Impact of Knowing Allaah’s Names & Attributes

Knowing Allaah’s Names and Attributes and believing in their meanings will bring fear into the heart of the slave. The one who knows that Allaah is All-knower and All-Aware of everything and that nothing is hidden from Him of the actions (deeds) of the slaves, lives in awe of fear (more fearful) of Allaah (and His punishment) more than the one who does not know that or has no knowledge.

This is why Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) said:

“It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allaah.” Surah Fatir [35:28]

✔️ Knowing Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) leads to loving Him, fearing Him, to have hope in Him, putting the trust on Him, and returning unto Him, accordingly, the person will achieve the success and happiness in this world and Hereafter.

✔️ Knowing Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala), His Names and His Attributes, is one of the ARTICLES OF FAITH. Because belief is not only to say, “I believe in Allaah”, without knowing Allaah well. The true faith or belief is to know Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) and not only that; one must exert his utmost effort to know Allaah’s Names and Attributes.

✔️ The degree of faith will be according to one’s knowledge of his Lord; his faith will be increased, as he knows His Lord more. The legal way to know Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala), His Names and Attributes is by contemplating the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and understanding the meaning of the verses of Qur’an.

✔️ Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) created the Jinn and Mankind to worship Him as He (Subhana wa Ta’ala) stated in Surat adh-Dhariyat:
“And I (Allah) created not the Jinns and Men except they should worship Me (Alone).” [51:56]

📌 And they (Jinns and Mankind) will not be able to worship Him without knowing Him. They should know Him in order to accomplish the purpose and the wisdom of their creation.

📌 Occupying oneself with other than what the slaves are created for, is considered a negligence and ingratitude towards their Lord whose Grace and Bounty (Blessings) are bestowed upon them continuously.

Abdul-Qasim at-Taymiy al-Isbahani said regarding the importance of knowing Allaah’s Beautiful Names:-

📌 “Some scholars said, ‘The first obligation that Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) obliged His creation with, is knowing Him (Subhana wa Ta’ala). If the people know Him, they will worship Him accordingly. Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) said:
“So know {O Muhammad (Salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)} that ‘La Ilaha illa Allaah’ (None has the right to be worshiped but Allaah).” [Muhammad 47:19]
It is incumbent on the Muslims to know Allaah’s Names and their meanings and magnify Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) as He truly deserves.’

📌 Then he added: ‘If a man intended to get married, people will ask about his name, his father and grandfather’s names, will ask about details of his life. While Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) who created us, sustaining us, hoping for His mercy and fear His wrath and anger, deserves more to be known and His Names.’” [Al-Hujjah Fil-Mahajjah]

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How virtuous is the Knowledge regarding Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala).

The most honored and best knowledge is to know Allah’s Beautiful Names and Qualities, because they concern and belong to the Most Honored, and Blessed One Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala).

Shaikh-ul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah said: “Allaah’s Names, Qualities, and Actions are mentioned in the Qur’an more than the food, the drinks, and marriage in Paradise.”

The verses which comprise (include) Allaah’s Names and Attributes are higher in status and greater in value than the verses that mention about Resurrection or Paradise, etc.

This is why the greatest verse in the Qur’an is Ayatul-Kursi 2:255, and the greatest Surah is Surat-al-Fatiha (the opening chapter of the Qur’an), and Surat al-Ikhlas (Chapter 112) is considered one-third of the Qur’an.

 

Does Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) have 99 Names only?

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Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) has MORE THAN 99 Names but only 99 Names are known to us, according to the following Hadith:

🍀 Reported by Ahmed Ibn Hibban and al-Hakim with correct Isnad, and narrated by Ibn Masud that the Messenger of Allaah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) said: “Let one who is afflicted and distressed utter this supplication. No slave of Allaah ever said this supplication but Allaah took away his grief and granted him ease instead.” 🍀
(Du’aa is in the picture above)

✔️ This Hadith indicates that there are Names belonging to Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) which He did not reveal in His Book, concealed them from His creation and did now show them to anyone.

3 ways to learn the Names of Allah عز وجل

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

What is the meaning of this life if we don’t even know about Allaah عزوجل, Our Creator!?
To lead this life peacefully, and to answer the first question in grave i.e. ‘Who is your Lord?’, we need to learn about Allaah’s Perfect Names & Attributes and attach our heart to Him سبحانه و تعالى.

So let us acquire this noble knowledge about Allaah’s Names and their impact on our lives ان شاء الله.

Narrated Abu Hurairah (Radia-Allaahuanhu), that Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahualayhi wa sallam) said: “Allaah has 99 Names, one hundred names but one. Whoever Ahsaaha (count them, believes in their meanings and act accordingly), will enter Paradise.” [Al-Bukhari]

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah be merciful to him), explained the meaning of ‘Ahsaaha‘ as follows: 

📌The first grade (rank) of counting the Names: To count them and memorize them.

📌The second grade: To understand their meanings.

📌The third grade: To worship Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) accordingly, by believing in their meanings, acting upon them by calling on Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) by them. E.g., when one seeking mercy then he will call Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) with His Names Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim, when asking for sustenance then one calls on Him by His Names Ar-Raziq and Ar-Razzaq and so on. This is called Du’aa al-Mas’alah. Whereas Du’aa al-‘Ebaadah is to worship Allaah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) according to these Names e.g., one will return unto Allaah in repentance because Allaah is At-Tawwab (All-Forgiving, accepts repentance), one remembers Allaah, because He is As-Sami’ (All-Hearing), one fears Allaah in secret, because He is Al-Latif (Most Kind and Courteous), Al-Khabir (Well-Acquainted with all things), and so on

References:

  1. An-Nahj al-Asma Fii Sharh Asma’ Allaah ul Husna by Shaikh Muhammad al-Humoud an-Najdi.
  2. Al-Qawa’id al-Muthla Fii Sifat Allaah Ta’alaa, by Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen