Allah and Yahweh: Same God, Different Names
Arabic-speaking Christians, including Arab Christians in the Middle East, often use the name “Allah” to refer to God, just as Muslims do. This is because “Allah” is simply the Arabic word for God and is not specific to Islam. The name “Allah” is used to refer to the same God worshiped by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as well as by pre-Islamic Arabs. While the names YHWH and Allah are associated with different religious and language traditions, they both refer to the same God worshiped by people of various faiths. The use of different names reflects linguistic and cultural differences rather than theological distinctions Continue Reading…
Did Jesus mention the name YHWH in the New Testament
The Hebrew word “Elohim,” which is used in Genesis 1:1 to refer to God, has been translated as “Allah” in some Arabic translations of the Bible used by both Christians and Jews. Therefore, in those Arabic translations, Genesis 1:1 would read “In the beginning, Allah created the heavens and the earth.” However, the name YHWH is not mentioned anywhere in this verse or in the surrounding text.
- Some of our fellow Christians consistently lie about the name Yahweh and our false god’s name is Jesus John 17:3. They also argue that the name YHWH is not present in the Quran and that Prophet Muhammad was unaware of the name of God. My question is, did Jesus know the name Yahweh? Why did Jesus and his disciples not used this name in the New Testament? Can we assume that Jesus is a false Messiah and that previous prophets and messengers who did not used this name are also false? Therefore, before questioning Muslims about this name, you should first address why it is not mentioned in the New Testament.
Muslim Perspectives on the Name YHWH
The name YHWH is not present in the Qur’an or the New Testament, so we cannot make any definitive statements about it. However, according to the Quran and Hadith, there are many names of God, so it is possible that YHWH may be one of them.
And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them. And leave [the company of] those who practice deviation concerning His names. They will be recompensed for what they have been doing.
Reference : QURAN 7 VERSE 180 Tafisr
And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.
Is ‘ YHWH ‘ a universal name for God?
No, The interpretation of the verse from Exodus 3:15 as indicating that the name YHWH is only for the children of Israel and not for all mankind.
Is ‘ALLAH’ a universal name for God?
Indeed, I am Allah . There is no deity except Me, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance.
O Moses, indeed I am Allah , Lord of the worlds.
- The verses affirms the belief that Allah is the Lord and Creator of everything in the universe, and has power over all that exists.
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.
Say, [O Muhammad], “It has been revealed to me that a group of the jinn listened and said, ‘Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’an. It guides to the right course, and we have believed in it. And we will never associate with our Lord anyone.
And [mention, O Muhammad], when We directed to you a few of the jinn, listening to the Qur’an. And when they attended it, they said, “Listen quietly.” And when it was concluded, they went back to their people as warners.
The thunder glorifies His praises, as do the angels in awe of Him. He sends thunderbolts, striking with them whoever He wills. Yet they dispute about Allah. And He is tremendous in might.
Have they not considered what things Allah has created? Their shadows incline to the right and to the left, prostrating to Allah , while they are humble, And to Allah prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth of creatures, and the angels [as well], and they are not arrogant. They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded.
Do you not see that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the moving creatures and many of the people? But upon many the punishment has been justified. And he whom Allah humiliates – for him there is no bestower of honor. Indeed, Allah does what He wills.
- This Verses highlights the universal submission and glorification of Allah by all of His creation, both animate and inanimate, in the heavens and on the earth. The verses also emphasizes that Allah has the power to humble and punish those who disobey Him, while bestowing honor on those who follow His commandments.
WHAT IS CHRISTIAN GOD NAME ?
Well there are several names Christian God have it includes.
- Yahweh / Yhwh/ Yahveh
- Eloi/ Eli
Others name include
- The Hebrew phrase “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” is usually translated as “I AM who I AM” or “I will be what I will be.
- El Shaddai
How to Write the Names of god in Hebrew
Some Christians try to prove that “Yhvh” is the real name of god by presenting all the names of god in Hebrew. Let’s look at how to write these names in Hebrew:
- Adonai – אדונים
- Yhvh – ה ‘
- Joehovah – יהוה
- Even translators of Bible doesn’t know what is the name of God they keep translating it how they want, The New American Standard translators admit the fact that “It is known that for many years YHWH has been transliterated as Yahweh, however no complete certainty attaches to this pronunciation” Principles of Translation from the “Preface to the New American Standard Bible,” 1997 edition. However, The most serious matter to be noted is that “Adonai” has been dropped by alomost every versions of Bible and many Christian claims that KJV is second to none in English version of Bible which uses Jehovah for God. If Jesus spoke Greek according to Christian then Eloi or Eli are also name of God according to Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34
We have heard many names for God, including YHWH, Yewah, Yahuwah, Adonai, Elohim, Eloi, Eli, Jehovah, and “I AM who I AM”, But Now “Baal” and he is no longer called Baal, But “Husband” according to Hosea 2:16.
WHAT IS NAME OF GOD IN ISLAM ?
- Allah One of Unique Name of God in the world major religion “They tried to Erase it but Failed, its still intact” and Why there is no alternative to this unique name? Allah” is the most appropriate Unique name for God in the Qur’an. Is this name “Allah” mentioned in other religious scriptures besides the Qur’an?
Allah in islam
It is Allah who created the heavens and the earth.
Allah in Torah – Judaism
In the beginning ALLAH created the heavens and the earth.
Allah in Sikhism
One of the names by which Gurunanak Sahib referred to God is “Allah.
Allah in Bible – New Testament
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Jesus said to them, “If Allah were your God, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; ALLAH sent me.
Almost all the major religious scriptures of the world contain the word “Allah” as one of the names of God.
Elohim, El, and Eli: Understanding the Hebrew Names for God
Elohim El, Elah, Alah. In the Bible, God is very often referred to as ‘Elohim’ in the Hebrew language. The ‘im’ in the ending is a plural of honour and God is referred to as ‘El’ or ‘Elah’ in the English Bible with commentary, edited by reverend C. I. Scofield. ‘Elah’ is alternatively spelled as ‘Alah’. The difference in spelling is only of a single ‘L’. Muslims spell Allah as ‘Allah’ while the Reverend has spelled it as Alah and they pronounce it as ‘Elah’. Muslims pronounce it as Allah. Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages therefore we say it should be pronounced as ‘Allah’ and not as ‘Elah. Jesus (pbuh) cried out Allah Allah, It is mentioned in the New Testament in the Gospel of Mathew, chapter 27 verse 46 as well as Gospel of Mark, chapter 15 verse 34 when Jesus (pbuh) was put on the cross. J esus cried with a loud voice saying “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” that is to say, ‘My God, My God why hast Thou Forsaken Me?’ Does this sound like Jehovah! Jehovah! why has thou forsaken me? Does it sound like Abba Abba? The answer is ‘No’. Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages and if you translate “E’-Li, E’-Li la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni” into Arabic it is ‘Allah Allah lama tarak tani’ does it sound similar?
- This statement of Jesus (pbuh), “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani” is preserved in its original Hebrew in each and every of it translation which is available in more than 2000 different languages of the world and in each and every of them, “Allah” is present.
📖Matthew 27:46 | Gospel of Mark 15:34
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
- Jesus cried with a loud voice saying “ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTANI?” that is to say, ‘My God, My God why hast Thou Forsaken Me?’ Does this sound like “Jehovah! Jehovah! Why has thou forsaken me?” Does it sound like Abba Abba (FATHER)? The answer is ‘No’. Hebrew and Arabic are sister languages and if you translate “ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTANI?” into Arabic it is ‘ALLAH ALLAH LAMA TARAK TANI’. Doesn’t it sound similar? If Jesus were God Himself, as Christians allege, does it mean that God was forsaken by God? Moreover, can that who felt hopeless and desperately shouted for help be a god? Actually: being hopeless, he was asking help from God (Allah).
Why Name Allah preferred to the word ‘God’?
Muslims prefer calling Allah (swt) with His Name ‘Allah’, instead of the English word ‘God’. That is because Allah has called himself Allah in the Glorious Qur’an. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) too has called God by the name Allah. The Arabic word Allah is pure and unique, unlike the English word God which can be played around with. If you add ‘s’ to ‘god’, it becomes ‘gods’ which is the plural of the word ‘god’. Allah is one and singular, there is no plural of Allah. If you add ‘dess’ to god, it becomes ‘goddess’ i.e. a female god. There is nothing like male Allah or female Allah. Allah has no gender. If you add father to god, it becomes ‘godfather’ (meaning guardian). There is nothing like ‘Allah Abba’ or ‘Allah father’ in Islam. If you add mother to god it becomes ‘godmother’. There is nothing like ‘Allah Ammi’ or ‘Allah Mother’ in Islam. If you put tin before god, it becomes tin-god i.e. a fake God, there is nothing like ‘tin Allah’ or fake Allah in Islam. ‘Allah’ is a unique word, which does not conjure up any mental picture nor can it be played around with. Hence, Muslims prefer the name Allah when referring to the Almighty Creator. But sometimes while speaking to non-Muslims we may use the inappropriate word ‘God’ for Allah.
Unbiased Christians will not fail to recognize Allah as none other than his – El, Eli, Alle, Elah, Alah, Allah. Call upon Him by any name, for His are the Most Beautiful names, as long as those names are not contaminated and as long as they do not conjure up in our minds the images of men or monkeys howsoever glorified they might have been.