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Why Don’t Muslims Say, “Allah Bless America”?

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Samuel

Reply Date

Jan 16, 2017

Question

I am an American and I have been to lectures of Muslim University teachers and understand that Islam is a very peaceful religion and that the Qur'an states that: For one innocent life you murder you have murdered all of humanity. I understand that Islam does not approve of the tragedy on Sept. 11th. I am sure that the media here in American has shown little to show how peaceful Muslims are. My question: Why do we (Americans) not see any signs "Allah Bless America"? We see God bless America everywhere! Is there a problem with using His name this way? Would it be wrong for a member of Islam to have a sign such of this up?

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Answer


Salam (Peace) Samuel, 

Thank you very much for contacting About Islam with your question. 

In fact, the word “Allah” is only the Name of God in Arabic. Christians of the Middle East use the name “Allah” for God because they speak Arabic. Even if you look in the Bible in Arabic you will find the name “Allah” written where it says “God” in English.

There is no reason why Muslims should object to “Allah bless America”, as it means the same as “God bless America”.

Normally Muslims in public talks, or while in conversation with Non-Muslims, may use the word, “God” rather than “Allah”, to avoid using an Arabic word that people are not familiar with. 

You can have as many slogans of this kind put up as you like, if this will help: Not only “Allah bless America”, but also, “Jehovah bless America”, “Bhagwan bless America”, “Ishwar bless America”, etc.

But as long as all these names stand for the one and only God, different names used by different peoples of different languages or religions I feel makes no difference.

Thank you. Please keep in touch and Allah bless you! 

Salam.

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About Professor Shahul Hameed

Professor Shahul Hameed is an Islamic consultant. He also held the position of the President of the Kerala Islamic Mission, Calicut, India. He is the author of three books on Islam published in the Malayalam language. His books are on comparative religion, the status of women, and science and human values.


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