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Safar / Rabi-Ul Awwal 1422 H
May 2002
Volume 15-05 No:185

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Religion


Who created Allah?
Why do Muslims call God, 'Allah'?

Dr Zakir Naik

Who created Allah?

“Who created the uncreated?” is as absurd as asking,
“My brother Tom conceived and gave birth to a child, is the child a girl or a boy?”


This is a very tricky question, asked usually by an atheist and the rationalist. Once a close friend of mine, while beginning a discussion with a rationalist in an atheist organisation in Mumbay started off by asking, ‘This is a pencil, how did it come into existence, it has to have a creator’. ‘This is a book, how did it come into existence, it has to have a creator’. Thus giving answers to his own questions, proved that everything has a creator. He then posed the following questions- if the pencil is created in a factory, who created the factory? The answer is an engineer or some similar person. Who created that engineer? There also has to be a Creator of this engineer. Similarly who created the sun, the moon, the stars etc? There has to be a creator for everything. Then he posed the question: ‘Do you agree that everything in the world has a creator?’ The atheist of that organisation replied, ‘we will agree only on the condition, that you should not back out in future from your own statement that everything has a creator.’ My friend was very satisfied, thinking he had succeeded in convincing about God and said, “Yes I will stick to my statement that everything has a creator, but you still have not replied to my question: that who created the human beings, the sun, the moon, the stars etc”. He further helps them with the answer by saying ‘It is God Almighty,’ the atheist replied, “We will believe in God if you tell us ‘Who created God? and my friend got the biggest shock of his life. He knew he was trapped.

He was disturbed so much that he did not sleep for the whole night. The next day, while he was narrating this incident to me, I realised that he was using the methodology of proving the existence of God, written by some scholars. In this methodology, a very important rule of logic i.e. self analysis is overlooked. During my talks while proving the existence of Allah, I never make any statement saying everything has a creator.

I start my explanation by asking the atheist, “Who will be the first to know the mechanism of an unknown object? It is the atheist who replies; the creator, the manufacturer, not Me Using his answer that the creator is the first person who knows the mechanism of any object I further prove to him using scientific knowledge that the creator of the Universe i.e. God Almighty is the first to know the mechanism of the universe and has mentioned it in his book ‘The Quran’. But if somebody was to pose me the same Question:, that who will be the first to know the mechanism of an unknown object, I will not reply just by saying ‘the creator’ or ‘the manufacturer,’ but I will reply, that every object and all things which have a beginning, the mechanism of all these things will be first known by its creator, since they are all created things. Even after using this answer of mine, we can still scientifically prove that all the signs that we see i.e. the sun, the moon, the earth etc have a beginning of their mechanism”.

That is the way they function and behave. This has been discovered recently by science, but was mentioned 1400 years ago in the Quran which proves that it is a book which is revealed by Allah. Now if someone asks me the question “Who created Allah?” I will reply that once my friend asked me a similar question that his brother Tom was admitted to the hospital and he conceived and gave birth to a baby: guess, is the baby a girl or a boy? It is an absurd statement. Only females can conceive and give birth to a baby. It is impossible for Tom, who is a male, to conceive and give a birth to a child. One of the qualities and characteristics of a male is that he cannot conceive and give birth to a child. Similarly one of the characteristics of Allah is He is uncreated and does not have a beginning. Therefore asking a question, “Who created the uncreated?” is as absurd as asking, “My brother Tom conceived and gave birth to a child, is the child a girl or a boy?”.

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Why do Muslims call God, 'Allah'?

Allah is a unique word which does not conjure up mental pictures nor can it be played around with


1.The Muslims prefer calling Allah instead of the English word ‘God’. The Arabic word Allah is pure and unique, unlike the English word God which can be played around with.

2. God + s = Gods If you add ‘S’ to God, it becomes Gods that is plural of God. Allah is one and singular there is no plural of Allah.

3. God + dess = Goddess If you add ‘dess’ to God it becomes ‘Goddess’ that is a female God, there is nothing like male Allah or female Allah. Allah has got no gender.

4. God + Father = God father If you add ‘father’ to God, it becomes ‘godfather’. He is my Godfather i.e. he is my guardian. There is nothing like Allah Abba or Allah father in Islam.

5. God + Mother = God mother If you add ‘mother’ to god it becomes ‘godmother’. There is nothing like Allah Ammi or Allah mother in Islam.

6. Tin + God = Tin god: If you put ‘tin’ before god it becomes ‘Tin god’ i.e. a fake God, there is nothing like Tin Allah or fake Allah in Islam.

7. Allah is a Unique Word: Allah is a unique word which does not conjure up mental pictures nor can it be played around with. Therefore the Muslims prefer calling God, ‘Allah’. But sometimes while speaking to the non-Muslims we may have to use the inappropriate word ‘God’, for Allah.

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