Can someone explain me if it means 'the-God' in Arabic? or is 'Allah' the name of the God? Thanks!


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  • Allah is a name and not a translation of God, and that is the name he called himself in Quran.
  • There is disagreement whether it is allowed to translate the name Allah to God when conversing with people who do not speak Arabic, the rejection of translating the name justifies that by:
    1. Names are not supposed to be translated, and translations usually cause a loss in the meaning.
    2. The translated words may invoke different visualization in the recipient’s mind, for example when we say God in conversation with a Christian person he will think of the Trinity, which is completely different from what “Allah” indicates ( the one unique worshiped) therefor using the name as is “Allah” is considered better.
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    Could you please refer to some documents that prove that 'Allah' is the name by itself? thanks
    – newtoislam
    Jun 16, 2016 at 15:39
  • Sure it is in almost in every verses of Quran: such as : "He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.", it is in Hadith too: 'Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "When any of you wants to eat, he should mention the Name of Allah in the begining, (i.e., say Bismillah). If he forgets to do it in the beginning, he should say Bismillah awwalahu wa akhirahu (I begin with the Name of Allah at the beginning and at the end)."
    – M.M
    Jun 16, 2016 at 16:33
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    This is a rather weak answer, given that your arguments also apply to the other 98 Names of God, which are indisputably just Arabic "the-[something]" constructions.
    – goldPseudo
    Jun 16, 2016 at 17:43
  • @goldPseudo ,Saying( weak argument) is unnecessary judging caused by your misunderstanding. -The question is about “Allah” and not about the other attributes (which by the way not limited to 98 or 99) hence your comment is mixing subjects. - There is a proper answer to your comment: The difference between the name "Allah" and the remaining attributes, is that the name"Allah" is the name of the self, and is indicative of all the attributes and supreme qualities , it is indicative of the form which includes all involved to prove the divine qualities and denying their opposites.
    – M.M
    Jun 16, 2016 at 20:03
  • divine recipes are perfect recipes far above defects and shortcomings, Thus the Almighty adds other attributes to the name Allah, such as saying: ((And to Allah belong the best names)) {Araf180} and as in AlRahman, AlRahim Al-Aziz,and you read : AlRahman is attribute of Allah but you do not read Allah is attribute to AlRahman.
    – M.M
    Jun 16, 2016 at 20:04

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