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Re: What is the difference?
By:Badar Kanwar
Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 4:19 pm
In Response To: Re: What is the difference? (Jawaid Ahmed)

God is a title given to same entity, which may be creator. But this title have different names as well in different religions. For example Yahway, Elohim, Heramazda, Allah etc. This title implies that this entity called god is a deity for worship and adoration. In addition, all these deities derived supposedly from one entity demand different rituals for worship and adoration. This right here should be a BIG RED FLAG for real believer to set off ALARMS AND BELLS of contradiction and inconsistentcy.

Combined with this the real meanings of Arabic phrase or so called word clearifies the big picture.

We are lead through, with a careful linguistic analysis, to a conclusion that the word from Al-Qu'ran اللَّهِ is not the proper noun (name) of our Rabb. It actually stands for allathi الذي = who, La لا = not and finally illah اله. This would mean “One who is not illah”.

If one were to incorporate the real meanings of the word “illah” into the translation; this word which actually is a phrase would mean “One who is not a deity for adoration or worship (God)”.

This sounds so radically different. Who am I to say this? What are my credentials?

Why should we trust this non-sense?

These are all defensive of held belief, so valid and legitimate questions.

Let us instead of worrying about the credentials of the informer of this information; Just explore the language of the Qur'an that is presented from the Qur'an itself.

First of all let us analyse what traditionalists interpret this word to be?

And why they are wrong?

The word is thought to be a combination of a definite article Al ال = in English “The” and illah اله, meaning “God” but in reality “a deity for adoration and worship”.

Although, in actuality this "Al" is a contraction of the word الذي and legitimately could be written as "Al" ال. Can we trust this assertion despite clear references from the Lexicon of Lane and Grammar of William Wright.

Let us turn to Qur'an itself for more evidence. In Arabic script as well in the Qur'an, where a preposition “Lee” is added in to a word containing a definite article “Al” ال. Alif is dropped and so Lam of the definite article “Al” joins with “Lam” of preposition. Let us illustrate this point with some word examples from Qur'an itself.

1. 2:1 لِّلْمُتَّقِيْنَ Alif of “Al” gone, lam is present and preposition “Lee” added.

2. 4:7 and 4:32, لِّلرِّجَالِ is the word same concept.

However, for the word اللَّهِ when the same preposition is added. We find that the “Lam” of the supposed definite article “Al” also disappears. However, following the examples above it should have been written as لِلْاله (in reality one can not type this so called word using an Arabic type writer).

Example, 1:2 لِلَّهِ and 115 more places 2:22, 2:98 and on and on, in total 116 occurrences.

Whereas, Allathi being a different word its whole contraction disappears. This also proves that this word by no means is a proper name as there is no definite article "Al". As if there would have been an "Al", it should look like this الاله and not اللَّهِ

Let us continue to analyses this word further. In the middle there is "Alif" like mark (highlighted in red) with a Shadda mark and another Alif above. اللَّهِ (In newer, print version the "alif" above Shadda is taken a fatha shape instead of 'alif" like in this example as well. The gradual changes happening without anybody paying attention to these).

Shadda has several uses in script. We will only discuss the relevant ones here. One use is to indicate the doubling of a consonant. It is also used to indicate such a doubling only to facilitate pronunciation in the “Sun letters of the Arabic alphabets”. This would be a apparently plausible defensive case for the traditionalist.

Let us analysis why it is wrong. If it were to be correctly understood, then there would be no reason to keep this shadda in place once the “Al”, if it were really “Al” of definite article. As in the phrase is gone اللَّهِ, as in the example above of لِلَّهِ. However, we find in the Qur'an that this is not the case. Hence, this shadda is not due to “Al” of a definate article coming before the اله word to make it a proper noun, but contraction of Allathi. Although, even if it were to be the case, as illah has already “Alif” at the start which is not considered a “Sun letter”. Hence no shadda would be have been added as cited above.

This clearly shows that the persistence of this shadda is due, not to the shadda of “Al”; but in truth, indicates a real doubling of the consonants.

This means inescapably, that one were to follow the order of pronunciation of, this word. It actually is a sequence of words, a phrase, not just a word . Allathi (written as a contration in script as "Al"), La and illah. This would further imply that the middle shadda is suggesting “two lams” and two alifs”.

Hence, if translated word for word, this word or more accurately phrase would mean “One who is not a deity for adoration and worship”.

Messages In This Thread

What is the difference?
Badar Kanwar -- Monday, 22 March 2010, 6:31 pm
Re: What is the difference?
shahalam -- Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 12:19 am
Re: What is the difference?
Jawaid Ahmed -- Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 8:38 am
Re: What is the difference?
Badar Kanwar -- Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 4:19 pm
Re: What is the difference?
Taseer Cheema -- Wednesday, 24 March 2010, 2:38 pm
Re: What is the difference?
Jawaid Ahmed -- Thursday, 25 March 2010, 9:35 am
Re: What is the difference?
Shehnila Khalid -- Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 4:17 pm