White supremacyBlack supremacyArab supremacyEurocentrismScientific racismIndocentrismSinocentrismRacismRacialismand Institutional racism Centuries of European colonialism in the Americas, Africa, Australia, Oceania, and Asia were justified by white supremacist attitudes. A Historywhich inspired Charles Dickens ' novel A Tale of Two Citiesargued that European supremacist policies were justified on the grounds they provided the greatest benefit to "inferior" native peoples.
This is not the case with Allah. Allah is the personal name of the One true God. Nothing else can be called Allah. The term has no plural or gender. This shows its uniqueness when compared with the word god which can be made plural, gods, or feminine, goddess.
It is interesting to notice that Allah is the personal name of God in Aramaic, the language of Jesus and a sister language of Arabic. The One true God is a reflection of the unique concept that Islam associates with God.
The Prophet Muhammad was asked by his contemporaries about Allah; the answer came directly from God Himself in the form of a short chapter of the Quran, which is considered the essence of the unity or the motto of monotheism.
This is chapter The superior ones reads: He is not loving and kind. Nothing can be farther from truth than this allegation. It is enough to know that, with the exception of one, each of the chapters of the Quran begins with the verse: Hence evildoers and sinners must have their share of punishment and the virtuous, His bounties and favors.
Actually God's attribute of Mercy has full manifestation in His attribute of Justice. People suffering throughout their lives for His sake and people oppressing and exploiting other people all their lives should not receive similar treatment from their Lord.
Expecting similar treatment for them will amount to negating the very belief in the accountability of man in the Hereafter and thereby negating all the incentives for a moral and virtuous life in this world.
The following Quranic verses are very clear and straightforward in this respect: Shall We then treat the people of Faith like the people of Sin? What is the matter with you? He created the human beings as equals.
They may distinguish themselves and get His favor through virtue and piety only. The concept that God rested in the seventh day of creation, that God wrestled with one of His soldiers, that God is an envious plotter against mankind, or that God is incarnate in any human being are considered blasphemy from the Islamic point of view.
The unique usage of Allah as a personal name of God is a reflection of Islam's emphasis on the purity of the belief in God which is the essence of the message of all God's messengers. Because of this, Islam considers associating any deity or personality with God as a deadly sin which God will never forgive, despite the fact He may forgive all other sins.
The repentance of those who yet live is acceptable to God if He wills. It follows that nothing is like Him. If the maker is not temporal, then he must be eternal.
But if he is eternal, he cannot be caused, and if nothing outside him causes him to continue to exist, which means that he must be self-sufficient.
And if the does not depend on anything for the continuance of his own existence, then this existence can have no end. The Creator is therefore eternal and everlasting: The Creator does not create only in the sense of bringing things into being, He also preserves them and takes them out of existence and is the ultimate cause of whatever happens to them.
He is the guardian over everything. Unto Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth. He knows its lodging place and it repository. He should not lose any of His attributes nor acquire new ones. If this is so, then His attributes are absolute.
Can there be more than one Creator with such absolute attributes? Can there be for example, two absolutely powerful Creators? A moment's thought shows that this is not feasible.
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It is a known fact that every language has one or more terms that are used in reference to God and sometimes to lesser deities. This is not the case with Allah.