born. During its revelation, which spanned twenty three years, not only did the Prophet teach the Qur'an, he memorised it entirely himself as did many of his Companions amongst them; Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, Ibn Masud, Abu Hurairah, Abdullah bin Abbas, Abdullah bin Amr bin al-As, Aisha, Hafsa, and Umm Salama. The Angel Gabriel would spend every night in the month of Ramadhan with the Prophet, on a yearly basis, to refresh his Qur'anic memory.
The lives of Muslims revolved solely around the Qur'an; they would memorise it, teach it, recite portions from it every day for their obligatory Prayers - and many would stand a third of the night in prayer reciting from it. There existed so many memorisers of the Qur'an, that it was considered strange to find a family without someone amongst them who had not memorised the Qur'an entirely.
As time progressed, literally thousands of schools were opened devoted specifically to the teaching of the Qur'an to children for the purpose of memorization. The teachers in these schools would have unbroken Tazkiya's [authoritative chains of learning] going back to the Prophet himself through his many Companions - and this system exists even today.
Three Lines that Changed the World: The Inimitability of the Shortest Chapter in the Qur'an
Inna aAtayna kal kawthar (Verily We have given to you the abundance) إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ
Fasalli li rabbika wanhar (So pray to your Lord and sacrifice) فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ
Inna shani-aka huwal abtar (Indeed your enemy is the one who is cut off) إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الْأَبْتَرُ
Chapter al-Kawthar (The Abundance) is the smallest chapter in the Qur'an consisting of only three lines. From a linguistic, literary, theological, rational and ideological point of view this chapter has the utmost significance. Being the smallest chapter in the Qur'an it is often cited by those who are involved in some form of polemic. This is due to the famous challenge of the Qur'an. The Qur'an states:
"If you (mankind) are in doubt concerning what We revealed to Our servant, than bring a chapter like it...." Qur'an 2:23
Short Biography Of The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him)
The Prophets Birth: Muhammad, son of Abdullah, son of Abdul Muttalib, of the tribe of Quraysh, was born in Makkah in the year 571 C.E. His father died before he was born, and he was raised first by his grandfather, Abdul Muttalib, and after his grandfathers death, by his uncle Abu Talib. As a young boy he travelled with his uncle in the merchants caravan to Syria, and some years later made the same journey in the service of a wealthy widow named Khadijah. So faithfully he conducted her business, and so excellent was the report of his behaviour, which she received from her old servant who had accompanied him, that she soon afterwards married her young agent; and the marriage proved a very happy one, though she was fifteen years older than he was. Throughout the twenty-six years of their life together he remained devoted to her; and after her death, when he took other wives he always mentioned her with the greatest love and reverence. This marriage gave him rank among the notables of Makkah, while his conduct earned for him the title al-Amin, the trustworthy.
The Origin of Life - an Islamic Perspective
Science must increase our faith. It is wrong for anyone to close their eyes to what is right in front of them. For a Muslim the evidence of dinosaurs and fossils is not a threat to our beliefs. Rather, it is a confirmation of the power of Allah.
A. Why Does Allah Tell Us About the Creation?
The Holy Qur'an is the book given to us by the Creator of the Universe. Allah, (literally: THE God) which is His personal Name, knows us best and is aware that humans can be very skeptical creatures.
Allah points out, "...if you were to seek a tunnel into the earth or a ladder into the skies and bring them a sign, (they still wouldn't be convinced.) If it were Allah's will, He could gather them all into true guidance, so don't be among those who are influenced by ignorance." (6:35)
Allah, the Keeper of Wisdom, makes it a point to give as many proofs in the Qur'an about His existence and creative abilities as possible so the maximum number of humans can be guided. We need proof, and Allah gives us that proof. (2:26, 40:57)
Allah, of course, does not need us to follow Him, or believe in Him. As He states, "Allah can do without them and Allah is free of all needs." (64:6)
He merely wishes that people would choose to believe in Him so He can reward them for their choice. Allah is ready to forgive even those who acted wrongly if they but ask for His forgiveness.