Beautiful Names of Allah - Part 2


Al-Hayiyy:
The All-Modest

Meaning: Modesty, as a divine attribute, is a perfect quality befitting none but Him and suits His majesty and greatness to the exclusion of all creation. This modesty is in no way similar to modesty displayed by any of His creatures, for it denotes His all-encompassing mercy, perfect grace and kindness, and great forgiveness and forbearance.

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

Evidence: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Your Lord is modest and generous and would never turn the hands of someone without gain when he raises them to Him [in supplication]." (Reported by At-Tirmidhee and Abu Daawood)

Al-Witr:
The One Who Has No Equal

Meaning: He is the One and Unique for whom there is no partner or equal.

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, "Surely, Allah is Al-Witr (i.e. One who has no equal), and He likes Al-Witr [prayer]." (Reported by Muslim)

As-Sayyid:
The Master

Meaning: He is the Master of all creation and all creation without exception are His slave who turn to none but Him and who act by His command.

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, “The Master is Allah.” (Reported by Ahmad and Abu Daawood: Saheeh)

Ash-Shafee:
The Curer

Meaning: He is well aware of all physical and spiritual diseases as well as their remedy and He is the only One who can heal them. There is no cure except His cure, and none can relieve suffering. His legislation is the panacea for all humanity's ills and the source of humanity's good and well being.

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, "Remove the disease, O Lord of mankind, and cure [him/her], for You are the Great Curer..." (Reported by Al-Bukhaaree)

Ad-Dayyaan:
The Supreme Judge

Meaning: He is the Irresistible and All-Powerful Judge and Ruler who rewards or punishes people according to their deeds.

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, "...Then He (Allah) will call out to them with a voice that those far off will hear just as those nearby will hear): I am the King. I am the Supreme Judge..." (Al-Haakim. Sheikh Al-Albaanee classified it as hasan 'good'.)

As-Sitteer:
The Concealer of Sins

Meaning: Allah always covers His slaves' faults and never exposes them. He also likes them to conceal their sins and avoid whatever is bound to dishonour them, being aware of His presence and showing Him the respect due to Him.

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, Glorified  and Sublime be He, is modest and  concealing,  and  He loves modesty and Concealment..." (Reported by At-Tirmidhee and Abu Daawood)

Al-Muhsin:
The Benefactor, the Doer of Good

Meaning: He provides whatever He has created with countless blessings and the One who has perfected, sustained, and guided everything He has created.

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

Evidence: The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "...Allah is the Doer of Good and He loves [to see His slaves] do good." (At-Tabaraanee. Classified as saheeh 'authentic' by Sheikh Al-Albaanee)

Al-Jawwaad:
The Most Generous

Meaning: He gives abundantly to all His creatures without exception and bestows on them His kindness and countless graces and blessings. He exclusively bestows on the righteous believers certain blessings in this life and in the hereafter.

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

Evidence: The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah is Most Generous and He loves generosity." (Reported by At-Tirmidhee)

AI-Mannaan:
The Bestower

Meaning: He is the One who graciously gives favours and gifts even before He is asked. He is the One who shows kindness to His creation by bestowing His blessings upon them and providing them with everything they need. He also bestows His kindness on the righteous believers by guiding them, assisting them and granting them true faith.

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, "O Allah! I ask You by virtue of the fact that all praise is due to You; none has the right to be worshiped      but You, the Bestower..." (Reported by At-Tirmidhee; Abu Daawood. Sheikh Al-Albaanee classified it is authentic ‘saheeh’)

Ar-Rafeeq:
The Most Gentle

Meaning: Allah is gentle in His actions, His legislation and His judgement. He created the creation and legislated laws in gradual stages with His immense wisdom and in such a way as to make these laws appropriate and simple for his servants. Ar-Rafeeq also means the One who treats His servants with kindness and leniency.

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 gentle and loves those who are gentle. He gives for gentleness that which He does not give for harshness." (Reported by Ahmad)

Al-Muqaddim, Al-Mu'akh-khir:
The Advancer, the Delayer

Meaning: He places things where they should exactly belong. He advances and postpones whatever He pleases in His infinite wisdom and absolute justice. He decreed everything before He created the creation. He promotes whomever He wills to the higher positions of the righteous predecessors and delays and holds back whomever he wills, in His absolute wisdom and justice. No one can advance whatever He delays, nor delay whatever He advances.

Occurrence: These names are 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, "...You (i.e. Allah) are the Advancer and You are the Delayer..." (Reported bv Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Al-Qaabidh, Al-Bassit:
The Withholder, the Expander

Meaning: The Withholder is the One who takes away souls, provision and whatever He pleases, and the Expander is the One who gives provision, mercy and whatever He wishes. He is also the One who stretches out His Hands so that the believers may repent and turn to Him. These two names are among those names of Allah which always come together, for absolute perfection is realised in their combination, and they cannot be used separately.

Occurrence: These names are 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 one Who fixes prices and who withholds and gives abundantly." (Reported by At-Tirmidhee and Abu Daawood)

AI-Muqeet:
The Maintainer, the One who has Power over Everything

Meaning: He has power over all things and is the One who provides sustenance. Allah decrees the needs of His creation, in His immense knowledge, and then provides them with whatever they need according to His will and thus preserves them with whatever He grants them.

Occurrence: once.

Evidence: "Allah has power over everything." (Surat An-Nisaa', 4:85)

Al-Mujeeb:
The Ever Responsive

Meaning: Allah favourably responds to the supplications and requests of His slaves. He answers their supplications and grants their requests.

Occurrence: once.

Evidence: "Indeed, my Lord is Ever Near, ready to answer." (Surat Hud 11:61)

Al-Qareeb:
The One Who Is Ever Neat

Meaning: He is close to everyone because of His immense knowledge and constant observation and awareness. He is also close to those of His slaves who worship Him, invoke Him and love Him, and He gives them the assistance and support they need and answers their prayers.

Occurrence: 3 times.

Evidence: "And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he calls on Me." (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:186)

Ar-Rabb:
The Lord

Meaning: He is the creator, the owner and disposer of all affairs who bestows His blessings upon His creatures and looks after His righteous servants by setting their hearts aright. This name must not be attributed to other than Allah, Exalted be He. However, when used to refer to other than Allah, it is always used in the genitive case, to mean 'the owner or proprietor of something', such as rabb al-'usrah; that is, the head of the family.

Occurrence: 900 times.

Evidence: "All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds." (Surat Al-Faatihah: 1:2)

As-Samee’:
The All-Hearing

Meaning: Allah hears and is aware of all secrets without exception. He hears everything people say and whatever His creation utters. Nothing is hidden from Him, and He is the All-Hearing who answers the prayer of those who pray to Him.

Occurrence: 45 times.

Evidence: "He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing." (Surat Ash-Shooraa, 42:11)

Ash-Shaakir, Ash-Shakoor:
The Thankful, The Grateful

Meaning: He frequently blesses and rewards His obedient servants abundantly and is pleased with little gratitude from His servants in return for His countless blessings.

Occurrence: Ash Shaakir: twice; Ash-Shakoor. 4 times.

Evidence: "Allah is Grateful and Ever Forbearing." (Surat At-Taghaabun, 64:17); "Surely, Allah is Thankful, All Knowing." (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:158)

Al-Kareem, Al-Akram:
The Most Gracious, the Most Bountiful

Meaning: Al-Kareem is the One who gives His slaves abundantly and benefits them immeasurably, the One who bestows blessings on His slaves even before they become deserving of them and the One who gives without measure and without being asked. Al-Akram is the Most Bountiful whose generosity is matchless.

Occurrence: Al-Kareem: 3 times; Al-Akram: once.

Evidence: "O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Most Gracious?" (Surat Al-Infitaar, 82:6); "Read! And your Lord is the Most Bountiful." (Surat Al-'Alaq, 96:3)

At-Tawwaab:
The Acceptor Of Repentance

Meaning: He is the One who helps His slaves repent and submit completely to Him after turning to Him, and then He accepts their repentance and pardons their sins.

Occurrence: 11 times

Evidence: "Allah is Ever-Returning, Most Merciful.” (Surat Al-Hujuraat, 49:12)

Al-Haseeb:
The Reckoner

Meaning: Allah is sufficient for those who rely on Him, is aware of His slaves and will take account of their actions and reward them or punish them accordingly in His immense wisdom and absolute knowledge. He is sufficient for the believers.

Occurrence: 3 times.

Evidence: "Allah is sufficient as a Reckoner." (Surat An-Nisaa', 4:6)

Al-Wahhaab:
The Ever Giving

Meaning: Allah is so generous that His immense generosity reaches all His slaves. He grants whatever he wills to whomever He wills. This includes guidance to His true religion, sustenance and cure from diseases.

Occurrence: 3 times.

Evidence: "Or do they possess the treasures of the mercy of your Lord, the All Mighty, The Ever Giving?" (Surat Saad, 38:9)

Al-‘Afuww:
The Ever-Pardoning

Meaning: He forgives sins and overlooks the transgression of wrongdoers and gives general pardon that erases all sins committed by His servants, especially if they do something that is bound to bring about His forgiveness, such as sincerely declaring His Oneness, seeking His forgiveness, turning to Him in repentance and doing righteous deeds.

Occurrence: 5 times.

Evidence: "Allah is Ever-Pardoning, Ever-Forgiving." (Surat An-Nisaa', 4:43)

Al-Hameed:
The Praiseworthy

Meaning: He is worthy of all praise for all His actions, statements, attributes, names, legislation and decree. He is worthy of all praise under all circumstances, and He is worthy of all thanks and praise due to His perfect attributes and abundant kindness to His creation. Occurrence: 17 times. Evidence: "Surely, He is Praiseworthy, All-Glorious." (Surat Hud, 11:73)

Al-Malik, Al-Maleek, Al-Maalik:
The Sovereign, the King, the Possessor

Meaning: He is the One to whom belongs the absolute dominion of the heavens and the earth and everything in them. The entire universe is under His control. There is nothing above Him. He alone has true and supreme dominion and disposes of the entire universe in the manner He pleases. He is the owner of everything. The name Al-Maleek points to Allah's absolute and glorious sovereignty.

Occurrence: Al-Malik: 5 times; Al-Maleek: once; Al-Maalik: twice.

Evidence: "...The Sovereign Lord (Al-Malik) the Holy One..." (Surat Al-Hashr, 59:23); "Truly, the righteous will be among gardens and rivers, in a seat of honour in the presence of a Sovereign who is Perfect in Ability." (Surat Al-Qamar, 54:34 - 55); "Say, 'O Allah! Owner of Sovereignty!...'" (Surat Aal-lmraan, 3:26)

Al-Khabeer:
The All-Aware

Meaning: He is fully aware of everything: apparent, hidden, all the secrets, and what is yet more hidden.

Occurrence: 45 times.

Evidence: “He said, ‘The All-Knowing and All-Aware informed me of it’ ” (Surat At-Tahreeem, 66:3)

Al-Qawiyy:
The All-Strong

Meaning: He is the All-Powerful, to whom perfect power belongs. His commands are carried out, He is never overpowered, His decree cannot be averted and whatever decrees certainly takes place. He gives assistance and support to the believers and severely punishes those who disbelieve His signs and arrogantly turn away from declaring His Oneness.

Occurrence: 9 times.

Evidence: “...He is the All-Strong, the All-Mighty.” (Surat Ash-Shooraa, 42:19)

Al-Mateen:
The Powerful

Meaning: He is the Possessor of the ultimate strength and ability, and who endures neither hardship, nor weariness.

Occurrence: Once.

Evidence: “Truly, Allah is the Lord of power, the All-Strong.” (Surat Adh-Dhaariyyaat, 51:58)

Al-'Azeez:
The All-Mighty

Meaning: He is the All-Strong, All-Dominant who reigns supreme over His creatures. He has subjugated all His creatures, all of whom have humbled themselves before Him and have totally submitted to His authority.

Occurrence: 92 times.

Evidence: "…And know that Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise." (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:260)

 

Al-Qaadir, Al-Qadeer, Al-Muqtadir:
The Able, the Ever Able, the Perfect in Ability

Meaning: Al-Qaadir is the One who is able to do whatever He wills, nothing in the heavens or the earth escapes Him or frustrates His plan. Al-Qadeer (the Ever Able) is the One whose ability is complete and perfect. Al-Muqtadir (the Perfect in Ability) is an intensive form that stresses Allah's perfect ability.

Occurrence: Al-Qaadir. 12 times; Al-Qadeer: 45 times; Al-Muqtadir: 4 times

Evidence: "Say, 'He is able to send punishment upon you from above you or from beneath your feet.'" (Surat Al-An'aam, 6:65); "Indeed, the righteous will be among gardens and rivers, in a seat of honor in the presence of a Sovereign who is Perfect in Ability." (Surat Al-Qamar, 54:54-55); "Allah has power Over all things." (Surat Al-Baqarah, 2:20)

 

Al-Khaaliq, Al-Khallaaq:
The Creator, the All-Creator

Meaning: Al-Khaaliq is the One who creates things out of nothing and with no precedents. The name Al-Khallaaq is the intensive form of Al-Khaaliq, which indicates that He increases in creation what He pleases and in a perfect manner.

Occurrence: Al-Khaaliq 8 times; Al-Kltallaaq 2 times.

Evidence: "He is Allah, the Creator, the Originator, the Fashioner..." (Surat Al-Hashr, 59:24); "Truly, your Lord is the Creator, the All-Knowing." (Surat Al-Hijr, 15:86)

Al-Baari’:
The Originator

Meaning: Allah causes things He has decreed to exist out of nothing and in a specific manner.

Occurrence: 3 times.

Evidence: "He is Allah, the Creator, the Originator, the Fashioner." (Surat Al-Hashr, 59:24).

Al-Muhaymin:
The Ever Watchful

Meaning: He is the One who watches over His Creatures and is fully aware of all their actions, sustenance and the terms He has fixed for them in this life. He knows all their affairs, has power over all of them, has a record of everyone’s deeds and is aware of them and encompasses them from all sides.

Occurrence: once.

Evidence”...The Source of Peace, the Granter of Security, the Ever Watchful…” (Surat Al-Hashr, 59:23)


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