[[Image:Allah.png|thumb|right|200px|"Allah" in simple [[Arabic language|Arabic]] calligraphy. In Islam any image depicting God is strictly forbidden.]]
term '''''Allah''''' (الله) is the [[Arabic]] word for [[ God]]. This [[theonym]] is likely a contraction of Arabic ''Al-'ilāh'' (ال إِله), which literally translates as "the god" or "The Lord. " <ref>http://www.chishti.ru/sufi_doct.htm</ref> . It is related to the Hebrew term [[Elohim|Eloh(-im)]] or the Aramaic term "Eloi" which Jesus said on the cross. <ref>[[Mark 15:34]]</ref>
In Islam , Allah is the summation of all of the [[99 Names of God]]. When a Muslim refers to Allah, he thinks of God as being One, Creator, Owner, Sustainer, and Almighty , the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate, and Lord of the [[Day of Judgement]]. In Arabic, the name is composed of four letters, ا ل ل ه (or Alif, Lam, Lam, Ha) which when brought together make الله. [[ Arabic]] speaking [[Christians]] and [[ Jews ]] likewise use the term " Allah" as all three religions worship the God of [[ Abraham]]. Allah is sometimes used incorrectly as a generic word for " god" though the actual generic word for "god" is simply'' ' ilāh. '' These Christians do maintain a belief in the traditional Christian [ [Trinity]], however , and believe that Allah consists of the Father, Son and Spirit.
== Possible Early Use ==
It is a matter of contention as to whether the name Allah came into use only with the foundation of Islam, or whether it is a reuse of a title of
a pagan pre-Islamic [[Mecca]] n god; Hubal, god of the Moon. Muslim scholars dispute this relationship<ref>http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/Sources/Allah/hubal.html</ref> , though the religious history of the region suggests this is possible.<ref>http://www.studytoanswer.net/islam/hubalallah.html</ref> .
== ''Takbir'' (Glorification of God) ==''
Takbir'' (تَكْبِير) (Glorification of God), is the common way Muslims give glory to God. The wording used is ''Allahu- Akhbar'' "الله أكبر", which is translated as "God is great" or "God is greatest. " It is a very common practice in Islam and is essential to the Islamic call of prayer ([[Athan]]).