Names, Names, Names

You don’t need me to tell you that names are very important.

For example, if your girlfriend calls you George, and it so happens that your name isn’t George, then you’ve really got something to worry about!

But here’s something that you don’t have to worry about. In spite of much unnecessary confusion on both sides, I can categorically assure you that Christians worship Allah, just like us. Most of the time they call Him God. But God is simply the English (or, rather, the Anglo-Saxon) word for Allah.

A small, historic note here. Britain was once part of the Roman Empire, but when the Romans returned to Italy, the Angles and the Saxons – tribes who were then living in Germany – sailed across the North Sea and took the Romans’ place. Soon after this very  successful invasion, the whole country was speaking Anglo-Saxon, a language which subsequently evolved into English. And let’s not forget that Allah, in German, is Gott.

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” said Shakespeare. And, when you think about it, he’s absolutely right.

 

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