Can We Say God?


Ustadz, I want to ask a question.

What is the difference between God and Allah in Islam? And, can we say the word God in Islam or not?

Thank you, Ustadz.




Wa'alaikumussalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Bismillah ... The word God in Arabic is known as Ilah (إله) and Rabb (ربّ). The difference between the two is, if "Ilah" deals with matters of worship (worship), while "Rabb" deals with matters of power, and so on.

The word Allah (الله) is a special name that belongs to the Essence of all things and includes all the good names (Asma'ul Husna) that is owned by Him. Allah is also the only God who has the right to be worshiped, as well as the only Rabb who created and governs this universe.

The word God means Essence or something that is adored, adored, feared, respected, and used as a guide for life. This includes a god who does not have the right to be worshiped and adored.

Then, is it permissible for a Muslim to say the word God?

If the word God that he refers to is a continuation of the word Allah, then that is fine. As the saying: "My Lord is Allah". Or, if the word God contains the word Allah, like a prayer:

اغفر لي لوالديّ ارحمهما ا اني ا

"O my Lord, forgive me and my parents, and love them as they both loved me when they were little".

However, after all the word Allah is certainly better than the word God in general. Like if a Muslim is talking to a fellow Muslim: "Don't worry, we have Allah", of course this expression is better than: "Don't worry, we have God".

Wallâhu a'lam bish-showâb.


(Answered by: Ustadz Very Setiyawan, Lc., S.Pd.I., MH)


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