Origin of AllahArabic All?h from al, the + il?h, god, akin to Classical Hebrew (language) eloah, God
Origin of AllahArabic allāh al- the 'ilāh god ℵl
While the Arabic الله is used generically to refer to God in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic contexts, current English usage almost always restricts the corresponding term Allah to Islamic contexts only. Various newspaper style manuals recommend translating the Arabic word in English as God, as this better reflects Arabic usage, but the term is often left untranslated in Islamic contexts. Thus either “Allah is great” or “God is great” may be seen.