Is allah a name of chief idol in kaabah
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The word "Allah ta Allaha" was the name of the chief idol in the Kabba, one among three hundred other "gods". Why do we use the same name to identify God ?
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Is Allah a name of chief idol in kaabah?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
The pagan or mushriks of Makkah used to call their idols and images ilaah (god) or plural aaleha (gods); but there was no idol of Allah Subhanah or any idol named Allah among those gods. They too believed in Allah Subhanah in the unseen, and believed that Allah Alone was the Creator, Sustainer, Cherisher, Provider of everything, etc.; but they would invoke and worship their self-made images and idols of some of their pious ancestors, etc. in the belief that if they invoked Allah Subhanah through them, Allah would have to answer their prayers. And this invocation or worship of Allah Subhanah along with anything or anyone else is exactly what is termed the most heinous of all sins in the Holy Quran: Shirk!
Besides, it is not that the believers or men have given their Creator a name; Allah Subhanah has Himself called and identified Himself with this name all over the Glorious Quran: Allah. This is the most often repeated name in the Holy Quran by far!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 110: Say: "Call upon Allah, or call upon Rahman! By whatever name ye call upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 59 Surah Hashr verses 22-24:
22 Allah is He than whom there is no other god; Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He is The Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
23 Allah is He, than whom there is no other god; The Sovereign, The Holy One, The Source of Peace (and Perfection). The Guardian of Faith, The Preserver of Safety, The Exalted in Might, The Irresistible, The Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.
24 He is Allah; The Creator, The Evolver, The Bestower of Forms (or colors). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Whatever is in the heavens and on earth doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, The Wise.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,