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God vs Allah

Religion is a very controversial topic to discuss especially between Islam and Christianity. Devout followers of both faiths have claimed supremacy over the other which is why throughout history; many scholars and experts have tried to breakdown the difference between God and Allah.

First, analysis of each name reveals a difference in meaning based from their language of origin. God is said to be rooted from the Sanskrit word ‘hu’ which means to call upon or invoke. Allah, on the other hand, is rooted from the Arabic ‘al’ which means ‘the’ and ‘ilah’ which means deity or god. But despite clear variation, both names basically refer to a very powerful being that can be called upon for help.

The next point to be analyzed is their behavior as recorded in accounts found in the Bible and Koran. God proclaims salvation through unconditional faith by his followers and through the sacrifice o f his son Jesus. Allah promises deliverance to followers who do good deeds as outlined in their holy book the Koran.

Christians worship three incarnations of God that is known as the Holy Trinity; the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. Muslims know only of one Supreme Being and that is Allah. There is also a big difference in how God and Allah see those who sin. God can forgive those who go against him while Allah is a bit strict and wants those who sin be punished accordingly.

God also allowed his prophets to perform miraculous acts in his behalf as a form of persuasion for skeptics. The Muslim prophet Muhammad wasn’t required by Allah to do the same. But perhaps the most critical aspect in which these two deities differ from each other is how their followers can gain entry into heaven or paradise. God does not allow sinners into his fold unless they repent and wash their sins through Jesus. Allah determines entrance into paradise through th e gravity of a person’s sin. Minor offenses are treated lightly but big sins mean eternal damnation.

There are other points where both religions meet and veer away from each other. But no matter what their differences are, both deities play vital roles in the moral values of the society and civilization as a whole.

Summary:

1. The word God has a different meaning with Allah ‘“ God means to invoke or call upon while Allah means deity or god.

2. God promises salvation to those who believe in him while Allah wants his followers to do good deeds to save their souls.

3. God has three representations; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit while Allah is the lone god every Muslim must worship.

4. God preaches forgiveness against sin while Allah wants his followers who sin be punished.

5. God shows his presence through miracles while Allah doesn’t.

6. God will only allow sinne rs in heaven when they repent and pray through Jesus. Allah allows those with minor sins to enter paradise.


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  1. Hi,

    It seems that this article is inaccurate on a number of points and very superficial in relation to your understanding of Islam. Some examples:

    ’2. God promises salvation to those who believe in him while Allah wants his followers to do good deeds to save their souls.’

    Every believer will enter Paradise, some without reckoning, some after their deeds weighed and some after recompense.

    ’4. God preaches forgiveness against sin while Allah wants his followers who sin be punished.’

    This is incorrect as Allah wants good for all His creation but those who sin risk the possibility of being punished. In fact He places many intermediaries between himself and creation do that they may seek forgiveness for their shortcomings. Allah tells His creation ‘I am how you perceive me’ – so those who have a good opinion of him will reap the benefits.There is also the Prophetic tradition which states that on the Day of Judgment a man who will have absolutely no good deeds to speak of will gain entrance into heaven without punishment by simply having a good opinion of his Lord.

    ’5. God shows his presence through miracles while Allah doesn’t.’

    Another inaccurate point. Muslims most definitely believe in miracles, whether they be on the hands of Prophets or saints (or even the layman). To say the Prophet Muhammad did not perform miracles is complete ignorance, a brief reading of his biography would indicate otherwise. Examples are the splitting of the moon after being challenged by disbelievers, providing food to feed hundreds from a single cooking pot and providing water from a rock for the companions to use for ablutions.

    ’6. God will only allow sinners in heaven when they repent and pray through Jesus. Allah allows those with minor sins to enter paradise.’

    Allah is the ‘All Forgiving’, all one has to do is turn to Him, in fact many will be forgiven just for doing something that is deemed minor to the layperson, the example giving in regards to point 4 is sufficient in addressing this.

    Regards,

    • Which surah is it that the refutations to point 4 is said.

    • Dude, totally agree with you. When I read this article I laughed my ass off.

      “Surely, those who believe, those who are the Jews and the Sabians and the Christians – whosoever believed in Allah and the Last Day, and worked righteousness, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.”
      Think it’s chapter 5 verse 69 or 70 check it up
      Peace, salaam

    • As I am embarking on a journey of better understanding of various religions and peoples beliefs and where I fit in ultimately good to see comments that clarify things as I go along.Where it takes me who knows…………..

      • Glad to hear brother, however, if you’re gonna search for a philosophy of life that in your mind makes sense, you should read the original books of those religions you have as alternatives. I urge you NOT to listen to other people when it comes to the content of each religions, the message makes the religion not the people who uses the message. In the bible, priests are able to make interpretations for you. In the quran, one must interpret themselves because there is no one between man and diety in Islam. Good luck!

  2. There was a totally wrong interpretation about Allah. i believe the writer have no ideas on what his trying to describe. please refer to Al-Quran, and you will get the true picture between Allah and god because Al-quran never ammend by human being compare to bible. bible are changing regarding time by their follower, they will choose the thing that they think suitable for their life BUT Al- Quran is from the Allah via Jibril to Muhammad SAW to all mankind

    Islam is the way of life.

  3. If for one second anyone actually believes that Mohammad split the moon literally is only going to show how rediculous one is for believing in such a thing. Another thing, much food from a cooking pot ? That was copied from the Bible of the story where Jesus fed the ,ultitudes with fish and bread in the basket and also the story of the water from the rock was copied from the Bible considering it’s almost the same exact story just changed the words a bit. It’s obvious to people like me that have studied and researched many religions and the history of them that the Quran and Mohammad are false doctrine and a false prophet which the Bible warned us about. It’s easy to see if you only do a little bit of studying.

    • bible is contemporary regarding the time, have you realize?. but the quran was evergreen through the time, no changing at all. how many version of bible do you have rite know? did you’all used the same bible. i dont think so. did the bible says, one day the last prophet will come to the earth and teach about Islam, and even jesus have to obey to the muhammad. muhammad bring the Al-quran because the bible has been modified by his follower regarding to their needs. but al-quran is the different. it came from Allah through Jibril to Muhammad. Allah promises to preserve al-quran from any modification.

      Surah Al-Ikhlas
      “The absolute fact is that Allah is the Only One, The Unique, the Solitary, the Absolute; The Perfect, The Exclusive; Allah is the Eternal, Absolute, Transcendent, Absolutely Independent; Allah is The Only Self Reliant; One upon Whom all, without any exception, are dependant; [112:01-02]

    • To FRED, it seems from reading your responds thats you subscribe to the Christian faith, i don’t subscribe to either, i love the way you use reasoning to arrive at the conclusion that any one believing in the said miracles of Mohammed got to be crazy. if you could just use the same thinking you’ll fine that Jesus miracles aren’t unique to him and in fact non of the biblical miracle. at best thy where borrowed from pagan religions, yes you can see Mohammed as a copy cat, but the whole Bible is such also, is any of those book where to be presented as scholarly work by a modern day researcher or graduate student as final graduate work. they will all be guilty of plagiarism, so i don’t know why any one believe in them any way.

    • when one of the follower of the Prophet been asked if he believe that Muhamed travel one nigth between Mecca and Juresalem,he answered that he believe him for more than that (that he get from the seven heavens the words of God=Allah)
      i believe that it is true as i belive that Jesus walked on the sea and that Moses split the ocean.
      they all coming from the same source.
      if so nothing will surprise you on finding ressemblance on the three books:Thorat,Bible,Coran.
      i belive on all three of them and i follow the last one because God won’t send another prophet if there was no need.

  4. The proof is in the pudding !!!

    What is happening with the countries like middle east shows how inhumane and violent these people truly are. They have no respect for human race and they have no clue what is right and there is so much fear and hate in these people that they should consider turning to christianity for eternal peace and love.

    God Bless

    • Christianity is the last place I would look for peace and love. What you will find there is fear, hate, judgement, hypocrisy, and greed. Please don’t forget the never spoken of fact that there are christian terrorists as well. They just aren’t marked as terrorists. Which is a funny bias if you ask me….

    • Islam is a religon of peace and love

  5. Allah=God. God=Allah. They are one and the same. I’m not a scholar, but I do have a pretty good knowledge of both religions and I know that at the core, both preach the same thing. Love of God, Love of Yourself, and Love of Others. Christianity and Islam are both beautiful religions, and the deitiy that both Christians and Muslims worship and pray to is the same.
    Don’t hate, man.

  6. What is the difference between God and Nature?

  7. God and Allah are thesame but the difference is the interpretation of the individuals understanding, God is God, the thing is the language and believes. Let’s love one another as we love yourself. Amen

  8. To FRED, it seems from reading your responds thats you subscribe to the Christian faith, i don’t subscribe to either, i love the way you use reasoning to arrive at the conclusion that any one believing in the said miracles of Mohammed got to be crazy. if you could just use the same thinking you’ll fine that Jesus miracles aren’t unique to him and in fact non of the biblical miracle. at best thy where borrowed from pagan religions, yes you can see Mohammed as a copy cat, but the whole Bible is such also, is any of those book where to be presented as scholarly work by a modern day researcher or graduate student as final graduate work. they will all be guilty of plagiarism, so i don’t know why any one believe in them any way.

  9. It seems most people have a wrong opinion ofthe Bible God-Jehovah.He is love and through Jesus the Saviour,he establishes a personal relationship with anyone that comes to him. God did not establish any religion on earth. Want to enjoy life with God?e-mail methomson4real@yahoo.com

  10. i think you got some of that wrong, show me the proof of what you say if you are truthful

    allah is the only god, allah is god, but he is one never three, or four

    do major sins take people to hell? they can do but there have been hadith along the lines that

    where it seems that even prostitutes, and sinners have been forgiven by allah, god for a lifetimes worth of sins and have not been punished in the grave inshallah

  11. If Jesus (PBUH) and Muhammad (PBUH) where reading this article an the comments that follows, both will be dissapointed. There is no possibility to have two different supreme beings. The creator is the same whether we like him or not.
    He does not need us to defend HIM or compare HIM with anything else. We need HIM and HE does not need us.

    I can bet my last dollar, Jesus (PBUH) and Muhammad (PBUH) would never compete against each other. I urge everyone to read the revealed scriptures with the interest of learning what the message say to us and not to distort it.

  12. Lol. This article has to be the most poorly written article i have come across in a long time. Look at how desparate the writer is to prove that Muslims and Christians worship different Gods. He/She doesn’t reliaze that the second most used name for God in the Bible is “Elohim”, which in Hebbrew means the same thing as “Allah” the only one worthy of worship. Plus “Allah is a bit more strict” Lol. Every chapter of the Quran starts with “With the name of God, the MOST COMPASSIONATE, the MOST MERCIFUL”. The writer lied when he/she said that God accepts repentence but Allah doesn’t. Allah will ALWAYS accept repentence from any of his slaves. And before you call “Allah” strict, you might want to read the Old Testament, particularly Deuteronomy, where Moses slaughters infidels in the name of God.

  13. Also, does this mean that Jews and Christians worship different Gods? Something for you to consider…

  14. great article !! i would also add that only muslims consider their allah god same as xtian god, only xtians consider their god same as jewish god, and of course, the jew disavow both xtian & islamic gods. this is straight from their orthodox theologies, so expect the liberal versions to differ…

    as for mohamhead & the evil koran…

    Mohamhead was a 7th century murdering warlord who rose to power on a river of blood surrounded by thugs and gangsters using intimidation, violence, deception and trickery to expand their criminal empire while mercilessly suppressing and killing their opponents and enriching themselves on stolen booty.

    The evil koran is a collection of sayings and speeches by this diabolical madman claiming divine guidance from some mythical sky-god which has inspired generations of crazed fanatics to abhorrent behavior resulting in historys worst ever crimes against humanity starting 1400 years ago and still continuing even today.

    graphics version, great for emailing :)

    http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/1479/dangermoko.jpg

    • @ecks why,,,,,I fear 4 u on the day of judgement b4 God,,,the finger u use in typing all this nonsense of urs will denie u,,,infact Ur Prophet will denie U I.e prophet ISA (pbuh) (jesus the son mariam) B4 the Almigthy God………I leave u to God and keep boasting in ignorance and u are arrogantly selected….And to the writer,,,,first all,will like to call ur attention to something u failed to realise,,,,,,,,Never in ur life compare God with whatever He created,imagine U say God vs Jesus etc and I don’t knw how to put this straigth into ur stincky brain dat these are all languages with the same and one Almigthy meaning they call God,Allah in arabic or do u expect them to use another country’s language,AllaHa is called God in jesus mother’s tongue,jehova means God for some people,my mother tongue we call God eledumare, and so on what is ur stress and what do u intend to gain after ur low level write up and it shows how low u are when writing articles out for fools like u to read….And let me make this clear to U, Most muslim sometimes fails to know and note this that we and the christians worship a different God ‘cos theirs is three in one God but mine as a muslim ONE God (ALLAH,the most merciful and most beneficient) pls research b4 spreading shits out and remember u will still give account of this b4 the almigthy God and u shld v always noticed that No Muslim on earth will raise an abuse on any of the prophet of the Almigthy God I.e prophet b4 Prophet muhammad (pbuh)………..So bear this and read well to know the truth and the true way is ISLAM (submission to the will of the Almigthy God)MUSLIM.

  15. The author of this article is right. Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God. And whatever linguistic games he wants to play is fine with me. Christians are polythesits that worship three gods. If a minister/priest/preacher is asked about this, they will say it is a “mystery of faith” The truth is: The holy spirit is a part of god that can enter a person and provide comfort, answers to prayers, and guidance. The son is an incarnation of god similiar to Hinduism. This provides a good argument as to the authors explaination of the origin of the word god as being from Sanskrit(a Hindu language.) The Christian god is not so disimiliar from Zeus and his numerous sons. This point shows how early Christians were influenced by Greek ideas. Finally they believe in god the father. He is the main god who looks like a man and cannot be reached except through the holy ghost or Jesus. Catholics can also reach him through saints. So, as my Muslim brothers and sisters can see, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same god and to say we do is Kuf.

  16. I have to say that this is what I wanted to know just to confirm my understanding in what the differences were. I only have one main objective; as a Christian, I feel that we are miss represented when it comes to who and how we worship. Real Christians believe in Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and the Father/ GOD, but here’s the catch but we believe them all to be ONE! One God, One Faith, One Baptizmal. As Real Christians we believe that God will not only forgive us of our sins when we repent and turn from our wicked ways, but also deliver us from the bonds that hold us back.

    For those who believe in Allah then they are the ones who will be left here when the second coming of the Christians Massiah returns to rapture those who are ready.

    To be ready you must first believe in Christ, for he is the only way, the only truth, and the only light. Then Be baptized in ONLY IN THE NAME OF JESUS! Not in titles of what any man can be. And finally to receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Even after you’ve accomplished this goals you then are equipped to fight the good fight and always conquer the everyday wiles of the spiritual enemy.

    Those who follow Allah say that they follow the law of Moses but forget that the God of Moses was none other than GOD not Allah and the law that God gave to moses for his chosen people was made for them to love one another throughout their individual lives. Allah doesn’t allow Mercy and forgiveness, but pain and suffering.

    God is a sign and representation of Holiness and Good, wheather Allah isnt too far off from barely topping Satans ways, quite frankly there’s alot of seperation between God and Allah, God has grace and peace, Allah is all about getting your own, wrath and justice the majority of the time and then also can only do so much whether with God, there is no limit at all to him and his abilities.

  17. hi.

    First of this article has a completely wrong point of view, through this it appears that there are different gods in this world, the god of christians the god (Allah) of muslims the god of jews the gods of hindus the god of bidhists etc. That is totally wrong my dear , there is only one GOD for us all and for every other creature in this world. It is just the difference of the ways of worshiping him and the the different laguages that calls him in other words (which one is the right way of worship is completely another question )
    Allah is the GOD its just the arabic word for GOD like in german gott or in french dieu or in spanish dios or italian dio etc etc. could we ask now WHAT IS THE DIFFERECE BETWEEN GOD AND DIOS (in Spanish) offcourse not that is the same just a different language .

    I realy don’t understand when you say it in “summary 1″- Summary:1. The word God has a different meaning with Allah ‘“ God means to invoke or call upon while Allah means deity or god. –
    first you say The word God has a different meaning with Allah THAANN
    you say God means to invoke or call upon while Allah means deity or GOD.
    it seems like you dont know the true meaning of word GOD, because also in english GOD means deity as well, and than you say … or God that means that Allah means God :D you say it yourself and you don’t understand it.

    in Qur’an GOD mentioned 99 names for him the best is ALLAH

    http://voyagebwp.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/99-names-of-allah-with-english-meanings/

    Second there are many mistakes describing Allah (god ) form the islamic way

    “summary 3″. God has three representations; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit while Allah is the lone god every Muslim must worship.

    -( Allah isn’t the lone god only for muslims but for everything that exists )

    “summary 4″. God preaches forgiveness against sin while Allah wants his followers who sin be punished.

    -( The Prophet Mohamed pbuh said that God’s mercy overcomes his anger and he is the forgiver the merciful, he forgives everyone that asks HIM AND ONLY HIM sincerely for forgiveness and doesn’t worship anything else but HIM.
    Hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorance. (Qur’an, 7: 199)
    … They should rather pardon and overlook. Wouldn’t you love Allah to forgive you? Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 24:22)
    The repayment of a bad action is one equivalent to it. But if someone pardons and puts things right, his reward is with Allah… (Qur’an, 42:40)
    …. But if you pardon and exonerate and forgive, Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Qur’an, 64: 14)
    etc.)- ” http://www.islamfortoday.com/athar12.htm

    “summary 5″. God shows his presence through miracles while Allah doesn’t.
    - This sentence like the whole text is the prove the this article has a completely wrong point of view because Allah (god ) shows his presence in
    many many ways that are mentioned in Torah, Bible , Qur’an , in the words of his Prophets (from Adam, Abraham, Noah, Salomon, David , Moses , Jesus, etc. and last by Mohamed peace be upen all of them ) in the Nature and all around us.
    He has let loose the two seas, converging together, with a barrier between them they do not break through. (Qur’an, 55:19-20)
    etc.)

    summary 6. God will only allow sinners in heaven when they repent and pray through Jesus. Allah allows those with minor sins to enter paradise.
    -( It is the same like in “summary 4″ Allah (God) will allow anyone to enter paradise who repent and pray and him but only him, not through Jesus or Mohamed or Moses or anything else )

    god bless

  18. Allah is the arabic word for ‘God’, and the God of Muslims and the Gods of Christains are the same god, just interpreted differently

  19. God , Allah, Elohim… same deity different languages.

    Arabic speaking Christians also use the term Allah. Now the way each denomination or holy book describe this deity may differ slightly but they all refer to the SAME deity GOD, DIEU, ELOHIM, ALLAH, DIOS…. . These three monotheistic religions differ primarily by their chosen prophet. Mind you chronologically speaking each religion does acknowledge and respect the prophets of their previous counterpart. Judaism- Christian then Islam (chronologically)

  20. Perhaps we need to understand one thing when it comes to God, and that is, there is only one true Gog and he simply says: I am God of all Gods. I am All in all . There is NO other GOD beside me. Now that is so crystal clear and easy to understand. So what is all the fuss all about ? Gas we poor mortals like to complicate things a little for our self’s , like children we are full of ego and vanity the works of the Devil. I am better than you , my God is so and so. Just think about it how great is God, and he has so many names throughout all Nations of this World,and he doesn’t mind. He Loves us all. And he calls as Children. I can see why, Can you ? The main thing is that no matter what, we need God, he does not need us, but if we put our differences aside, and just love one another as well as God we are so Blessed. I like to take this opportunity and bless all God worshipers and devotees. No matter what your religion is. And if you have Faith, than let the Faith and Love trough God conquer all. I truly believe that. Just one thing comes to my mind when it comes to Mohammed the prophet , he wasn’t crucified and resurrected JESUS WAS !
    SO JESUS IS LORD. Amen.

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