THERE IS NO GOD. THERE IS ALLAH
by Ahmed Hulusi
Zhikr, as we have commonly heard, is practiced in order to find favor in the eyes of a “god-out-there” by repeating his names!
Is it really for that?
In order to understand the reality about this theme, we must first of all realize “what” and “who” the “mentioned being” is…
Shall we practice zhikr (mentioning – meditation) of a “GOD” or of “ALLAH?” Most of the readers will naturally ask the following question now:
“—What difference does it make? Call him “GOD” or “ALLAH!” They are all the same! We, the Westerners have named him GOD! God is great!..”
No! God is not great! God is non-existent! Nonsense is any concept of a god!..
Who says it?.. It is said in the “Deen-i ISLAM” and in its holy book Koran al Karim that explains Islam! Rasul of ALLAH Mohammed Mustafa (peace be upon him) says that!
We have tried to clarify the vital importance of the difference between the concept “ALLAH” and any concept of a “GOD,” in great details in our books “Mysteries of Human” and “ALLAH as Introduced by Mohammed” which is printed nine times in English and we have tried to explain the “Deen-i ISLAM” based on the concept “ALLAH.”
Nobody can comprehend what the “Deen-i ISLAM” is about and why it has ever come, unless one fully understands the difference in meaning between a concept of “god” and the name “ALLAH” signifies. Without understanding it, one keeps misinterpreting the matter of RELIGION! Furthermore, one can never understand the reason why the practices (prayers-ibadat) in the “Deen-i ISLAM” have been suggested for human beings.
Therefore, we must, before all, fully comprehend the difference between what the word “god” refers to and the meaning that is denoted by the name “ALLAH!”
What does the name “GOD” tell us?
The word “God” is about a being afar-off yourself, myself, ourselves and away from the whole existence, who created the everything from outside, who observes us from outside and who, based on his judgement about ourselves, will either throw us into his Hell or admit us to his Paradise!..
Majority of humankind including all the religious authorities, who took the religious scriptures literally and could not go further beyond analogies, do believe in a “god.” They defend “that god” and endeavor to overrule people in the name of “that god!” The intellectuals and the people of reasoning do not believe in such a god, as they have conceived that there could not be such a thing. Therefore they do not give heed to the words of religious authorities.
Yet, the understanding of the “Deen” based on the concept “ALLAH” is a reality commonly cherished and experienced by all the Sufis and Awliyah (Saints)! Unfortunately, very few of men have been aware of this fact!..
According to the Koran al Karim that explains such a reality, “ALLAH” created the universe and everything that is perceived to be present, “within the Science (ilm) of Hu, through the Power (qudrat) of Hu and by means of the qualities that Beautiful Names (asma-ul husna) of Hu refer to.” As a result of this, what we call the laws of nature or the universal ORDER is nothing other than the ORDER and the SYSTEM of “ALLAH.” By the same token, humans are in need of becoming aware of “ALLAH” within their own ESSENCE and turn toward their essence instead of worshipping a “god” outside themselves.
All of the Awliyah in all times, have sought to direct people toward an understanding of “Deen” established on the concept “ALLAH” and toward a spiritual state of “awe” (hashyat) resulting from their understanding. On the other hand, the formalist religious authorities have always portrayed a “god afar-off” and have tried to make people get scared of him in order that they could establish their supremacy…
Neither the Koran and nor Hazrat Mohammed (peace be upon him) described a “god-out-there” who is watching us from outside, and who will judge by our deeds and make up his mind, and consequently throw us into his Hell or admit to his Paradise…
On the contrary, our holy Book and the Rasul of ALLAH inform us about “ALLAH” being within ourselves, in our Essence who formed our own reality (haqiqat)!
That’s why such an act as gossiping about someone or misleading, cheating one, acting bad, or a wrongful seizure has in fact been done to “ALLAH” who is the Truth (haqiqat) of that person.
It is by the same reason that the Rasul of ALLAH notified: “One has not been grateful for ALLAH until he is grateful for people!..”
That is, it is “ALLAH” within the Essence (ultimate core) of anything perceived Whom you turn toward to thank, not an imagined god afar off you that you have created in your illusion. We cannot understand the perfection (superiority) of the “Deen-i ISLAM” up until we grasp this reality properly!
If so, may we ever name “ALLAH” as a male “GOD?”
It will be our next topic!
COULD WE NAME ALLAH AS GOD?
by Ahmed Hulusi
A group of unaware people who pass judgements about the “Religion” based on their hearsay and false information, have been employing the word “GOD” instead of the name “ALLAH,” being unaware of the matter and thinking that these words both carry the same meaning, and also relating it with their patriotism according to their whims…
In the previous chapter, I have tried to make it clear that any concept that the word “god” refers to is completely different in meaning than what the name “ALLAH” refers to. These are two different words with completely different meanings.
Shall we now make it clear through a passage from the Koran Interpretation written by the excellent interpreter Hamdi Yazir of Elmali in 1940’s, which is most comprehensive and detailed interpretation published in Turkish by the Religious Affairs Directorate. Let us see what he says in it:
“The word ALLAH has never been applied to anything other than ALLAH, neither in proper form nor in common. Take the names such as “ilah” and “huda,” for example; none of them is a proper noun as “ALLAH.” They imply a concept of “god” (ilaah), “lord” (rabb) or “idol” (maabud). It has been said “gods”(alihatun) as the plural form of “god,” “lords” (arbab) as of “lord,” etc…Unlike, it has never been said “ALLAHS” and can never be said so. If we hear such a usage of words from someone, we conclude that he is ignorant and negligent. The noun “GOD” is not like this; you can even call false idols as “gods.” Pagans (mushrikeen) even used to worship many gods. Some of them had so-and-so gods, others had so-and-so gods.So, the common name GOD is not synonymous for the proper noun “ALLAH,” and is not an equivalent for “ALLAH.” “God” is a very common phrase! Therefore one should never translate the name “ALLAH” as “GOD.” (Vol. 1, p. 24-25)One should never call “ALLAH” as “god,” according to this excellent Koran Interpretation written in Turkish.We must also take the following significant differences into consideration:
The word “god” is a common adjective, yet “ALLAH” is a proper noun for the Unique Essence (zat), out of Whose there is nothing independent in existence.
I mean, that is not a matter of mere languages or word pronunciation. There is an enormous difference between the meanings of these two words.
An understanding of a religion with a “god” or a concept of “godliness” is groundless and false!
The original “Deen-i ISLAM” in effect is fully based on the meaning denoted by the name “ALLAH.”
The statement “la ilaha ill-Allah” means “there is no god, there is ALLAH alone.” In order to be an earnest Muslim, we must first distinct that difference in meaning properly.
If we limit our comprehension fixed with a concept of a “god,” we suffer the detriment of the meaning the name “ALLAH” refers to, for it will consequently make us losers of the treasure of khaliphness (khilafat) mystery.
“God” is a being out-there, afar-off yourself, that is worshipped!
“ALLAH” is the Reality (haqiqat) within your Essence, Who is being served all along!
“God” is a bugaboo to be “frightened!”
“ALLAH” is the source of a “deep reverence,” an “awe” (hashyat) for the people of insight, which is generated through comprehension of their nothingness beside the limitlessness and infinity.
“God” is a ruler and a judge afar-off, assumed to be out-there, which is sculpted in the minds of inefficient people according to their fancies.
“ALLAH,” unlike, is the One and the only Absolute Being, Who created the universes through Hu’s own being and Who is being experienced along with Hu’s Names (asma) at every particle, with none else to be compared onto Hu…
“God” is a fictitious balooney sculpted in people’s minds in accordance with the humankind’s perception, adorned and smartened up with various faculties and assumed as a possessor of people’s imaginary ascriptions, at every age and in every community depending on the level of people’s understanding.
“ALLAH” is Ahad (the Ultimate Whole), Samed, Lamyalid and Lamyulad.
Well, if so, can there be someone who is authorized to rule IN THE NAME OF “ALLAH” and the DEEN?