In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth
This is an addendum to “Read — See — Hear 001” (The Qur’an)
What Is His Name?
There is a little book, 40 pages long, by Ahmed Deedat, entitled What Is His Name?
In it, the author mentions and discusses the many names for the one who created everything that exists.
Normally, when we see the name “Allah”, our thoughts are organized in the categories: Religion — Islam — Allah.
This is not the discussion. The discussion is about what people who call themselves scientists — physicists, chemists, biologists, botanists, geologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, astronomers, astrophysicists, and so forth — consider to be reality. It is either true or untrue that a single all-powerful being created everything that exists. If you are convinced that such a being does not exist, there is no need for you to read further; this essay is not directed at arguing that point. If, on the other hand, you believe that such a being does exist, then this (hopefully brief) discussion is about how we (in all of our glorious cultural and linguistic diversity) name that being.
In What Is His Name?, Ahmed Deedat mentions the following names:
Atnatu (Australian aborigine)
Gudd (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian)
Dia (Scotch, Irish)
[to which I would add
Alah/Elah (God’s name according to
the Scofield Reference Bible)
Elohim (Hebrew, with plural “-im” of respect)
Allegany (Native American)
Tixo (Southern Africa)
Modimo (Southern Africa)
Listed on the cover only:
Mulungu (Bantu languages)
Mangu-Mola (not identified)
The author also discusses in some detail how Jehovah and Yahweh are names made up by European and American scholars. He points out what is obvious to any honest student of Hebrew and Arabic (closely related languages) that the four letters of the Tetragrammaton (which means “four letters” in Greek) simply spell out “Oh he!” — ya huwah, in Hebrew, or yaa huwa, in Arabic. (After reading the King James Version, in its entirety, I became convinced that the men who wrote out the ancient Hebrew texts used “ya huwah” to conceal the fact that the Children of Israel were in the practice of serving various gods other than Allah; writing “ya huwah” allowed those who served Baal, for example, to pretend that they and the servants of Allah/El/Elohim were together.)
There are, of course, many other names for the Creator. There are thousands of languages in the world, and therefore thousands of names for the Creator.