Who Is Allah?

American Thinker

By Soeren Kern

Europeans love to mock the salience of religion in American society, but they won’t be laughing for very long. The de-Christianization of Europe in the name of “tolerance” is rapidly driving the spiritually shiftless continent into the arms of Islam. And now, amidst the postmodern theological confusion that defines contemporary Europe, even Catholic clergy are jumping on the Islamomania bandwagon.

The latest post-Christian theological spectacle comes to us from the Netherlands (of Ayaan Hirsi Ali fame), where the Roman Catholic Bishop of Breda, Tiny Muskens, says he wants Christians to start calling God “Allah” because he believes such a gesture would promote “rapprochement between Christianity and Islam”. Appearing on Dutch television, the 71-year-old cleric said:
“Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? … What does God care what we call him?”
Inquiring minds want to know: If the bishop really thinks the names “God” and “Allah” are interchangeable, why doesn’t he ask Muslims to start calling Allah “Yahweh”, the biblical name for God? But he won’t, because he knows they won’t.
Indeed, just because Christianity, Judaism and Islam are called “monotheistic” faiths, it does not follow that Christians, Jews and Muslims pray to the same God. So for those pre-postmoderns who believe that words still mean something, a quick survey of archaeology, history and theology-accompanied by a dose of common sense-can answer the question of whether the Allah of Islam is really the God of the Bible.
What Archaeology Says about Allah
Muslims claim that in pre-Islamic times, “Allah” was the biblical God of the Patriarchs, prophets and apostles. Indeed, the credibility of Islam as a religion stands or falls on its core claim of historical continuity with Judaism and Christianity. No wonder, then, that many Muslims get uppity when the claims of Islam are subjected to the hard science of archaeology.
Because archaeology provides irrefutable evidence that Allah, far from being the biblical God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, was actually the pre-Islamic pagan moon-god. Indeed, it is an established archaeological fact that worship of the moon-god was the main religion of the ancient Middle East.
Giant Clam in Mecca
But what about the Arabian Peninsula, where Mohammed (570-632) launched Islam? During the last two centuries, prominent archaeologists have unearthed thousands of inscriptions which prove beyond any doubt that the dominant religion of Arabia during Mohammed’s day was the cult of the moon-god.
In fact, for generations before Mohammed was born, the Arabs worshipped some 360 pagan gods housed at a stone temple in Mecca called the Kabah. According to archaeologists, the chief deity of Mecca was the moon-god called al-ilah (meaning the god or the idol), which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times. Pagan Arabs even used Allah in the names they gave themselves: Mohammed’s father (Abdallah), for example, had Allah as part of his name.
What History Says about Allah
Historians say that pre-Islamic Arabs worshipped the moon-god by bowing in prayer toward Mecca several times a day. They would also make a pilgrimage to Mecca, run around the Kabah seven times and throw stones at the devil. And they fasted for one month, which began with the appearance of the crescent moon and ended when the crescent moon reappeared.
These same rites form the core of Islam today: Muslims bow in prayer toward Mecca; they make a pilgrimage to Mecca and run around the Kabah seven times; and they still throw stones at the devil. They also observe the fast of Ramadan, which begins and ends with the crescent moon.
Moreover, the ancient symbol of the pagan moon-god, the crescent moon, is the official symbol of Islam; it appears on the flags of Muslim countries, as well as on the tops of mosques and minarets everywhere.
Historians say that Mohammed, who as a traveling trader was exposed to Judaism and Christianity during his visits to different parts of the Middle East, tried to mimic those monotheistic faiths by taking Allah, the main deity within the Arabian pantheon, and making it the only god. Indeed, the basic confession of Islam is not that “Allah is Great” but that “Allah is Greater”. Greater than all the other idols, that is.
But Islam also draws from other pagan traditions. For example, the tale of Mohammed’s night journey into heaven parallels the Zoroastrian story of Arta Viraf. Zoroastrianism also inspired the Islamic belief that dark-eyed virgins await every man who enters heaven. And the Islamic ritual of praying five times a day? That, historians say, originates with the Sabeans, Syrian pagans who practiced an ecumenical mixture of Babylonian and Hellenic religion.
No surprise, then, that some scholars refer to Islam as monotheistic heathenism.
What Theology Says about Allah
Muslims claim that Islam is Judaism and Christianity reformed. They say the Koran confirms the truth of the Torah and the Gospels. But since those texts did not jibe with Mohammad’s beliefs, they accuse Jews and Christians of changing and distorting the original versions. Muslims therefore assert that the Koran “clarifies” the Bible.
Even if that were the case, the Koran and the Bible present ideas about God (especially about His character) that are so diametrically opposed that any reasonable observer would conclude that each book refers to a distinct deity.
The Koran, for example, states unequivocally that Allah is an unknowable and non-personal deity. By contrast, the God of the Bible allows Himself to be known and desires fellowship with human beings on a personal basis. Indeed, the Bible says that Abraham (the same Abraham whom Muslims say they venerate) was the “friend of God.”
The Koran also portrays Allah as a vindictive deity who hates sinners and desires to afflict them. But the Bible says God is love.
Moreover, the New Testament teaches that God loved humanity so much that He came to earth to pay the debt for man’s sin, and that that act of grace is available for free to anyone who believes Jesus Christ is their personal Savior. But Islam denies that Christ was God or that He died in order to save humanity. Indeed, Allah does not provide any way for man to be reconciled to God.
And the theological differences go on and on, so much so that the God of the Bible cannot possibly be the Allah worshipped in Islam. Unless, of course, a Dutch bishop says so.
Allah and Eurabia
Mohammed thought the Jews and Christians of his day would receive him as a prophet. But the Bible says that any new revelation must agree with what is already established in Scripture (Isaiah 8:20). So they rejected his Allah as a false god. And Mohammed replied by setting his Islam on a permanent warpath against Judaism and Christianity that continues to this day.
The Dutch bishop and other Muslim fellow travelers think they can buy a fake peace with Islam by playing relativistic word games as a part of an “inter-faith” dialogue. But Muslims understand much better than do post-modern Europeans that ecumenical appeasement is a symptom of a Judeo-Christian civilization that is weak and dying.
The irony is that the real danger from Islam stems not so much from ordinary Muslims as it does from sickly Europeans who have subverted their Judeo-Christian heritage in search of secular hedonism. Because they live only for the moment, they are willing submit to anything, including Islam, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the pursuit of pleasure today.
It has been more than 50 years since the late Christian apologist C.S. Lewis first warned about Western Civilization’s disastrous lurch into post-Christianity. But even he would be surprised to see how quickly Islam is filling the religious and cultural vacuum that is post-Christian Europe.
It’s not that Europeans haven’t been forewarned. It’s that they  couldn’t care less.

17 thoughts on “Who Is Allah?”

  1. Nice big silver pussy!

    The ‘Allah’ of the unholy Koran is the ‘Satan’ of the Holy Bible. They both dwell in hell according to each book.

  2. the Roman Catholic Church is not a Christian Church. Hence it is no wonder that its god is the same as the islamists. In the very near future we will see the RCC and islamism support and respect each other as they lead people away from Christ.

  3. * The de-Christianization of Europe in the name of “tolerance” is rapidly driving the spiritually shiftless continent into the arms of Islam.

    This is just the beginning … by the time this is over, the Europeans will be worshipping
    Antichrist, and buying & selling with his mark.

  4. “the Europeans will be worshipping Antichrist, and buying & selling with his mark”

    the mark of the beast is the “shahada”, the blasphemy of blasphemies, the Lie that Jesus is not the Christ, the Son of God (see 1 John 2:22)

    Europeans are already buying and selling with it now that they have begun to integrate Shariah finance into their economies

  5. “the Roman Catholic Church is not a Christian Church”

    Πιστεύομεν εἰς μίαν, Ἁγίαν, Καθολικὴν καὶ Ἀποστολικὴν Ἐκκλησίαν.

    There is only One Catholic and Apostolic Church, and that is the Orthodox Church.

  6. * the mark of the beast is the “shahada”

    Blasphemous, certainly, but not the mark of the beast. To qualify as the mark of the beast,
    no muslim (or “revert”) who uttered the blasphemy could subsequently be saved.

    [La ilaha illa Allah wa-Muhammad rasul Allah.

    There is no god but God and Muhammad is the prophet of God.]

    Blasphemy, but does it gel with Revelation? Revelation 14 warns against worshipping the
    beast or its image, or receiving the mark (xaragma / engraving) on the forehead or hand,
    and of the consequences. Shahada reciters can be saved, as have many muslims, but
    those worshipping the beast & taking its mark don’t have an escape clause. Their fate
    is sealed.

    Not that I would suggest that anyone tempt God by reciting the blasphemy above, or
    having anything to do with islam & its satanic god & false prophet.

  7. The mark of the beast should be understood mystically, not necessarily literally, and this is how the Holy Fathers of the Church understood it: the mark on the hand refers to man’s acceptance of the beast in his deeds, the mark on the forehead refers to man’s acceptance of the beast in his mind and thoughts. There can be no salvation for those who genuinely worship the Beast in their thoughts and deeds. The False Prophet can be none other than Mohammed, and the image of the Beast is the religion of Allah, which was mortally wounded but then healed – the Caliphate which entered eclipse but now revives. St John (Rev. 13:14-15) says “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Is it not written in The Koran that those who refuse to submit to Allah, to worship the image of the Beast, should be killed?

  8. OK, then muslims have taken this “mystical” mark of the beast, and are doomed. I think not,
    sorry. They can still be saved, and many have been, and testify of Jesus Christ and against

    “The False Prophet can be none other than Mohammed”

    Again, the “job description” of the false prophet of Revelation requires that he be cast
    alive into the Lake of Fire, along with the beast. As far as I know, Mo carked it in the
    normal way – the Beast and False Prophet of Revelation are still to be revealed, and
    will not be revealed until Christ returns for the dead and living saints.

    Islam is not the only “bad wolf” prowling around, seeking to devour.

    By the way, who are the “Holy Fathers of the Church”?

  9. how dare you claim that the Roman Catholic Church is not a Christian Church it is the only true Christian Church and the oldest legitimate Christian Church on this planet , which was established by Jesus himself when he told Peter, our first pope “Upon this rock I shall build my Church”, The Roman catholic Church has outlived and will outlive all the other flotsam and jetsom which claims to have a right to exist and spread anti Roman Catholic vitriole in ignorance and hate.
    I am disgusted that you attack my church so needlessly, shame on you! this is a sign of the times indeed that the first and onyl legitimate Christian Churh is allowed to be attacked so virulently without censure.
    Please moderator, stop people from such attacks which villify my sacred original Christian ; legitimate Church and are lies.

  10. Sorry. You are wrong. Peter’s name meant “little stone” (or pebble if you prefer). When Jesus used the word rock he was speaking of himself and that Peter (called Simon) was going to be the head of the church IN ISRAEL. Not that he would build His church ON Peter or through Peter. Anyhow, I really just have one thing more to say to your poor lost soul, it’s a verse from the Bible actually:

    And I heard another voice from heaven saying: “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you recieve of her plagues.” –Rev. 18:4 NKJV

    Remember, TRUE Christianity does NOT believe in Idol worhsip, yet the RCC is full of images of saints and even the virigin mary. That, my friend, is idol worhsip.

  11. tjwork, would it not be interesting if in fact the posting above from today is not that person but in fact a set up like the person who pretended to be me. Maybe not but it would explain much. Blog-owner may or may not be involved, but if not, certainly should look into the ISP from that one as well.

    There are of course, very devout Muslims who do not grow up in and know the western concept of open debate and could respond like that, but then a Muslim would not say “my God allah” because God is Allah to a Muslim and they would more than likely spell God with a little “g” but always spell Allah with a capital “A” , thus my above doubt.

    My guess is you get my drift and would also be suspicious.

  12. many muslims spell allah with a small case solkhar. in this case all is lower case.

    but its rare to find “my god allah”, my guess is a middle eastern that stays in southern germany or france.

    im sure it wasnt you, im sure you wont resort to that level of profanity.

    im just trying to figure out the issue & counter it progressively.

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