Names of The Most Beloved: Allah
By: Farah Sharieff
Welcome to the Names of The Most Beloved column!
In this section of the blog, we will be looking at the meaning and description of each name of Allah, an example of where it is mentioned in the Quran, and an example of how to use it in a du’a.
Allāh describes Himself through 99 names in the Qur’an and Hadith to represent the wonderful and different attributes he has, subhanallah! I’m really excited about this column because learning and memorizing the 99 names of Allāh has always been a goal of mine.
This is mainly because by doing so each it makes it easier to relate to Allāh (SWT) and gain a closer connection to Him. I also recently learned that is desirable to use the 99 names of Allāh when we make du’a, especially when those attributes apply to the specific du’a we’re making. For the first post of this column inshallah, we will be looking at the most important name of God which is:
The name Allāh, literally translates to God. Although Christian Arabs are known to refer to God as Allāh as well, in Islamic belief, it is the reinforcement of Him being the one and only deity. Our belief in Allāh’s oneness is what sets apart from the other Abrahamic religions (Christianity and Judaism). The name ‘Allāh’ is mentioned in the Quran over 2,500 times. The best explanation for the name ‘Allāh’ that I found is mentioned in the Qur’an:
"Allāh - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great"[Quran 2:255].
Subhanallah, through this verse we gather that Allāh’s abilities are beyond anything that we could ever imagine. He is deserving of our praise and worship because perfection and miraculous attributes.
Allāh describes himself by 99 names to explain those attributes.
The first pillar of Islam is our profession to faith (the shahadah ٱلشَّهَادَة) is our testimony to that we believe Allāh is the one and only and there is no other in association with him. This our first big step towards creating a better connection with Allāh.
There is only one sin that is unforgivable in Islam and that is: shirk شرك. Shirk is ascribing partners with Allāh. In a way this is encouraging to know that so long as we believe in the singularity of Allāh, any other sin we commit can and will be forgiven through repentance. This is why du’a is the essence of our Iman. By making du’a as an act of worship (ibadah عبادة) we get to engage in conversation with our Lord and it gives us the ability to be vulnerable to Him alone.
An example of how to give du’a using Allāh’s name is:
1. Say the Shahadah - I bear witness that there is no god except Allāh Alone without any partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger: شهد أن لا إله إلاَّ الله و أشهد أن محمد رسول الل
2. Say Astaghfirullah x 3 - I seek forgiveness from Allāh: أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّٰهَ
3. Say Alhumdulillah x 3 - praise be to God: الحمد لله
4. Say Subhanallah x 3 glory be to God: سُبْحَانَ ٱللَّٰهِ
5. Say Allahu Akbar x 3 - God is Great: الله أكبر
6. Say Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam x 3 - peace and blessings upon His Messenger: صلى الله عليه وسلم
7. Call on Allāh with yearning, longing, and while being humbled and say:
· Allāh! Guides us to firm belief in You and aid us in acting upon this belief by doing deeds, sincerely that will lead to Your Pleasure and Mercy
· Allāh! Make us of those who remember You often and make us turn to You at all times
· Oh Allāh! Bless us with unshakeable faith in You until our last moment and make us of those who will gaze at Your beautiful Countenance in Paradise
8. Express your need for Him and place all of your hope in Him Alone.
9. Tell your Lord that you have no one else to turn to and follow the Sunnah of raising your hands when making du'a, ideally while in a state of wudu and facing the qibla.
I hope this information finds you in good health and safety.
Until next time,
رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا
Rabbi Zidni Ilma Oh Allah! Increase me in knowledge.
Names of The Most Beloved: A column on www.beautyintheordinaryblog.com, written by Farah Sharieff. In the Qur'an, Allah (swt) uses His beautiful names to describe Himself. Through these names, we can get to know Allah and begin a deeper relationship with him, in shaa Allah. In this column, we will be looking at the meaning, a description about each name of Allah, an example of where it is mentioned in the Quran, and an example of how to use it in a du’a. Let's get to know our Lord, together!
A little about the writer:
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh fellow readers! I am a recent undergraduate who has been given the opportunity to share my knowledge on the 99 names of Allah. I am a major book worm and have always wanted to venture into writing. This opportunity has given me a chance to finally take on that challenge while receiving ajr for it, inshallah. I grew up attending Islamic school and although the Oneness of Allah is something that was really imbedded in my learning experience I never got the chance to explore beyond that. As I’ve gotten older I have been able to do my own research on the wonderful names of Allah and inshallah my goal with the column is to help myself memorize them with its meanings while also sharing that knowledge with whoever reads this column as a form of sadaqa jariyah for us all, inshallah. My relationship with Allah is something that I strive to work on day by day and through this experience I hope it helps you strengthen yours as well.
With lots of love,
“never get tired of fixing yourself"