99 Names of Allah (Asma’ Al-Husna) Series by Dr Gasser Hathout
Lecture 6: The Classification of the Divine Names.
This lecture explores the categorization of the Divine Names by the scholars into Asma’ Al-Jamal (the Names of Beauty), Asma’ al-Jalal (the Names of Grandeur and Magnificence) and Asma’ Al-Kamal (the Names of Completeness and Perfection). It then begins by taking some samples of Asma’ Al-Jamal.
This lecture series introduces the viewer to the Divine Names, or al-Asma’ Al-Husna, of Allah SWT, as a springboard for further study. It has two components: an “intellectual” component, and a “spiritual” component. The intellectual component tackles the foundational questions of how we know that here are Divine Names, how do we know how many they are, and where does the list of names (that perhaps hangs on our wall at home) come from? The spiritual component then explores the possible purpose behind the Divine Names, and introduces the viewer to the classification scheme posited by some of the scholars, and then takes some examples of Divine Names from each category of the classification to explore their spirituality and beauty. Along the way, nuances of the Arabic structure are explored, as well as the differences between similar names, and what those differences may imply.
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Lecture 6: The Classification of the Divine Names
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