- 24 Jan 2021
99 Names of Allah
Nothing is more important to us than Almighty Allah (AWJ) for He is our Creator and the Ultimate Ruler of the Universe and all that exists. The most glorious names are the 99 names of Allah, also known as Asma Allah Al Husna. By familiarising ourselves with the names of our Lord we hope to grow our love, hope, fear, and belief in Allah (AWJ). Remembering the names helps us to carry out actions with sincerity.
Ya Wadood - by Shabina
Allah (AWJ) created us for His worship and remembrance. By learning these special 99 names we increase our knowledge and understanding of the Beauty of the Divine and gain a higher level of faith.
Regarding these 99 names of the Almighty, our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
‘Allah has 99 names. Whoever memorises and embraces these qualities will enter heaven.’ (Sahih Bukhari).
Knowing these names is also another way by which we can call upon the Creator and have our prayers answered. So, apart from familiarising ourselves with these names or even memorising them, it is also a way for us to have our prayers facilitated.
There are so many benefits for us regarding these names. We can do recitations of these names daily when asking for blessings, long life, protection, comfort, excellent health, and other good things in this life and the Hereafter. Also as each of the names comes with its meaning, the names can be invoked for particular blessings. For example, one of the 99 names is As-Sabur meaning the Patient One. Such a name can be added during our recitations and prayers when beseeching the Lord for patience.
Ya Hafiz - By Shabina
The benefits of having knowledge of Allah's Names and Attributes
Examples of the benefits of knowing the Most Beautiful Names, Attributes and the Supremacy of Allah is outlined in the following points:
1. The most honourable and dignified knowledge to possess is that which is related to Allah, and His Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes. The extent to which a servant knows Allah's Names and Attributes determine the extent of his servanthood to Allah, his love for Him, and the pleasure that he finds in Allah's company.
The honour of any branch of knowledge is derived from the subject of this knowledge, and there is nothing more honourable than the knowledge of Allah and His Most Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes.
2. The knowledge of Allah's Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes is the root of all other branches of knowledge and the root of Iman too. As our knowledge and understanding of the Holy names increases, our sincerity and worship of Allah AWJ will Increase and improve.
3. By gaining knowledge of Allah and His Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes, one’s Iman and certitude increases. One truly realises Tawheed, and relishes the taste of servanthood to Allah. This is the spirit of Iman and its basis and purpose. The best way to achieve this is to contemplate over Allah's Attributes and Names that are mentioned in the Holy Quran. When Allah, may His Praise be exalted and His Names Sanctified, wants to honour His servant by making him know His Lord and completely filling his heart with love only of Him, He expands his breast to accept the meaning of His Supreme Attributes and to learn them from the divine revelation. As when the servant comes across any of Allah’s Name or Attribute, he accepts their meaning, is pleased to know them, surrenders to them, and acts upon them, thus enlightening his heart with guidance.
A Believer's heart opens to such knowledge and this knowledge fills his heart with pleasure and love, making his soul feel joyful and satisfied, strengthening it with knowledge of Allah and making it feel comforted, and his heart is also put at ease. He roams in the branches of that knowledge and the eyes of his insight wanders in enjoyment in its gardens and orchards. Souls are honoured by and in need to have knowledge of their Maker and Creator, and feel His love, be busy with His remembrance, rejoice in Him, request to know the path to Him, and be near to Him. The only way to achieve this is by knowing His Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes, for the more the slave has knowledge of them, the more he knows Allah and seeks His Face, and the closer he is to Him. However, the more ignorant a person is of those names and attributes, the more ignorant he is of Allah, the less he knows Him and the further he is from Him. And as much as the slave is near to or far from Allah, Allah will be near or far from him.
Knowledge of Allah and His Most Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes is beneficial for the heart and perfects one’s Iman.
4. He who is truly knowledgeable of Allah (mighty and majestic is He) draws on his knowledge of Allah's Most Beautiful Names and Attributes in order to be aware of Allah's laws that He has legislated, for He only acts according to His Names and Attributes and His actions are characterised by justice, beneficence and wisdom. Allah does not legislate any law except according to His praiseworthy characteristics, which include His justice, beneficence and wisdom. His Words are all truth and His commands and prohibitions are marked by justice, wisdom and mercy. It is not necessary to explain the importance of this knowledge as everyone knows how great and important it is.
5. There is a close relationship between Allah's Exalted Attributes and what is required of outward and inward acts of worship. Every attribute has a specific form of servitude connected to it. These are the results of this attribute and the results of possessing knowledge and correctly understanding the attribute. And this is the case for all forms of worship that are manifested in the heart and in one’s actions. The knowledge of the servant that Allah alone is able to harm and benefit, grant and withhold, create, sustain, and give life and cause death, will produce the worship of tawakkul (depending on Allah) inside the person (i.e. in the heart) and also the effects and fruits of tawakkul in its apparent form (i.e. in one’s actions). If the slave realises that Allah hears, sees and knows, and the fact that not a single atom in the heavens and earth escapes Him, that He knows the secret and the hidden, as well as what the treacherous eyes behold and what the breasts conceal, this will make him save his tongue, limbs, and the thoughts in his heart from anything which displeases Allah, and he will also make these limbs devoted to what Allah loves and is pleased with; bearing the fruit of inward shyness which will- in turn- lead the slave to avoid prohibited actions and doing wrong. If the slave knows that Allah is Rich, Generous, Kind, Merciful and Enormously Benevolent, this will make him have great hope in Allah, and this hope will give birth to many types of hidden and apparent servitude. Likewise, if he is aware of the Perfection and Beauty of Allah, this will make him love Him and have a great longing to meet Him; this will also produce several clear forms of servitude. All these inward feelings in turn give birth to outward forms of worship. In light of this, one sees that all forms of servitude to Him spring from knowledge of His Names and Attributes.
6. Performing worship to Allah by using His Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes has good effects on the soundness of the hearts and of the manners and behaviour. Not performing such a form of worship, on the other hand, leads to being infected with diseases of the heart.
7. Knowledge of the Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes of Allah grants the Believer comfort when calamities, abominations and adversities befall him. If we are aware that our Lord is All-Knowing, Wise and Just, then we will feel contented and will exhibit patience.
8. Understanding the meaning of Allah’s Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes causes a us to have the proper fear of Allah, love for Him, hope in His Mercy, reliance and dependence upon Him as well as other fruits that result from knowing His Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes.
9. Contemplation of the meanings of Allah's Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes helps us to contemplate Allah's Book, the Quran. Allah commanded us to contemplate over the Quran in the following ayah: (This is) a blessed Book which We have revealed to you (O Muhammad) that they might reflect upon its verses, and that those of understanding would be reminded&" (Sâd: 29).
The Quran mentions Allah's Supreme Attributes very frequently – the attribute that is stated being consistent with the meaning of the verse that contains it - it follows then that in reflecting upon them, there is a great opportunity to ponder over the Quran itself. When you reflect on the Quran, you become aware of an Everlasting King taking care of everything while on His mighty Throne which is above the heavens, managing each and every affair of all of His subjects, commanding and prohibiting, sending messengers and revealing scriptures, becoming pleased and becoming angered, rewarding and punishing, bestowing and preventing, honouring and humiliating, lowering and raising, and seeing and hearing. He knows what is kept as a secret and what is done in public, and He does what He wills. He has the Most Perfect of Attributes, is Exalted from any defect, and no atom or anything bigger than that budges without His permission and no leave falls without His knowledge. Indeed, He is the Knower, the Most-Wise.
He who finds Allah will never lose anything! He who loses Allah will never find anything!
10. Knowing Allah's Beautiful Names cultivates politeness and a feeling of shyness towards Him in the slave’s heart. Being polite towards Allah means to follow His religion of Islam and act as the religion dictates, both inwardly and outwardly. And being polite towards Allah can only be realized properly when the following three issues are grasped: knowing Allah's Most Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes, understanding His religion and laws and what He loves and what He hates, and having a supple, manageable and receptive soul that is immediately ready to accept the truth and to act upon it in every situation he may face.
11.The knowledge of Allah and His Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes opens wide the servants eyes to his own defects and spiritual ailments, thus diligently urging him to embark on rectifying them. The four corners of ingratitude are: arrogance, envy, anger and lust. The root of all four of them is the servant's ignorance of his Lord and his ignorance of his own self. As if the slave knows his Lord through His Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes, and identifies his own defects and faults, he will not be arrogant nor feel anger; in fact, he will not envy anyone for what Allah has granted him.
12. Allah's slave being ignorant of the Beautiful Names and Supreme Attributes of Allah, not understanding them, and not worshipping Allah with them, on the other hand, leads to his misguidance and even more ignorance. What does a person know if he does not know Allah and His messengers?! What fact could a person be aware of if he does not know this basic fact?! What knowledge or work is achieved by those who do not know Allah and do not work for His pleasure or to know the path leading to it and what happens after reaching it? The life of man is represented by the life of the heart and the soul, and there is no life to the heart but by knowing its Creator, loving Him, worshipping only Him, turning to Him in repentance, gaining tranquillity in His remembrance and being in His company. A person who does not have this kind of life does not have any kind of good, even if he has been compensated for this by whatever this worldly life can offer.
The knowledge of Allah the Exalted is beneficial to both the soul and the body.
13: Knowing the Names and Attributes of Allah leads to the purification of Tawheed and the perfection of Iman. Such knowledge fosters deeds of the heart such as devotion, love, fear, hope and trust in only Allah. But this topic is not considered and reflected on much, though it is a very important topic if one wants to fix his heart and purify it from its evil desires and ailments. When one contemplates the source of the Islamic legislation (the Qur’an), he will discover the connection between the acts of the body and those of the heart, and also discover that the acts of the body are no use without the acts of the heart. Actions of the heart are more obligatory for a slave than those of the body. Isn’t it possible to distinguish a Believer from a hypocrite by what they hold in their hearts and by the different views and attitudes they have? And isn’t it possible for one to embrace Islam with the deeds of his heart before he performs any physical form of worship? The servitude of the heart is also greater than that of the body, the amount of servitudes of the heart are more and (their effects) also endure longer. This servitude of the heart is the driving force of all the person’s outward actions, and is, therefore, obligatory at all times (in order to encourage the person to do good and avoid evil all the time).
99 Names of Allah Meanings (English & Arabic)
1. Ar-Rahman - The Beneficent
He who wills goodness and mercy for all His creatures
2. Ar-Raheem - The Merciful
He who acts with extreme kindness
3. Al-Malik- The Eternal Lord
The Sovereign Lord, The One with the complete Dominion, the One Whose Dominion is clear from imperfection
4. Al-Quddus - The Most Sacred
The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries
5. As-Salam -The Embodiment of Peace
The One who is free from every imperfection.
6. Al-Mu’min - The Infuser of Faith
The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him
7. Al-Muhaymin - The Preserver of Safety
The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures
8. Al-Aziz -The Mighty One
The Strong, The Defeater who is not defeated
9. Al-Jabbar - The Omnipotent One
The One that nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He willed
The Dominant One
The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures and from resembling them.
11. Al-Khaaliq - The Creator, The One who brings everything from non-existence to existence
12. Al-Baari - The Evolver
The Maker, The Creator who has the Power to turn the entities.
13. Al-Musawwir - The Flawless Shaper
The One who forms His creatures in different pictures.
14. Al-Ghaffaar The Great Forgive
The Forgiver, The One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.
15. Al-Qahhaar - The All-Prevailing One
The Dominant, The One who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.
16. Al-Wahhab - The Supreme Bestower
The One who is Generous in giving plenty without any return. He is everything that benefits
17. Ar-Razzaq -The Total Provider
The Sustainer, The Provider.
18. Al-Fattah - The Supreme Solver
The Opener, The Reliever, The Judge, The One who opens for His slaves the closed worldly and religious matters.
19. Al-Alim - The All-Knowing One
The Knowledgeable; The One nothing is absent from His knowledge
20. Al-Qaabid - The Restricting One
The Constrictor, The Withholder, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.
21. Al-Baasit -The Extender, The Englarger
The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy
22. Al-Khaafid - The Reducer, The Abaser
The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.
23. Ar-Rafi - The Elevating One
The Exalter, The Elevator, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.
24. Al-Mu’izz - The Honourer-Bestower
He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem
25. Al-Muzil - The Abaser
The Dishonourer, The Humiliator, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.
26. As-Sami’ - The All-Hearer
The Hearer, The One who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument or organ
27. Al-Baseer - The All-Seeing, The All-Noticing, The One who Sees all things that are seen by His Eternal Seeing without a pupil or any other instrument.
28. Al-Hakam - The Impartial Judge
The Judge, He is the Ruler and His judgment is His Word.
29. Al-Adl -The Embodiment of Justice
The Just, The One who is entitled to do what He does.
30. Al-Lateef - The Knower of Subtleties
The Subtle One, The Gracious, The One who is kind to His slaves and endows upon them.
31. Al-Khabeer - The All-Aware One
The One who knows the truth of things
32. Al-Haleem - The Clement One
The Forebearing, The One who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.
33. Al-Azeem- The Magnificent One
The Great One, The Mighty, The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolement, and Purity from all imperfection.
34. Al-Ghafoor- The Great Forgiver
The All-Forgiving, The Forgiving, The One who forgives a lot.
35. Ash-Shakoor- The Acknowledging One
The Grateful, The Appreciative, The One who gives a lot of reward for a little obedience.
36. Al-Aliyy - The Sublime One, The Most High, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures.
37. Al-Kabeer - The Great One, The Most Great
The Great, The One who is greater than everything in status.
38. Al-Hafiz - The Guarding One, The Preserver, The Protector, The One who protects whatever and whoever He willed to protect.
39. Al-Muqeet-The Sustaining One
The Maintainer, The Guardian, The Feeder, The One who has the Power.
40. Al-Haseeb - The Reckoning One
The Reckoner, The One who gives the satisfaction.
41. Al-Jaleel -The Majestic One
The Sublime One, The Beneficent, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.
42. Al-Kareem -The Bountiful One, The Generous One, The Gracious, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.
43. Ar-Raqeeb - The Watchful One, The Watcher, The One that nothing is absent from Him. Hence it’s meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.
44. Al-Mujeeb - The Responding One
The Responsive, The Hearkener, The One who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.
45. Al-Waasi’ - The All-Pervading One
The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Knowledgeable.
46. Al-Hakeem -The Wise One
The Wise, The Judge of Judges, The One who is correct in His doings.
47. Al-Wadud - The Loving One
The One who loves His believing slaves and His believing slaves love Him. His love to His slaves is His Will to be merciful to them and praise them
48. Al-Majeed - The Glorious One
The Most Glorious One, The One who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity and Kindness.
49. Al-Ba’ith - The Infuser of New Life
The Resurrector, The Raiser (from death), The One who resurrects His slaves after death for reward and/or punishment.
50. Ash-Shaheed - The All Observing
Witness The Witness, The One who nothing is absent from Him.
51. Al-Haqq - The Embodiment of Truth
The Truth, The True, The One who truly exists.
52. Al-Wakeel - The Universal Trustee
The Trustee, The One who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.
53. Al-Qawwiyy - The Strong One
The Most Strong, The Strong, The One with the complete Power
54. Al-Mateen - The Firm One
The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.
55. Al-Waliyy - The Protecting Associate
The Protecting Friend, The Supporter.
56. Al-Hameed -The Sole-Laudable One
The Praiseworthy, The praised One who deserves to be praised
57. Al-Muhsee -The All-Enumerating One
The Counter, The Reckoner, The One who the count of things are known to him.
58. Al-Mubdi - The Originator
The One who started the human being. That is, He created him.
59. Al-Mueed - The Restorer
The Reproducer, The One who brings back the creatures after death
60. Al-Muhyi - The Maintainer of life
The Restorer, The Giver of Life, The One who took out a living human from semen that does not have a soul. He gives life by giving the souls back to the worn out bodies on the resurrection day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.
61. Al-Mumeet - The Inflictor of Death
The Creator of Death, The Destroyer, The One who renders the living dead.
62. Al-Hayy - The Eternally Living One
The Alive, The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh or blood.
63. Al-Qayyoom - The Self-Subsisting One
The One who remains and does not end.
64. Al-Waajid - The Pointing One
The Perceiver, The Finder, The Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.
65. Al-Maajid - The All-Noble One
The Glorious, He who is Most Glorious.
66. Al-Waahid - The Only One
The Unique, The One, The One without a partner
67. Al-Ahad - The Sole One
68. As-Samad - The Supreme Provider
The Eternal, The Independent, The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.
69. Al-Qaadir - The Omnipotent One
The Able, The Capable, The One attributed with Power.
70. Al-Muqtadir - The All Authoritative One
The Powerful, The Dominant, The One with the perfect Power that nothing is withheld from Him.
71. Al-Muqaddim - The Expediting One
The Expediter, The Promoter, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.
72. Al-Mu’akhkhir - The Procrastinator
The Delayer, the Retarder, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.
73. Al-Awwal - The Very First, The First
The One whose Existence is without a beginning.
74. Al-Akhir - The Infinite Last One, The Last
The One whose Existence is without an end
75. Az-Zaahir -The Perceptible, The Manifest The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.
76. Al-Baatin - The Imperceptible, The Hidden
The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.
77. Al-Waali - The Holder of Supreme Authority
The Governor, The One who owns things and manages them.
78. Al-Muta’ali - The Extremely Exalted One
The Most Exalted, The High Exalted, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.
79. Al-Barr - The Fountain-Head of Truth
The Source of All Goodness, The Righteous, The One who is kind to His creatures, who covered them with His sustenance and specified whoever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.
80. At-Tawwaab - The Ever-Acceptor of Repentance
The Relenting, The One who grants repentance to whoever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.
81. Al-Muntaqim - The Retaliator, The Avenger
The One who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One who destroys them.
82. Al-Afuww- The Supreme Pardoner
The Forgiver, The One with wide forgiveness.
83. Ar-Ra’oof - The Benign One
The Compassionate, The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His will to endow upon whoever He willed among His creatures.
84. Maalik-ul-Mulk - The Eternal Possessor of Sovereignty
The One who controls the Dominion and gives dominion to whoever He willed.
85. Zul-Jalaali-wal-Ikram - The Possessor of Majesty and Honour
The Lord of Majesty and Bounty, The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.
86. Al-Muqsit - The Just One, The Equitable
The One who is Just in His judgment.
87. Al-Jaami’ - The Assembler of Scattered Creations, The Gatherer
The One who gathers the creatures on a day that there is no doubt about, that is the Day of Judgment.
88. Al-Ghaniyy - The Self-Sufficient One
The One who does not need the creation.
89. Al-Mughni - The Bestower of Sufficiency
The Enricher, The One who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.
90. Al-Maani’ - The Preventer
91. Ad-Daarr - The Distressor
The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
92. An-Naafi’ - The Bestower of Benefits
The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
93. An-Noor - The Prime Light
The Light, The One who guides.
94. Al-Haadi - The Provider of Guidance
The Guide, The One whom with His Guidance His believers were guided, and with His Guidance the living beings have been guided to what is beneficial for them and protected from what is harmful to them.
95. Al-Badi’ - The Unique One
The Incomparable, The One who created the creation and formed it without any preceding example.
96. Al-Baaqi - The Ever Surviving One
The Everlasting, The One that the state of non-existence is impossible for Him.
97. Al-Waaris - The Eternal Inheritor
The Heir, The One whose Existence remains.
98. Ar-Rasheed - The Guide to Path of Rectitude
The Guide to the Right Path, The One who guides.
99. As-Saboor - The Extensively Enduring One
The Patient, The One who does not quickly punish the sinners.
Make a habit to recite Allah’s 99 names for the blessing of Allah Almighty.