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Allah is Ar-Raqeeb (The Watchful)

A deeper look at a Name that reminds you of God's presence with you: "ar-Raqeeb/ar-Raqib"

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Allah is Ash-Shakoor: The Most Appreciative

“Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, Allah will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter.

Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, Allah will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter.

Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter.

Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother.” [Muslim]

Reading this hadith always humbles me. We are given so much for doing things that we should be doing anyway, at the very least out of thanks because of all that we have been given. When we think of the concept of appreciation, what should immediately come to mind is that we should be appreciative and grateful for the blessings that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) has bestowed upon us—everything from the material, to our friends and family, to the spiritual.

But do we realize that Allah has given Himself the Name ash-Shakoor?

Shukr is defined as recognizing and appreciating when good is done. Shakoor in Arabic is also used to describe an animal that is given little food but gives back much. So it revolves around receiving something, even if small, and giving back much because of it.

Allah is ash-Shakoor, which we will translate here as the Most Appreciative. Al-Ghazali tells us that ash-Shakoor is “the one who rewards the practice of a few pious deeds many-fold, and in response to the action of a few days, gives limitless happiness in the life to come.

The one who rewards a good deed many-fold is said to be grateful for that deed, while whoever commends the one who does a good deed is also said to be grateful. Yet if you consider the multiplication factor in reward, only God—great and glorious—is absolutely grateful because His multiplication of the reward is unrestricted and unlimited; for there is no end to the happiness of Paradise.”...

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Allah is Al-Jaami': The Uniter

After understanding some ways that Allah’s Names manifest, we gain greater clarity into our own lives and we realize that Allah is always with us—He is always giving us peace and tranquility (as-Salaam), mending our broken hearts (al-Jabbar), responding to our du`a’s (al-Mujeeb), giving us subtle and gentle signs (al-Lateef), opening up doors we never knew existed (al-Fattah) and in many other ways.

Bringing Things Together

If we open our senses, we cannot help but be amazed at the way that Allah (swt) has brought things together: the way our bodies contain blood, water, and other substances and how perfectly they work together; the way that Allah has also brought opposites together, such as hot and cold in one being (we can be feeling cold on the outside but our insides are warm); and how things that are similar yet dissimilar are brought together on this earth, such as different kinds of trees, animals and landscapes. Allah illustrates this when He says:

“And indeed, for you in grazing livestock is a lesson. We give you drink from what is in their bellies – between excretion and blood – pure milk, palatable to drinkers.” [Qur’an, 16:66]

This is one of the ways that Allah al-Jaami` manifests His Name to us.

Linguistically, jam` (the root of al-Jaami`) means to bring something together, as opposed to dividing or taking something apart: yajma`uh (he brings it together), jam`an (a congregation), jamma`ah (he collected them together) and so on. So Friday, for example, is youm al-jumu`ah: the day that brings people together or the day that people come together on. When we talk about scholarly consensus in Islam, the word for that is i’jmaa`.

So in what ways can we see that Allah is al-Jaami`?

Al-Ghazali stated that one of the meanings of al-Jaami` is the One “who combines similar things, dissimilar things, and opposites.” In addition to this, Allah brings together people on the Day of Judgment, and He also brings together the hearts.

The Day of Judgment

Allah (swt) mentions His attribute of jam` (bringing together) many times in the Qur’an, most frequently with the Day of Judgment. When we think of bringing things together, what we have mentioned previously can be seen or felt or experienced...

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Allah is Al-Nur (The Light)

“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire. Light upon light. Allah guides to His light whom He wills. And Allah presents examples for the people, and Allah is Knowing of all things.” Qur’an, 24:35]

Light is one of those words that we use to describe a multitude of things, from rays of the sun to a person having ‘light’. It is abstract, it is intangible, but instinctively we know what it means. Light is good—it illuminates.

So I wanted to know Allah’s Name, Al-Nur (Light). I could only imagine it to be beautiful and deep. And it is. Al-Ghazali said about Allah’s Name: “Al-Nur is the visible One by whom everything is made visible, for what is visible in itself and makes others visible is called ‘light’.” It is related to Al-Dhaahir—the Manifest.

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He Who Observes All (Al-Raqeeb)

Many of the Names that we discussed previously seem to be situation-specific; if you are worried about sustenance, know He is al-Razzaq (The Provider). When you feel lost, know He is al-Haadi (The Guide). Yet Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) is with us always, in the good and bad, as well as the mundane and ordinary.

So how can we engage with Allah on an everyday level?

By knowing that Allah is ar-Raqeeb (the all-Observant).

Linguistically, ra-qa-ba (the three letter root of Raqeeb) means to be erect in order to care for something. A marqab is a high place that the watcher stands on to observe what is beneath him. And from this comes ar-raqaba, which is the neck, because it is erect, and one must be upright when he is observing.

And from this root comes ar-Raqeeb. Al-Ghazali states that the All-Observant “is one who knows and protects. For whoever cares for something to the point of never forgetting it, and observes it with a constant and persistent gaze.”

So Allah (swt) is watching over us, all the time, out of His care for us. And this should have a profound effect on the way we live. Allah tells us,

“Does he not know that Allah sees?” (Qur’an, 96:14)

One could say, ‘Of course we know Allah watches over everything. That’s the most obvious thing.’ Yet, there is a huge difference between knowing Allah is Ar-Raqeeb, and living with the effect of that knowledge. In a lecture on this name, Amr Khaled said that `Umar bin al-Khattab radi allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) admired those who knew Allah is ar-Raqeeb, and told two stories from the life of ‘Umar.

There is a well-known story of the milk seller. While `Umar (ra) was walking at night as he usually did to check on the people, he heard a mother ordering her daughter to dilute the milk they were going to sell with water.  The daughter replied, “Do you not know that `Umar the commander of the believers has forbidden that?”  The mother said, “Well, `Umar does not see us now.”  She replied, “If `Umar does not see us, his Lord sees us.”...

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Allah is Al-Wahhab: The Grantor of Gifts

Allah grants us so many gifts.

He is The Grantor of Gifts.

Brother Muhammad Abou Taleb explains the link between Al-Wahhab and the beginning of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a gift which we should thank God for...

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Allah is Al-Fattah: He Who Opens All Things

Allah is al-Fattah. We need to know al-Fattah when we feel that things are impossible or too difficult because Allah (swt) necessarily invites you to know Him by this Name in those circumstances.

Al-Fattah comes from the 3-letter root f-t-h . Some words are known by their opposites, and the opposite of fath is for something to be closed. Thus fath is to open.

Al-Ghazali tells us about al-Fattah, “He is the One by Whose concern everything that is closed is opened.” If I tell you to open the door, it must mean that the door is closed. If it is already open you would probably give me a funny look. So what does this mean?

Allah al-Fattah opens the things that are closed. Those things that seem impossible, those things that you cannot understand how they even work. A door has to be closed in order for someone to open it. Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Whatever mercy Allah opens for mankind, then none can be holding it back; and whatever He holds back, then none can be sending it forth after Him; And He is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise” (Qur’an, 35:2)

The second related meaning is to understand that Allah is al-Fattah when you embark on something new and the journey is unknown to you. What is unknown to you is ‘closed’ in that sense. So when you are embarking on a new journey, ask Allah (swt) to open the doors for you so that you do not encounter unanticipated difficulties. This could be with marriage, a new job, or even the start of Ramadan...

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God is The Holy (Allah is Al-Quddous)

"He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god; the King, the Holy One…" [Sűrah al-Hashr: 23]

"All that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth glorifies Allah, the King, the Holy One, the Mighty, the Wise." [Sűrah al-Jumu`ah: 1]

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to say while bowing and prostrating in prayer: "Most Glorified, Most Holy, Lord of the angels and the Spirit." [Sahîh Muslim (487)]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to glorify Allah in a number of ways. When he concluded his Witr prayer, he used to repeat three times: "Glory be to the King, the Holy One," raising his voice the third time he said it. [Sunan Abî Dâwűd (1430) and Sunan al-Nasâ'î (1699, 1732)]

The meaning of "Holy"

The Holy One is among Allah's beautiful names. The Arabic word quddűs is derived from a linguistic root which conveys the meaning of "purity". In the context of being one of Allah's names, it conveys the meaning of being free from all imperfections, transcendent above any deficiency or dependency, or any other meaning that does not suit His divine perfection, which includes that of having a child, a companion, or a partner of any kind.

Some concepts are imperfections if considered in the context of divinity, though they would be considered part of what it means for a human being to be complete. Take the concept of "sleep" for instance. This is a characteristic of created beings, and for them it is an aspect of their wholeness and health. Imagine the state of a person suffering from insomnia. Such a person will seek medical treatment to get cured of that illness. At the same time, sleep would be a deficiency if attributed to Allah, for Allah transcends the need to sleep.

Another meaning of "the Holy One" is that Allah is characterized by attributes of perfection, for indeed Allah's attributes do not resemble those of created beings in any way. Allah is the one whom we glorify. When we say: "Glory be to Allah", we are asserting Allah's transcendence above every deficiency and dependency while affirming for Him every attribute of perfection and beauty.

Another meaning of "the Holy One" is that Allah is the possessor of blessings and munificence. It may be from this connotation that the word conveys the meaning of that which is sanctified and blessed...

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God's Attribute: The All-Peace

God 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. God is Peace and from Him emanates all peace. It is as Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“O Allah! You are Peace and from You is peace. Blessed be You, possessor of glory and honor.” (Muslim)

It is astonishing that some people who invoke God by this noble name live their lives in contention and hostility towards the world. Every aspect of their lives is full of strife, from within themselves, to their outward behavior, in their thinking, and with their families. How can such a person find peace with the Lord? ...

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God's Attribute: The Ever-Living

God’s life is the most complete and perfect life without deficiency or weakness of any kind. “Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes him.” 

Life is an attribute of God’s essence. It is intrinsic to His existence. This is in contrast to created beings, whose lives are something that God grants them from His favor. Their existence and their sustenance are fully dependent upon Him. 

God is the Living who confers life upon others. He creates and sustains all living things in their mortal lives in this world. Then, in the Hereafter, He confers eternal life upon the denizens of Paradise.  It is one of the signs of God’s creative power that He imbues inert matter with life...

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Al-Wahhab: The Constant Bestower of Gifts
 

So how do we know when Allah (swt) has given us a gift? Rizq (sustenance) is written for us, but we have to work for it. So if in the course of our efforts, we earn $1 million, that is rizq that Allah (swt) had ordained for us. Hiba, on the other hand, is just that—a gift that was not conditioned upon your efforts. When you get a phone call from someone you love, that you felt you missed—that is hiba. When without planning, you are fortunate enough to be able to go on `umrah (the minor pilgrimage), that is hiba. When Allah (swt) brings an amazing person into your life and you are able to improve because of them, that is hiba.

The Connection Between Gifts and Love

It is stated in the traditions:

“O Dawud [David], remind people of my favors upon them, because the hearts are inclined to love those that do good to it and detest those that do bad to it.”

Who do you give gifts to? In general, you give gifts to someone you are thinking about and someone that you love. Sometimes we give gifts to endear people to us. So think about what that means when Allah (swt) gives you a gift.

Some of us may be thinking, “But I am so far from Allah. Why would He give me gifts out of love?” Subhan Allah (Glory to God)—our Lord is greater than we imagine. He gives us gifts so that we know that we have a God who does not forget about His creation—even when they fall astray. He gives us gifts as a reminder so that we can come close to Him...

 
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God's Attributes: The Sustainer, the Self-Sustaining

This name connotes that Allah is completely self-sustaining in His essence and existence. He is completely independent, unlike created things which depend on Him to create and sustain them.

Indeed, this name also connotes that Allah is the Sustainer of everything in existence. He watches and governs over all of their affairs from every possible angle. He is also the Assessor of the actions His creatures carry out of their own free will and the one to recompense those actions in this world and the Hereafter. All of these meanings are expressed by Allah’s name al-Qayyūm.

This is because the Arabic word qayyūm is an emphatic form of the word qā’im, which has among its means the idea of being in charge of affairs, responsible for an undertaking, overseeing it and watching over it. Allah in charge of the affairs of our souls and what they earn. We read in the Qur’an: “Is He who watches (qā’im) over every soul as to what it earns (like any other)?” [Sūrah al-Ra`d: 33]

Allah is watchful over everything that transpires in creation, especially the deeds of human beings. Allah says: “And the Book will be set down, and you will see the guilty fearful of that which is therein, and they will say: ‘What kind of a Book is this that omits nothing small or great, but has counted it all!’ And they find all that they did confronting them, and your Lord wrongs no-one.” [Sūrah al-Kahf: 49]

Allah is also the Sustainer of all things. Every aspect of our lives is maintained, sustained, and made possible by His decree.

In a sense, all of Allah’s names can be seen to pivot upon these two: “the Living, the Self-Sustaining”. As for “the Living”, it implies all of the names that express Allah’s perfection in His being, whereas “the Self-Sustaining” implies all of the names that express Allah’s independence, power, and lordship over creation. For this reason, some people have suggested that “the Living, the Self-Sustaining”, mentioned together, constitute Allah’s greatest name, or at least part of it.

This idea finds support in the hadīth related by Anas that a man offered the following supplication: “O Allah! I beseech You by affirming that Yours is the praise, there is no god besides You, the Bestower, Originator of the Heavens and the Earth, the Lord of Bounty and Honor, the Living, the Self-Subsisting.”

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Don’t Say I Have a Big Problem—Say I Have a Big God: Al-Kabeer

I was in high school reviewing for exams when I received a text message from my aunt.

The text message read, “When you have a problem, don’t ever say ‘O God, I have a big problem.’ Rather say, ‘HEY problem! I have a big God!’ and everything will be ok.” And what immediately came to mind was, “Allahu akbar“(Allah is greater).

Allah’s Name al-Kabeer (the Most Great) is a Name that we all need to get acquainted with. Not only do we refer to this attribute everyday, but, when truly understood, it is a Name that brings tranquility and confidence to every person who is overwhelmed.

It is a Name that reminds us of our priorities, of where true greatness lies and who is ultimately in control...

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Who Has Your Trust?

Who do you trust?

Who is that one person that gives you an internal tranquility, no matter what you entrust them with?

For some of us it might be our mother or father, perhaps a best friend or our spouse. That trust gives us confidence, conviction and peace.

In reality though, we do not trust them in a fully comprehensive sense. We might trust them to be there for us, or trust them not to judge us harshly when we make a mistake. But would we trust our best friend to be our lawyer in court if she is a fashion designer and is not particularly eloquent?

So our trust is in regards to certain things. What elements would have to be there in order for someone to have our trust 100%?

There are three main elements:

  1. The person is an expert in what they do: you might not trust your fashion designer best friend to be your lawyer, but you would trust the Harvard-educated lawyer who is known never to have lost a case (let’s call him “Adam”).
  2. The person is a moral person: Even if Adam is an amazing lawyer, if you weren’t sure about his moral character, you still wouldn’t be completely at ease. You might be afraid that he would cheat you out of your money for example. But if Adam is also an amazingly upright human being, you would be happier to give him a power-of-attorney.
  3. The person cares about you specifically: now imagine if Adam happens to be your close uncle who always treated you as his own child. Doesn’t that increase the trust, confidence and certainty? You absolutely know that Uncle Adam will you get you through it all.
While Allah is far above any analogy, the above example just breaks down the concept of trust for us...

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