Quora Answer: How is “Allah” Different from “God”?

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “How is ‘Allah’ different than ‘God’? 

Logically, if there is only One God, then regardless of the Names, Titles and Attributes, regardless of language, it is the same God.  When we consider all the monotheistic faiths, they all have a similar theological foundation on the Divine Nature, namely an Absolute Divine, that is Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent. Anything less than this is not actually monotheism, but monolatry. 

Where the different sects and denominations of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and derivative faiths differ is in their definition of these Attributes.  Understandably, certain groups amongst these faith may agree with each other more than with their own supposed co-religionists.  Some may even fall outside the bounds of actual monotheism, examples include the ghuluw sects of Islam such as the extinct Fatimid sect, or the Mormons.  Regardless, these are all our conception, our understanding and misunderstanding of that One God.



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