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