The Most Beautiful Names of Allah

The first part of the Muslim confession of faith (the shahada) is the basis for the concept of God in Islam. The Muslim bears witness that: "There is no god but God" , or "no divinity but the (one) Divinity" . The revealed Scripture of Islam, the Qur'an, is like a vast commentary on this simple statement, drawing from it all its implications for human life and thought.

This conception of the Deity is strictly monotheistic and unitarian. God alone has absolute being, totally independent and totally self-sufficient. Whatever exists or ever could exist does so by His will. He has no "partner" either in creating the universe or in maintaining it in existence. The Qur'an tells us:

"Say: He is Allah, The One, Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten, and there is none like unto Him". (Quran 112: 1-4)

It tells us also that: "Verily, when He intends a thing to be, He but says into it -Be!; and it is." (Quran 36:82)

He is Al-Ahad, The One, absolute unity. This is in sharp contrast to the Christian conception of the Trinity, The One cannot be divided, nor can it be diminished or "humanized" by incarnation in any created form. God does not become His own creature, in fact He does not "become" anything; He is.

To sum up: the God of Islam is transcendent, the All-Powerful and All-knowing Creator and Lawgiver; though at the same time infinitely merciful, generous and forgiving. Man, His creature and His servant, stands before Him without intermediary or intercessor, meeting Him through prayer during this brief life on earth and meeting Him face-to-face when life is over. In Islam, God does not embody Himself in any human being or make Himself accessible through idols and images.

But he does make Himself accessible through His revealed Names. We, in our small way, can exemplify these qualities and attributes in our daily lives. Inspired and aided by the Most Merciful we can show mercy. Inspired and aided by the One who creates Guidance we can guide our fellow men and women. Through His Light our lives may be illuminated. What we cannot hope to exemplify fully is His Perfection, but we can love it wholeheartedly. We love those who are kind to us, and God is Kindness itself. We love generosity when it is directed towards us, and He is The Generous . We are irresistibly drawn towards beauty, and He is the source of all Beauty. Above all, we love Perfection, and we seek it in vain in this imperfect world. We find it in God, who is alone perfect, and the Quran tells us that "the believers are strong in their love of God". At the end of the road, sign-posted by the divine Names, the Muslim rejoices in an overwhelming love for the One who awaits us at journey's end.

An explanation of the meanings of the 99 divine attributes of God which the Prophet (SAW) said, "Allah has 99 names, one 100 minus one. The one who enumerates them enters Paradise."

1.
Allah
God, The One other than whom There is no God
51.
Ash-Shahid
The Witness
2.
Ar-Rahman
The Most Merciful
52.
Al-Haqq
The Ultimate Truth
3.
Ar-Rahim
The Most Compassionate
53.
Al-Wakil
The Ultimate Trustee
4.
Al-Malik
The Sovereign Supreme
54.
Al-Qawiyy
The Possessor of All Strength
5.
Al-Quddus
The Most Holy One
55.
Al-Matin
The Firm One
6.
As-Salam
The Sound One with whom all salvation rests
56.
Al-'Waliyy
The Governor
7.
Al-Mu'min
The Giver of Faith, Safety, and Security
57.
Al-Hamid
The Ultimately Praiseworthy One
8.
Al-Muhaymin
The Protector and Guardian
58.
Al-Muhsi
The Absolute Reckoner
9.
Al-Aziz
The Incomparable and Unparalleled One
59.
Al-Muhyi
The Giver of Life
10.
Al-Jabbar
The Compeller
60.
Al-Mubdi
The Originator
11.
Al-Mutakabbir
The One Supreme in Pride and Greatness
61.
Al-Muid
The Restorer
12.
Al-Khaliq
The Creator
62.
Al-Mumit
The Taker of Life
13.
Al-Bari
The Executive and The Maker
63.
Al-Hayy
The Ever-Living
14.
Al-Musawwir
The Fashioner
64.
Al-Qayyum
The Self-Existing One
15.
Al-Ghaffar
The Very Forgiving One
65.
Al-Waahid
He Who is Uniquely One
16.
Al-Qahhar
The Dominating One
66.
Al-Maajid
The Glorified One
17.
Al-Wahhab
The Giver of All
67.
Al-Wajid
The Founder Who Has No Needs
18.
Ar-Razzaq
The One Who Provides All Sustenance
68.
As-Samad
The Satisfier of All needs
19.
Al-Fattah
The Opener
69.
Al-Qadir
The All-Powerful
20.
Al-Alim
The Omniscient One
70.
Al-Muqtadir
The Bestower of Power upon Things
21.
Al-Qabid
The One Who Takes Away
71.
Al-Muqaddim
The One Who Causes Advancement
22.
Al-Basit
The One Who Gives Abundantly
72.
Al-Mu'akhkhir
The One Who Causes Retardation
23.
Al-Khafid
The Abaser
73.
Al-Awwal
The First
24.
Ar-Rafi'
The Exalter
74.
Al-Akhir
The Last
25.
Al-Mu'izz
The One Who Raises to Honor
75.
Ad-Dahir
The Manifest One
26.
Al-Mudhill
The One Who Humiliates
76.
Al-Batin
The Hidden One
27.
As-Sami
The Hearing of All
77.
Al-Wali
He Who has Charge Over All
28.
Al-Basir
The Seer of All
78.
Al-Muta'ali
The Highly Exalted One
29.
Al-Hakam
The Arbiter Supreme (Judge)
79.
Al-Barr
The Beneficent One
30.
Al-Adl
The Just One
80.
At-Tawwab
He Who Accepts Repentance
31.
Al-Latif
The Subtle
81.
Al-Muntaqim
The Avenger
32.
Al-Khabir
The All-Aware
82.
Al-'Afuww
The Forgiver
33.
Al-Halim
The Forbearing
83.
Ar-Ra'uf
The Most Compassionate
34.
Al-Adim
The Magnificent
84.
Malik Al-Mulk
The Owner of All
35.
Al-Ghafur
The Forgiver and Hider of Faults
85.
Dhul-Jalal Wal-ikram
Lord of Majesty and Bounty
36.
Ash-Shakur
The Rewarder of Thankfulness
86.
Al-Muqsit
The Upholder of Equity
37.
Al-'Aliyy
The Highest
87.
Al-Jami
The Gatherer
38.
Al-Kabir
The Truly Grand One
88.
Al-Ghani
The Independently Rich
39.
Al-Hafid
The Preserver
89.
Al-Mughni
The Enriching One
40.
Al-Muqit
The Nourisher and The Watcher
90.
Al-Mani
The Preventer of Harm
41.
Al-Hasib
The Accounter
91.
Ad-Darr
The Creator of The Harmful
42.
Al-Jalil
The Mighty
92.
An-Nafi
The Creator of Good
43.
Al-Karim
The Generous
93.
An-Nur
The Light
44.
Ar-Raqib
The Ever Watchful over everything
94.
Al-Hadi
The One who creates Guidance
45.
Al-Mujib
The Responder
95.
Al-Badi'a
The Originator of Creation
46.
Al-Wasi
The All- Comprehending
96.
Al-Baqi
The Everlasting One
47.
Al-Hakim
The Perfect Wise
97.
Al-Warith
The Ultimate Inheritor
48.
Al-Wadud
The Loving One
98.
Ar-Rashid
The Righteous Teacher
49.
Al-Majid
The Majestic One
99.
As-Sabur
The Patient One
50.
Al-Ba'ith
The Resurrector

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