In Surah Al-A’raf Ayah 180 Allah says:

وَلِلَّهِ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا ۖ وَذَرُوا الَّذِينَ يُلْحِدُونَ فِي أَسْمَائِهِ ۚ سَيُجْزَوْنَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ ‎﴿١٨٠﴾

“And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them. And leave [the company of] those who practice deviation concerning His names. They will be recompensed for what they have been doing.”

 

Hadith from Al-Bukhari #7392 which Abu Huraira Reports the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) as saying,

“Allah has ninety-nine Names, one-hundred less one; and he who memorized them all by heart will enter Paradise.” 

Below we put together a complete guide to learning the meaning and benefits of the 99 names of Allah. We also try to provide references to Qur’an verses and hadith which further exemplify these names.

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THE MEANING OF "ALLAH 

Allah is the Name of the Lord, the Exalted. It is said that Allah is the Greatest Name of Allah, because it is referred to when describing Allah by the various attributes. For instance, Allah said,

[هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِى لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَـدَةِ هُوَ الرَّحْمَـنُ الرَّحِيمُ - هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِى لاَ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَـمُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ سُبْحَـنَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ - هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَـلِقُ الْبَارِىءُ الْمُصَوِّرُ لَهُ الاٌّسْمَآءُ الْحُسْنَى يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِى السَّمَـوَتِ وَالاٌّرْضِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ ]

(He is Allah, beside Whom La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) the Knower of the unseen and the seen. He is the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. He is Allah, beside Whom La ilaha illa Huwa, the King, the Holy, the One free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allah! (High is He) above all that they associate as partners with Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the Almighty, the Wise) (59:22-24).

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Name

Transliteration

Meaning

1

ٱلْرَّحْمَـانُ

AR-RAHMAAN

The Most Merciful

2

ٱلْرَّحِيْمُ

AR-RAHEEM

The Bestower of Mercy

3

ٱلْمَلِكُ

AL-MALIK

The King and Owner of Dominion

4

ٱلْقُدُّوسُ

AL-QUDDUS

The Absolutely Pure

5

ٱلْسَّلَامُ

AS-SALAM

The Perfection and Giver of Peace

6

ٱلْمُؤْمِنُ

AL-MU’MIN

The One Who gives Emaan and Security

7

ٱلْمُهَيْمِنُ

AL-MUHAYMIN

The Guardian, The Witness, The Overseer

8

ٱلْعَزِيزُ

AL-AZEEZ

The All Mighty

9

ٱلْجَبَّارُ

AL-JABBAR

The Compeller, The Restorer

10

ٱلْمُتَكَبِّرُ

AL-MUTAKABBIR

The Supreme, The Majestic

11

ٱلْخَالِقُ

AL-KHAALIQ

The Creator, The Maker

12

ٱلْبَارِئُ

AL-BAARI’

The Originator

13

ٱلْمُصَوِّرُ

AL-MUSAWWIR

The Fashioner

14

ٱلْغَفَّارُ

AL-GHAFFAR

The All- and Oft-Forgiving

15

ٱلْقَهَّارُ

AL-QAHHAR

The Subduer, The Ever-Dominating

16

ٱلْوَهَّابُ

AL-WAHHAAB

The Giver of Gifts

17

ٱلْرَّزَّاقُ

AR-RAZZAAQ

The Provider

18

ٱلْفَتَّاحُ

AL-FATTAAH

The Opener, The Judge

19

ٱلْعَلِيمُ

AL-‘ALEEM

The All-Knowing, The Omniscient

20

ٱلْقَابِضُ

AL-QAABID

The Withholder

21

ٱلْبَاسِطُ

AL-BAASIT

The Extender

22

ٱلْخَافِضُ

AL-KHAAFIDH

The Reducer, The Abaser

23

ٱلْرَّافِعُ

AR-RAAFI’

The Exalter, The Elevator

24

ٱلْمُعِزُّ

AL-MU’IZZ

The Honourer, The Bestower

25

ٱلْمُذِلُّ

AL-MUZIL

The Dishonourer, The Humiliator

26

ٱلْسَّمِيعُ

AS-SAMEE’

The All-Hearing

27

ٱلْبَصِيرُ

AL-BASEER

The All-Seeing

28

ٱلْحَكَمُ

AL-HAKAM

The Judge, The Giver of Justice

29

ٱلْعَدْلُ

AL-‘ADL

The Utterly Just

30

ٱلْلَّطِيفُ

AL-LATEEF

The Subtle One, The Most Gentle

31

ٱلْخَبِيرُ

AL-KHABEER

The Acquainted, the All-Aware

32

ٱلْحَلِيمُ

AL-HALEEM

The Most Forbearing

33

ٱلْعَظِيمُ

AL-‘ATHEEM

The Magnificent, The Supreme

34

ٱلْغَفُورُ

AL-GHAFOOR

The Forgiving, The Exceedingly Forgiving

35

ٱلْشَّكُورُ

ASH-SHAKOOR

The Most Appreciative

36

ٱلْعَلِيُّ

AL-‘ALEE

The Most High, The Exalted

37

ٱلْكَبِيرُ

AL-KABEER

The Greatest, The Most Grand

38

ٱلْحَفِيظُ

AL-HAFEEDH

The Preserver, The All-Heedful and All-Protecting

39

ٱلْمُقِيتُ

AL-MUQEET

The Sustainer

40

ٱلْحَسِيبُ

AL-HASEEB

The Reckoner, The Sufficient

41

ٱلْجَلِيلُ

AL-JALEEL

The Majestic

42

ٱلْكَرِيمُ

AL-KAREEM

The Most Generous, The Most Esteemed

43

ٱلْرَّقِيبُ

AR-RAQEEB

The Watchful

44

ٱلْمُجِيبُ

AL-MUJEEB

The Responsive One

45

ٱلْوَاسِعُ

AL-WAASI’

The All-Encompassing, the Boundless

46

ٱلْحَكِيمُ

AL-HAKEEM

The All-Wise

47

ٱلْوَدُودُ

AL-WADOOD

The Most Loving

48

ٱلْمَجِيدُ

AL-MAJEED

The Glorious, The Most Honorable

49

ٱلْبَاعِثُ

AL-BA’ITH

The Resurrector, The Raiser of the Dead

50

ٱلْشَّهِيدُ

ASH-SHAHEED

The All- and Ever Witnessing

51

ٱلْحَقُّ

AL-HAQQ

The Absolute Truth

52

ٱلْوَكِيلُ

AL-WAKEEL

The Trustee, The Disposer of Affairs

53

ٱلْقَوِيُّ

AL-QAWIYY

The All-Strong

54

ٱلْمَتِينُ

AL-MATEEN

The Firm, The Steadfast

55

ٱلْوَلِيُّ

AL-WALIYY

The Protecting Associate

56

ٱلْحَمِيدُ

AL-HAMEED

The Praiseworthy

57

ٱلْمُحْصِيُ

AL-MUHSEE

The All-Enumerating, The Counter

58

ٱلْمُبْدِئُ

AL-MUBDI

The Originator, The Initiator

59

ٱلْمُعِيدُ

AL-MU’ID

The Restorer, The Reinstater

60

ٱلْمُحْيِى

AL-MUHYEE

The Giver of Life

61

ٱلْمُمِيتُ

AL-MUMEET

The Bringer of Death, the Destroyer

62

ٱلْحَىُّ

AL-HAYY

The Ever-Living

63

ٱلْقَيُّومُ

AL-QAYYOOM

The Sustainer, The Self-Subsisting

64

ٱلْوَاجِدُ

AL-WAAJID

The Perceiver

65

ٱلْمَاجِدُ

AL-MAAJID

The Illustrious, the Magnificent

66

ٱلْوَاحِدُ

AL-WAAHID

The One

67

ٱلْأَحَد

AL-AHAD

The Unique, The Only One

68

ٱلْصَّمَدُ

AS-SAMAD

The Eternal, Satisfier of Needs

69

ٱلْقَادِرُ

AL-QADEER

The Capable, The Powerful

70

ٱلْمُقْتَدِرُ

AL-MUQTADIR

The Omnipotent

71

ٱلْمُقَدِّمُ

AL-MUQADDIM

The Expediter, The Promoter

72

ٱلْمُؤَخِّرُ

AL-MU’AKHKHIR

The Delayer, the Retarder

73

ٱلأَوَّلُ

AL-AWWAL

The First

74

ٱلْآخِرُ

AL-AAKHIR

The Last

75

ٱلْظَّاهِرُ

AZ-DHAAHIR

The Manifest

76

ٱلْبَاطِنُ

AL-BAATIN

The Hidden One, Knower of the Hidden

77

ٱلْوَالِي

AL-WAALI

The Governor, The Patron

78

ٱلْمُتَعَالِي

AL-MUTA’ALI

The Self Exalted

79

ٱلْبَرُّ

AL-BARR

The Source of Goodness, the Kind Benefactor

80

ٱلْتَّوَّابُ

AT-TAWWAB

The Ever-Pardoning, The Relenting

81

ٱلْمُنْتَقِمُ

AL-MUNTAQIM

The Avenger

82

ٱلْعَفُوُّ

AL-‘AFUWW

The Pardoner

83

ٱلْرَّؤُفُ

AR-RA’OOF

The Most Kind

84

مَالِكُ ٱلْمُلْكُ

MAALIK-UL-MULK

Master of the Kingdom, Owner of the Dominion

85

ذُو ٱلْجَلَالِ وَٱلْإِكْرَامُ

DHUL-JALAALI

WAL-IKRAAM

Possessor of Glory and Honour, Lord of Majesty and Generosity

86

ٱلْمُقْسِطُ

AL-MUQSIT

The Equitable, the Requiter

87

ٱلْجَامِعُ

AL-JAAMI’

The Gatherer, the Uniter

88

ٱلْغَنيُّ

AL-GHANIYY

The Self-Sufficient, The Wealthy

89

ٱلْمُغْنِيُّ

AL-MUGHNI

The Enricher

90

ٱلْمَانِعُ

AL-MANI’

The Withholder

91

ٱلْضَّارُ

AD-DHARR

The Distresser

92

ٱلْنَّافِعُ

AN-NAFI’

The Propitious, the Benefactor

93

ٱلْنُّورُ

AN-NUR

The Light, The Illuminator

94

ٱلْهَادِي

AL-HAADI

The Guide

95

ٱلْبَدِيعُ

AL-BADEE’

The Incomparable Originator

96

ٱلْبَاقِي

AL-BAAQI

The Ever-Surviving, The Everlasting

97

ٱلْوَارِثُ

AL-WAARITH

The Inheritor, The Heir

98

ٱلْرَّشِيدُ

AR-RASHEED

The Guide, Infallible Teacher

99

ٱلْصَّبُورُ

AS-SABOOR

The Forbearing, The Patient

 

How Do We Know God Exists?
Jamal Badawi


hdwkgeEven On A Very Fundamental Level We Find That Throughout History There Is A Very Strange Phenomenon That People Of Different Backgrounds, Living In So Many Different Parts Of The World At Different Points In Time, Have Always Had This Strong Urge Within Themselves To Look And To Yearn For The Creator.

 

They See That There Is Some Power, A Magnificent And Merciful Power That Is Sometimes Interpreted In A Mistaken Way By Materializing That In Some Form Or Other (I.E. Idols). The Basic Yearning Has Always Been There. Even In Places Where There Is No Recorded History Of A Particular Prophet, People Have Yearned For A Creator. That’s What I’m Referring To As An Innate Nature. The Arabic Term Is ‘Fitra.’ Fitra Literally Translates To: Something That One Is Created With Or Created In Accordance With: This Innate Nature.

 

Is The Intellect An Enemy To Faith?


All Human Faculties Such As The Senses Including Also The Intellect Are Part And Parcel Of The Whole Process Of Seeking The Truth. None Of These By Themselves Will Be Sufficient, But On A Whole They Are Not Really In Contradiction. In Fact I Would Say, Even More Positively, That From A Muslim Point Of View One Of The Main Things That Make The Human Being Distinct, One Of The Basic Blessings That He Is Given By God To Make Him Different From Animals Since Animals Can Think As Well, Is Intellect. So The Intellect Is A God Given Gift Or Blessing. How Could We Interpret That As A Challenge Or Antithesis Of Faith? This Doesn’t Really Stand.