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Authentic Supplications of the Prophet

The Meanings of the Word iläah

In the language of the Arabs the word 'iläh is used to represent four meanings. These are:

  1. One worshipped: Allah says in the Qur'an: <<And of His signs is the night, and the day, and the sun, and the moon. prostrate not to the sun and the moon, but prostrate to Allah, Who created them. If it is Him that you worship>> 1.
  2. A refuge to turn to: <<When distress seizes you at sea, those that you call upon, you leave in the lurch; except, Him! But when He brings you back safe to land, you turn away and man was ungrateful>> 2.
  3. One truly beloved and glorified: <<And there are among people>> [those] <<who take, besides Allah, equals. They love them as they love Allah; but those of Faith have greater love for Allah. And if the unjust could only see, as they will be witnessing the torture, that all power is to Allah, and that Allah punishes severely>> 3.
  4. One beyond our realization: <<They have not realized Allah, a realization due: and>> [how can they when] <<on the Day of Judgment the whole of the earth will be His grip, and the heavens will be rolled up in His right: Glorified, and Exalted is He above that which they associate>> 4.


l Surat Fussilat (#41) V.37.
2 Surat Al-'lsra' (#17) V.67.
3 Surat 'Al-Baqarah (#2) V.165.
4 Surat 'Az-Zumar (#39) V.67.

© 1993 Waleed Al-Essa
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