I was once listening to a lecture by sheikh Ahmed Deedat (rahimahullah), and I heard him mention a very interesting point; of the 99 names of Allah (like al-wadood, the Loving, al-Malik, the King, and al-Qudoos, the Holy One), ab (Father) is not one of the 99 names…and ab is easier than rab (which means; Lord). Why would Allah s.w.t. not include “ab” as one of His 99 names (especially since it is so easy, a name–even easier than “rab”)? The answer: because the word “ab” (Father) can be mistaken and misused as a literal Father…whereas Allah s.w.t. is the figurative Father, of us all. (*In islam, though, we don’t call Allah “Father,” in any sense, because a) the word “father” can be misused, b) He is too holy for such a human characteristic as “father,” and c) for other reasons that i would not know, because i’m not a scholar of the deen 🙂 Key point; Allah subhana wa ta’ala (s.w.t.-glorifed and exalted be He) is the Creator, Cherisher, and Sustainer of us all. He is not less close to us because he is not called our “Father.” as a matter of fact, in an authentic hadith, Allah s.w.t. says that He is closer to you than your (own) jugular vein (subhan Allah).
-But what would be excellent (and awesome) would be for the peoples of all religions to see how close we are in our understanding of God…despite the differences.
I end with a translation of surat al-Fatiha (the Opening-the first chapter of the Qur’an), –I think it will show as a good example of how similar all our religions are;
*one note; Allah is “God” in Arabic. please don’t be mislead into belieivng the name means anything else..thank you.
I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the accursed,
in the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds,
the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Master of the Day of Judgment,
Thee alone do we worship,
and untu Thee alone do we turn to for help.
Guide us to the straight path–
the path of thise upon whom You have betowed Your blessings…
not of those who have earned your anger,
nor of those who go astray.
~Thank you so much for reading this everyone!