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Allah is not the Arabic word for "god"

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Submitted by Nick (Trinidad And Tobago), Aug 27, 2008 at 04:15

Allah is not simply the Arabic word for "god" - the word Allah in pre-Islamic times referred to the Moon God in the Arabic pantheon of gods. To suggest that Jews insert "Allah" instead of the words which we do use (HASHEM, etc.) is blasphemy in and of itself. We might as well use the word Zeus or Shiva!

The name of God is not a whatever matter as you try to make it out to be. The Tetragrammaton (the 72-letter name of God) was the real name of God - known commonly in ancient times to all of Am Yisrael, but used with caution and only by the Cohen Gadol. It was the ACTUAL name of the God of Israel. His name is not, by any stretch of the imagination, "Allah". Consider how different Allah is from the shortened version of the Tetragrammaton that is in our scriptures - yud heh vav heh: YHVH. It is NOT the same as Allah.

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