Monotheism is the theological belief of three major Abrahamic world religions, Judiaism, Christianity and Islam, that there is one God.

So, is it the same God for all three? Well, yes. But some call God by different names.

“The holy book of Islam, the Qur’an, asserts the existence of a
single and absolute truth that transcends the world; a unique and
indivisible being who is independent of the creation. The
indivisibility of God implies the indivisibility of God’s (called Allah
in Arabic) sovereignty which in turn leads to the conception of the
universe as just, coherent and moral rather than as an existential and
moral chaos(as in polytheism).”

The key phrase in that snip is in parenthesis. In Arabic, God is called Allah.

Thus we find ourselves in the center of a new outburst of violence that is totally confusing.

“Four churches in and around Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia have been
firebombed in the continued reaction to a court ruling that Christians
may use the word “Allah.” …

“Angry protests and cyber attacks on the website of the Herald, the
Catholic newspaper involved in the case, followed the Malaysian High
Court’s Dec. 31 ruling. The court said that the paper, Malaysia’s
largest Catholic newspaper, may use “Allah,” also a traditional Malay
word, to name the Christian God.”

Firebombings of churches over the name of God.

As Catholic Culture notes:

“… the word “Allah” predates Islam and has been some Christian tribes’ principal term to refer to God.”


“The word has been used for centuries in Malaysia, as well as by
Christians in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Indonesia as the equivalent of
the English word God. But many Malaysian Muslims, who make up 60 per
cent of the population, say that Allah should be reserved to refer
exclusively to the Muslim deity and that use of it in a Biblical
context encourages conversion to Christianity, a crime under the
country’s Islamic laws.”

So they’ve de facto changed centuries old law?

Islamic leaders should denounce these attacks. Go back to what New York Times analyst Thomas Friedman recently said.

‘You keep telling us what Islam isn’t. You need to explain to us, and to yourselves, what it is.’

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....