from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. God, especially in Islam.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. God as perceived by Islamic doctrine
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The name of the Supreme Being, in use among the Arabs and the Mohammedans generally.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Arabic name of the Supreme Being, which, through the Koran, has found its way into the languages of all nations who have embraced the Mohammedan faith.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Muslim name for the one and only God
Then they started on another word with endless iteration, and then they repeated _Allah, Allah, Allah_, swaying and swaying till the universe began to reel.
Allah wo uckbaar, _Allah u akbar_, 'God is most great'
There is much that we can learn from the recent attacks on several churches in Malaysia spurred by the use of the word Allah - the Arabic word for God - by Malaysian Christians, dividing an otherwise diverse society.
Several Muslim groups have announced a street protest Friday to oppose a High Court ruling last week that allowed the Herald, Malaysia's main Roman Catholic newsletter, to use the word Allah, which is the Arabic word for God.
The usage of the term Allah by English speaking non-Muslims in reference to the God in Islam, Marshall G. S. Hodgson says, can imply that Muslims are worshiping a mythical god named 'Allah' rather than God, the creator.
Dec. 31, 2009: The High Court rules that Christians can use the word Allah in their literature, prompting Muslim protests.
In Malaysia, a court decision last year allowing a Catholic newspaper to refer to God as Allah, the Arabic word for God, sparked a spate of arson and vandalism against Christian churches.
The bishop, who had worked in Indonesia, noted that even Christians use the term Allah for God there.
For, like all Mohammedans, their belief in Allah is deep-seated.
In addition to the firebombing of churches, Malay-language Bibles have been seized by the authorities in a dispute over whether Christians should be allowed to use the word Allah for God.
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