Shaykh Saalim At Taweel (hafithahuAllah) asked the attendees, “Tayyib [okay], here’s a question and I hope its not hard for you [to answer], what’s the meaning of Allah?”
[The attendees are silent]
The Shaykh continues: “Are you serious, oh Muslims; you don’t know the meaning of Allah; what’s the meaning of Allah? Oh Muslims, [in a situation] that a disbeliever stops and asks, ‘Who do you worship?’ You’ll reply, ‘ I worship Allah.’ He asks, ‘and what’s the meaning of Allah?’ The name Allah, what’s it mean, hmmm?”
An attendee replies, “Al-Waahid, Al-Ahad” (The One, The Only).
The Shaykh replies, “Al-Wahid, Al-Ahad, hmmm”
Another attendee replies, “It’s a phrase that describes holiness.”
The Shaykh replies: “Phrase that describes holiness, hmmm, and what’s the definition of such a phrase?”
Another attendee replies, “Allah is the compilation of all of Allah’s names.”
The Shaykh repeats, “What’s the meaning of Allah?”
[The attendees are once again silent].
The Shaykh continues: “Tayyib [okay], this is the benefit of the day, and if for the next ten years you learn nothing but this, then it suffices you it suffices you to know the meaning of ‘Allah’.
The origin of [the word] ‘Allah’ is Al-Ilaah [The Only One Worshipped In Truth].
‘Al-Ilaah’ [The Only One Worshipped In Truth] and ‘Allah’ are one and the same.
In [the word] Allah, the hamza was deleted for ease of pronunciation, so it [the word Al- Ilaah] became the word, ‘Allah’. And as the brother had said before, we know that the meaning of Al-Ilaah means “The Only One Worshipped In Truth.” So we know that the meaning of ‘Allah’ is “The Only One Worshipped In Truth. [The Shaikh Repeats]: Al-Ilaah the hamza was deleted fore ease of pronunciation and [the word] became ‘Allah’ instead of saying Al-Ilaah; so Allah means, ‘The Only One Worshipped In Truth,’ so He is indeed The Only One Who is worthy to be worshipped [alone], without any partners.”
Translator: Abu Yesmean Moslem Bin Usama
Questions prepared by: Maher Attiyeh
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