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Thursday 19 January 2017
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99 Names of Allah (SWT)

Al-Asma-ul-Husna ( اَلاسْمَاءُ الْحُسناى ) The 99 Most Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah the Almighty

He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

Surat Al-Hashr 59:24

 

And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them

Surat Al-A’raf 7:180

 

Allah – there is no deity except Him. To Him belong the best names.

Surat Taha 20:8

 

Narrated Abu Huraira: Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 50 Hadith 894

 

Abu Huraira reported Prophet Muhammad SAW as saying: Verily, there are ninety-nine names for Allah, i.e. hundred excepting one. He who enumerates them would get into Paradise. And Hammam has made this addition on the authority of Abu Huraira who reported it from Prophet Muhammad SAW that he said: “He is Odd (one) and loves odd number.”

Sahih Muslim – Book 35 Hadith 6476

 

It is not possible to perfectly translate the names and attributes of Allah from their original Arabic into English. However, here are some fairly close definitions.

 

 

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لا إلَهَ إلَّا هُوَ
He is Allah, there is none worthy of worship except for Him

 

Name

Transliteration

Meaning

Explanation

1

الرَّحْمَنُ

Ar-Rahmaan

The Beneficent

He who wills goodness and mercy for all His creatures

2

الرَّحِيمُ

Ar-Raheem

The Merciful

He who acts with extreme kindness

3

الْمَلِكُ

Al-Malik

The Eternal Lord

The Sovereign Lord, The One with the complete Dominion, the One Whose Dominion is clear from imperfection

4

الْقُدُّوسُ

Al-Quddus

The Most Sacred

The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries

5

السَّلاَمُ

As-Salam

The Embodiment of Peace

The One who is free from every imperfection.

6

الْمُؤْمِنُ

Al-Mu’min

The Infuser of Faith

The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him

7

الْمُهَيْمِنُ

Al-Muhaymin

The Preserver of Safety

The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures

8

الْعَزِيزُ

Al-Aziz

The Mighty One

The Strong, The Defeater who is not defeated

9

الْجَبَّارُ

Al-Jabbar

The Omnipotent One

The One that nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He willed

10

الْمُتَكَبِّرُ

Al-Mutakabbir

The Dominant One

The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures and from resembling them.

11

الْخَالِقُ

Al-Khaaliq

The Creator

The One who brings everything from non-existence to existence

12

الْبَارِئُ

Al-Baari

The Evolver

The Maker, The Creator who has the Power to turn the entities.

13

الْمُصَوِّرُ

Al-Musawwir

The Flawless Shaper

The One who forms His creatures in different pictures.

14

الْغَفَّارُ

Al-Ghaffaar

The Great Forgiver

The Forgiver, The One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.

15

الْقَهَّارُ

Al-Qahhaar

The All-Prevailing One

The Dominant, The One who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.

16

الْوَهَّابُ

Al-Wahhab

The Supreme Bestower

The One who is Generous in giving plenty without any return. He is everything that benefits whether Halal or Haram.

17

الرَّزَّاقُ

Ar-Razzaq

The Total Provider

The Sustainer, The Provider.

18

الْفَتَّاحُ

Al-Fattah

The Supreme Solver

The Opener, The Reliever, The Judge, The One who opens for His slaves the closed worldly and religious matters.

19

اَلْعَلِيْمُ

Al-Alim

The All-Knowing One

The Knowledgeable; The One nothing is absent from His knowledge

20

الْقَابِضُ

Al-Qaabid

The Restricting One

The Constrictor, The Withholder, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.

21

الْبَاسِطُ

Al-Baasit

The Extender

The Englarger, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.

22

الْخَافِضُ

Al-Khaafid

The Reducer

The Abaser, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.

23

الرَّافِعُ

Ar-Rafi

The Elevating One

The Exalter, The Elevator, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.

24

الْمُعِزُّ

Al-Mu’izz

The Honourer-Bestower

He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.

25

المُذِلُّ

Al-Muzil

The Abaser

The Dishonourer, The Humiliator, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.

26

السَّمِيعُ

As-Sami’

The All-Hearer

The Hearer, The One who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument or organ.

27

الْبَصِيرُ

Al-Baseer

The All-Seeing

The All-Noticing, The One who Sees all things that are seen by His Eternal Seeing without a pupil or any other instrument.

28

الْحَكَمُ

Al-Hakam

The Impartial Judge

The Judge, He is the Ruler and His judgment is His Word.

29

الْعَدْلُ

Al-Adl

The Embodiment of Justice

The Just, The One who is entitled to do what He does.

30

اللَّطِيفُ

Al-Lateef

The Knower of Subtleties

The Subtle One, The Gracious, The One who is kind to His slaves and endows upon them.

31

الْخَبِيرُ

Al-Khabeer

The All-Aware One

The One who knows the truth of things.

32

الْحَلِيمُ

Al-Haleem

The Clement One

The Forebearing, The One who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.

33

الْعَظِيمُ

Al-Azeem

The Magnificent One

The Great One, The Mighty, The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolement, and Purity from all imperfection.

34

الْغَفُورُ

Al-Ghafoor

The Great Forgiver

The All-Forgiving, The Forgiving, The One who forgives a lot.

35

الشَّكُورُ

Ash-Shakoor

The Acknowledging One

The Grateful, The Appreciative, The One who gives a lot of reward for a little obedience.

36

الْعَلِيُّ

Al-Aliyy

The Sublime One

The Most High, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures.

37

الْكَبِيرُ

Al-Kabeer

The Great One

The Most Great, The Great, The One who is greater than everything in status.

38

الْحَفِيظُ

Al-Hafiz

The Guarding One

The Preserver, The Protector, The One who protects whatever and whoever He willed to protect.

39

المُقيِت

Al-Muqeet

The Sustaining One

The Maintainer, The Guardian, The Feeder, The One who has the Power.

40

الْحسِيبُ

Al-Haseeb

The Reckoning One

The Reckoner, The One who gives the satisfaction.

41

الْجَلِيلُ

Al-Jaleel

The Majestic One

The Sublime One, The Beneficent, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.

42

الْكَرِيمُ

Al-Kareem

The Bountiful One

The Generous One, The Gracious, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.

43

الرَّقِيبُ

Ar-Raqeeb

The Watchful One

The Watcher, The One that nothing is absent from Him. Hence it’s meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.

44

الْمُجِيبُ

Al-Mujeeb

The Responding One

The Responsive, The Hearkener, The One who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.

45

الْوَاسِعُ

Al-Waasi’

The All-Pervading One

The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Knowledgeable.

46

الْحَكِيمُ

Al-Hakeem

The Wise One

The Wise, The Judge of Judges, The One who is correct in His doings.

47

الْوَدُودُ

Al-Wadud

The Loving One

The One who loves His believing slaves and His believing slaves love Him. His love to His slaves is His Will to be merciful to them and praise them

48

الْمَجِيدُ

Al-Majeed

The Glorious One

The Most Glorious One, The One who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity and Kindness.

49

الْبَاعِثُ

Al-Ba’ith

The Infuser of New Life

The Resurrector, The Raiser (from death), The One who resurrects His slaves after death for reward and/or punishment.

50

الشَّهِيدُ

Ash-Shaheed

The All Observing Witness

The Witness, The One who nothing is absent from Him.

51

الْحَقُّ

Al-Haqq

The Embodiment of Truth

The Truth, The True, The One who truly exists.

52

الْوَكِيلُ

Al-Wakeel

The Universal Trustee

The Trustee, The One who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.

53

الْقَوِيُّ

Al-Qawwiyy

The Strong One

The Most Strong, The Strong, The One with the complete Power

54

الْمَتِينُ

Al-Mateen

The Firm One

The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.

55

الْوَلِيُّ

Al-Waliyy

The Protecting Associate

The Protecting Friend, The Supporter.

56

الْحَمِيدُ

Al-Hameed

The Sole-Laudable One

The Praiseworthy, The praised One who deserves to be praised.

57

الْمُحْصِي

Al-Muhsee

The All-Enumerating One

The Counter, The Reckoner, The One who the count of things are known to him.

58

الْمُبْدِئُ

Al-Mubdi

The Originator

The One who started the human being. That is, He created him.

59

الْمُعِيدُ

Al-Mueed

The Restorer

The Reproducer, The One who brings back the creatures after death

60

الْمُحْيِي

Al-Muhyi

The Maintainer of life

The Restorer, The Giver of Life, The One who took out a living human from semen that does not have a soul. He gives life by giving the souls back to the worn out bodies on the resurrection day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.

61

اَلْمُمِيتُ

Al-Mumeet

The Inflictor of Death

The Creator of Death, The Destroyer, The One who renders the living dead.

62

الْحَيُّ

Al-Hayy

The Eternally Living One

The Alive, The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh or blood.

63

الْقَيُّومُ

Al-Qayyoom

The Self-Subsisting One

The One who remains and does not end.

64

الْوَاجِدُ

Al-Waajid

The Pointing One

The Perceiver, The Finder, The Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.

65

الْمَاجِدُ

Al-Maajid

The All-Noble One

The Glorious, He who is Most Glorious.

66

الْواحِدُ

Al-Waahid

The Only One

The Unique, The One, The One without a partner

67

اَلاَحَدُ

Al-Ahad

The Sole One

The One

68

الصَّمَدُ

As-Samad

The Supreme Provider

The Eternal, The Independent, The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.

69

الْقَادِرُ

Al-Qaadir

The Omnipotent One

The Able, The Capable, The One attributed with Power.

70

الْمُقْتَدِرُ

Al-Muqtadir

The All Authoritative One

The Powerful, The Dominant, The One with the perfect Power that nothing is withheld from Him.

71

الْمُقَدِّمُ

Al-Muqaddim

The Expediting One

The Expediter, The Promoter, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.

72

الْمُؤَخِّرُ

Al-Mu’akhkhir

The Procrastinator

The Delayer, the Retarder, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.

73

الأوَّلُ

Al-Awwal

The Very First

The First, The One whose Existence is without a beginning.

74

الآخِرُ

Al-Akhir

The Infinite Last One

The Last, The One whose Existence is without an end.

75

الظَّاهِرُ

Az-Zaahir

The Perceptible

The Manifest, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.

76

الْبَاطِنُ

Al-Baatin

The Imperceptible

The Hidden, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.

77

الْوَالِي

Al-Waali

The Holder of Supreme Authority

The Governor, The One who owns things and manages them.

78

الْمُتَعَالِي

Al-Muta’ali

The Extremely Exalted One

The Most Exalted, The High Exalted, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.

79

الْبَرُّ

Al-Barr

The Fountain-Head of Truth

The Source of All Goodness, The Righteous, The One who is kind to His creatures, who covered them with His sustenance and specified whoever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.

80

التَّوَابُ

At-Tawwaab

The Ever-Acceptor of Repentance

The Relenting, The One who grants repentance to whoever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.

81

الْمُنْتَقِمُ

Al-Muntaqim

The Retaliator

The Avenger, The One who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One who destroys them.

82

العَفُوُّ

Al-Afuww

The Supreme Pardoner

The Forgiver, The One with wide forgiveness.

83

الرَّؤُوفُ

Ar-Ra’oof

The Benign One

The Compassionate, The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His will to endow upon whoever He willed among His creatures.

84

مَالِكُ الْمُلْكِ

Maalik-ul-Mulk

The Eternal Possessor of Sovereignty

The One who controls the Dominion and gives dominion to whoever He willed.

85

ذُوالْجَلاَلِ وَالإكْرَامِ

Zul-Jalaali-wal-Ikram

The Possessor of Majesty and Honour

The Lord of Majesty and Bounty, The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.

86

الْمُقْسِطُ

Al-Muqsit

The Just One

The Equitable, The One who is Just in His judgment.

87

الْجَامِعُ

Al-Jaami’

The Assembler of Scattered Creations

The Gatherer, The One who gathers the creatures on a day that there is no doubt about, that is the Day of Judgment.

88

الْغَنِيُّ

Al-Ghaniyy

The Self-Sufficient One

The One who does not need the creation.

89

الْمُغْنِي

Al-Mughni

The Bestower of Sufficiency

The Enricher, The One who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.

90

اَلْمَانِعُ

Al-Maani’

The Preventer

The Withholder.

91

الضَّارَّ

Ad-Daarr

The Distressor

The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

92

النَّافِعُ

An-Naafi’

The Bestower of Benefits

The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

93

النُّورُ

An-Noor

The Prime Light

The Light, The One who guides.

94

الْهَادِي

Al-Haadi

The Provider of Guidance

The Guide, The One whom with His Guidance His believers were guided, and with His Guidance the living beings have been guided to what is beneficial for them and protected from what is harmful to them.

95

الْبَدِيعُ

Al-Badi’

The Unique One

The Incomparable, The One who created the creation and formed it without any preceding example.

96

اَلْبَاقِي

Al-Baaqi

The Ever Surviving One

The Everlasting, The One that the state of non-existence is impossible for Him.

97

الْوَارِثُ

Al-Waaris

The Eternal Inheritor

The Heir, The One whose Existence remains.

98

الرَّشِيدُ

Ar-Rasheed

The Guide to Path of Rectitude

The Guide to the Right Path, The One who guides.

99

الصَّبُورُ

As-Saboor

The Extensively Enduring One

The Patient, The One who does not quickly punish the sinners.