La illah ila Allah….There is no god but Allah.
Muslims claim they
worship the same God as the Christians and Jews. They claim that Allah is a generic term that just means God. Allah is
not the name of the Arabic god, they claim, but simply a word meaning God in Arabic.
Muslims claim that Allah was always the biblical God and that Islam just continued and perfected these religions with
the same God. This claim of continuity of their religion is profoundly
important in their attempts to convert people to their relgion and to legitimize their faith.
Muslims also cite that since Christian arabs call God Allah, this is proof that Allah is a title or word, not a name. They claim this was always what they called Allah and some even try to claim that Allah
is mentioned in the Bible.
Throughout the ancient Middle East, the people were predominantly pagans.
They worshipped a moon god. The word for god in Arabic is ilah. Archaeologists have uncovered temples to the moon
god throughout many areas. This was the most widespread religion in that part of the ancient world. The symbol
for this moon god was the crescent moon. This same symbol is still used
throughout the Middle East today.
left thousands of tablets describing their moon god. He had many names. The most predominant name they used was
Sin. Remnants describing this god were also found throughout Mesopotamia. The Assyrians, Babylonians,
and Akkadians also worshipped the moon god Sin. This god married the
sun goddess and had daughters. Sacrifices were constantly made to them. The
title of the highest god, the moon god, was Al-ilah or Allah. Pagan arabs even used the name of Allah in
their children’s names, such as Abdullah. Mohammad’s father’s name was Abdullah (slave of Allah.) Evidently, Allah was the name of a pagan god long before Islam was established.
The most prominent deity
in Mecca (Mohammad's birthplace) was Hubal (Hub'al - the
Allah reference is there.) This seems to be a variation of the sun god Baal who is referenced in the Bible
and detested as a pagan diety. Baal is also referred to as Beelzebub or Satan, a coicidence worth noting.
Hubal was the chief god among 360 other deities. He was the Meccan's moon god . Since he was their highest god, he was likely the al-Ilah or
Allah of Mecca. The Koran does not mention Hubal but speaks of 3 daughters attributed
to Allah. They were, Al-Lat (the feminine version of Allah,) Al-Uzza
and Manat. The moon god of the Arab world was always known to have daughters. But the Koran chastises
the pagan Arabs for attributing daughters to Allah specifically. Since the
Koran claims that the pagans credited Allah with 3 daughters, Allah had to have been a specific god and could not have
just meant "The God." The god
with 3 daughters was the moon god. The highest god was always called Allah. Logic
would lead to the conclusion that Hubal and Allah were one and same god. The
Koran never warns against worshipping Hubal. Why did Mohammad stop
short of warning the new Muslims of worshipping Hubal, who was their greatest
The following verses show
that Allah was a god who the pagans worshipped along with other deities:
Say: O people! If you are
in doubt as to my religion, then know that I do not serve those whom you serve besides Allah but I do serve Allah, who will cause you to die, and I am commanded that I should be of the
I am forbidden to serve those whom
you call upon besides Allah when clear arguments have come to me from my Lord, and I am commanded that I should
submit to the Lord of the worlds. (40:66)
pagans were already worshipping Allah, along with many other gods before Islam
was introduced. Ilah is used for any god but Al-ilah (contracted to Allah), was the name of the SUPREME.
The supreme god was the moon
god, as witnessed by all the moon references that still exist in the Middle East today.
When Mohammad professed "Allau Akbar" (Allah is the greatest) he was professing that his favorite god, known
as Al-ilah or Allah, was greater than all the others and was the only one to be worshipped.
Mohammad could not give up so many of his pagan and animist
habits, and knew that he could not convince the masses to follow his new religion if
he expected them to give them up. So he kept many of those rituals in Islam.
The pagan Arabs worshipped the moon god by praying towards Mecca several times
a day. Muslims today pray towards Mecca several times a day.
The pagan Arabs worshipped the moon god by making a pilgrimage to Mecca, walking
around the Kaba, and kissing the black stone.
Muslims today do all these things. The pagan Arabs sacrificed animals
to the moon god. Muslims today sacrifice goats to Allah during a celebration called Eid-ul-Adha. Pagan Arabs
threw stones at figures representing the devil. Muslims today do the same. Muslims
today fast during Ramadan which is the month that begins and ends with a crescent moon.
They have never given up their moon god.
The Koran even admits several times that Allah is the name of an Arabic
The Koran also gives itself
away when it purports that the Christians and Jews did not believe in Allah. Of course they didn't, only the pagan
- O people of
the Book! Do ye disapprove of us for no other reason than that we believe in Allah, and the revelation that hath
come to us and that which came before, and that most of you are rebellious and disobedient?" (5:59-60)
More evidence that Allah is not simply a generic term for
God is that the name Allah is usually not translated when Arabic is being translated into other languages. Names are
generally not translated. Words are.
- English: In the name of Allah,
Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
- French Coran: Au nom d'Allah, le Tout Miséricordieux, le Très Miséricordieux.
- German Koran: Im Namen Allahs,
des Gnädigen, des Barmherzigen.
- Spanish Coran: En el nombre de Alá,
el Compasivo, el Misericordioso!
- Dutch Koran: In naam van Allah,
de Barmhartige, de Genadevollen:
- Italian Corano: In nome di
Allah , il Compassionevole,
claim Allah means God because the Arab Christians and Jews also refer to god as Allah.
If they were raised in Muslim lands, fear of death would certainly make them call their God Allah. But
what did they call God before Mohammad came along and made the highest ilah, the moon god Allah, become the one and only god? Unfortunately,
the history of pre-Islamic Arabia is basically unknown.
There has been little archaeological exploration allowed in that area. Saudi Arabia
is one of the only nations which does not allow excavation of any kind. What are they trying to hide?
There are many written sources that were found from the Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, but none from the Arabs at that time. The only “evidence” that we have are oral traditions which were
recorded by Islamic scholars, after the fact; hardly without bias, misrepresentation, and falsehoods.
If Allah was the title for a
pagan god named Hubal, Sin or any other name, then it would be nonsensical to believe that the Christian and Jewish
Arabs at that time referred to God by a pagan title or name.
The first Arabic translation of the Bible came into existence
in the 9th century. Nowhere is the name Allah found in the Old or New Testament.
In the OT, the name of God is Yahweh. Nowhere is this mentioned in the Koran, just as nowhere in the Bible is
the name Allah mentioned. They are not the same God.
There is no moon god but Allah. And
Allah is his name.