The West approach the One denoted by the name Allah as though Allah is a greater God than the ones they previously heard of, thereby veering far off course.

As for the Islamic world, sadly, they too remain unaware of the Allah revealed by Muhammad (saw), and have instead based their faiths on an exterior, heavenly God.

While many spend their time in endless debates about the forms and formalities of religion, the very essence of faith, that is, believing in Allah and the points mentioned in Amantu[1] are completely ignored. Consequently, the faith of the majority is founded on baseless falsehoods.

The foundation of Islam rests upon the phenomenon of Allah. ‘There is no God to idolize and deify. There is only Allah!’ This expression clearly alludes to the fact that Allah is not a deity-God! Then, what is Allah?

This is the question Muhammad (saw) answered through the revelation of the Quran, as he tried to stop people from deifying and idolizing external gods, warning them against investing false hopes into fictional idols and endangering their future.

Muhammad (saw), who articulated the Quran to us, taught us there is no God, that there is only Allah; that there is a System present within life, by which those who fail to comply, are led to suffer the consequences of their own actions.

If we live with the awareness of the existence of afterlife, our primary concern should be to know Allah and the life awaiting us after death, so that we may prepare accordingly.

If, on the other hand, we spend our lives only for the purpose of accumulating worldly possessions and ignore investment for the life awaiting us after death, then let us know from now that we will never be able to compensate for our past.

Taking this into consideration, let us now try to understand the One denoted by the name Allah disclosed by Muhammad (saw). Let us see who the Allah Muhammad (saw) wanted us to know really is…

[1]Amantu’ comprises the six fundamentals of Islamic belief. That is, to believe in:

1. Allah

2. The angels

3. The books

4. The prophets

5. Resurrection and life after death

6. Destiny/fate

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