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== Christianity and Judaism ==
As noted, the name Allah is used by Arab Christians throughout the Middle East. It is also used by Arabic Jews, especially those residing in Yemen.According to the [[Qur'an]] the authority of the [[Torah]] and the [[Gospels]] is subordinated to the content of Muslim revelation. It was regarded by the prophet [[Muhammad]] that both, the Jewish and Christian scriptures, were "corrupted" (from the Arabic term: ''Tahrif''). ''Accordingly, since the Qur'an has remained unaltered to the present day, (compared to the other Scriptures) Muslims assert that only the Qur'an contains the Words of God -- the truth in toto (i.e., the whole truth and nothing but the truth). Whereas the earlier Scriptures/Books such as The New Testament, The Old Testament, etc. contain only partial truths.'' <ref> [http://muslim-canada.org/islam_christianity.html Islam and Christianity.] </ref> Christians believe in the mystery of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), but Muslims don't. In the Qur'an's Surah 13: ''"Allah is the Creator of all things: He is the One, the Supreme and Irresistible." ''  The Kalimah, the first of the 5 pillars of Islam, states:  <blockquote>To believe that Allah Ta’ala is One. That He has no partner, no father, mother, wife and so has no son or daughter; and that there is nothing else that is worthy of praise, or worship except Him ‑Alone and to equally testify that Muhammed (S.A.W.) is His servant and messenger. </blockquote><blockquote>This Kalimah is simple and can be uttered in a few sentences which can easily be pronounced by anybody without much difficulty.  ''"La ilaha Illa Allah Muhammad Rasulu llah" (SAW)''. Meaning: ''There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad (S.A.W.) is the messenger of Allah.'' <ref> [http://www.nmnonline.net/articles/kalimah.htm KALIMAH: THE DECLARATION OF FAITH.] </ref></blockquote> Consequently ''Allah'' is unique, is the God in Islam, and according to Marshall G. S. Hodgson, (The Venture of Islam) Muslims are worshiping a ''Allah'' rather than God, the creator.  From the 112th sura of the Qur'an: ''"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Say (O Mohammad) He is God the One God, the Everlasting Refuge, who has not begotten, nor has been begotten, and equal to Him is not anyone." '' <ref> [http://www.answers.com/topic/allah Islamic Dictionary: Allah] </ref>
== Possible Early Use ==