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Topic: Names of Allah
Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: Names of Allah
Date Posted: 18 October 2010 at 4:22pm
Al-Malik (The King) is one of Allah’s ninety-nine Beautiful Divine Names and Attributes. Whosoever knows each one of them will be admitted into Paradise.
 
Allah, Most Gracious, says, “He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god, the King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allah! High is He above all that which they associate as partners with Him.” [XLI; 23]
 
He, Most Merciful, also says, “The Only Owner (and the King) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection).”
 

Allah is The King

 

Al-Malik

 

The Real King is He, Who is Self-Sufficient in Himself and Attributes and needs nothing but all things in existence need Him for everything. In other words, He is the King by Himself, His Existence, and His Attributes.

 

He is in need of nothing, but all things do need Him. Such is the accurate definition of  “The King”, and none but Allah, All-Mighty, All-High, deserves it.

 

In other words, the Real King is Allah; and whosoever describes himself as king, or owner of a certain house, shop, business or company is only metaphorically as such. Therefore, we should know the reality of ourselves; and Allah will have mercy on those who know their reality and abide thereby...

 

True belief in Allah’s being the King necessitates that the salve should be more confident in what is in the Hands of Allah than that which is in his own hands. In other words, if you want to be the richest of all mankind, be more confident in what is in Allah’s Hands than what is in your own hands. If you want to be the strongest of all mankind, put all of your trust in Allah. And if you want to be the most noble of all mankind, be dutiful and obedient to Allah.

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 October 2010 at 4:10pm

God is The All-Giver

Al-Wahhab
 
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, Islamic 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.
 
We are overwhelmed with Allah’s Innumerable Divine Favors. Notice what you do when someone pays for you the fare of a public means of transport. You thank him/her heartily and profoundly; and you may even invite them to your own home, just because they have paid for you the fare.
 
Just notice yourself!  If someone gives you a gift, you become very thankful and hurry to express your gratitude and love to him/her. You may invite him/her to your own home and even promise to pay him/her a visit. All of this is only because he/she has given you a gift! Such is man!

In a Divine Hadith, Allah, Most Gracious, says, “O David! Remind My slaves of My Favors that I bestow upon them, for humans are predisposed to love those who do Favors to them and to hate those who do disfavors to them.”

However, what is the difference between a believer and a disbeliever?

A disbeliever is someone who lives with his Lord’s Divine Favors but does not remember Him, while a true believer is someone who is always thankful to the Lord for His Divine Favors that He, Most Bounteous, confers upon him. Is it polite or grateful of you, when someone invites you to a great banquet with different kinds of delicious food and drink, to leave before you express your due thanks to the host?
 
When a fellow human gives you something valuable or does you a favor, you are very thankful to him/her! Then, why are you not thankful enough to the Lord, Allah, Most Gracious, when He confers His Innumerable Divine Favors upon you?
 

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Posted By: Francophile
Date Posted: 20 October 2010 at 4:28pm
what about this proposed cartoon series, The 99?
 
If one characterizes 99 of the aspects of Allah, why isn't this assigning partners?
 
 


Posted By: hamayoun
Date Posted: 20 October 2010 at 5:16pm
:If one characterizes 99 of the aspects of Allah, why isn't this assigning partners?"

Because all the aspects belong to the one being. If I say that you have blue eyes, and you have blond eye, there's still only one of you, right?

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Posted By: Francophile
Date Posted: 20 October 2010 at 5:37pm
And this difers from belief in the trinity how?


Posted By: hamayoun
Date Posted: 20 October 2010 at 5:54pm
Perhaps you should ask a Christian. I don't know.

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Posted By: Aviatrix
Date Posted: 20 October 2010 at 9:49pm
Yesterday we learned about اسم مبالغة and how the name "Al-Wahhab" الوهّاب is an exaggerated form, which you can tell by the presence of the shaddah and alif, which empowers and also denotes repetition. Allah is the one who is continuously giving us gifts.
 
Francophile--think of how you might describe a person without two different traits. You can say about a person that he is a teacher, and he's a parent. He doesn't have two personalities, two persons, but these are two attributes. And he can be both at the same time. Allah is extremely forgiving, repeatedly, and at the same time constantly merciful. These attributes aren't persons or parts, but characteristics.


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Posted By: Aviatrix
Date Posted: 21 October 2010 at 6:38pm
Another thought on Al-Wahhab. Throughout the Qur'an, even from the very beginning, Allah tells us that He is the Master (Rabb رب) and we are essentially slaves. It's not like we're employees who earn a paycheck for our work based on a prior agreement. Instead, anything that He gives us isn't something we earned or deserve but nothing but a gift.
 
And the value of the gifts that He keeps on giving us? For how much money would you give up your sight? Your legs? Your memory?


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 October 2010 at 1:54am
Good points sister
 
The next name is Al-Fattah
 
The Opener (of the gates of profit and sustenance)

Al-Fattah

“Al-Fattah”, is an emphatic Epithet of Allah, Glory to Him, which means that Allah, All Mighty, is the One Who opens all of the gates that no one but Him can open. The emphasis that this Name denotes can be both qualitative and quantitative, i.e. He opens all of the gates of profit and sustenance for His slaves no matter how difficult to open, or how numerable, such gates might be...

 

The simple meaning of this Divine Name of Allah is that He opens all gates: if He so wills, He opens to you the gate of provision and sustenance, He opens to you the gate of work, He opens to you the gate of marriage, He opens to you the gate of tranquility and peace of mind, He opens to you the gate of success, He opens to you the gate of righteous work, He opens to you the gate of the Call for Him and His Religion. He also opens the gates that no one else, but Him, can open. To this effect, Allah, Al-Fattah (the Opener), says, “Whatsoever mercy Allah opens to mankind, none can withhold; and whatsoever He withholds, none can loose after Him. And He is the All Mighty, the All-Wise.” [XXXV; 2]

 

If Allah so wills, He, Glory to Him, opens the door of His Mercy; but if He so wills, He withholds it. If He withholds His Divine Mercy, no one else can grant it after Him. If He withholds His Divine Mercy, no power in the whole world could ever award it. If He opens the gate of His Divine Mercy, no force or power in the whole world could ever withhold it. If all forces and powers in the whole universe unite together to open what Allah closes or to close what Allah opens, they will never be able to do so ...

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 October 2010 at 1:37am

The Withholder, The Extender

Al-Qabid, Al-Bassit

A great many brothers who have turned to Allah, Most Gracious, in sincere repentance and reformed their relationship with Him always ask this question: Sometimes we feel happy, delighted, satisfied, and relaxed, as if we were in Paradise; and sometimes, we feel so wretched and miserable that we wish we were dead. What is the explanation of these two opposite conditions? That is why I will try to give a brief but sufficient answer to such question, which a great many believers ask.

Among Allah’s Beautiful Divine Names are “Al-Qabid” (the Withholder) and “Al-Bassit” (the Extender). The first thing I would like to say is that these two Names of Allah are inseparable, i.e. it is not permissible to mention either without the other. This is because if you say that Allah is “Al-Qabid” (the Withholder), it would mean that you describe Allah as being niggardly or miserly; and Allah, All Mighty, is far above such evil qualities. However, when you say that Allah is “Qabid, Bassit” (Withholder, Extender), you describe Him as being Powerful and Wise. This is because Allah, All Mighty, says, “And it is Allah that withholds or extends (your provisions for you), and unto Him you shall return.” [II; 245]

 

Therefore, if you desire to say that Allah, Most Gracious, withholds in order to extend, does harm in order to do good, decreases in order to increase, or abases in order to exalt in honor, you are on the right way.

 

Linguistically speaking, the first Name denotes decrease while the second denotes increase; and these two actions embrace all things in existence, i.e. if Allah decreases something, this means that He withholds it; and if He increases something, this means that He extends it.

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 October 2010 at 3:12pm

The Irresistible Subduer

"Al-Qahhar”

1- Allah, All-Mighty, is Al-Qahhar (The Irresistible Subduer) in the sense that He, Alone, is the One Who subdues non-existence and turns it into existence, and then He subdues existence by His Irresistible Divine Power and Will.

2- Another meaning of Allah’s Beautiful Divine Name “Al-Qahhar” is that all the heavenly objects, some of which are many times bigger than both the earth and the sun, are held and kept in orbit by Allah’s Irresistible Divine Power.

3- One of the meanings of Allah’s Name “Al-Qahhar” is that He unites incongruent things together in perfect harmony. Water, air, fire, and soil are incongruent things, yet they are united in perfect harmony in creatures. This is the third meaning of Allah’s Name “Al-Qahhar”.

4- The fourth meaning of Allah’s Name “Al-Qahhar” (the Irresistible Subduer) is that sometimes He, All-Mighty, humiliates tyrants and oppressors by diseases and illnesses.

5- The fifth meaning of Allah’s Beautiful Name Al-Qahhar is that He subdues the human minds and prevents them from knowing the reality of His Holy Infinite Divine Self, which has neither a beginning nor an end. He, All-Mighty, prevents the human minds from encompassing the Glamour of His Divine Majesty.

6- The sixth meaning of Allah’s Name Al-Qahhar (the Irresistible Subduer) is that He kept the knowledge of the secrets of a great many natural phenomena only for Himself. Therefore, whenever a certain natural phenomenon takes place, one should say, “Glorified and Praised is Allah! I do not know the wisdom behind such incident.”

7- The seventh and all-embracing meaning of Allah’s Divine Name Al-Qahhar (the Irresistible Subduer) is that He, All-Mighty, has subdued all His creatures to His Irresistible Divine Will. To this effect, He, All-Mighty, says, “And they encompass none of His Knowledge except that which He wills.” [2; 255]

Allah, All-Mighty, is the Source of all kinds of power: if you turn to Him with love, obedience and devotion, He bestows on you far more happiness and peace than whatever happiness and peace human beings can ever give you.

 

If you turn to Allah, Most Gracious, with love, obedience and devotion, He grants you much more happiness and contentment than that which the wealthiest people can ever feel.

 

If you turn to Allah, Most Merciful, with love, obedience and devotion, you feel far more powerful than those who affiliate themselves with the most powerful of all mankind.

 

That is why it has been rightly said: “If you desire to be the most powerful of all mankind, put your trust in Allah; if you desire to be the richest of all mankind, be more confident in what is in Allah’s Hands than that which is in your own hands; and if you desire to be the noblest of all mankind, fear Allah and be dutiful to Him.”

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 October 2010 at 3:38pm

The Creator

"Al-Khalik"

The maker is the only one who can provide ways for using a certain machine or apparatus.

Who has the right to issue instructions for the proper use or operation of a certain apparatus or machine?

It is certainly the maker or producer of such apparatus or machine. If you follow the instructions of other parties than those of the maker, you will not be able to operate the machine properly, and you may even destroy it completely.

Very simply, the mind tells you: Only the Maker should be worshipped, i.e. none except the Maker should be worshipped, none but the Maker should be obeyed, none except the Maker should be followed: “O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you.”

Why?

The answer is: does not the One, Who has created, know? Yes, indeed, because He is the Omniscient, the All-Aware, the All-Wise, the One Who knows man’s human nature and needs, Who knows what makes him good or evil, what makes him happy or miserable, what makes him high or lowly, what makes him peaceful or frightened. Yes, indeed! He, Allah, is the All-Aware, the All-Knowing.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 November 2010 at 2:11pm

God’s Name As-Salam (The Source of Peace)

Different Meanings of God’s Divine Name “As-Salam”

1-    The first meaning of God’s name “As Salam” is that He is free from all kinds of imperfection, His attributes are free from all kinds of defects and His acts are free from any kind of evil. In line with that, any kind of purposeful evil that God inflicts on his creatures is meant for the near or far benefit of mankind.

Hence, His creation is perfect and faultless: {Verily, We have created all things in (perfect) measure.} (Al-Qamar 54: 49)

2-     God is “As-Salam” that He is the giver of safety to His slaves, i.e. there is no safety in the whole universe except that which is attributed to Him for He is the Creator, who designs and controls all things ...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449704-contemplations-on-gods-name-as-salamthe-peace.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449704-contemplations-on-gods-name-as-salamthe-peace.html



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 November 2010 at 11:34am

The Beautiful Names of Allah 1/4

Sh.Hamza Yusuf

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 November 2010 at 10:53am
Al-Wahhāb & al-Razzāq – the Bestower & Provider
 
Allah bestows upon us His gifts and His providence. He bestows upon us His mercy and His blessings and He provides for our needs in every way.

Allah says: “Our Lord! Cause not our hearts to stray after You have guided us, and bestow upon us mercy from Your presence. Truly, You are the Bestower.” [Sūrah Āl `Imrān: 8]

“Or do they have the treasures of the mercy of your Lord, the Mighty, the Bestower?” [Sūrah Sād: 9]

“(Solomon) said: My Lord! Forgive me and bestow on me a kingdom such as shall not belong to anyone after me. Lo! You are the Bestower.” [Sūrah Sād: 35]

Allah says: “Lo! Allah! He is the Provider, the Possessor of Unyielding Strength.” [Sūrah al-Dhāriyāt: 58]

Allah is referred to as “the Best of Providers” in five places in the Qur’an. For example: “The recompense of your Lord is best, and He is the Best of Providers.” [Sūrah al-Mu’minūn: 72]

Though people provide for one another, Allah is the Provider of them all. This is because He is the creator of all sustenance and of all people and of the various means by which sustenance reaches them.

Allah provides two kinds of sustenance to His creatures:

1. General sustenance: This is the sustenance Allah provides for everyone, whether they are righteous or wicked and whether they believe in Him or not. Allah says: “There is not a beast on Earth but its sustenance depends on Allah.” [Sūrah Hūd: 6]

How many living creatures are there on Earth, not just on land, but also in the ocean depths? How many more must there be spread throughout the universe? Allah provides for them all, arranging for the means of their sustenance in ways we can apprehend and ways we cannot even imagine.

Abraham (peace be upon him) beseeched Allah with the following words: “My Lord, make it a secure town and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day.” Allah replied: “And whoever disbelieves, I will grant him enjoyment for a short while, then I will drive him to the chastisement of the Fire; and it is an evil destination.” [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 126]

When Abraham appealed to his Lord to provide for the believing inhabitants of Mecca, Allah replied that His worldly sustenance He provides for all people.

We find this idea reinforced by another verse of the Qur’an: “Is someone to whom We have made a goodly promise, and who is going to attain it comparable to someone to whom We have given the good things of this life, but who, on the Day of Judgment will be brought to task?” [Sūrah al-Qasas: 61]

2. Special sustenance: This Allah provides to His choicest servants. It is the providence of faith. The one who received it is to be inclined to the worship of one’s Lord, to know Him, and to obey Him, and to thereby attain His pleasure.

Allah has placed in the hearts of the believers the faith, contentment, and spiritual awareness, all of which is but a prelude for the reward they will receive in the Hereafter. This spiritual sustenance is also what Allah revealed to humanity in the Qur’an and by way of His Messengers.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 November 2010 at 8:13am
God's Name Al-Ghaffar (The All-and Oft-Forgiving)
 
God’s name “Al-Ghaffar” (The All-and Oft-Forgiving) comes in the Quran under three forms which mean that God forgives all kinds of sins everywhere and at all times as He is the Oft-and-All-Forgiving, the Most Merciful...
 
Different Meanings of God’s Divine Name “Al-Ghaffar”:
 
1-     Linguistically speaking and concerning such variation of word-forms, God’s name “Al-Ghaffar” denotes differences in quantity, quality and frequency of occurrence, for He is “Ghaffar” in the sense that He is both Oft-Forgiving and All-Forgiving...
 
http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449727-al-ghaffar-the-all-and-oft-forgiving.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449727-al-ghaffar-the-all-and-oft-forgiving.html  
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 November 2010 at 2:30pm

God is Al-Qabid, Al-Bassit (The Withholder, The Extender)

Different Meanings of God’s Names “Al-Qabid” and “Al-Bassit”

1-    The first meaning has to do with people’s provision or sustenance. In this context, God says: {Allah extends provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and straitens it for whom (He wills). Verily, Allah is the All-Knower of all things.} (Al-’Ankabut 29: 62)

{Do they not see that Allah extends provision for whom He wills and straitens (it for whom He wills)? Verily, in that are indeed Signs for a people who believe.} (Ar-Rum 30: 37)

It is He who gives or withholds sustenance for people. It is He who makes people rich or poor. If He desires to provide you with sustenance, He inspires you and enables you to have the necessary ways and means to earn money and make your living. If, for some reason or another, He desires to withhold provision from you, He blocks all ways in your face, even though you might be so smart or brilliant.

For that we should firmly believe that God is the All-Provider, and that He, only He, is the one who withholds or extends provision for His human slaves.

To this effect, God says: {And if Allah were to enlarge provision for His slaves, they would surely rebel in the earth, but He sends down by measure as He wills. Verily, He is, in respect of His slaves, the Well-Aware, the All-Seer (of things that benefit them).} (Ash-Shura 42 :27)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 November 2010 at 1:41pm

God’s Name Al-Muhaimin (The Protector)

When we say God is “Al-Muhaimin” it means He knows all things, and that His divine Knowledge is infinite, nothing in the heavens and the earth can ever be hidden from Him. This is because God knows even secret glances of the eyes. He knows what was, what is, what will be and what is not: if it were to be how it would be.

He knows all secrets that no human being can ever see. He knows your secret and public things: things that you keep secret for yourself or things that you announce. He knows what goes into the interior of the earth and what goes out of it. He knows what falls from the heaven and what goes up into it. And He is with you wherever you may be: in your secret intentions, hopes, ambitions, desires, motivations, movements, secrecy, publicity, interior, exterior …etc. He knows everything. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 December 2010 at 11:56am

God's Name Al-Lateef (The All-Kind, Most Gentle)

When we say that God is “Lateef” (Subtle) with His slaves, it means that He, All Mighty, is always with you. He hears your voice, and knows what is in your mind and heart of ideas, thoughts, ambitions, conflicts, opinions, beliefs, imaginations, and conceptions.

He also knows what is in your heart of troubles, pains, worries, hardships, pressures, distresses, fears, etc.

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449832-who-is-al-lateef-the-all-kind-the-most-gentle.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449832-who-is-al-lateef-the-all-kind-the-most-gentle.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 December 2010 at 1:56am

God's Name At-Tawab (The Granter and Acceptor of Repentance)

The word “Tawab” is an emphatic noun that means that God is The granter and acceptor of repentance of His slaves in the sense that, often and often, He turns to His slaves and accepts their repentance, no matter how grievous or numerous their sins might be. Also, it means that God very often turns to His slaves with His divine favors and graces, and with His divine forgiveness and mercy.

Thus, a delicate meaning of God’s name “At-Tawab” can be derived from this Quranic verse: {Then He (Allah) turned to them so that they might repent. Certainly, Allah is The Granter and Acceptor of Repentance, Most Merciful.} (At-Tawbah 9: 118)

And, of course, after a sin has been committed, repentance is acceptable and welcomed; and God, The Granter and Acceptor of Repentance, blesses those who repent after having committed a sinful deed and after having been visited by a misfortune...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449914-at-tawab-the-granter-and-acceptor-of-repentance.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449914-at-tawab-the-granter-and-acceptor-of-repentance.html


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 December 2010 at 1:47pm

God's Name “Al-Hadi” (The Guide)

How Does God guide His Slaves?

1-  The first and widest gate of guidance to God is His creation, and in this sense His divine name “Al-Hadi” (The Guide) is derived from His divine act of guidance.

God says: {Say: ‘Behold all that is in the heavens and the earth.’ But neither Signs nor warnings benefit those who believe not.} (Yunus 10: 101)

Hence, the universe leads to God simply because it puts us face to face with God’s infinite divine power, might, wisdom, mercy, knowledge, creativity, etc. In other words, God guides us by means of His creation: {Then let man look at his food.} (‘Abasa 80: 24)

{Then let man look from what he has been created. He has been created from a gushing liquid, coming forth from the backbone and the ribs. Verily, He (Allah) is Able to bring him back (to life)!} (At-Tariq 86: 5-8)

2-  God’s words (the Quran) are another gate of guidance ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 December 2010 at 1:16am

God's Name Al-Kareem (The Generous)

Different Meanings of God’s Name Al-Kareem

Accurately and comprehensively, God’s divine name, “Al-Kareem” denotes that His Existence is definitive. He is free from any defect or imperfection. He is the All Mighty and no one but Him deserves to be worshipped.

This can be summed up in three notions with regards to God: His existence, oneness, and perfection. In this sense God is “Kareem”; He exists, He is one, and He is perfect. These three accurate divine attributes that have to do with God’s name “Al-Kareem” can be explained as follows:

1- God is “Kareem” in the sense that He initiates His divine favors to His slaves, even though they do not deserve such favors. Out of His divine grace, He brings us into existence even though He is not obliged to do so. In other words, He bestows His divine favor upon us by bringing us into existence ...

3- Another meaning of God’s name “Al Kareem” is that He  covers His slave’s sins, and faults. ...

5- One of the beautiful meanings of God’s name “Al-Kareem” is that He overlooks His slave’s sins and misdeeds although the latter is never unaware of them. ...

9- God is “Al-Kareem” that He grants without a reminder, which human beings never do. When human beings do favors to one another, they usually remind them of such favors.

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Posted By: searching
Date Posted: 07 December 2010 at 1:52am
I actually just recently downloaded an app for my Android phone that has the 99 names of Allah in it.  It has the transliteration and then the Arabic.  If I click on the Arabic, the name is pronounced in Arabic.  It also says, briefly, what each name means (good since I don't speak Arabic).

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Posted By: searching
Date Posted: 07 December 2010 at 1:57am
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

God's Name At-Tawab (The Granter and Acceptor of Repentance)

The word “Tawab” is an emphatic noun that means that God is The granter and acceptor of repentance of His slaves in the sense that, often and often, He turns to His slaves and accepts their repentance, no matter how grievous or numerous their sins might be. Also, it means that God very often turns to His slaves with His divine favors and graces, and with His divine forgiveness and mercy.

Thus, a delicate meaning of God’s name “At-Tawab” can be derived from this Quranic verse: {Then He (Allah) turned to them so that they might repent. Certainly, Allah is The Granter and Acceptor of Repentance, Most Merciful.} (At-Tawbah 9: 118)

And, of course, after a sin has been committed, repentance is acceptable and welcomed; and God, The Granter and Acceptor of Repentance, blesses those who repent after having committed a sinful deed and after having been visited by a misfortune...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449914-at-tawab-the-granter-and-acceptor-of-repentance.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449914-at-tawab-the-granter-and-acceptor-of-repentance.html


Thank you for posting this.  I still sometimes make the mistake of thinking that we are always making Allah angry.  I need to be reminded of His mercy, especially given to those who repent.


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 December 2010 at 2:06pm
How God Is Al-Mutakabbir (The Exalted in Might)

Different Meanings of Allah Being Al-Mutakabbir

1-     Some scholars hold that: “The word “Al-Mutakabbir” is derived from ‘Al-Kibria’ (Sublimity, Pride); and he who has the right to claim for sublimity or pride is the king.” To this effect He says: {They said (to Moses): ‘You have come to us to turn us away from that (Faith) which we found our fathers following, and that you two may have sublimity in the land? We are not going to believe you two!} [(Yunus 10; 78]

2-    Allah is also Mutakabbir in the sense that His divine sublimity is Infinite, He is great, the one whose divine greatness is Infinite. Thus ‘Al-Mutakabbir’ (the Sublime) is God, the king, Whose sovereignty never perishes, the Great, in Whose Kingdom nothing happens except by His leave, the One, the Omnipotent...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449968-how-allah-is-al-mutakabbirthe-exalted-in-might.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449968-how-allah-is-al-mutakabbirthe-exalted-in-might.html



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 December 2010 at 4:47am
Anyone who takes time to consider the names of Allah will come to a surprising realization: not one of these names focuses on Allah’s punishment, anger or wrath. Instead, we find names that express His mercy, love, and kindness, others that communicate His knowledge and wisdom, those that speak about His greatness and majesty, as well as those that speak about His creative powers and providence.

We find names like: the Beneficent, the Merciful, the Forgiving, the Source of Peace, the Bestower, the Provider, the Most Kind, and the Loving. There are no names like: “the Punisher”, “the Avenger”, or “the Wrathful”. The Qur’an speaks about Allah being “severe in punishment”, but this is actually a description of Allah’s punishment and not of Allah Himself. It is Allah’s punishment that is severe.

A number of scholars have pointed out this distinction, among them Ibn Taymiyah who writes:
None of Allah’s names denote anything terrible or bad. The consequences of Allah’s actions, however, can at times be described as bad. For instance, Allah says: “Announce, (O Muhammad) to My slaves that verily I am the Forgiving, the Merciful, and that My punishment is a painful one.” [Sūrah al-Hijr: 49-50] and: “Indeed Your Lord is swift in punishing, and indeed He is Most-Forgiving, Merciful.” [Sūrah al-A`rāf: 167] and: “Know that Allah is severe in punishing and (know as well) that Allah is Most-Forgiving, Merciful.” [Sūrah al-Mā’idah: 98]
Ibn al-Qayyim observes:
Blessings and salvation are attained through Allah’s mercy, forgiveness, benevolence, and generosity. Therefore, we find these meanings attributed to Allah. As for Allah’s punishment and its consequences, these are among Allah’s creations, and as such, Allah is not called “the Punisher” or “the Wrathful”. This is an important difference. The former set of meanings is attributed to Allah directly while the latter are only used to describe His actions. This distinction can even be found in a single passage of the Qur’an, for instance: “Announce, (O Muhammad) to My slaves that verily I am the Forgiving, the Merciful, and that My punishment is a painful one.” [Sūrah al-Hijr: 49-50]
Dr. Umar al-Ashqar writes: “Names are not ascribed to Allah from the derivative attributes of His actions, such as His being severe or swift in punishing, or swift in reckoning…” These phrases are always descriptive of certain circumstances and we never see them directly attributed to Allah as names. Moreover, such descriptions only apply to the specific contexts in which they appear. Therefore, Allah is not described as being eternally in a state of anger or wrath, or of eternally dispensing punishment. By contrast, the meanings that Allah’s names convey are eternally and constantly applicable to Him.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said, while beseeching Allah in prayer: “Evil is never applicable to You.” [Sahīh Muslim (771)] This means that Allah is perfectly and completely good in His essence, names, and attributes. He is praiseworthy in every way. His actions are full of wisdom and justice and they are always for the best. His names are all depictions of beauty.

Evil exists in the world that Allah created, since Allah’s wisdom dictated that He create a world containing both good and evil. It is in this way that evil can be understood to exist as a consequence of Allah’s actions as Creator, and Allah alone knows why the presence of evil in the world is for the best. It is something that goes beyond our limited human understanding.

When we regard all of Allah’s names together, we see a clear pattern. All of His names refer to benevolence, generosity, mercy, kindness, clemency, and forgiveness. This tells us something very important. It shows us that love is the foremost quality that we should focus on in our relationship with Allah. It is the quality that brings us nearest to Him, and it should govern how we conduct ourselves with others in the world.

Our love for Allah should transcend the fear we have of Him as well as the hopes we pin on His favor. This does not mean that we should fail to pin our hopes on Allah, nor that we should be devoid of feelings of awe or fear of Him, since Allah describes some of His righteous servants as follows: “They would vie with one other in good deeds, and they cried unto Us in longing and fear, and they were submissive unto Us.” [Sūrah al-Anbiyā’: 90]

He also says: “Call upon your Lord humbly and in secret. Lo! He loves not those who are aggressors. Do no mischief on the Earth after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for Allah’s mercy is always near to those who do good.” [Sūrah al-A`rāf: 55-56] 



When we affirm that the love of Allah is foremost, we must not be hesitant in doing so, fearing that our categorical commitment to Allah’s love means we should no longer fear Him or pin our hopes of salvation upon Him. All of these feelings are aspects of our relationship with Allah. They complement and reinforce one another. Once we understand this, we will find ourselves open to more goodness than ever before. Our deeds will be better for it, and we must know that Allah’s mercy far surpasses the merit of our best deeds. So we beseech Allah for His mercy and support, and ask Him never to leave us to our own efforts
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 December 2010 at 1:38am

God's Name Al-Haseeb (The All Sufficient)

Different Meanings of God’s Name “Al-Haseeb”:

1- Most comprehensively considered meaning of “Al-Haseeb” is the Sufficient; the master you can count on or depend on, and there is no one as sufficient as He is; If you depend on the most powerful person in this world, he may die when you are in great need of him, or he may change suddenly without any reason, or he may neglect you. ...

2- God is “Haseeb” (the rewarding) in the sense that He grants you greatly, He satisfies His slaves and suffices them with all their provisions...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/450064-the-all-sufficient-god-alhaseeb.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/450064-the-all-sufficient-god-alhaseeb.html

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 January 2011 at 2:08pm

Glimpses of God’s Name Al-Aziz (The All-Mighty)

“Al-Aziz” (the All-Mighty)  is a quality of God’s perfection since being “Aziz” (All-Mighty) is that He is one and only so that everything needs Him so badly for everything, that He is too difficult to reach, none could ever encompass Him in knowledge, not even Prophets, for no one knows God except He, Himself. Thus, a man can only reach Him as a created slave of His ...
 

Different Meanings of God’s Name “Al-Aziz”:

1-     “Al-Aziz” is He the like of whom is none, rival to whom is none and equal to whom is none. He is unique and nothing is like Him. ...

2-     “Al-Aziz” is the one who overpowers and is never overpowered...

3-     “Al-Aziz” is the Mighty and forceful ...
 
4-     “Al-Aziz” is the one who grants power and honor to His slaves...
 
5-     “Al-Aziz” is the one who is too rare, who is so badly needed, and who is too difficult to reach...
 
6-     God alone is “Al-Aziz” because existence and survival of all things depend on Him. In other words, no one, except God alone, is needed by all things for all things. That is why He is “Al-Aziz”....
 
7-     God is “Al-Aziz” the “All-Mighty”, some scholars say, in the sense that He, in the oceans of whose Majesty the minds get drowned, whose graces and blessings cannot be properly enumerated or conceived, whose perfection and beauty cannot be described by human tongues...
 
http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449811-glimpses-of-gods-name-al-aziz-the-all-mighty.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/449811-glimpses-of-gods-name-al-aziz-the-all-mighty.html
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 January 2011 at 4:00am
The Forgiver & The Acceptor of Repentance

(Al-Ghaffour - Al-Tawab)


A brief talk by Dr. Imad explaining Allah's two names The Forgiver & The Acceptor of Repentance


http://%20www.youtube.com/user/masyouth#p/c/CB3D213F5945DC90/23/QXeE2JTdiP4 - http://www.youtube.com/user/masyouth#p/c/CB3D213F5945DC90/23/QXeE2JTdiP4

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He is The Most Forgiving God and He forgives all sins when a believer sincerely repents




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 January 2011 at 2:28pm
The Manifest, The Beyond

(Al-Zaher - Al-Batin)


A brief talk by Dr. Imad explaining Allah's two names The Manifest, The Beyond


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 January 2011 at 9:07am
Al-Fattāh – Allah is the Opener of the Way
 
The Remover of Hardships

Allah relieves our sorrows. He shows us the way out of our difficulties and distresses. He removes our afflictions and covers us with His mercy. He opens up the gates of His bounty. This is why the Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us to say when we enter the mosque: “O Allah! Open to me the gates of Your mercy.” [Sahīh Muslim (713)]

It is Allah’s mercy that He does not prolong the times of sorrow and hardship in our lives.

Whenever the future looks bleak in the face of seemingly never-ending hardships, we should know that Allah will provide a way out for us. Relief may seem far off, but the night is at its darkest in the last hours before dawn. When we are stricken with sorrows, we must remember that Allah is “the Opener of all affairs, the All-Knowing”, and that He is “the best to lay open all affairs.” We should call out to Him by His name al-Fattāh, since a believer never despairs and never loses hope in Allah.

The Giver of Religious Knowledge

Allah opens up to us the path of knowledge. Take the Qur’an for example. Pause on each of its verses. Consider the various meanings, nuances, and aspects of rhetorical beauty each verse contains. Then turn to the books of commentary. You will find great differences between the scholars in the variety of insights they have, as well as in the meanings they are able to derive from the verses. This is Allah’s grace that He bestows on whom He pleases. Allah is the Opener of all affairs, the All-Knowing who opens up the treasures of knowledge and understanding to whom He chooses from among His devotees.

The Discloser of All Affairs in the Hereafter

Allah will judge between all of His creatures in truth on the Day of Judgment. No matter how elusive the question of justice might have been on Earth, Allah will bring it to the surface in the Hereafter. Allah will open the way for the oppressed to finally find redress from their oppressors: “Our Lord! Lay open Your true judgment between us and our people; as You are the best to lay open all affairs.” [Sūrah al-A`rāf: 89]

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 February 2011 at 7:50am

God’s Name Al-Wadoud (The All-Loving)

Allah’s divine love for man is manifested by His divine protection, help, victory, success, sending down mercy upon his heart, sending down peace and tranquility upon him, providing him with all the things he needs. This is Allah’s divine love for man. But man’s love for Allah is substantiated by inclination and attachment, because if Allah forsakes him, or deprives him of His divine light, he feels unbearable pain and sorrow.

Once man loves God he gets inclined to Him, seeks refuge in His divine shade, light, holy manifestations, peace and tranquility, and he feels that Allah is always protecting and helping him. But Allah’s divine love for man means protection, help, support...etc. And “Al-Woudd” is the practical substantiation of both kinds of love.

How Allah Is Wadoud (All-Loving)?

1- The first point concerns Allah’s name “Al-Wadoud” (The All-Loving) is that He endears Himself to His slaves by bestowing His innumerable divine favors upon them. Therefore, logic and good reason show that the entire universe is nothing but a manifestation and substantiation of Allah’s Divine “Woudd” (i.e. Love) for mankind.

Thus Allah favors you with His never-ending favors and graces: good health, fresh water, delicious food and drink, fruits, fishes, birds...etc. When your heart and all other parts of your body work properly, this is one of Allah’s uncountable Divine “Woudd” (i.e. Love) for mankind....

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/450996-gods-name-al-wadoud-the-all-loving.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/450996-gods-name-al-wadoud-the-all-loving.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 February 2011 at 12:56am

God’s Name Al-Hakeem (The All Wise)

 “Al-Hikmah” (Wisdom) is to possess the best knowledge; and Allah’s divine knowledge is infinite ...

 “Al-Hakeem” (The All Wise) is He Who is far above doing things that should not be done. Put it differently, He does the proper thing in the proper way in the proper place and the proper time. For human beings, a wise person is someone who does the proper thing in the proper way in the proper place and the proper time. Such is a “Hakeem” (a wise person). ...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/451212-gods-name-al-hakeem-the-all-wise.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/451212-gods-name-al-hakeem-the-all-wise.html

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 March 2011 at 12:46am

How God is Razzaq (All-Provider)?

1- God is “Ar-Razzaq” (the All-Provider) who provides all of His slaves with sustenance regardless of their number or quantity of provision. That is why it is rightly said: “If Allah gives, He astonishes.” In this context, Allah says: “And so many a moving (living) creature carries not its own provision! Allah provides for it and for you. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” (Al-Ankabut 29; 60)

2- “Ar-Razzaq” (The All-Provider) is He (God), who provides people’s bodies (with sustenance) by His grace, and adorns the hearts of the elite with true faith. One of the interpretations of the word “provision” therefore is material bodily sustenance, physical bodily needs.

3- Also, some scholars interpret the word “provision” as spiritual provision, that is, if you perform prayer with true solemnity and submissiveness, if you cry while performing prayer, if your heart is filled with humility and veneration while reading the Quran, you feel secure and tranquil for being near to Allah ...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/451334-gods-name-ar-razzaq-the-all-provider.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/451334-gods-name-ar-razzaq-the-all-provider.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 March 2011 at 12:47pm
God’s Name Al-Qadeer (The Omnipotent)

How to Know God Being “Qadeer”?

1- Allah is Mighty, whereas the human being is weak. Therefore the natural situation for a human being is to express and show his need to Allah. And the situation for Allah is to strengthen the human being who expresses his need to Allah ...

2- A believer who strongly believes that his matter is within the Hands of his God, and that He doesn't bring but good, and that He is the only one who is able to exalt or lower his rank, the only one who is able to humiliate him, or to strengthen him. Moreover, He is the only one who could grant you, or deprive you. This faith within the believer’s heart protects him from despair, surrender, giving in. His spirit is lifted due to his strong faith that everything is under Allah's absolute control. ...

3- Moreover, as it is pointless to go to a poor person asking for money, you should go instead to someone you think might have it, as it is an illusion to think that someone has it whereas he really doesn’t. To that God says: "who is truly God to be worshiped in the heaven and the only God to be worshiped in Earth" [Az-Zukhruf 43; 84]

Thus, you should ask the one who listens, pray to the almighty who could solve your problems, the one who loves you and cares about you, the powerful who will have mercy on you. ...

4- Monotheism fills the heart with security and assurance ...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/451430-gods-name-al-qadeer-the-omnipotent-the-powerful.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/451430-gods-name-al-qadeer-the-omnipotent-the-powerful.html

 

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 March 2011 at 3:41pm
Al-Jabbar:Mending the Broken Heart
 
In certain circumstances we just feel… broken.Yet this feeling of brokenness can be an invitation to be better acquainted with al-Jabbar.
 

Al-Jabbar is the One who is able to restore and mend what is broken. Some of the great scholars would supplicate “Ya Jaabir kul kaseer” when they were faced with overwhelming difficulty, meaning “Oh You who mends everything that is broken.” The Arabic word for a splint that is used to help an arm heal when it is broken is “jibeera” from the same root ja-ba-ra. Thus, when we feel broken, we need to go to the only One who can mend our state–al-Jabbar. Sometimes when we get this broken feeling, shaytan (satan) tells us not to go to Allah because we are being hypocritical by only going to Allah when we are down. Yet this is untrue– Allah has named Himself al-Jabbar and given Himself this attribute; you cannot go to the One whose attribute is mending what is broken, and not be healed by Him.

The example of the Prophet (pbuh) is a beautiful one. Imagine being 50 years old, having just lost both your wife of twenty-five years and your uncle who took care of you as a child. Imagine walking into a town in order to ask people for their protection, and instead have them throw stones at you until your feet bleed. How would you have felt? How exhausted, both spiritually and physically, would you have been? And yet, the Prophet (pbuh) calls out to Allah in one of the most beautiful and heartfelt du`a’ (supplication):

“O Allah! To you alone I complain my weakness, my scarcity of resources, and the humiliation I have been subjected to by people. O Most Merciful of those who have mercy! You are the Lord of the weak, and You are My Lord too.

To whom have you entrusted me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy to whom you have granted authority over my affair?

But as long as You are not angry with me, I do no care, except that Your favor is a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descend upon me.

Yours is the right to reproach until You are pleased. There is no power and no might except by You.”

Read those words carefully. The du`a’ of  the Prophet ﷺ was not “O Allah, please give me x and y.” It was literally the call of someone broken– complaining to Allah of his situation and expressing to Allah how he felt. What did Allah give him? A young boy by the name of Addaas saw the Prophet (pbuh), came to him with some grapes and kissed his bleeding feet. That is al-Jabbar.

Therefore, we have to always remind ourselves of this blessed name al-Jabbar; Allah will mend your broken heart. It may be through a kind word from someone that brightens your day or it may be a talk that you attend. It may even be something greater. But call on Allah like the Prophet (pbuh) did, recognizing this attribute, and know that He will manifest this Name in your life.
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 March 2011 at 12:37pm

God’s Name Al-Quddous (The Holy)

“Al-Quddous” is He Who purifies the souls of His worshippers by keeping them away from sinful deeds or following lusty evil desires and caprices.

“Al-Quddous” is God Who purifies the hearts of true believers from love for the present world; Who purifies the hearts of those who know Him and are conscious of Him from everything except Him.

He purifies the hearts of worshippers, the hearts of true believers and the hearts of those who know Him and are conscious of Him. Those who are qualified by their being obedient to Allah, they turn to Him with faithful worship and sincere devotion. And true believers look forward to Allah’s good promise and generous recompense and shun all things that make them lose His love...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/451531-gods-name-al-quddous-the-holy.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/451531-gods-name-al-quddous-the-holy.html



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 April 2011 at 4:40pm
Nothing is Ever Wasted
 
One of Allah’s Names is Ash-Shakoor: He is Appreciative of what you do, no matter how small, and He rewards it abundantly. Imagine: Allah (swt) is so appreciative, He even rewards our intention! Therefore, we know that those who intend to do well, but cannot do it, are still rewarded. This feeling of failure is actually a deception from shaytan to deter us from trying. He promotes neglect: “Don’t work on your relationship with your parents, they’ll never change,” and makes us doubt: “do you really think that your tiny effort is going to have an effect?” But Allah (swt) rewards you when you try because your trying is testament to the fact that even though you know you are a minor player, you are doing it for His sake.
 

Subhan’Allah. Sometimes we deal with Allah (swt) as though He is a human being Who doesn’t know about the worry we feel, the stress, the striving. When we fail to see the results of our effort, we think that we failed and that it was a waste of time. But Allah (swt) tells us:

“And never is your Lord forgetful…” (Qur’an, http://quran.com/19/64 - 19:64 )

If you try to work on your relationship with your family members but to no avail, remember, Allah knows about your pain. He won’t forget it, and He will give you compensation for it accordingly. If you want to work into making your community better, but something happens whereby everything you invested in it is suddenly gone, Allah always knows. The point is that we are not just about dunya even though we’re in it. When we fall, we pick ourselves back up again because we are also about the akhirah – our ultimate hope is in Him.

Don’t think that your efforts have been wasted. They have not. They are recorded with Ash-Shakoor, and if you don’t see the fruits of your labor in this life, surely Allah (swt) is keeping something amazing for you in the next.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 April 2011 at 4:18pm

God’s Name As-Sabour (The Most Patient)

Allah is “As-Sabour” (The Most Patient), who does not hasten His punishment to those who disobey Him; always gives respite, but He never neglects:

“And if Allah were to punish men for that which they earned, He would not leave a moving living creature on the surface of it (the earth); but He gives them respite to an appointed term; and when their term comes, then verily, Allah is Ever All-Seer of His slaves.” (Fatir 35; 45)

God’s name As-Sabour is not literally mentioned in the Quran, but was actually mentioned in prophetic Hadith in which Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, speaks about Allah’s beautiful Divine names and attributes. However, there are a lot of indications and references to this name in the Quran.

In the peace-treaty of Al-Hudaybiyah, between Muslims and the disbelievers of Quraish, for instance, Allah knew that among the disbelievers of Quraish, there were some believers who had secretly converted to Islam, and who were, therefore, known neither to Muslims nor to the disbelievers of Quraish. Due His mercy upon those unknown Muslims, who secretly converted to Islam, and also upon disbelievers themselves, God caused delay of the conquest of Makkah by Muslims. This event manifests clearly Allah’s name “As-Sabour” (The Most Patient). ...

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 18 April 2011 at 5:23pm
Al-Samī` – Allah is 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.” [Sūrah al-Ra`d: 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 all 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 the Allah would leave the prayer unanswered.

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 19 April 2011 at 4:25pm
Reflections on The Divine Names-Al-Ghazali (ra)
 
 
al-Jami'
[The Uniter]


...is the one who combines similar things, dissimilar things, and opposites. So far as God's uniting similar things is concerned, one example would be His bringing many human beings together on the face of the earth; and another His gathering the distinguished among them on the plain of the resurrection. So far as dissimilar things are concerned, an example would be His uniting heavens, stars, air, earth, sea, animals, plants and diverse minerals. All of these have different shapes, colours, tastes, and properties, yet He has brought some of them together on earth, and has united all of them in the universe. In a similar way He has united bone, sinew, veins, muscles, brains, skin and blood, and the rest of the constituents of the humours in the body of animals. As for opposites, an example would be uniting heat with cold, and dry with wet in the physical constitution of animals, when these are incompatible with and resistant to each other. That is the most expressive aspect of uniting. One will only come to know the particulars of His uniting if one knows the particulars of the things He has united in this world and the next, and all that would take a long time to explain.


Counsel:


Among men the one who unites is one who integrates the external behaviour of his limbs with the inner realities of his heart. The one who unites is one in whom knowledge is perfect and behaviour admirable. So it is said: one is perfect when the light of his knowledge does not extinguish the light of his piety. For uniting steadfastness with insight is difficult, so you will see some steadfast in piety and asceticism yet lacking insight, or you will find some endowed with insight but lacking steadfastness. So whoever unites steadfastness with insight will be known as one who unites.

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 April 2011 at 11:50am

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/451912-gods-name-al-muti-the-giver.html - God’s Name Al-Mu'ti (The Giver)

Allah grants health, intelligence, power, beauty and money to many of His creatures, but He gives tranquility in considerable amounts to His true believers.
 
He grants you spiritual graces ...
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 May 2011 at 12:30am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 May 2011 at 12:39am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 May 2011 at 1:05pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 25 May 2011 at 12:12am
“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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 May 2011 at 8:54am
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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 June 2011 at 2:22pm
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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 July 2011 at 7:43pm
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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 20 July 2011 at 4:13pm
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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 October 2011 at 4:40am
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 January 2012 at 1:33am

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)

Back to Light

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 January 2012 at 10:05pm
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 February 2012 at 11:34pm
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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 February 2012 at 6:52am
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 April 2012 at 12:33am
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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 May 2012 at 8:22am
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 June 2012 at 10:54pm

Toward Understanding Allah's Names:

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 June 2012 at 11:37pm
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, http://quran.com/42/25 - 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, http://quran.com/9/104 - 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, http://quran.com/24/31 - 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. http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/purification-heart/at-tawwab-part-i/ -

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 June 2012 at 2:30pm

Toward Understanding Allah's Names:

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... http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/457630-gods-name-al-basir-the-all-seeing.html -

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Posted By: brohandy
Date Posted: 26 June 2012 at 1:26pm
Wow, I'm learning a lot here. Didn't know there were many names to Allah. O:

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 June 2012 at 2:04pm
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 June 2012 at 4:13pm

Toward Understanding Allah's Names:

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 July 2012 at 11:39pm

Toward Understanding Allah's Names:

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... http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/457833-how-god-is-al-hakim-the-wise.html -

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 July 2012 at 11:32pm
Toward Understanding Allah's Names

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?”

He replied:

“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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 July 2012 at 11:40pm

Toward Understanding Allah's Names:

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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/458179-gods-name-al-sami-the-all-hearing.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/458179-gods-name-al-sami-the-all-hearing.html


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 August 2012 at 11:01pm

Toward Understanding Allah's Names:

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.

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/458295-god-the-beneficent-the-merciful.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/458295-god-the-beneficent-the-merciful.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 August 2012 at 12:21am

Toward Understanding Allah's Names:

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.

Implications

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 August 2012 at 11:13pm

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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 14 September 2012 at 4:03pm
Al-Lateef
 
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 October 2012 at 1:21am

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is As-Samad 

Last Ramadan, Dr. Abou Taleb gave this interesting speech in Boston on the meanings of Allah's name As-Samad.

This name is mentioned only once in the Qur'an in Chapter 112. As-Samad is the One who needs nobody, and whom all of creation are in desperate need of Him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YncVjJaFe64&feature=plcp - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YncVjJaFe64&feature=plcp

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 October 2012 at 12:20am

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is The Supremely Great (Al-Azeem)

A beautiful talk by Dr. Mohamed Abou Taleb in the US last Ramadan on the meanings of Allah's Name Al-Azeem:

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 October 2012 at 12:17am

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is The Watchful (Al-Raqeeb)

Another beautiful talk by Dr. Mohamed Abou Taleb in the US last Ramadan in the series (In Awe of Allah) on the meanings of Allah's Name Al-Raqeeb:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXaBBKcCe5I&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXaBBKcCe5I&feature=relmfu

Our journey continues with the Name of Allah "al-Raqeeb / ar-Raqib", signaling that He is ever watchful over us and even the secrets we hide within our chests. We discuss how knowing ar-Raqeeb lead one to a higher standard of conduct and character.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 October 2012 at 11:54pm

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is The Forgiver (Al-Ghafoor)

Another beautiful talk by Dr. Mohamed Abou Taleb in the US last Ramadan in the series (In Awe of Allah) on the meanings of Allah's Name Al-Ghafoor:

The Name "Al-Ghafoor / Al-Ghafur" is known to all of God's servants, for we all sin and have no one to turn to for forgiveness but He.

But has forgiveness become so routine that we take it for granted?

We discuss how seeking forgiveness is not merely a word, but a process that strengthens our relationship with the Divine.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4zUITGuoF8&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4zUITGuoF8&feature=relmfu

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 October 2012 at 12:05am

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is Al-Tawwab (The Grantor and Acceptor of Repentance)

The Name "at-Tawwab" signals a divine invitation from God, for it charts a return for those who have lost their way and those too shamed to seek God carrying the burden of sin.

Together, we learn that repentance is both granted by God and He is the One who accepts it, yet another manifestation of His endless grace, bounty, and mercy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkxczUI6Xa4&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkxczUI6Xa4&feature=relmfu

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 October 2012 at 1:18am

Allah is Al-Adl "The Utterly Just"

Through the Name "al-Adl" we learn that Go is utterly, absolutely just, and from this Name comes the justice that we seek to establish on earth.

This Name is a hope for everyone who has ever tasted the bitterness of oppression, small or large.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG74kRbeVT4&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG74kRbeVT4&feature=relmfu

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 October 2012 at 12:30am

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is Al-Shakour (The Appreciative)

The fastest call to action and the best remedy for apathy, hopelessness, and despair is to know God "as-Shakoor/as-Shakur", the One who grants rewards you many times over for even the smallest and simplest of deeds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ae91ju1NCc&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ae91ju1NCc&feature=relmfu

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 November 2012 at 1:51am

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is Al-Wakeel (The Trustee)

Do you trust God?

Before you say yes out of impulse, be careful because the answer carries consequences ... many of us may claim to trust God but act inconsistently.

We explore the Name of Allah "al-Wakeel/al-Wakil" and see how building a relationship with this Name increases faith, tranquility, and serenity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TD70-s7ZXw&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TD70-s7ZXw&feature=relmfu

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 November 2012 at 1:45pm

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is Al-Malik (The King)

Human ownership is temporary and transient ... the ownership of God is permanent and real.

As we reflect on Allah's Names "al-Malik/al-Maalik", we recognize that a relationship with Him enables us to subjugate what we own to please the One who owns us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlMI43nZh0w&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlMI43nZh0w&feature=relmfu

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 November 2012 at 1:02am

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is Al-Samad

Allah "as-Samad" ... how many times have we recited it, yet how few of us have ever sought to know God through it!

He is the One who needs no one, yet everyone is in desperate need of Him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwA3Lqqa4vg&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwA3Lqqa4vg&feature=relmfu

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 November 2012 at 12:32am

God's Most Beautiful Names

Allah is Al-Afuww (The Pardoner)

Burdened by sin?

Wish you could just start a new page?

This is a reflection on an attribute even broader than forgiveness through the Name of Allah "al-Afuww" that provides precisely that for God's servants who would seek it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfUnqxfHn0I&feature=relmfu - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfUnqxfHn0I&feature=relmfu

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 November 2012 at 11:57pm

In Awe of Allah

Allah is Al-Haqq "The Supreme Reality"

A deeper look into an often misunderstood name of Allah, "Al-Haqq"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZXaWK2W87k&feature=plcp - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZXaWK2W87k&feature=plcp

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 November 2012 at 12:49am

In Awe of Allah

Allah is Al-Ghafoor (The Forgiver)

A deeper look into one of God's most heart-warming Names, "al-Ghafoor/al-Ghafur"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4iMHKHFfzM&feature=em-uploademail - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4iMHKHFfzM&feature=em-uploademail

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 November 2012 at 11:24pm

In Awe of Allah

Allah is Al-Tawwab (The Grantor and Acceptor of Repentance)

A deeper look at God's Name "at-Tawwab/at-Tawab" and God's generosity in facilitating and accepting repentance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgeMe8jWh5g&feature=em-uploademail - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgeMe8jWh5g&feature=em-uploademail

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 March 2013 at 12:21am
In Awe of Allah

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"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGVf49XrlqY - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGVf49XrlqY

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 May 2013 at 11:34pm
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.”... http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/ash-shakoor-the-most-appreciative/ -

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/ash-shakoor-the-most-appreciative/ - http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/ash-shakoor-the-most-appreciative/




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 May 2013 at 11:48pm
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 ( http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/character/peace/ - as-Salaam ), mending our broken hearts ( http://www.suhaibwebb.com/miscellaneous/series/al-jabbar-mending-the-broken-heart/ - al-Jabbar ), responding to our du`a’s ( http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/worship/dua/al-mujeeb-the-one-who-responds/ - al-Mujeeb ), giving us subtle and gentle signs ( http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/al-lateef/ - 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, http://quran.com/16/66 - 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...

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/al-jaami-the-uniter/ - http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/al-jaami-the-uniter/





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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 May 2013 at 2:33am

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, http://quran.com/24/35 - 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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 June 2013 at 11:57pm
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, http://www.quran.com/96/14 - 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.”... http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/worship/he-who-observes-all/ -

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/worship/he-who-observes-all/ - http://www.suhaibwebb.com/personaldvlpt/worship/he-who-observes-all/




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 July 2013 at 2:01am
In Awe of Allah

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...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20PsiHz0guM - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20PsiHz0guM

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 July 2013 at 5:32pm
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, http://quran.com/35/2 - 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...

http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/al-fattah-he-who-opens-all-things/ - http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/al-fattah-he-who-opens-all-things/




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 August 2013 at 12:03am
God is The Holy (Allah is Al-Quddous)

"He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god; the King, the Holy One…" [Sûrah 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." [Sûrah 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 Dâwûd (1430) and Sunan al-Nasâ'î (1699, 1732)]

The meaning of "Holy"

The Holy One is among Allah's beautiful names. The Arabic word quddûs 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...

http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-429-3432.htm - http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-429-3432.htm



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 19 August 2013 at 7:29pm
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? ...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/464031-gods-attribute-the-all-peace.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/464031-gods-attribute-the-all-peace.html




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 August 2013 at 11:43pm
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...

http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/464246-god-is-the-ever-living-al-hayy.html - http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/allah/464246-god-is-the-ever-living-al-hayy.html




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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 10 September 2013 at 3:51pm
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...

 
http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/al-wahhab-the-giver-of-gifts/comment-page-1/#comment-94859 - http://www.suhaibwebb.com/relationships/withthedivine/al-wahhab-the-giver-of-gifts/comment-page-1/#comment-94859


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 October 2013 at 12:37am
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 December 2013 at 1:53am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 December 2013 at 12:53pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 December 2013 at 11:12am
Allah is Al-Haqq: The Absolute Truth

If Allah is the Truth, then His Words are the truth; His Promise is the truth; His Threat is the truth; and His Acts are the truth.

Thus if we are the creation of the Ultimate Truth, and we worship Allah the Truth, then we have to live this life by the principles of truth. As Allah tells us in the Qur’an:

“For that is Allah, your Lord, the Truth. And what can be beyond truth except error? So how are you averted?” [Qur’an, http://quran.com/10/32 - 10:32 ]

If we truly love Allah and His attributes, then we need to be sincere lovers of truth over all else—even over our own selves and interests. Some may wonder what the difference is between truth and justice. Justice is the implementation of the truth. Truth is a value, and justice is its implementation...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 January 2014 at 12:59am

Allah's Name Al-Azeez (The All-Mighty)

Today’s Name is one that has been expressed over 95 times in the Qur’an.

It is a Name that gives us strength.

Today’s Name is al-‘Azeez.

To be truthful, I had difficulty writing an article on this Name. It’s one of these Names that has to be felt rather than explained.

Of course this is true for all of Allah’s Names, and this is the purpose of the series- to understand, feel and live by these Names. But because this Name denotes power, dignity and uniqueness, I felt that I could explain it best through stories...

How to live by Allah’s Name al-Azeez:

1—    Strengthen people:

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Whoever a believer is humiliated before him and he does not help him when he is able to do so, Allah will humiliate him before the creation on the day of judgment” (Reported by Ahmad).

2—    Go to Allah with humility:

Because He is al-‘Azeez and true ‘izza belongs to Him. A man was once walking around the ka’ba saying “O Allah, my clothes are simple as you can see. My daughter is weak as you can see. My wife is poor as you can see. O You who sees what is in us and cannot be seen!” A scholar heard this and tried to give the man money. The man was surprised and said, “No no, I am wealthy, I own this and that, I come from so-and –so place.” So the scholar asked, “So why do you say what you say?” And he replied, “O Imam, God loves those who go to Him in humility”.

3—    Be dignified and give something for Islam

Anyone who truly feels this Name will want to give something for Islam, because he is confident in Himself and in his Lord. As humans, we sometimes derive our strength and dignity from material things such as wealth, status or even ethnicity/nationality. But if we do that, those are the things that we will pursue, and without them, we will feel a sense of inferiority. Yet Allah is the One who strengthens. ..

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