Authentic Supplications of
The Meanings of the Word iläah
In the language of the Arabs the word 'iläh is used to represent
four meanings. These are:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Surat 'Al-Baqarah (#2) V.165.
4 Surat 'Az-Zumar (#39) V.67.
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