Why fight and argue over the Name of God? There are plenty to choose from!

The ‘Keepers of the Keys to the Eternal Kingdom”  have never agreed on who holds the right key to fit the door of eternity, and throughout  millennia  of religious and spiritual belief we’ve come to accept and acknowledge that this is the way it’s always going to be. Nonetheless, the capacity for religions to fight among themselves, and disagree and argue about their particular claim to the Deity in the face of immense human suffering leaves me bewildered. For example, in terms of invoking the Name of God for a cause, there’s nothing more chilling today than hearing fighters in Syria scream ‘Allah Akbar” as they send missiles, bullets, grenades and chemical weapons into local neighbourhood killing innocent men, women and children in the name of religious orthodoxy.
It is an unfolding tragedy for humanity that different people of different faith and spiritual beliefs are never going to agree on many things and will never give ground on their respective claims to having private access to the Deity’s direct line in ‘Heaven’. Notwithstanding Prince Charles’s proclamation that when he ascends the throne of the United Kingdom he will be the defender of all faiths, such sentiments are just not shared by other commonwealth nations. He ought to take heed of this now and note that levels of disagreement have reached the heights of the absurd, as a Malaysian court rules that non-Muslims cannot use the word Allah to refer to their Deity.
Surely the concept of a universal Deity is bigger than all of the world’s religions combined? Furthermore whatever forms the Deity takes at any given time in history we can be quite sure IT isn’t too concerned about an argument based on nationalistic – religiosity and  linguistic reductionism about who can or cannot use the word Allah.  History throws up a plethora of terms for the Deity. For example the English noun God is used across cultures and countries to name the Deity and as far as I know no-one throughout the recent millennial of the Abrahamic religions has claimed copyright to it-at least not up until now.
The absurdity of this law is in its attempt to make a legal ruling based upon a meta-physical belief in a supreme being, without the physical evidence to support such an assertion in the first place. It is illogical. However if we are to accept this reductio ad absurdum then there’s very little to worry about because the great Deity literally has hundreds of names available for the non Muslim citizens of Malaysia and the world to choose from.

Firstly there are the 101 names of God:

Name

Meaning

Yazad
Yazad
Worthy of Worship
Yaz meaning worthy of being attuned; Praiseworthy
Harvesp-Tawan
Harvesp-Tavaan
All-Powerful
Almighty
Harvesp-agah
Harvesp-Aagaah
All-Knowing
All-Knowing
Harvesp-khoda
Harvesp-Khudaa
Lord of all
Lord of All
Abadeh
Abadah
Without Beginning

Without Beginning

Abi-anjam
Abee-Anjaam
Without End
Without End
Bun-e-stiha
Bune-Steeh
Root of Creation
Root of Creation
Frakhtan-taih
Fraakhtan-Teh
Endless Bliss
The End of All
Jamaga
Jamaga
Primal Cause
Ancient Cause
Prajatarah
Parajtarah
Exalted One
More Noble
Tum-afik
Tum-Afeek
Purest of the Pure
Most Open (Innocent)
Abaravand
Abarvand
Detached from All
Separate from All
Paravandeh
Parvandaah
In touch with all
Connected with All
An-ayafeh
An-Aiyaafah
Unattainable
Unreachable by anyone
Hama-Ayafeh
Ham-Aiyaafah
Attainer of All
Who Can Reach All
Adro
Aadaro
Most Righteous
Most straightforward; Truest of All
Gira
Geeraa
Upholder of all

Who Holds Everyone

A-ehem
A-Chem
Beyond reason
Without Cause (Does not need a reason for existence)
Chamana
Chamanaa
Sovereign Reason
Reason for Being
Safana
Safanaa
Bountiful One
Creator of Progress
Afza
Afjaa
Ever Prolific
Creator of Growth
Nasha
Naashaa
Reaching equally to all
Who Reaches Everyone Equally
Parwara
Parvaraa
Nourisher
Provider
Ianaha
Eeyaanah
Protector of the world
Protector of Creation
Ain-aenah
Aaeen-Aaenah
Never Changing
Not Different
An-aenah
An-Aaeenah
Formless
Without Shape
Kharoshid-tum
Khrosheed-Tum
Most Steadfast among the Steadfast
Most Determined
Mino-tum
Meeno-Tum
Lord Invisible
Most Invisible
Vasna
Vaasnaa
All-Pervading
Omnipresent
Harvastum

Harvastum

All in all
Most Complete
Hu-sepas
Hu-Sepaas
Worthy of our profound thanks
Worthy of Thanksgiving
Har-Hamid
Har-Hameed
All embracing Goodness
Completely Good Natured
Har-naik faraih
Har-Nek-Fareh
All embracing Holy light
Completely Good Noble Aura
Baish-tarana

Besh-Tarnaa

Remover of affliction
Remover of Suffering
Taronish
Taroneesh
Beyond Affliction
Mysterious
Anah-aoshaka
An-Aoshak
Immortal
Immortal
Farasaka
Farsak
Fulfiller of Holy Desires
Grantor of Wishes
Pajohdehad
Pajoh-Dahad
Creator of Holy attributes
Creator of Noble Nature
Khwafar
Khvaafar
Compassionate Judge
Generous with Justice
Avakhshiaea
Afakhsheeaaeaa
Merciful Giver
Grantor of Generosity
Abaraja
Abarjaa
Bountiful Giver
Most Abundant Provider
A-satoha
A-Satoh
Unconquerable
Who Does Not Get Angry
Rakhoha
Rakhoh
Freest of the free
Independent; Without Worry
Varun
Varoon
Deliverer from evil
Protector from Evil
A-farefah
A-Farefah
Never Deceiving
Who Does Not Deceive
Be-fareftah
Be-Farefah
Never Deceived
Who Cannot Be Deceived
A-dui
A-Duee
One without a second
Without Duality
Kam-rad
Kaame-Rad
Lord of desire
Lord of Wishes
Farman-kam
Farmaan-Kaam
Decreer of Sovereign Desire
Wish Is His Command
Aekh Tan
Aokh-Tan
Soul Supreme
Without Body
A-faremosh
A-Faremosh
Never-forgetting
Who Does Not Forget
Hamarna
Hamaarnaa
Just Accountant
Keeper of Accounts
Sanaea
Sanaaeaa
Knowing all things
Worthy of Knowing; All Knowing
A-tars
A-Tars
Fearless
Fearless
A-bish
A-Beesh
Devoid of pain
Without Suffering
A-frajdum
Afraajdum
Most exalted one
Most High
Ham-chun
Ham-Chun
Ever the same
Always the Same
Mino-satihgar
Meeno-Steeh-Gar
Invisible Creator of the Universe
Creator of the Universe Invisibly
A-minogar
A-Meenogar
Creator of the Profoundly Spiritual
Creator of Much Invisible Creations
Mino-nahab
Meeno-Nahab
Hidden within the spirit
Hidden in Invisible Creation
Adar-bad-gar
Aadar-Baad-Gar
Transmuter of Fire into Air
Who Changes Fire Into Air
Adar-nam-gar
Aadar-Nam-Gar
Transmuter of Fire into dew
Who Changes Fire Into Water
Bad-adar-gar
Baad-Aadar-Gar
Transmuter of Air into Fire
Who Changes Air Into Fire
Bad-nam-gar
Baad-Nam-Gar
Transmuter of Air into dew
Who Changes Air Into Water
Bad-gail-gar
Baad-Gel-Gar
Transmuter of Air into Earth
Who Changes Air Into Dust
Bad-gred-tum
Baad-Gerd-Tum
Supreme Transmuter of Air into dust
Who Changes Air Into Wind
Adar-kibritatum
Aadar-Keebreet-Tum
Supreme Transmuter of Fire into divine sparks
Who Changes Fire Into Jewels
Bad-gar-jae
Baad-Garjaae
Spreading Air everywhere
Who Creates Air In All Places
Ab-tum
Aab-Tum
Creator of Lifegiving water
Creator of Much Water
Gail-adar-gar
Gel-Aadar-Gar
Transmuter of Dust into Fire
Who Changes Dust Into Fire
Gail-vad-gar
Gel-Vaad-Gar
Transmuter of Dust into Air
Who Changes Dust Into Air
Gail-nam-gar
Gel-Nam-Gar
Transmuter of Dust into water
Who Changes Dust Into Water
Gar-gar
Gar-Gar
Master Craftsman
Creator of Creators
Garo-gar
Gar-O-Gar
Rewarder of sincere desires
(Fulfiller of Wishes) *
Gar-a-gar
Gar-Aa-Gar
Creator of all Humanity and its actions
(Creator of Mankind) *
Gar-a-gar-gar
Gar-Aa-Gar-Gar
Creator of all Human and Animal Life
(Creator of All Things) *
A-gar-agar
A-Gar-Aa-Gar
Creator of all the four elements
(Creator of 4 Elements) *
A-gar-a-gar-gar
A-Gar-Aa-Gar-Gar
Creator of all the planets and all other worlds
(Creator of Stars) *
A-guman
A-Gumaan
Never in doubt
Without Doubt
A-jaman
A-Jamaan
Ageless
Timeless
A-Khuan
A-Khuaan
Eternally awake
Sleepless
Amast
Aamasht
Ever-alert
Alert
Fashutana
Fashutanaa
Ever-Protecting
Always Guarding & Progress Creator
Padmani
Padmaanee
Recorder of Man’s actions
Keeper of Limits
Firozgar
Feerozgar
Victorious
Victorious
Khudawand
Khudaavand
Lord of the Universe
Lord of Creation
Ahuramazd
Ahur-Mazd
Lord of Life and Wisdom
Wise Lord
Abarin-kuhan-tawan
Abreen-Kohun-Tavaan
Preserver of Creation
Most Capable of Preserving Originality of Creations
Abarin-nao-tawan
Abreen-No-Tavaan
Renewer of Creation
Most Capable of Creating New Creations
Vaspan
Vaspaan
Embracing All Creation
Who Can Reach All Creations
Vaaspar
Vaspaar
Giver of All Things
Who Can Provide Everything
Khawar
Khaavar
Infinitely Patient
Generous
Ahu
Ahu
Lord of exisience
Lord of Existence
Avakshidar
Avakhseedaar
Forgiver of sins
Forgiver
Dadar
Daadaar
Divine Creator
Creator of Justice
Raiyomand
Rayomand
Rayed in glory
Full of Brightness
Khorehmand
Khorehomand
Haloed in Light
Full of Aura, Light
Davar
Daavar
Lord of Justice
Giver of True Justice
Kerfaigar
Kerfegar
Lord of Just Rewards
Lord of Good Works
Bokhtar
Bokhtaar
Liberator
Giver of Freedom for Progress
Farsho-gar
Frash-Gar
Awakener of Eternal Spring
Refresher of the Soul with Progress

(Wikipedia, 2013)

And, if that isn’t enough there are over 950 other names ascribed to the Deity too, so non-Muslims in Malaysia take your pick! But perhaps it is worthwhile to remember that it isn’t so much about the name, but more about those who claim adherence to any particular faith and how they practice it. To make a legal ruling on who can and cannot use Allah, God or Deity or any other name for that matter isn’t about religious faith or spirituality it’s about adhering to an inflexible ideology which just doesn’t understand that even the concept of a God is “beyond full comprehension by humans; has an endless number of virtues; takes on innumerable forms, but is formless; and can be called by an infinite number of names thus “Your Names are so many, and Your Forms are endless. No one can tell how many Glorious Virtues You have” Allah. (Wikipedia, 2013)

 

Wikipedia. (2013, August 19). Names of God. Retrieved from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101_Names_of_God

 

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