By Bobby L. Graham
An uninformed person might be inclined to give a quick “yes” answer to this question, but one who has studied the Bible’s teaching about “the living and true God” (1 Thessalonians 1:9) against the teachings of Islam concerning Allah would never conclude them to be the same. To merely think of them as claimants to deity is insufficient to establish their identity, and to inform oneself properly of the two soon forces one to the conclusion they are not the same. To state the case succinctly, Allah and Jehovah are not the same in nature, in character, in purpose, or in methodology.
While Allah might be the Arabic word for “god,” because Muhammad’s Queresh tribe formerly worshiped him as moon god in his days of idolatry, his godhood is vastly different from Jehovah’s. Further, the Quran (sometimes spelled Qur’an or Koran) claims that God is no father and has no son, implying that the Bible’s teachings about the Father and the Son are idolatrous. The Quran also claims that Allah is unknowable, while the Bible affirms that people can know God and His Son Jesus Christ. Perhaps the reason is that virtually nothing is said of Allah’s essence in a positive fashion, but several negative statements state what He is not. On the other hand, Jehovah declared His own nature and character in statements, actions, and the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Muhammad, the founder of Islam, did no miracle (it claims the Quran is Muhammad’s miracle); but Jesus Christ employed numerous signs, all of them consummating in the greatest of His resurrection from the dead. Though Islam denies Jesus’ deity, His signs became the very foundation of faith in Him as divine (John 20:30-31).
In character Allah and Jehovah are vastly different. While Jehovah has repeatedly intervened in earth’s affairs in demonstration of His love and concern for His creatures, Allah is never portrayed in this light. Significant are the differences in this area: no plan for man’s redemption, no sacrifice for man’s sins, no Savior sent to undertake man’s need, no promised return to complete man’s salvation, no assurance of eternal life, and little emphasis on forgiveness. Islam says that Allah forgives without intercessor, but its lack of one leaves questions about God’s justice and mercy. It soon becomes clear that there is no “good news” in Islam, only bad news. Love and grace, the channels through which God addresses man’s needs, are virtually denied in the Quran. Allah’s fickleness and capriciousness stand in vivid contrast to Jehovah’s verity and trustworthiness.
The purpose of Islam seems to be world domination by a Muslim empire. The word Islam declares “submission.” All infidels (non-Muslims) must either convert to Islam, be killed, or admit Islam’s superiority and pay a tax called the Jizrah, equivalent to the “charity” given by each Muslim. Jihad is, first, the Muslim’s personal struggle against forces in his life leading him away from Allah and, secondarily, the holy war declared against unbelievers in various parts of the world, but its progress always depends on the lethal force of carnal means. What a difference between the voluntary submission sought in the gospel of Christ and the denial of such carnal weapons for the advance of the spiritual kingdom (John 18:36ff). The purpose and methodology of Islam are hereby connected.
Surely the reader can now easily answer this question for himself. Allah and Jehovah are as different as light and dark, as oil and water, as deity and humanity. Allah seems to be a god crafted in the image of men, whereas Jehovah models an image for which man should aspire.
Reprint from Truth Magazine: www.truthmagazine.com