What does the word, “Allah” mean?
Allah is the name of the God Almighty in the Arabic Language. Allah is the personal name of God. The word Allah is never used for any other being or thing. The names for God found in other languages are all attributive or descriptive and are often used in the plural, but the word ‘Allah’ is never used in the plural. This is because Islam advocates the belief in the absolute unity of God. In the absence of a parallel word in the English language, the original name ‘Allah’ has been retained throughout the translation. Allah is recognized through his attributes and there are over 99 such attributes mentioned in The Holy Quran, the book of Muslims. For example, Allah is Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Lord of All the Worlds, Master of the Day of Judgment, The Provider, and The Sustainer. These attributes are invoked in prayers and also every Muslim is encouraged to adopt attributes of Allah in the journey of life.