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The Most Beautiful Names of Allah

The first part of the Muslim confession of faith (the shahada) is the basis for the concept of God in Islam. The Muslim bears witness that: "There is no god but God", or "no divinity but the (one) Divinity". The revealed Scripture of Islam, the Qur'an, is like a vast commentary on this simple statement, drawing from it all its implications for human life and thought.

This conception of the Deity is strictly monotheistic and unitarian. God alone has absolute being, totally independent and totally self-sufficient. Whatever exists or ever could exist does so by His will. He has no "partner" either in creating the universe or in maintaining it in existence. The Qur'an tells us:

"Say: He is Allah, The One, Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten, and there is none like unto Him". (Quran 112: 1-4)

It tells us also that: "Verily, when He intends a thing to be, He but says into it -Be!; and it is." (Quran 36:82)

He is Al-Ahad, The One, absolute unity. This is in sharp contrast to the Christian conception of the Trinity, The One cannot be divided, nor can it be diminished or "humanized" by incarnation in any created form. God does not become His own creature, in fact He does not "become" anything; He is.

To sum up: the God of Islam is transcendent, the All-Powerful and All-knowing Creator and Lawgiver; though at the same time infinitely merciful, generous and forgiving. Man, His creature and His servant, stands before Him without intermediary or intercessor, meeting Him through prayer during this brief life on earth and meeting Him face-to-face when life is over. In Islam, God does not embody Himself in any human being or make Himself accessible through idols and images.

But he does make Himself accessible through His revealed Names. We, in our small way, can exemplify these qualities and attributes in our daily lives. Inspired and aided by the Most Merciful we can show mercy. Inspired and aided by the One who creates Guidance we can guide our fellow men and women. Through His Light our lives may be illuminated. What we cannot hope to exemplify fully is His Perfection, but we can love it wholeheartedly. We love those who are kind to us, and God is Kindness itself. We love generosity when it is directed towards us, and He is The Generous. We are irresistibly drawn towards beauty, and He is the source of all Beauty. Above all, we love Perfection, and we seek it in vain in this imperfect world. We find it in God, who is alone perfect, and the Quran tells us that "the believers are strong in their love of God". At the end of the road, sign-posted by the divine Names, the Muslim rejoices in an overwhelming love for the One who awaits us at journey's end.

An explanation of the meanings of the 99 divine attributes of God which the Prophet (SAW) said, "Allah has 99 names, one 100 minus one. The one who enumerates them enters Paradise."

1. Allah God, The One other than whom There is no God 51. Ash-Shahid The Witness
2. Ar-Rahman The Most Merciful 52. Al-Haqq The Ultimate Truth
3. Ar-Rahim The Most Compassionate 53. Al-Wakil The Ultimate Trustee
4. Al-Malik The Sovereign Supreme 54. Al-Qawiyy The Possessor of All Strength
5. Al-Quddus The Most Holy One 55. Al-Matin The Firm One
6. As-Salam The Sound One with whom all salvation rests 56. Al-'Waliyy The Governor
7. Al-Mu'min The Giver of Faith, Safety, and Security 57. Al-Hamid The Ultimately Praiseworthy One
8. Al-Muhaymin The Protector and Guardian 58. Al-Muhsi The Absolute Reckoner
9. Al-Aziz The Incomparable and Unparalleled One 59. Al-Muhyi The Giver of Life
10. Al-Jabbar The Compeller 60. Al-Mubdi The Originator
11. Al-Mutakabbir The One Supreme in Pride and Greatness 61. Al-Muid The Restorer
12. Al-Khaliq The Creator 62. Al-Mumit The Taker of Life
13. Al-Bari The Executive and The Maker 63. Al-Hayy The Ever-Living
14. Al-Musawwir The Fashioner 64. Al-Qayyum The Self-Existing One
15. Al-Ghaffar The Very Forgiving One 65. Al-Waahid He Who is Uniquely One
16. Al-Qahhar The Dominating One 66. Al-Maajid The Glorified One
17. Al-Wahhab The Giver of All 67. Al-Wajid The Founder Who Has No Needs
18. Ar-Razzaq The One Who Provides All Sustenance 68. As-Samad The Satisfier of All needs
19. Al-Fattah The Opener 69. Al-Qadir The All-Powerful
20. Al-Alim The Omniscient One 70. Al-Muqtadir The Bestower of Power upon Things
21. Al-Qabid The One Who Takes Away 71. Al-Muqaddim The One Who Causes Advancement
22. Al-Basit The One Who Gives Abundantly 72. Al-Mu'akhkhir The One Who Causes Retardation
23. Al-Khafid The Abaser 73. Al-Awwal The First
24. Ar-Rafi' The Exalter 74. Al-Akhir The Last
25. Al-Mu'izz The One Who Raises to Honor 75. Ad-Dahir The Manifest One
26. Al-Mudhill The One Who Humiliates 76. Al-Batin The Hidden One
27. As-Sami The Hearing of All 77. Al-Wali He Who has Charge Over All
28. Al-Basir The Seer of All 78. Al-Muta'ali The Highly Exalted One
29. Al-Hakam The Arbiter Supreme (Judge) 79. Al-Barr The Beneficent One
30. Al-Adl The Just One 80. At-Tawwab He Who Accepts Repentance
31. Al-Latif The Subtle 81. Al-Muntaqim The Avenger
32. Al-Khabir The All-Aware 82. Al-'Afuww The Forgiver
33. Al-Halim The Forbearing 83. Ar-Ra'uf The Most Compassionate
34. Al-Adim The Magnificent 84. Malik Al-Mulk The Owner of All
35. Al-Ghafur The Forgiver and Hider of Faults 85. Dhul-Jalal Wal-ikram Lord of Majesty and Bounty
36. Ash-Shakur The Rewarder of Thankfulness 86. Al-Muqsit The Upholder of Equity
37. Al-'Aliyy The Highest 87. Al-Jami The Gatherer
38. Al-Kabir The Truly Grand One 88. Al-Ghani The Independently Rich
39. Al-Hafid The Preserver 89. Al-Mughni The Enriching One
40. Al-Muqit The Nourisher and The Watcher 90. Al-Mani The Preventer of Harm
41. Al-Hasib The Accounter 91. Ad-Darr The Creator of The Harmful
42. Al-Jalil The Mighty 92. An-Nafi The Creator of Good
43. Al-Karim The Generous 93. An-Nur The Light
44. Ar-Raqib The Ever Watchful over everything 94. Al-Hadi The One who creates Guidance
45. Al-Mujib The Responder 95. Al-Badi'a The Originator of Creation
46. Al-Wasi The All- Comprehending 96. Al-Baqi The Everlasting One
47. Al-Hakim The Perfect Wise 97. Al-Warith The Ultimate Inheritor
48. Al-Wadud The Loving One 98. Ar-Rashid The Righteous Teacher
49. Al-Majid The Majestic One 99. As-Sabur The Patient One
50. Al-Ba'ith The Resurrector      


The Islamic Bulletin
P.O. Box 410186, San Francisco, CA 94141-0186

August 2000
Jumaada 1420
Note from the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Islam Makes Inroads in Italy
Britain's Prime Minister Praises Islam
Barbri Demolisher Accepts Islam
The Most Beautiful Names of Allah
Death is Coming
Al-Banna's Letter to a Muslim Student
Women in Islam
How I Embraced Islam
The Qur'an & Science
Benefits of Sujud
The Origin of Arabic Numerals
Stories of the Sahabah
Sayings of the Prophet
The Miracle of Honey
Kid's Corner
Cook's Corner
This is Islam
The Stranger
Everybody - Nobody