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Reader comment on item: Is Allah God? - Continued
in response to reader comment: Allah IS the NAME of the god of Islam - PERIOD

Submitted by zzazzefrazzee (United States), Feb 25, 2008 at 01:53

You can assert the superiority of your own beliefs, but they are rooted simply in sanctimonious religious interpretations, not an impartial, scholarly, linguistic study; therefore, you and I will never come to an agreement.

Furthermore, Jews as monotheists, would have absolutely no problem with the concept of the Divine as a definite form. Jews do, however, do not accept the Christian notion of Trinity, and therefore share more with Muslims than with Christians.

You have repeatedly cited Malaysia as your example (where there are no Arab Christians!!), and in which country this issue was in fact resolved, it would seem to me that your argument is without basis. ONce again- have Arabic Chirstian in Arabc countries been banned from using "Allah"? Dhimmi claims it is used becuase of poltical correctness.

the Bible commands that no other names of God be used? Funny enough, there are many Jews and Christian in Iran and modern-day Azerbaijan who use the term "Khoda", meaning "God" in Persian, and have done so for centuries. In fact the Tati language was a form of middle Persian rendered in Hebrew Script by Jews in the region.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/Azerbaijan.html

Next, Elohim is not "generic" as you say. Elohim is the very first name for God in Genesis, and is specifically mentioned as the creator of the Universe. Is that usage of Elohim a reference to just any God?

http://www.allaboutgod.com/names-of-god.htm
http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/El/el.html

Interestingly enough, compare the Hebrew El Alyon with the Arabic cognate Al 'Ali, or the Hebrew El Rachman with the Arabic cognate Al Rahman. El Shadai with al Shadid, Al CHai with Al Hayy... the list goes on and on. There is a lot more in common here but your preconceived sectarian biases, stemming from your sanctimonious worldview, prevent you from seeing them.

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