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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALLAH AND JEHOVAH

This article will explore the identity relationship between Allah, God of Islam, and Jehovah, God of the Bible. The following are some pertinent points:

  1. Some Arabic speakers use "Allah" as a generic word for God. But in the Koran, Allah is a specific God, the one true God claimed in Islam. For example, Surah 5:73 says, "There is no god but Allah".
  2. Allah was a name of one of the gods worshiped in pre-Islamic Mecca. He accepted human sacrifices [Muhammad Ibn Ishaq, The Life Of Muhammad, revised by Abd al-Malik Ibn Hisham, English Translation, p17] and had three daughters: Allat, Manat, and Al-Uzza, and sons.
  3. In the Koran, Allah claims to be the one true God, the same God that had delivered the Bible earlier and dealt with Biblical characters such as Abraham, Solomon, etc.
  4. The Roman Catholic Church also teaches that Allah, god of Islam, is the same as the God of the Bible. "Allah is the Creator...the one, merciful God, mankind's judge" [Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, Vol. 1]
  5. This article will demonstrate that Allah is not the same as Jehovah for the simple reason that there are too many fundamental differences between Allah (as described in the Koran) and Jehovah (as described in the Bible). Moreover, Koranic references to Biblical characters are riddled with factual errors. Hence, the Koranic claim that Allah is the god who gave the Bible is a clumsy attempt at identity theft.
  6. After Islamic scholars noticed that the Koranic and Biblical concepts of God are fundamentally different, they have tried to account for this by inventing the idea that the God of the Bible seems very different from Allah because Christians and Jews may have tampered with the Bible. However, the Bible is well preserved, and therefore this claim is refuted.
  7. Therefore, the identity theft remains, and it is one of our many reasons for concluding that Islam is a false religion.

Now for the details.

Allah claims to be the same as Jehovah

Historically, Allah was the name of the chief idol in kaaba. However, in the Koran, Allah is described as follows:

  • He claims to be the creator who created the universe in six days (10:3)
  • He is the only God (5:73, 4:87)
  • He claims to be sovereign (9:70)
  • He is knower of all things (2:29)
  • He created Adam and Eve (2:31, 7:190)
  • He was Abraham’s God (2:125)
  • He was the God who sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh to liberate the people of Israel (7:103)
  • He was the God who sent Jesus to earth: (3: 49-51)
  • He gave man the Torah (the Old Testament), the Gospel (the New Testament) and then the Koran (3:3).

All these features are the same as that of Jehovah, the God of the Bible. So then, is the God of Islam the same as the God of the Bible? Before you say “Yes”, hang on. Consider the following differences between Jehovah and Allah

Difference # 1: The Name

The Koran mentions Bible characters such as Adam (4000 BC), Noah (2500 BC), Abraham (2000 BC), Moses (1500 BC), Samuel (1000 BC) and Jonah (800 BC) as worshiping Allah. However, the word “Allah” is absent in the Bible. The generic Hebrew word for God is El or Elohim, which is similar to the Arabic Illah – of course, this has nothing to do with the identities of the respective Gods in the Bible and Koran. In connection with all these above-mentioned characters, the name for God in the Bible is JEHOVAH (out of reverence, this is rendered LORD in some English Bibles). Here is a sample:

  • Jehovah-God called to the man [Adam] and said to him, Where are you?” – Genesis 3: 9
  • Jehovah said to Noah…” – Genesis 7:1
  • Jehovah had said to Abram [Abraham]” – Genesis 12: 1
  • "[To Moses:] You shall do My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am Jehovah your God. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am Jehovah. None of you shall approach the flesh of anyone who is kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am Jehovah.” – Leviticus 18: 4-6
  • Jehovah called Samuel…” – 1 Samuel 3:8
  • “Jonah said to them: I [am] a Hebrew. And I revere Jehovah the God of Heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land.” – Jonah 1:9

Everywhere, the Old Testament rings with the name JEHOVAH and not Allah. It follows then, that the Gods of the Bible and Islam are not the same!

“Wait a minute”, you say, “Is it not possible that one person has more than one name?”

In principle it is, but read this:

Moreover God said to Moses, Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel: Jehovah the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My eternal name, and this is My memorial from generation to generation. – Exodus 3:15

Did you notice that? Jehovah is the eternal name of the God of the Bible. There’s no room for another name like Allah. The God of the Bible goes on to say:

I am Jehovah; that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another” – Isaiah 42: 8

Not only are the names of the gods of the Bible and Islam different, their characters and instructions to their followers are also very different! 

Difference # 2

The God of the Bible is a trinity but Allah is singular (Surah 4:171). This is crucial because

  1. It means that Jehovah logically can be love as the Bible claims He is (1 John 4:8), but Allah cannot. Love is a transitive verb. Allah had no one to love in eternity past (and he was not troubled by his lack of company), and therefore, love cannot be his fundamental attribute.
  2. It makes Allah collapse before Euthyphro's Dilemma. See Reason 5 here for elaboration.
  3. It makes Allah fail to be intrinsically good because the only validation of intrinsic goodness is perfectly joyful and harmonious relationships between persons. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are in perfect harmony with each other. This proves that all of them are infinitely good. Allah makes the rules and enforces them, but there is no way to prove that these rules are good in themselves.

Difference # 3

Jehovah encourages his followers to not retaliate personally when they are being wronged (1 Peter 2: 19-23), but Allah condones harsh speech from those who have been wronged (4:148)

Jehovah expects His followers to follow the supreme example of Jesus Christ His Son, who reserved all judgment (that the government neglects to administer) to the final Day of Judgment. It was this knowledge that enabled Jesus, and enables his followers today, to suffer wrong quietly. Whereas both Jehovah and Allah claim to be the ultimate judges, it is Jehovah who expects His people to walk according to this knowledge, knowing that the right of vengeance belongs to Him. Clearly, the moral standards of Jehovah are higher than that of Allah.

Difference # 4

Allah is a champion of anti-Semitism [in the restricted sense of Anti-Jewish sentiment]:

On the other hand, Jehovah calls Himself the “God of Israel” 203 times in the Bible! He says He loves Israel and will never forget them (Jeremiah 33:20-21) and will set up a worldwide kingdom headquartered at Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-3)

Clearly, Allah and Jehovah are markedly different. In fact, there is a conflict going on. The followers of Allah in the Middle East outnumber the Jews 50:1 and are rolling with petrodollars (and petro-clout!) These nations want Israel to be exterminated. Jehovah has promised it won’t happen!

Difference # 5

Allah's prescription for paradise is belief and good works (Surah 3:57, 2:223) and the Koran claims that he is merciful. Jehovah offers salvation as a free gift based on Jesus' perfect sacrificial death. 

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some would even be bold enough to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life…Jesus Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed…For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast…These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (Romans 5: 8, John 3:16, 1 Peter 2:24, Ephesians 2: 8, 9, 1 John 5:13)

Notice the consequences of this difference:

 Allah Jehovah

If Allah gives paradise to Muslims because their good works deserve it, there is nothing "merciful" or "kind" in this. I don't call my boss "merciful" when he gives me my wages 

Jehovah is merciful and kind because He gives salvation as a free gift.
If Allah is offering paradise to Muslims although they don't deserve it, he is being unjust. Jehovah offers heaven to those who don't deserve it, but He is just nevertheless because Jesus Christ willingly paid the penalty for sin!
Even the best Muslim is not perfect. Therefore, Allah's "perfect" paradise will be ruined by imperfect Muslims entering it.The death and resurrection of Jesus the God-man provides a logically consistent way for Jehovah to make people perfect (without violating their identity) before putting them in heaven. Therefore, Jehovah's heaven will not be ruined. Elaboration
Allah cannot (or refuses) to offer any assurance of paradise. Is he concerned that people will "take it easy" if he gives an assurance? If so, then it proves that Allah does not transform people, he only bribes them.Jehovah is able to offer an assurance of heaven because access to heaven is based on the perfect sacrifice and righteousness of Christ. True Christians don't use this assurance as license to sin because Jehovah transforms our sin-loving nature into a holiness-loving nature! Elaboration

As you can see, Jehovah is not just different from Allah, He is superior to Allah.

Difference #6

Allah demands that Muslims –fight– for him even unto death:

“Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward” – Surah 4:74

While Jehovah wants His followers to be faithful to Him (that is, not deny Him) even on pain of death, He does not demand that they fight, and provided the supreme precedent for sacrifice Himself in sending His Son to die for the sins of humanity (Romans 5: 8).

Difference #7

Jehovah promises a heaven that will be a wonderful place because:

  • We’ll get to see Him, who’s loved us so much that He gave His Son to die for our redemption.
  • We’ll get to see others, from every time in history and place on earth, people who have put their faith on the living One True God Jehovah
  • There won’t be any pain, suffering, grief, sin or evil.

When we get to heaven, there will be no marriage (Matthew 22:30).

On the other hand, Allah’s paradise is a very different.

  • "As for the righteous, they shall surely triumph. Theirs shall be gardens and vineyards, and virgins with big breasts for companions: a truly overflowing cup." – Surah 78:31
  • "...They will sit with bashful, dark-eyed virgins, as chaste as the sheltered eggs of ostriches." – Surah 37:40-48
  • "...They shall recline on couches ranged in rows. To dark-eyed houris (virgins) we shall wed them..." – Surah 52:17-20
  • "...We created the houris (the beautiful women) and made them virgins, loving companions for those on the right hand.. "– Surah 56:7-40
  • "In each there shall be virgins chaste and fair... Dark eyed virgins sheltered in their tents whom neither man nor Jinn will have touched before.." – Surah 55:70-77
  • "Round about them will serve boys of perpetual freshness." – Surah 56:17
  • "In them will be bashful virgins neither man nor Jinn will have touched before. Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?" – Surah 55:56-57

Looks like Allah knows to bargain. Jehovah on the other hand, expects His followers to serve Him as a loving response to the love that He has shown to them. Now for the Hadith.

  • “Ali reported that the Apostle of Allah said, ‘There is in Paradise a market wherein there will be no buying or selling, but will consist of men and women. When a man desires a beauty, he will have intercourse with them.’” (Al Hadis, Vol. 4, p. 172, No. 34)
  • "The virgins will not urinate, relieve nature, spit, or have any nasal secretions" - Sahih Bukhari 4:55:544
  • 'Everyone that God admits into paradise will be married to 72 wives; two of them are houris and seventy of his inheritance of the [female] dwellers of hell. All of them will have libidinous sex organs and he will have an ever-erect penis.' " - Sunan Ibn Majah, Zuhd (Book of Abstinence) 39
  • "The Holy Prophet said: 'The believer will be given such and such strength in Paradise for sexual intercourse. It was questioned: O prophet of Allah! can he do that? He said: "He will be given the strength of one hundred persons." - Mishkat al-Masabih Book IV, Chapter XLII, Paradise and Hell, Hadith Number 24
  • The prophet Muhammad described his view with the following words, “The smallest reward for the people of paradise is an abode where there are 80,000 servants and 72 wives, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine, and ruby, as wide as the distance from Al-Jabiyyah [a Damascus suburb] to Sana’a .” (Surah Al-Rahman 55, 72, as interpreted by Ibn Kathir, who died in 1373 CE)

Apart from sex, Allah promises all the other things 7th century Arabians lusted after: abundant water (Surah 13:35), wine (56:7-40), fruit (55: 68, 69), jewels, fancy cutlery and fabrics (43:68-73, 55:70-77, 56:7-40). Allah and Jehovah are poles apart!!

An important point: In Surah 37:42-43, Surah 52:18-19, Surah 78:36, etc. we read that the sensuous delights of paradise are the ultimate reward for Muslims. They are not an "add-on" to some non-sensuous reward such as fellowship with Allah. The emphasis on sense gratification raises the question: Why did Allah create humans? What does he gain by giving orgasms in return for pilgrimage to Mecca?

More on Allah's paradise [Includes refutations of excuses made by Islamic apologists to explain away these passages]. Also see: Sex in Islam 

Difference #8

Allah is a doting tyrant:
“The Jews and Christians claim that they are loved ones of Allah. But that is disproved by the fact that he chastises them. He forgives and chastises whomever he wants (5:18)
In contrast, Jehovah is a loving Father who wants all to come to Him (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9). He chastises His children as any wise father would (Hebrews 12: 5-11)

Difference #9

Jehovah has given people the freedom of conscience (see Joshua 24:16 or Revelation 3:20 for example)
 
Allah demands that you either become a Muslim or get plundered and murdered:
  • “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them” – Surah 9:5
  • “It is not for a prophet to take captives before he has made slaughter in the land” – Surah 8:67

Difference #10

Allah considers a few options concerning how to deliver the Koran (6:7) and then settles on dictating the whole thing to a single character, Muhammad. Needless to say, this leaves authenticity open to question. A single person can easily make up a coherent fraud.
 
However, Jehovah delivered the Old and New Testaments to dozens of authors from different backgrounds, over a period of thousands of years, using three different languages, in three different continents. By doing so and coming up with a coherent Bible, Jehovah has given us a proof of the authenticity of the Bible. If Allah was the same as Jehovah (as he claims to be) he should have at least told us why he decided to change his method of delivery!

Difference # 11

If you’re not convinced that Allah is god, he’s got some proofs:

“Allah is able to bring misfortune to people. This shows that he is god.” (6:65)

And some claims:

“Messengers of Allah to Midian, etc had "proofs of Allah's sovereignty"” (9:70) [We are not told what these proofs were, or even in which year the messengers went to Midian, or who are the Midianites]

Contrast these with how Jehovah has authenticated Himself in various ways.

Difference # 12

Allah is prejudiced against deaf and dumb people.

Deaf and dumb people are the worst beasts, who have no sense. If Allah had made them hear, they would turn away from him" (Surah 7:22-23)

Jehovah and His Son are compassionate towards the deaf and dumb.

"And one of the crowd answered and said, Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.  I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they were not able. So Jesus asked his father, How long has this been happening to him? And he said, From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You are able to do anything, have compassion on us and help us. Jesus said to him, If you are able to believe, all things are possible to him who believes. And immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief! When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, Deaf and mute spirit, I command you, Come out of him and enter him no more. And the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as if dead, so that many said, He has died. But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose." – Mark 9:17-27

More Differences

  • There is no mediator with Allah (6:51). The Lord Jesus Christ is a mediator with Jehovah (1 Timothy 2:5)
  • Allah sends some people astray (6:39). Jehovah wants all to come to Him (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9), and none to perish.
  • Jehovah is capable of writing an error free Bible, but Allah is unable to keep the Koran free of errors.
  • Allah changes his revelations and his mind (2:106, 16:101) whereas Jehovah does not (Malachi 3:6, Psalm 119:89). No prizes for guessing who’s more reliable!
  • Jehovah's Bible has hundreds of accurately fulfilled prophecies. Allah's Koran has none. This proves that Jehovah knows human history and controls it for His purposes, whereas Allah doesn't – just what to expect if Jehovah is the true God, and Allah is an Arabian creation.

Conclusion

Allah is an impostor. He claims to be the same God Jehovah who dealt with people like Abraham in the past. However, on closer examination, he turns out to be different from Jehovah, and thus is self-contradictory and logically inconsistent. His advocating violence and promising cheap Arabian thrills as rewards prove that he is a product of seventh century Arabia, not a real God.