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God’s Name Al-Kabeer (The All-Great)

Why and How God is Kabeer (All-Great)?

1- There is a kind of harmony and consistence between man’s pure original human nature and Allah’s divine names and attributes. In other words, as a human being, you are naturally predisposed to glorify and magnify those who are great and magnificent; and the Lord, Allah, is the All-Great. You are naturally predisposed to turn to those who are generous; and Allah is the most generous...

2- Man’s pure original human nature makes him naturally predisposed to love those who are great, generous, merciful, powerful …etc. Once he gets to know that the Lord, Allah, is the source of all beautiful names and attributes, he admires and loves Him, he feels secure and peaceful with Him, and, hence, he attains happiness in the life of this present world and the world to come...

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Allah’s Name Al-‘Adl (The All-Just)

Allah is All Just in His creation just as He is All-Just in His legislation, cosmic laws and acts; whenever He creates something, bids to something, or does something, He is All Just. ...

To Know Allah the All-Just

1- All things belong to Allah. Whatever He takes away is definitely His, and whatever He gives, out of His grace, is also definitely His. If you firmly believe in this fact, you have no problems in the life of this present world.

Therefore, when we get to know Allah’s divine name “Al-'Adl” (the All Just), we know how to color ourselves with such good qualities and manners that please our Lord, Allah, in the light of this divine name of Allah. That is why religious scholars say that we should beware of extremes of both exaggeration and negligence. We should always be moderate, be right and just.

2- In times of anger, you should be careful of both reckless courage and weak cowardice, as they are both illaudable extremes ...

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How God is Al-Jabbar (The Compeller)?

Who is Allah “Al-Jabbar”?

Al-Jabbar is Allah alone because He is far above human perception or conception. He cannot be encompassed by the human minds, nor can He be seen by the human eyes or perceived by the human minds. Even if all mankind contemplate and deliberate Allah’s Beautiful divine names and attributes till the end of the world, they cannot possibly, and will never be able to, encompass Allah’s divine holy self.

Al-Jabbar is someone who consoles and comforts others. That is why it is rightly said: Allah is never worshiped on earth by anything better than consoling other human beings, dealing with them kindly and doing good to them. ...

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“Allah” the Name of God

The Arabic word “Ilah” (god) is derived from the word “Aliha”, which means: “to worship”, which, in turn, means: “to love and obey”. In other words, worship is made up of love and obedience. Obedience without love is not worship, nor is love without obedience: Worship is utmost love combined with utmost obedience. Once again: the word “’Abada” (to worship) means “to love and obey”, but who is the one worshiped? It is Allah, because, as religious scholars say, no one but Allah has the right to be worshiped.

He is the creator; and there is no creator but Allah; the provider, the giver, the withholder, the exalter, the debaser, the honor giver, the one Who does whatever He pleases, the All-Mighty, the Omnipotent, the Irresistible Subduer, the All-Powerful …etc. If all of Allah’s divine names and attributes are put together, they refer to “Allah”, the only One Who has the right to be worshiped. Therefore, worship is ultimate love combined with ultimate obedience; and you shall never be able to worship Allah, love and obey Him, unless you know Him.  In other words, worship consists of three stages (knowledge, love, and obedience) and is conducive to real happiness and prosperity. ...


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Al-Basīr – Allah is All-Seeing
 
Allah is referred to as “the All-Seeing” forty-two times in the Qur’an. For instance, Allah says:

“He is with you wherever you are; and Allah is the Seer of all that you do.” [Sūrah al-Hadīd: 4]

Everything in existence is under Allah’s purview. His sight not only compasses the visible, but also every state of existence and every circumstance. Whenever Allah creates something, grants something, brings something to life, causes death, guides someone, or allows someone to stray, it is in accordance with His wisdom, His perfect knowledge, and complete vision that nothing can escape.
 
For the believers, knowledge that Allah sees and hears all things is a reassurance and comfort. Allah says: “And put your trust
in the Mighty, the Merciful, who sees you when you stand up (to pray) and your bowing in prostration with those who bow down.”
[Sūrah al-Shu`arā’.: 217-219]

It comforts the heart to know that Allah sees and hears us when we beseech Him. It strengthens our resolve and fortitude in the face of all obstacles and sorrows. When Allah sent Moses and Aaron to confront Pharaoh, He comforted them with the words: “Indeed, I am with you, hearing and seeing.” [Sūrah TāHā: 46]

Likewise, Allah reassures Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) saying: “So wait patiently for your Lord's decree, for surely you are in Our sight.” [Sūrah al-Tūr: 48]

When we know that Allah sees and hears everything we do, it encourages us to be more devoted in our worship, more righteous in our deeds, and kinder to others. This is why Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Excellence in faith is to worship your Lord as if you see Him, and though You do not see Him, know that He sees you.” [Sahīh al-Bukhārī (50, 4777) and Sahīh Muslim (8, 9)]


This provides the greatest “quality assurance” for a believer’s worldly efforts, not just for matters of worship. This is because a believer remains conscious of the fact that nothing we do, however small, escapes Allah’s attention. This is coupled with the awareness that Allah loves for us to do our best and to be proficient and conscientious in our work, and that Allah will recompense us in the Hereafter far beyond whatever worldly profit we might earn.
 
Knowing that Allah is All-Hearing and All-Seeing protects the believer from committing sins. Since Allah is taking account of everything we do, there is no escape from Him except to seek refuge with Him.
 
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Al-Latīf – Allah is Most Kind, Aware of Subtleties
 
The Arabic word latīf has many meanings. In essence, it connotes “gentleness”. However, it is used in many contexts and takes on a wide spectrum of meanings depending on the manner in which it is used. 

When we describe a person with the word latīf, we are saying that he or she is a kind person. When referring to someone’s knowledge, it communicates an acute awareness of subtleties. When describing someone or some thing’s physical being, the word latīf means that it is either delicate or very hard to perceive.

As a name of Allah, al-Latīf appears in the Qur’an seven times, conveying a number of these meanings.

The Knower of Subtleties


Nothing escapes Allah’s knowledge, no matter how insignificant or fleeting it might seem. Allah says: “Surely if there be but the weight of the grain of a mustard-seed, even though it is in (the heart of) rock, or (high above) in the heaven or (deep down) in the earth, Allah will bring it to light; surely Allah is the Knower of Subtleties, All-Aware” [Sūrah Luqmān: 16]

Allah knows the intricacies of all affairs. He knows where every benefit is to be found, no matter how hidden or indirect, because He is the Creater of those benefits. From His immense kindness to His creatures, He delivers those benefits to them, even when they are unable to determine for themselves what is good for them.

Allah is Most Kind

Allah says: “Lo! My Lord is Most Kind to whom He pleases.” [Sūrah Yūsuf: 100]

Allah shows His kindness to us by not taking us to task immediately when we sin. Instead, Allah often guides us in our lives in subtle ways that we are not aware of, and in doing so He helps us to return to Him and to conduct ourselves in ways that please Him.

Allah also places kindness in the hearts of His creatures so that they help one another. He places children in the care of their parents and, when the parents reach old age, He places the parents in the care of their children. He places all human beings under the care of His angels.

Allah is not only Kind in what He provides for us. He shows His kindness also in what He withholds from us.

Allah says: “Allah is Most Kind to His servants; He gives sustenance to whom He pleases.” [Sūrah al-Shūrā: 19]

Allah, out of His kindness, gives us what is best for us and withholds from us what is not in our best interests. He does so according to the dictates of His wisdom, mercy, and justice.
 
 
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Al-Salām – (Peace)
 
Allah is the bringer of peace who spreads peace throughout creation. Since life was first created, it has been predominated by long stretches of peacefulness, security, tranquility, and contentment. Allah is Peace and from Him emanates all peace. It is as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O Allah! You are Peace and from You is peace. Blessed be You, possessor of glory and honor.” [Sahīh Muslim (091)]

The name al-Salām also connotes “soundness”, the idea of being free from blemish. It conveys that meaning that Allah is free from every shortcoming and deficiency, like fatigue, sleep, sickness, or death. Allah’s existence is one of absolute perfection.
 
This connotation of soundness, this freedom from blemish, extends to His actions: to what He gives and to what He withholds. When Allah keeps something from us, it is not due to stinginess or scarcity. Glory be to Allah above that! It is from His infinite wisdom that He withholds what He withholds from his servants.
 
Some people are better off wealthy while others are better off poor. “Allah enlarges the livelihood of whom He will, and straitens (it for whom He will); and they rejoice in the life of the world, whereas the life of the world is but brief comfort as compared with the Hereafter.” [Sūrah al-Ra`d: 26] Likewise, some people benefit more by being healthy while others benefit more from experiencing illness. Allah knows what each of us needs and what is ultimately in our best interests.
 
When we greet each other with peace by saying: “Al-Salām `alaykum”, we are invoking this name of Allah, and in doing so, we are communicating this connotation of Allah’s perfection as well as the idea of peace.

And indeed Allah has made “peace” the salutation of the believers: “Their salutation on the Day they meet Him will be ‘Peace!’ ” [Sūrah al-Ahzāb: 44]

He has commanded us to use this salutation: “So when you enter houses, greet yourselves with a salutation from Allah.” [Sūrah al-Nūr: 61] Therefore, a believer invokes peace upon himself and upon others with this salutation.

Allah is the Bestower of Peace

Indeed, Allah greets his creatures in this world with the salutation of peace.

“Peace be upon Noah in all the worlds.” [Sūrah al-Sāffāt: 79] “Peace be upon Abraham.” [Sūrah al-Sāffāt: 109] “Peace be upon Moses and Aaron.” [Sūrah al-Sāffāt: 120] “Peace be upon Elias.” [Sūrah al-Sāffāt: 130] “Peace be upon the Messengers.” [Sūrah al-Sāffāt: 181] “Say: Praise be to Allah, and peace be upon the servants He has chosen.” [Sūrah al-Naml: 59] “Peace be upon those who follow guidance.” [Sūrah TaHā: 47]

Allah’s salutation upon His servants is His decree that they will be safeguarded in this world and the next. Though they are subject to the trials and tribulations that others experience in the world, Allah bestows upon their hearts contentment and certainty of faith which transforms their difficulties into a boon and a rewarding experience. Theirs are contented hearts, at peace with whatever Allah decrees for them.

The eminent Companion Sa`d b. Abī Waqqās was blessed in that his prayers were always answered. When he became blind, people would ask him: “Why don’t you beseech Allah to restore your sight?”

He would reply: “By Allah! My being content with Allah’s degree is dearer to me than what else I desire.”
 
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Al-Khabīr - Allah is All-Aware
 
Allah is referred to as “the All-Aware” forty-five times in the Qur’an. The name sometimes appears by itself and sometimes in connection with another of His names.

For example, we find:

“He is the Knower of Subtleties, the All-Aware” [Sūrah al-An`ām: 103


This meaning of this name is closely related to that of al-`Alīm (the All-Knowing). It is used, however, more in the context of Allah knowing secrets and things that are kept hidden.

Therefore, this name is implied whenever the Qur’an discusses how Allah’s knowledge embracing all things visible and hidden and how nothing, no matter how seemingly imperceptible, escapes Allah’s awareness.

An aspect of our knowing that Allah is All-Aware is the assurance that He knows everything about what we are going through as well as everything about the things that we do. When Allah recompenses us in this world and the Hereafter for our deeds, he does so knowing every aspect of what is in our hearts.

Knowing that Allah is aware of our deeds, we should rush to perform as many good deeds as we can. Knowing that He is well-aware of our weakness, we should not hesitate to appeal to Him for help. Knowing that he is aware of our sins, we should turn to Him in repentance.

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Al-Shakūr – Allah is Most Grateful 
The name Shākir (Grateful) appears twice in the Qur’an: “indeed Allah is Grateful, All-Knowing” [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 158] and “Allah is Grateful, All-Knowing” [Sūrah al-Nisā’: 147]

The name in its emphatic form, Shakūr (Most Grateful), appears in the Qur’an four times.

It is mentioned in conjunction with his forgiveness, as in: “Allah is Forgiving, Most Grateful.” [Sūrah Fātir: 30]

It is also mentioned in conjunction with His forbearance, as in: “and Allah is Most Grateful, Forbearing.” [?Sūrah al-Taghābun: 17]
 
Allah’s gratitude is manifest in the way He accepts from us the smallest of good deeds and recompenses them with immense rewards. Allah says: “If there is any good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.” [Sūrah al-Nisā’: 40]

Though Allah accepts from us the smallest of good deeds, He is willing to forgive us the greatest, most wanton of sins. He multiples every good deed ten times, but He never punishes a sin for more than deserves, and that only if He does not forgive it.

Moreover, if the sinner is penitent, Allah will certainly forgive that sin.

Allah always responds to the good that we do by blessing us even more. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that if someone draws near to Allah a handspan, Allah draws near to that person a forearm’s length. [Sahīh al-Bukhārī (7405) and Sahīh Muslim (2675)]

This is why Allah mentions His gratitude in conjunction with our good deeds: “And whoever does good of his own accord, then indeed Allah is Grateful, All-Knowing.” [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 158]

He also says: “If you loan to Allah a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you forgiveness, for Allah is Most Grateful, Forbearing.” [Sūrah al-Taghābun: 17]

Allah rewards us purely from His grace. If He were to punish us, He would not be unjust. The mercy He shows His creatures is far in excess of what they could possibly earn through their good deeds. But in spite of our shortcomings, Allah, in His immense gratitude, even praises us for the good deeds that we do.
 


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Toward Understanding Allah's Names:

Seeking The Guide

Recently, I found myself to be very lost. And this was alarming because I used to be a person who had direction. I thought I knew where I was going and what I was doing. But things started to fall apart, internally. I wasn’t sure anymore. And then I realized I had three choices; to continue to do what I was doing without putting in any extra thought, to give up entirely, or to re-assess and re-orient.

And because this feeling persisted for a while, I realized something else. I came to know Allah’s attribute of Guidance.

Sometimes this feeling of being lost can bring us closer to God.

What is the meaning of this problem? Why are we stuck? We need to feel as though we do not know where we are going, because that is when we start searching. And that is precisely when Allah shows you that He is The Guide, Al-Hadi, and how life changes when the light of God is in it.

Perhaps you started out something with a sense of purpose, but in your journey you were knocked off the path towards the greater goal. You need Al-Hadi. Maybe you are having some sort of mid-life crisis. You need Al-Hadi. And we cannot for one moment believe that there is no way out and no right path. God says in a Hadith Qudsi, (record of the words of the Prophet, peace be upon him):

“O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you.” (Muslim)

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As God gave Himself the attributes of guidance and light, how can we ever believe that we will be in darkness for too long?...

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Allah is al-Muqīt – (The Giver of Sustenance) 
Allah is referred to by the name al-Muqīt in the Qur’an where it says: “And Allah is the Giver of Sustenance for all.” [Sūrah al-Nisā’: 85]

Allah sustains all that is in existence, and He provides the sustenance for all living things. He creates the means by which everything lives and fulfills its needs.

  
We benefit from the awareness that Allah is the Giver of Sustenance. It helps us to rely upon Him while we go forth in the Earth seeking our livelihood, planning our lives, and carrying out our business. This knowledge reassures us and enables us to engage in our practical worldly affairs with full commitment, while always remembering to beseech Allah for success, for we know that our providence is in His hands.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to offer the supplication: “O Allah! Provide for Muhammad’s family what will sustain them.” [Sahīh Muslim (1055)]

Our faith that Allah is the Giver of our Sustenance reinforces for us our belief in His omnipotence and His all-encompassing power, since it is part of that broader meaning.

Allah is not only the giver of our worldly sustenance. He sustains our spirits and our faith as well. He creates the means for our spiritual wellbeing and guides us to those means.       
 
 
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Allah is Al-Wahhab – (The All-Giver) 
 
The Love of God

The purpose of knowing Allah’s Name “Al-Wahhab” (the All-Giver) is to love Allah, Most Gracious, for love is the essence of faith.

In fact, the Muslim religion is not only facts to understand and learn, but also feelings and emotions to live. A Muslim’s mind should believe not only in Allah’s existence, Might and Majesty, but also in His Beautiful Divine Names and Attributes. At the same time, a Muslim’s heart should abound in love for Allah, Most Gracious.

I would like to put forward the following fact before my dear readers: What motivates man is his love more than his mind. Driven by his love, man sacrifices everything, but by using his mind, he may be convinced, he may believe, and he may be certain, but he does not move.

If we look upon Allah’s Beautiful Name “Al-Wahhab” from the perspective of our original pure nature and disposition, our heart will be filled with love for our Maker, Allah, Most Gracious. As soon as our heart is filled with love for Allah, we find out our Lord’s Infinite Divine Care, Love, Help, and Guidance to us, and we feel ultimate success and prosperity.

In the light of the above-mentioned facts, we understand that love is the basis of Faith...

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Allah is al-Hasīb (The Reckoner, the Sufficer)
 
Allah refers to Himself as the Reckoner (al-Hasīb) in the following verses: 

“When a greeting is offered to you, meet it with a more courteous greeting, or at least one of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful reckoning of all things.” [Sūrah al-Nisā’: 86] 

“Allah suffices as a Reckoner.” [Sūrah al-Nisā’: 6 and Sūrah al-Ahzāb: 39] 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) once spoke favorably about a man, then said: “This is how I reckon him to be, though Allah is the (true) Reckoner. I do not vouch for anyone on Allah’s behalf.” [Sahīh al-Bukhārī (2668) and Sahīh Muslim (3000)] 

The name al-Hasīb also connotes that Allah is sufficient to take care of all of our needs. We need no one else. 

Allah says: “And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, He will suffice him.” [Sūrah al-Talāq: 3] 

This is why, when we fear something in this world, it is prescribed for us to say: “My Lord is sufficient for me, and He is the best protector.” 
 
 
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Al-Haleem

How do you feel when are caught doing something wrong, but the person who catches you lets it go and doesn’t punish or embarrass you?

There is a mixture of embarrassment, relief and gratitude. If you love the person you disobeyed, in general many would vow never to do the same and never to take advantage of their kindness and forbearance.

Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) is far above any analogy, but this is our state with our Lord every single day. We constantly look at, listen to and do things we know we shouldn’t. But Allah (swt) knows our state. And in most instances, He lets it go. He is al-Haleem.

Al-Ghazali defines Allah’s Name al-Haleem as the One “who observes the disobedience of the rebellious and notices the opposition to the command, yet anger does not incite Him nor wrath seize Him, nor do haste and recklessness move Him to rush to take vengeance, although He is utterly capable of doing that.”...

As humans, we appreciate forbearance. We appreciate being given chances to rectify ourselves before seeing the consequences of our actions. If there was a rule that you would be sent to detention for not doing your homework, wouldn’t you be grateful that your teacher let it slide? How about the second time she does so, or the third? What about when a police officer catches you speeding, but doesn’t give you a ticket? Many of us would feel relief and then check ourselves to ensure we don’t do the same thing again. So Allah’s forbearance is for us to return. And we should be grateful for this attribute, just like we would be grateful to anyone who overlooks our faults and mistakes.

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