Q: What does the word 'Allah' or 'Allaah' mean?
A: To begin with, “al” in Arabic means “the” and “ilaah” means God. In Arabic the deﬁnite article “the” is a part of the word and is not a separate part of it as in English, so when putting the two words together “al” and “ilaah” we get the word “Allah” or “Allaah” which mean the God.
The “i”, the ﬁrst letter of “ilaah” has been omitted to facilitate the pronunciation. Note that the “l” in Allaah is a dark one.
Now you must be wondering, what is the difference between the words “Allaah” and “Allah”, it’s simply a matter of spelling; the spelling “Allah” is more common, but in I-MAG we adopt the spelling “Allaah” as it represents the true pronunciation of the word in standard Arabic.
It is note worthy that there are two pronunciations of the word, one is a colloquial one to which the spelling “Allah” might be more suitable, and a standard and more correct pronunciation that the spelling “Allaah” best represent.
Yours in humanity,