=Author’s note: As you read this article the words he, his and him are used only in reference to God out of respect and dignity. It does not imply gender, as this would contradict the teachings of Islam.=

The most frequent question I get asked by my fellow Americans is to explain how Muslims believe in God. They ask, who or what is Allah? Unfortunately, in the United States the Islamic concept of God is often misunderstood and lost in the language barriers that exist between Arabic and English speakers. Often people think that Allah is a special God of Muslims or a different God than they worship. Allah is the Arabic name of God, the same God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.

The first and most important teaching of Islam is the oneness or uniqueness of God (Allah). This teaching is the first part…

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