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Who is Allah?


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Have you ever being asked on that question? or Have you ever asked that question to yourself?

We have been living in this world until today and most of us worship Allah since day one, but how many of us really know who is He?

Allah is an Arabic word means the One and Only Universal God who is the only Creator and Provider of the Universe. As a Muslim we worship Allah as He is the One and Only God, None other than Him as clearly stated in our syahadah:

أَشْهَدُ أَن لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُولُ الله

“I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”

However, do you really believe in your heart that there is no God but Allah?

How if there is more than a God?
If there is more than one God, we can’t call them Allahs as Allah in Arabic is not a subject of plurality. While God can have Gods, but there is no Allahs. There is only Allah, the One and Only God.

How can Allah alone able to create and provide the whole Universe?
The whole Universe is enormously huge that a man can’t do it alone…. Wait, you mentioned a man right? not a God… The truly God is able to do it alone without any assistance from anybody else as He is a God not a human being. After all, why should I worship Gods who are incapable and weak as any other human.

Is Allah male or female?
No, He has no gender. There is no God or Goddess, it is only Allah. If Allah has gender he needs for the opposite sex. That means he needs others and He is not a God.

Then, why are you referring Allah as He and Him?
Because Allah choose his own pronoun. In Al-Quran Allah choose He to represent himself.

هُوَ اللهُ لَآ إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ عَٰلِمُ الْعَيْبِ وَالشَّهَٰدَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ الرَّحِيمُ.

“He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.” (Al-Hasyr:22)