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The Quranic word اللهم (Allahuma) and Elohim

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Nov 23, 2022 at 11:07

Dr. Pipes,

This is from the bizarre world of Pakistani and Indian Muslims that the Quranic word اللهم (See Q39:46) means: Elohim (Hebrew: אלהימ and Aramaic: ܐܠܘܗܝܡ)

More damaging to such absurd claim is that the word Elohim is plural and not singular in both its Hebrew as well as Aramaic forms. Allah and Allahuma are singular words.


al-Tabari does not seem to know what the word Allahuma really means. However, as per al-Siaq السياق (the context of the verse) the meaning must be الله or Allah which is the proper name of the God of Islam. Notice that the word God in Islam is اله/الاه or Ilah/Elah and not Allah.

al-Tabari also edits the first sentence of the verse as follows: الله خالق السموات والأرض (which is proper 3rd century classical Arabic) instead of the strange Arabic in the verse: اللَّهُمَّ فَاطِرَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ and now the verse makes sense.


More? The great Muslim grammarians seem to know more than al-Tabari and I'm being sarcastic here.

Here is the revered البغوي al-Baghawi tells us that the word Allahuma is

:اللهم قيل : معناه يالله فلما حذف حرف النداء زيد الميم في آخره

Or: It has been said that Allahuma means Ya Allah and when the letter of the call (the Letter Ya or ي) was deleted (they) added the letter Meem ( M or م in Arabic) to the end of the word.

Absolute linguistic nonsense. So who deleted the letter Ya and who added the letter Meem at the end of the word? Only Allahu A'lam

Also notice that the revered al-Baghawi does not tell us that the word Allahuma is really the Arabized form of the Hebrew and Aramaic Elohim


Dear Muslim readers from Pakistan and India: Your so called scholars are ignorant or liars or both, and do not listen them.


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