Beautiful Names of Allah - Part 1


Allah:
Glorified and Exalted Be He

Meaning: The word 'Allah', the proper name of God, indicates that Allah is the true God
who alone deserves to be worshipped, whom all creatures worship out of love, praise His greatness, revere Him and turn to Him in times of need and adversity. In fact, this name comprises all the meanings of His beautiful names.

Occurrence: 2724 times.

Evidence: "Surely I am Allah, there is no god but I; therefore, worship Me and keep up prayer for My remembrance." (Surat Taa Haa, 20:74)

Al-Lateef:
The All-Subtle

Meaning: He has knowledge of all things, subtle and hidden, and He shows His immense mercy to His slaves in very subtle ways known to no one but Him.
Occurrence: 7 times.
Evidence: "...And he is the All-Subtle, the All-Aware." (Surat Al-An'mwi, 6:103)

Al'Aliyy, Al-A'laa, Al-Muta'aal:
The High, the Most High, the Exalted

Meaning: Allah has absolute highness in every sense above all else—highness with regard to His Being, majestic position, attributes and absolute dominance. He is high above His creation and everything and everyone is under His absolute control and superior authority.
Occurrence: Al-'Aliyy: 8 times; Al-A'laa: twice; Al-Muta'aal: once
Evidence: "...He is the Most High, the Magnificent." (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:255); "Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High." (Surat Al-A'laa, 87:1); "He is the Knower of the unseen and the visible, the All-Great, the Exalted." (Surat Ar-Ra'd, 13:9)

Al-Kabeer:
The Most Great

Meaning: He is the Magnificent, the Sublime and the Most Great in His Being, attributes and actions, and there is nothing greater than Him.

Occurrence: 6 times.

Evidence: "The Knower of the unseen and the visible, the Most Great, the High-Exalted." (Surat Ar-Ra'd, 13:9)

Al-'Adheem:
The Tremendous, the Supreme in Glory

Meaning: This name comprises all attributes of greatness, majesty and glory. He is the Greatest and Tremendous in His Being, names and attributes, and thus none of His creation deserves to be exalted with the heart, the tongue and all body parts as He should be.

Occurrence: 9 times.

Evidence: "He is the Sublime, the Tremendous." (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:255)

Al-Haqq:
The Truth

Meaning: He is the One who truly exists and who is undeniably the Lord and King, the One who is perfect regarding His actions and attributes. His speech, His decree, His promise and His legislation is the truth.

Occurrence: 10 times.

Evidence: "Exalted be Allah, the True King. (Surat Al-Mu'mimoon, 23:116)

Al-Mu’min:
The Granter of Security

Meaning: Allah testifies to His Oneness and Unity with substantial evidence and confirms the truthfulness of His messengers and their followers. He is also the One who grants peace and Security to His slaves, assuring them that He will not wrong them in any way and provides peace and security to His righteous servants. This is evident in the peace and tranquillity they find in their hearts, as well as the absence of fear when they turn to Him in this life, and the absence of which they will feel on the Day of Judgement, the Day of the Great Fear.

Occurrence: once.

Evidence:".. .The Holy, the Source of peace, the Granter of security, the Ever Watchful, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Supremely Great..." (Surat Al-Hashr, 59:23)

As-Salaam:
The Flawless, The Source of Peace

Meaning: Allah is free of any imperfection in His Being, names, attributes and actions. He is also the One who grants peace and security to all his creation.
Occurrence: once.
Evidence: "He is Allah; there is none worthy of worship except for Him; the Sovereign, the Holy, the Source of Peace, the Granter of Security..." (Surat Al-Hashr, 59:23)

As-Subbooh:
The Supremely Glorified

Meaning: Allah is free of any imperfection and anything that does not befit His majesty and the One who has no partners. All creation glorifies and declares Him free of any imperfection due Wp His perfect and beautiful names and attributes.

Occurrence: This name is not mentioned in the Holy Qur'an but rather in the Prophet's Sunnah.

Evidence: 'Aa'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, narrated that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to say in his bowing and prostration while praying, Subbuhun [quddusun, rabb-ul-malaa'ikati warrooh ‘[You are] the Supremely glorified, the Holy. [You are] the [Lord of the angels and of Jibreel." (Reported by Muslim)

Al-Quddoos:
The Holy

Meaning: He is free of any imperfection, and evil is not attributed to Him, for all perfect and sublime attributes belong to Him.

Occurrence: twice.

Evidence: "...The Sovereign Lord, the Holy, the Exalted in Mighty, the All-Wise."
(Surat Al-Jumu'ah, 62:1)

Al-Waarith:
The Inheritor

Meaning: The One who will ever remain after the creation perishes. He is the One who will repossess whatever He has granted them after their death. He is, and has always been, the owner of everything which He bequeaths to whomever He wills and gives to whomever He likes.

Occurrence: 3 times.

Evidence: "It is We who give life and cause to die, and We are the Inheritor." (Surat Al-Hijr, 15:23)

Al-Waliyy, Al-Mawlaa:
The Protector, the Guardian

Meaning: He is the guardian who manages everything and disposes of all affairs. Allah, Exalted be He, is the Master of all creation; that is, He is their Creator, Ruler and True God who alone deserves to be worshipped. He loves the believers and provides them with special help and support.

Occurrence: Al-Waliyy: 15 times; Al-Mawlaa: 12 times.

Evidence: "... Allah is your Protector —an excellent Protector and an excellent Helper!" (Surat Al-Anfaal, 8:40); "He is the Protector, the Praiseworthy." (Surat Ash-Shooraa, 42:28)

 Al-Wakeel, Al-Kafeel:
The Disposer of Affairs, the Guarantor

Meaning: Al-Wakeel is the One who disposes of the affairs of all His creatures, the One who provides for them, grants their requests and fulfils their needs. He assists and protects those who seek His refuge, takes charge of His righteous servants' affairs by guiding them to all that is easy, keeping them away from all that causes them hardship and assists them in everything. Al-Kafeel means the witness, the guardian, the protector and the guarantor.

Occurrence: Al-Wakeel: 14 times; Al-Kafeel: once.

Evidence: "Enough is Allah as a disposer of affairs." (Surat An-Nisaa', 4:81); "...you have made Allah your guarantor." (Surat An-Nahl, 16:31)

Ar-Raaziq Ar-Razzaaq:
The Provider, the Sustainer

Meaning: He takes it upon Himself to provide sustenance to all His creatures without exception. He also takes it upon Himself to grant, with His immense mercy and grace, His righteous servants, special provision, namely, blessings of faith and lawful earnings. The word Ar-Razzaaq points to His abundant provision and plentiful sustenance.
Occurrence: Ar-Raaziq: 5 times; Ar-Razzaaq: once.

Evidence: "Provide for us; for You are the best of providers." (Surat Al-Maa'idah, 5:114) "Allah is the great Sustainer, the Mighty One, the Invincible." (Surat Adh-Dhariyaat, 51:58)

Al-Fattah:
The Superb Arbiter, the Opener

Meaning: He judges between His servants, opens the doors of sustenance and mercy for them, as well as the doors closed in their faces and thus makes things easy for them.

Occurrence: once.

Evidence: "And Ho is the All-Knowing Superb Arbiter." (Surat Saba', 34:26)

Al-Mubeen:
The Evident

Meaning: He is the One whose Oneness is evident with the proofs supporting it. He is the One who makes the truth evident to His slaves and conveys it to them.

Occurrence: once.

Evidence: "...And they will realise that Allah is the [very] Truth, that makes all things manifest."

(Surat Au-Noor, 24:25)

Al-Haadee:
The Guide

Meaning: He is the One who helps His creation to get to know Him as being their Lord and Creator, guides them to whatever is in their best interests and to earn their livelihoods. He shows people the path of good and the path of evil and guides to His Right Path whomever of them He wills.

Occurrence: twice.

Evidence: "Your Lord suffices as a guide and as a helper. (Surat Al-Furqaan, 25:31)

Al-Hakam, Khayr-ul-Haakimeen:
The Judge, the Best of Judges

Meaning: He is the One who judges amongst His slaves, in this life and in the hereafter, with absolute fairness and equity, based on (1) His universal will, (2) His religious legislation and (3) His reward and punishment.

Occurrence: Al-Hakam once; Khayr-ul-Haakimeen: 5 times.

Evidence: "Shall I then seek a judge other than Allah?" (Surat An-An'aam:6:U4); "...and He is the Best of Judges." (Surat Yoonus, 10:109)

Ar-Ra'oof:
The Most Compassionate

Meaning: He bestows mercy upon His servants and is compassionate towards them. The attribute of ra'fah (compassion), from which this name is derived, is the highest form of mercy (rahmah), and He bestows it upon all His creation in this world and upon some of them in the hereafter.

Occurrence: 10 times.

Evidence: "Allah is Most Compassionate and Most Merciful to mankind." (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:143)

Al-Wadood:
The Most Loving

Meaning: Allah loves His prophets, messengers and obedient servants who also love him. He is the most beloved, who deserves to be loved with all our hearts and better than ourselves, better than our children, and better than everyone and everything else we love and cherish.

Occurrence: 2 times.

Evidence: "Surely, my Lord is Most Merciful, Most Loving." (Surat Hud, 11:90)

Al-Barr:
The Source of All Goodness

Meaning: Allah showers His apparent and hidden blessings upon His slaves. All His creation totally depends on Him at all times and cannot do without His absolute kindness. He multiplies the rewards of the righteous among the Muslims and forgives the wrongdoers among them, and His promise is true.

Evidence: "Truly, He is The Source of Goodness, The Compassionate." (Surat At-Tur, 52:28)

Al-Haleem:
The All-Forbearing

Meaning: Allah is so patient and forbearing that He does not punish His slaves for any sin they commit; rather, He gives them the opportunity to make amends and turn to Him in repentance. He forgives them, in His infinite mercy, even though He can punish them for the sins they commit.

Occurrence: 11 times

Evidence: "Aliah is Ever-Forgiving, All-Forbearing." (Surat Al-’Imraan, 31:55)

Al-Ghafoor, Al-Ghaffaar, Ghaafir-udh-Dhanb:
The Ever Forgiving, the Most Forgiving, the Forgiver of Sins

Meaning: He is the One who forgives sins and accepts the repentance of all those who turn to Him; He conceals the sins of His servants, shows never-ending compassion to them and lavishes kindness on them. The word AI-Ghaffaar points to His immense and constant forgiveness of sins.

Occurrence: Al-Ghafoor. 91 times; Al-Ghaffaar. 5 times; Ghaafir-udh-Dhanb: once.

Evidence: "Allah is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful." (Surat Ash-Shooraa 42:5); "Is He not indeed the Almighty, the Endlessly Forgiving?" (Surat Az-Zumar, 39:5); "The Forgiver of sin, the Acceptor of repentance..." (Surat Ghaafir, 40:3)

An-Naseer, Khayr-un-Naasireen:
The Helper, the Best of Helpers

Meaning: Allah grants victory to whomever of His believing servants He pleases; no one will overcome those Allah helps, nor will anyone be able to help those Allah forsakes.

Occurrence: An-Naseer: 4 times, Khiayr-un-Naasireen: once.

Evidence: "Then know that Allah is your Protector—an excellent Protector and an excellent Helper!" (Surat Al-Anfaal: 8:40); "Nay, Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of helpers." (Surat Aal- 'Imraan: 3:150)

Al-Haafidh, Al-Hafeedh:
The Protector, The Guardian

Meaning: He is the One who protects the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, records the deeds of His slaves and protects the believers from danger and Satan, and from committing sins.

Occurrence: AI-Haafidh: 3 times; Al-Hafeedh: 3 times.

Evidence: "Allah is the Best Guardian." (Surat Yusuf: 12:64); "My Lord is guardian over all things." (Surat Hud 11:57)

Al-Awwal, Al-Aakhir:
The First, The Last

Meaning: Al-Awwal (The First): There was nothing before Him, and everything other than Him He brought into existence from absolutely nothing. Al-Aakhir (the Last): There is nothing after Him and, being Infinite, He will exist for all eternity.

Occurrence: once.

Evidence: "He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward; and He has full knowledge of all things." (Surat Al-Hadeed, 57:3)

Al-Qayoom:
The All-Sustainer

Meaning: He is the Self Sufficient Master who is not in need of anyone; everything exists because of him and everything other than him needs him and totally depends on him.

Occurrence: 3 times.

Evidence: ‘Allah, there is no god by he, the Ever Living, the All-Sustainer…” (Surat al Baqarah 2:255)

Al-Hayy:
The Ever Living

Meaning: He is the One who will remain and will never die. His Life is perfect in every sense, which requires all perfect attributes and negates all their opposites in every sense. This perfect attribute requires that neither sleep nor slumber overtake Him.

Occurrence: 5 times.

Evidence: "Allah, there is no god by He, the Ever Living, the All-Sustainer.."(Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:255)

Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem:
The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Meaning: These two names indicate (a) Allah's comprehensive mercy which He shows to all His creation without exception by creating them and providing for them, and (b) the particular mercy that He has exclusively for the believers, both in this life and in the hereafter.

Occurrence: Ar-Rahmaan: 57 times; Ar-Raheem: 123 times.

Evidence: "The Most Gracious has taught the Qur'an." (Surat Ar-Rahmaan, 55:1- 2)

Al-Waahid, Al-Ahad:
The Only One, the One and Only

Meaning: He is, and has always been, one, without anyone else with Him. He is unique and there is no one like Him in His being, just as He is unique in His attributes, actions and Lordship. He is the only One who deserves to be worshipped.

Occurrence: Al-Waahid: 22 times; Al-Ahad: once.

Evidence: "He is the One, the Supreme and Irresistible." (Surat Ar-Ra'd, 13:16); "Say, 'He is Allah, the One and Only.'" (Surat Al-lkhlaas, 112:1)

Al-Jameel:
The Beautiful

Meaning: He has the best and perfect qualities. He is Beautiful in His Being, and all His names, attributes and actions are also beautiful.

Occurrence: This name is not mentioned in the Holy Qur'an but rather in the Prophet's Sunnah

Evidence: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah is beautiful and loves beauty." (Reported by Muslim)

Al-Mu'tee:
The Giver

Meaning: He is the real provider. No one can withhold what He gives, nor can anyone give what He withholds. There is no limit to what He gives, and whatever He gives reaches all His creation.

Occurrence: This name is not mentioned in the Holy Qur'an but rather in the Prophet's Sunnah.  

Evidence: The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "...Allah is the Giver and I am Al-Qaasim (i.e. the distributor)..." (Reported by Al-Bukhaaree)

At-Tayyib:
The Good and Pure One

Meaning: Allah is free of any imperfection. He is good and pure in His being, His actions, names and His attributes. He loves those who are good and pure and accepts only that which is good and pure.  

Occurrence: This name is not mentioned in the Holy Qur'an but rather in the

Prophet's Sunnah

Evidence. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “O people! Allah is Pure and, therefore, accepts only that which is pure…” (Reported by Muslim)


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