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Elaha & Allah

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in response to reader comment: It is actually the definite, not plural form

Submitted by RF (United States), Feb 16, 2008 at 00:28

With all due respect I have to disagree with you on that. The Arabic world and grammars has its own specific structure; in order to emphasis to indicate and entity is the top and most superior of that entity or form. Here are few examples, please notice that changing Arabic words to Latin don't use the same word-to-word formulation:

Elaha and Allah
Dalala and Dallal (deal and dealer; same root may be?)
Hamal and Hammal
Attara and Attar

And so on.

You also mentioned the Hebrew word Elohim and its resemblance to Allah. You are right; please don't forget that both Arabic and Hebrew are Semitic Languages and got same roots. One can easily find many common and or similar words between the two language.

Also, reading Quran, you will find the world Elaha frequently in which all means smaller or lesser tier god. According to Quran itself, Elaha (or Ilaha) is lesser and single god and Allah is God of Gods! And again, according to modern Islamic history, this definition is in full compliance with the rise of Islam and Mohammed when he conquered Mecca; he broke all other "gods" in Mecca's main square, and claimed that his god is the god of Gods and therefore all must submit to his God. The rest is of course history.

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