‘Granting Partnership’: The Abrahamic Analogue

Half the World considers itself the progeny of Abraham/Ibrahim. So I’ll rustle-up the analogues. It’s a stopping-short and pitching-tent but at different points on the slopes.

The pivotal notions of Identifiability and Expressibility [as in ‘That’] in the Dharmic Tradition combine to become the notion of Association or ‘Granting Partnership’ in the Abrahamic literature [Hebrew Shituf, Arabic Shirk].

From Exodus: 33: Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and Live‘.

Orthodox Jews take the vowels out of [YHWH] to prevent presumption of Nameability, on the nature of Yahweh, of G-d.

[Elohim; The ‘Ten Sayings’; aseret ha-d’varîm, the central theme of the Hebrew Torah].

Aleph is the subject of a midrash that praises its humility in not demanding to start the Bible. In Hebrew it begins with the second letter of the alphabet, Bet.


The Aramaic Alaha, the common name for the Divine in the language that Jesus spoke, is in turn related to the Arabic Allah: ‘The God’, and the Hebrew: Eloah [Elohim, Elohai]. It was originally a loose reference to a regional deity and in-time appropriated into emerging Islam.

The principle prayer of Islam, the Shahadah reads:
La Ilaha il al-Lah’: ‘There is no God if it be not the God’.

It is a Self-Eating Expression meant for the trained ear and in the language of the day. [But try explaining that to a modern day Mullah].

Re-presenting Al-lah is the fundamental sin of Islam [Shirk]. The Kaaba in Mecca is an empty cube.

Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him, but He forgives anything else, to whom He pleases, to set up partners with Allah is to devise a sin most heinous indeed’ (Qur’an 4:48).


YHWH [Also: JHWH] was originally the ‘Being’ which underlay all of Abrahamic Monotheism until it was revealed [1920; Wellhausen] that the words origins were likely Bedouin Arabic and referred to a Storm God [akin to the Vedic Raudra]better fitting the persona in the Bible.

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