Regarding Cardinal McCarrick’s invocation of Allah in prayer, some may defend him and say that the word “Allah” is just Arabic for “God.” in one sense, yes. When an Arabic Christian uses the word “Allah” in prayer, he means “God” because the words are analogues in the languages. But McCarrick wasn’t simply speaking Arabic, he was praying in a Muslim context and that’s different.
Because the Muslim concept of Allah is based, not on Christianity, but on a pagan god of pre-Islam Arabia.
“Allah” is from the compound. Allah was the personal title of the moon god. Allah was married to the sun goddess. They produced three daughters, whose worship Muhammad would later make the mistake of condoning. The crescent moon symbol of Arabia came from this god.
Muhammad’s family revered this particular god, and Muhammad declared him to be the only true god. Muhammad did not re-make the pagan god, he simply removed the lower deities from the rites of worship. That is why he never had to explain who Allah was. So Allah is a deified pagan idol converted into a god in the 7th century. Yet Muhammad claimed this was the God of Abraham that was revealed thousands of years earlier to the Biblical prophets. ...