The chief designation of God as worshipped by Muslims and Arab Christians. The word means "God" in Arabic,and is thought to be a contraction of al-Ilāh,“the God.” "Allah is the pivot of the Muslim faith. Islam’s holy scripture,the Qurʾān,constantly preaches Allah’s reality,his inaccessible mystery,his various names,and his actions on behalf of his creatures ... Among the names of Allah are the One and Only,the Living One,the Subsisting (al-Ḥayy al-Qayyūm),the Real Truth (al-Ḥaqq),the Sublime (al-ʿAẓīm),the Wise (al-Ḥakīm),the Omnipotent (al-ʿAzīz),the Hearer (al-Samīʿ),the Seer (al-Baṣīr),the Omniscient (al-ʿAlīm),the Witness (al-Shahīd),the Trustee (al-Wakīl),the Benefactor (al-Raḥmān),the Merciful (al-Raḥīm),and the Constant Forgiver (al-Ghafūr,al-Ghaffār)." — ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA,Feb. 9,2016.