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Al-Mujeeb: the One who Responds

We live in a world of means. And the Qur’an tells us to utilize our means, as those means were made available to us by Allah (swt). But we sometimes forget that du`a’, calling on Allah (swt) sincerely, is one of those means. Sometimes it is the only means, and at other times it is one of many means that is required to reach an end goal. We do not simply download a job application without filling it in and then expect to get the job. So just like certain steps are required to achieve an end goal, du`a’ is also one of those steps.

Al-Mujeeb is the Answerer of prayers.  According to al-Ghazali, this means that it is He who responds to the requests of those who ask by assisting them, to the call of those who call upon Him by answering them, and responds to the plight of the poor with all they need.

. A du`a’ is never ever lost. You are accumulating wealth in ways you could never imagine. So remember to ask based on who Allah (swt) is, and not based on who you are....
 
 
 
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God’s Name Al-Mujeeb (The Answerer of Prayers)

Allah answers the prayers of those who beseech Him. He relieves those who seek refuge in Him and He placates their fears. He even answers the prayers of the unbelievers and those who are heedless when, in the throes of despair, they call out to Him...

How God is Al-Mujeeb

Our supplications to Allah are a means to dispel calamities and hardships, and to draw blessings and opportunities to us. However, supplications are not the only cause for these desired effects. There are other causes that need to be acknowledged as well, including natural cause-and-effect relationships...

The Benefit of Knowing Allah, Al-Mujeeb

Awareness that Allah is the Answerer of Prayers is a comfort and source of strength for those who are cut off from all other hope or recourse, with only Allah to turn to. At this time, they turn to Allah with the sincerest and most devoted heart, so Allah quickly relieves their burdens and removes their afflictions...

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Al-Tawwab: The One who Accepts Repentance

Today’s Name is at-Tawwab. Taaba in Arabic means to return. And at-Tawwab is the One who accepts all those who return to Him. And how many of us need to return to Him?

“And it is He who accepts repentance from his servants and pardons misdeeds, and He knows what you do.” [Qur’an, 42:25]

Despite knowing all that we do, He accepts our turning back to Him. Human beings, even our own parents sometimes, get tired of us. When we’ve ignored them for a while or have done something they dislike, they may reject us. But Allah (swt) reminds us:

“Do they not know that it is Allah who accepts repentance from His servants and receives charities and that it is Allah who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful?” [Qur’an, 9:104]

That is why He has named Himself at-Tawwab: so we know that whatever level we are at, He will accept us if we return to Him sincerely. Allah (swt) makes it clear who He has addressed to return to Him:

“[...] And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” [Qur’an, 24:31]

As the verse tells us, tawba (repentance) is for everyone because we all need to return. It does not simply have to be from a hideous sin. It can be because we are far, so we need to return. It can be because we have slipped here and there, so we need to return. It can be because we want to take that step to get closer to Allah (swt), so we need to return. That is the essence of tawba.

Dr. Ratib an-Nabulsi states that in order to understand tawba, we need to understand Allah’s Mercy. His (swt) being at-Tawwab is because He is the Most-Merciful towards us. He invites us to return to Him. In a beautiful hadith (narration) of the Prophet (peace be upon him), we are told:

“Indeed, Allah extends His Hand in the night to forgive the one who sins in the day, and He extends His Hand in the day to forgive the one who sins at night, and this continues until the sun rises from the west.” [Muslim]

Allah (swt) also gives us signs that push us to return to Him. Al-Ghazali states:

Al-Tawwab makes reference to facilitating the causes of repentance in His servants time and again by making manifest some of His signs, conveying His counsel to them, and disclosing His deterrents and warnings to them.”

Whatever causes you return to Him—whether it is an ayah (verse) in the Qur’an, an article, a friend who reminds you, or even the realization of a sin you committed—is only because He wants to accept your repentance. Then you come within the realm of at-Tawwabeen: those who constantly return.

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God’s Name Al-Basir (The All-Seeing)

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." (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)

Allah is Watching Us

The more aware we are that Allah sees us, the greater our efforts will be in our worship. An employee will work harder, more productively, and more conscientiously under a manager’s watchful eye. How much greater is the effect when we know we are being watched by our Creator who sees and hears everything that we do? This consciousness will help us in our humility and our devotion in every act of worship that we perform and inspire us to do righteous deeds so we can please our Lord...

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Wow, I'm learning a lot here. Didn't know there were many names to Allah. O:
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God’s Name Al-`Alim (The All-Knowing)

When Knowing God the All-Knowing

When we recognize something of the vastness of Allah’s knowledge, it should inspire us to be humble. When we realize the completeness of Allah’s knowledge and that nothing escapes His notice, it should make us more cautious about our actions and inspire us to self-assessment. This is why it is said: the one who knows the most about Allah, fears Him the most.

Our awareness of the vastness of Allah’s knowledge should also inspire within us love and admiration for Allah, since knowledge is a quality that we naturally admire.

It should make us desire to learn, since Allah loves knowledge and those who possess it, as He hates ignorance and those who are willfully ignorant. We should be patient and persevere in the acquisition of knowledge and recognize that learning is a form of worship.

Religious knowledge is especially beloved, since it increases our knowledge of our Lord, which in turn draws us closer to Him. Religious knowledge also teaches us what Allah wants from us, so we can do what pleases Him, and also what He detests so we can shun what displeases Him...

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How God is Al-Hakim (The Wise)

Allah grants some people an exceptional ability to look into problems and come up with workable solutions, who when faced with a crisis or difficulty can weigh every consideration in a properly and balanced way. These are the people others consult with and rely upon in various aspects of their lives. Some people have wisdom regarding social issues. Others possess wisdom when it comes to interpersonal relations. There are those who are wise when it comes to economic issues.

The field of consultancy is a vital and important one today. Many successful consultants are people whom Allah has blessed with wisdom in their field to complement their knowledge, insight, and experience.

We must realize that wisdom can be specialized. A person may have profound wisdom in one or more aspects of life, without being wise in every way. A person may be wise in worldly matters without being wise in matters of faith, indeed without even being a believer...

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God's Generosity: Al-Kareem (The All-Generous)

Allah’s name Al-Kareem has numerous connotations, among which are the following:

1. One Who is Giving and Munificent

In the same way, a human being is described as generous if he or she gives to others freely and with a cheerful heart. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was an exemplar of human generosity, as were all of the prophets.

Prophet Muhammad was once asked: “Who was the most generous of all people?”

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“A generous man who was the son of a generous man, who in turn was the son of a generous man, who again was the son of a generous man: Joseph the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah is generous, giving without measure to His servants. He gave us life, though beforehand we did not exist. He gave us our faculties of hearing and sight, our hearts and limbs, our strengths and abilities. Truly: {If you were to count Allah's favors, you would not be able to number them.} (An-Nahl 16: 34)

He gives all this to us without our asking for it or giving thanks. Indeed, we usually do not even realize that we have been given anything. Allah’s generosity encompasses those who believe in Him as well as those who deny His existence. It embraces the saint and the sinner, the learned and the ignorant

2. One Who Gives and Praises

Allah alone is perfect. He is also absolute in His independence, whereas all of creation depends upon Him. Every atom of the human body is in need of Allah for its existence. In spite of all of that, Allah not only gives to His servants, but He praises them and speaks well of them....

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God’s Name Al-Sami’: The All-Hearing

Allah hears all sounds. He hears everything we say, no matter how privately we speak. Allah says: {It is the same to Him whether one of you conceals his speech or declares it openly; whether he lies hidden by night or walks forth freely by day.} (Ar-Ra`d 13: 10)

Our most secretive speech is an open declaration before Allah. Indeed, He hears even our innermost thoughts. Everything is evident to Him, since He is its Creator and He is the one who enables and sustains all that unfolds.

The One Who Answers Prayers

The idea that Allah hears every sound and every utterance is the most obvious connotation of His name “The All-Hearing”, but this noble name also conveys the meaning that Allah hears and answers our prayers.

Allah answers the prayers of those who beseech Him humbly with firm faith and who perform righteous deeds. This is why Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, used to seek refuge with Allah from “a prayer that goes unheard”. The Prophet did not mean that he feared Allah would not hear the prayer itself, but rather that Allah would leave the prayer unanswered.

It is the same when we say after bowing in prayer: “Allah hears the one who praises Him.” We mean that Allah answers those who praise Him and beseech Him in prayer. We have many opportunities in our formal prayer to beseech Allah. We can do so after the first takbir, and on some occasions before bowing, also while bowing, when we rise from bowing, during our prostrations, between the two prostrations, and at the very end of the prayer before we say our “Salam”. These are seven places where we beseech Allah with supplications during our formal prayers.

When we know that Allah hears every word we utter, it should make us fearful of uttering false or evil speech...

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God: the Beneficent, the Merciful

It is interesting to consider the ways in which Allah's mercy appears in the chapter of the Qur’an entitled Mary, which opens with the verse:

{(This is) a recital of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zechariah.} (Maryam 19: 2)

Here we have mention of Allah's mercy to one of his choicest devotees, Zechariah, when he beseeched his Lord to bless him with a child in his old age. This shows us how close Allah's mercy is to those who worship and beseech Him with sincere devotion and humility...

The chapter entitled Mary comes to its conclusion with the verse:

{Indeed, those who believe and do good deeds, the Beneficent will bestow love upon them.} (Maryam 19: 96)

This verse relates to us a meaning of great significance. Allah blesses those who believe and do good deeds with love. He loves them and they love Him. He then spreads their love throughout the Earth, so they feel love for each other. In this regard, Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, said:

“If Allah loves someone, He summons Gabriel and says: ‘I love that person.’"

Then Gabriel also loves that person and calls out to the heavens: "Indeed Allah loves this person." Thereafter, the denizens of Heaven also love that person. Thereafter it is manifested as acceptance on the Earth." (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)

These are some of the significant meanings that should enrich a Muslim's faith and practice from contemplating on Allah's mercy.

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God is Ar-Raqib: The Ever-Watchful

Allah watches over all of His servants, and keeps watch over all of their affairs, their secrets, and their deeds. This should make us more aware of Allah’s rights over us and of our duty towards Him.

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Today’s world excels in managerial and financial oversight. Self-monitoring is regarded a great personal quality that makes a person more-productive, honest, and impervious to corruption. Nothing brings about this quality in a person like the awareness that Allah is Ever-Watchful and knows everything we do, great and small, visible and hidden.

It is strange to find an employee who dutifully observes all five prayers but then goes about cheating, embezzling, and avoiding responsibility. That employee’s prayer attests to belief in Allah and that one can commune with Allah in secret. It attests to the belief that Allah sees and hears what we do.

On the other hand, how does this employee feel that it is possible to cheat other people of their rights, as if Allah is not aware of those deeds?

A genuine belief that Allah is Ever-Watchful makes us vitally aware of Allah’s supervision. It makes us feel ashamed to commit sin, knowing that He is watching over us when we commit disgraceful deeds...

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God's Most Beautiful Names

A Few Words About Allah

This wonderful name belongs to God, as do all of His other lofty names and attributes. But what, specifically, does the name "Allah" mean?

Allah is the one and only Lord, whom the hearts and souls revere and long for. All creation depends on Him at every moment. He is the Creator, the Sustainer upon which everything and everyone depends.

All creatures, without exception, sense that Allah is the one who provides for them and for their needs, and from whom all blessings emanate. They all have a sense of His greatness, generosity, and beneficence. This is why it suits the human heart to glorify Him and extol His greatness.

Among the meanings of "Allah" is: The God who is reverenced and longed for by the hearts...

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Sometimes there is that one moment when someone says something that you need to hear. Perhaps you are sad, and your friend texts you randomly saying, “You know, I really wish you the best,” for no apparent reason. Or you are going through a difficulty and attend a talk, and the sheikh says something that particularly resonates with you—”Sometimes Allah tests you so you will call on Him.” How did these people know to say these things, to remind you of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (may He be glorified and exalted), when they had no idea what you were feeling or going through?

That is Allah al-Lateef—He who is Benevolent, Gentle and Subtle with His servants.

So when we say that Allah (swt) is lateef with His slaves, it means that while He is always with us, and knows everything that goes on within us from thoughts and emotions, His protection and His presence with us are subtle. As Sheikh Ratib an-Nabulsi says, “His being with us is not heavy.” Combine this meaning of lateef with its other meaning of being Gentle and Kind, and you have the Lord who knows what is going on in your heart, and sends you what you need out of His Mercy and Kindness in the most subtle way.

You may believe it is your friend that is comforting you, but in reality, it is Allah  (swt) who sent you that friend...

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