Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: Assalam alaykum,

What is the definition of God?

Answer: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us.


You have asked an incredibly important question. Please read and reflect on this brilliant paper by Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah: Nawawi Foundation Paper: One God, Many Names.

I urge you to begin formal studies on Islamic belief. When registration reopens, please enroll in Essentials of Islamic Belief: Dardir’s Kharida Explained.

I pray that Allah grants you the understanding which you seek, and draws you ever closer to Him.

Please see:

A Reader on Understanding the Attributes of Allah

Do We Worship Allah Due to His Essence Alone, or Due to His Command?

Who is Allah? Ustadha Shehnaz Karim and Shaykh Hamdi Ben Aiss


[Ustadha] Raidah Shah Idil

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil has spent almost two years in Amman, Jordan, where she learned Shafi’i’ fiqh, Arabic, Seerah, Aqeedah, Tasawwuf, Tafsir and Tajweed. She continues to study with her Teachers in Malaysia and online through SeekersHub Global. She graduated with a Psychology and English degree from University of New South Wales, was a volunteer hospital chaplain for 5 years and has completed a Diploma of Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. She lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with her husband, daughter, and mother-in-law.

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