2. Who Is God?

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The powerful question ‘Who is God?’ is often asked. In Islam, God was there from the beginning and will always be there. He is the Creator and Sustainer of everything around us. He was never created and will never die.

Sleep and tiredness does not inflict Him; and it is through His Kindness, Might, Power, Mercy, Love and Patience that he effortlessly provides for His Creation every day and every second both in this world and the next.

“Allah! (God) There is no god but He; the Living, the Self-subsisting, the Eternal. No slumber can seize Him, nor Sleep. To Him belongs everything within the heavens and on earth.” (Quran 2:255)

What is the name of ‘God’?

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In Islam, the Arabic the name for God is Allah. In Hebrew, the language of Judaism, it is “Elohim”, and in Aramaic and Syriac, the languages of the early Christians, it is “Elaha” and “Alaha”.

Despite the subtle differences between the names due to the nature of the languages, in Islam the God worshipped by Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (PBUT) is the same.

However, for the sake of ease and clarity in English, we’ve decide to refer to Allah as ‘God’ throughout this website.

Does God have any partners?2 8 13. Allah is one and only

God has no partners and no children. Having created everything on His own, he makes it clear that nobody has the right to be worshipped and recognised as a God and Creator except Him alone – this is the biggest and most important distinction between Islam and other faiths.

“Say, “He is Allah (God), the One (and only),
To whom all the creatures turn to for their needs.
He does not give birth, nor was he given birth to,
And there is nothing similar to Him.”
(Quran 112: 1-4)