There is actually no way to prove that the Arabic language even existed in the written more than 14 hundred years ago, as Koran is the only ancient most written document available to us in Arabic language. Asif
05 Jan 2006
Brother Nisar Mohammad is quoting The Acts 2:8Ã¢â‚¬"11, where it states that there were Arabs among the crown, but his conclusion that the Arabic was spoken at Pentecost needs a bit more examination. Arabic language actually came out of the Aramic language. Arabic and is in fact a twisted form of Syriac dialect of the Aramic language, and the Arabs referred to in Acts 1:8-11 probably spoke Syriac language, as there is no proof that Arabic existed even in the spoken form two thousand years ago at the time of Pentecost. Professor Christ of Luxemburg has done some research on the Syriac readings of the Koran, and is available on (http://phronesis.org/article.php3? id_article=18). If you put word like `Syriac roots of Koran` in goggle or any other Internet search engine, it will give you ton of material on this subject.
The issue of Allah is another one, as Allah is basically a combination of two Arabic words Al and Illah. Illah in Arabic language is referred to `god` with a smaller `g`, which basically means an idol. Al in Arabic language magnifies the meaning of any word that it is added to as prefix, i.e. Kitab in Arabic means `a book`; but if we say Al-Kitab, then it will mean `The Book`. When Al is used as a prefix to Illah, it makes it Allah, which means `The God`. Allah was worshiped in the pre-Islamic pagan Arabia as the moon God, which had three daughters named Al-Lat, Al-Uzza and Al-Minat (Koran 53:19-21). Allah also had a son-in-law named Habbal, though Koran doesn`t mention which one of the daughters of Allah married him. The statues of the moon God Allah are discovered in the Hadarmouth area of Southern Saudi Arabia, where it was worshipped with another name `Siin`. More info can be found on www.answering-islam.org or www.faithdefender.com
Arab Christians do use the name Allah n Arabic Bibles, as majority Muslims will persecute them if they use another name. Though in the pre-Islamic times, Arab Christians used other words like `Raab` or Rahman for describing God. The word Allah used for God in the Bible after the advent of Islam doesn`t prove anything, unless our Muslim friend provides us with some evidence from the pre-Islamic times. Asif