We've all heard the Muslim call to prayer which begins with "Allah akbar".
In English this is translated "God is the greatest.
" Surely none would argue with this.
If anyone is the greatest, it is Almighty God.
This Muslim name for God sums up many of God's attributes nicely.
Truly, Allah is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), and omnipresent (everywhere).
Simply put, he's the greatest.
Al-Mutakabbir - The Greatest According to Islam: "God alone is the ultimate Truth, so that all that men invoke instead of Him is sheer falsehood; and because God alone is exalted, truly great!" S.
Luqman 31:30 I appreciate the simplicity of this Quranic verse.
God is the ultimate truth.
Any other god that men may look to is simply falsehood because God alone is the greatest.
There is none like Him and none who can even stand close enough beside Him to even be considered great.
This is one Muslim name for God that seems obvious.
Even so, its usefulness cannot be underestimated.
I've often appealed to this beautiful Muslim name for God when discussing the Gospel with Arab Muslims.
Some in Islam say that the Bible was corrupted by Jews and Christians.
I simply asked many a man claiming this if God is weak.
Most are stunned at hearing this and cried out, "No, He's Al-Mutakabbir!" "Ok," I reply.
"How then could have someone corrupted the Holy book of the greatest God?" I ask.
"Was God asleep or tired when these mere men corrupted His Book, the Injeel (the Gospel)?" I continue.
Most men concede this point, fully aware that they cannot deny this majestic Muslim name of God, Al-Mutakabbir.
Turn to two texts from the Bible, we see the same sentiment expressed in the Quran.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
55:8-9 "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
2:11-14 Did you hear that? We're waiting for the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior! He's coming! Every eye shall see Him, and every tongue confess that He is Lord on that day! This Muslim name for God says it best.
He is Al-Mutakabbir, the greatest.