Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Logical implications of racialising 'Allah' term

In the frontpage of the English-language New Straits Times today, PM Abdullah is quoted as arguing : "At the heart of Islam is the concept of Tauhid or the Oneness of God, which is a holistic world view that embraces life in all its manifestations". Why did PM Abdullah use the word 'God' but not 'Allah' in the context of Islam ? If everyone under the sun (or moon), including Malay Muslims, can name their Supreme Being 'God' but only Malay Muslims are allowed to use the word 'Allah', does it - or does it not - mean logically that 'Allah' is actually a more tribal or less global being than 'God' ? Is - or isn't - 'Allah', to put it in mathematical term, merely a subset of 'God' ? If 'Allah' is more tribal and less global than 'God', then, logically speaking, 'Allah' cannot be The One True X as revealed to, among other prophets and universal teachers of mankind, Moses a.k.a. Musa and Isaiah a.k.a. Yesaya.

Full text of Anwar Ibrahim' s speech in S' pore


Blogger Monsterball said...

A very ancient name in various Semitic languages was JHVH or Yahwe...

12:32 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

my current interest is whether in Heaven or Paradise, there is RACIAL QUOTA for the employment of angels. :)

1:51 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...


To put the point simply: if God covers Allah but Allah does not cover God, there is only ONE logical conclusion: Allah is smaller than God. Isn't it?

6:55 AM  

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