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THE 99 DIVINE NAMES OF ALLAH

AL-HAKIM: The Wise

"He is perfectly wise, in His knowledge and in His deeds and commands. Whoever follows His commands will learn and evolve towards being a perfect man."

AL-WADUD: The Loving

"He is the one who loves His good servants, and the only one worthy of love. He is the sole Beloved of the soul, because all perfection is in Him."

AL-MAJID: The Most Glorious One

"No one reaches to Him, therefore He is respected; yet He is closer to us than our own souls. His state is pure perfection, His acts pure wisdom, therefore He is beloved."

AL-BA'ITH: The Raiser from the Dead, The Resurrector

"He will raise people from their graves and bring out all actions, thoughts and feelings that occurred during their lifetime on this earth. What dies and is revived is only the flesh; the soul is eternal. Whatever you sow here, you will reap in the Hereafter."

ASH-SHAHID: The Witness

"He is the one who witnesses all things and events everywhere at all times."

AL-HAQQ: The Truth

"He is the Truth. His being never changed, His essence is valid in itself and is the cause and necessity for all other existence.

Haqq is existent by itself, the only true existence.

Everything except Allah begins, changes, disappears, reappears. The truth is that which needs no proof and whose denial is impossible."

AL-WAKIL: The Trustee

"He is the ultimate and faithful trustee, the Completer of the work left to Him. Nothing can replace Him or stand on its own without being dependent on Him. He does for you what is good for you and that which pleases Him. The true servant does all the best he can, not only for himself, but for others.

Then he leaves the outcome for Allah, who controls his life, to do that which is good for him, as he himself admits that he knows not. His peace of mind can be destroyed by:

excessive ambition, miserliness, competitiveness, fear and imagination.

One should be aware of causes and their effects, strive for one's wishes and trust in Allah."

AL-QAWI: The Most Strong

"He possesses all strength, is inexhaustible."

AL-MATIN: The Firm

"His strength is all-pervasive, His firmness perfect."

AL-WALI: The Protecting Friend

"He helps His good servants, eliminates their difficulties and give them guidance, peace and success in their affairs here and hereafter. Allah's friends neither need nor expect anything from anyone except Him."

AL-HAMID: The Most Praiseworthy

"All existence praises Him with their tongues, by their actions or simply by their very existence, respecting Him and thanking Him. He is the source of all gifts and all perfection."

AL-MUHSI: The Counter

"He is the possessor of all quantitative knowledge. He sees and knows everything in its reality. He calculates and counts and knows the number of all existences in universe, He counts and weights our good deeds and our sins."

AL-MUBDI: The Originator

"He is the Originator of all......creating without model or material; He existed before time or space."

AL-MU'ID: The Restorer

"He restores things which He has created and destroyed to previous form."

AL-MUHYI: The Giver of Life

"He makes that which does not exist come to be. He can give life to the one without life, He can kill a thing and restore its life."

AL-MUMIT: The Giver of Death

"He has destined for everyone a time to leave. The body is visible and temporal, the soul hidden and eternal. It continues to exist without the body, but has no physical perception. In life the soul is like a merchant, buying and selling, profiting and loosing. In death the soul cannot gain any more. Therefore the believer prepares for death, trying to profit from the world by perfecting his faith, aquiring wisdom."

AL-HAYY: The Ever-Living One

"He is perfectly alive, cognizant and active, and He is ever-living. The life of His creation is held within the limits of its action and its realization. The value of each life is judged by the extent of the knowledge and activity of the living one. So the life of vegetation is inferior to the life of the animal, which is inferior to the life of man."

AL-QAYYUM: The Ever Self-Existing One

"His existence depends on Himself only, and all creation depends on Him. All exists because of Him. The soul governs the whole being of man. When the soul leaves the body, it doesn't breath, move, see, hear etc., the soul is responsible for life, existence, order and harmony within the whole being."

AL-WAJID: The Finder

"He finds and obtains whatever He wishes whenever He wishes. He is ever-present within and without His servants, and the servant is ever in His presence."

AL-MA'JID: The Glorious

"He is the Most Glorious who shows infinite generosity and munificence to those close to Him"

AL-WAHID: The Unique

"He is one, without equal nor partner. His essence, attributes, actions, orders and names are unique. He is the only one worthy of worship, indivisible, whole..... without parts."

AL-AHAD: The One

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AS-SAMAD: The Satisfier of all needs

"He is ever-present, knowing your needs before you do and satisfying them in the way they should be satisfied."

AL-QADIR: The All-Powerful, the Able One

"He has infinite ability and power to do what He wills the way He wills."

AL-MUQTADIR: The All-Powerful

"He creates all power and controls all power, because He has total power. The power He bestows on creation is limited and controlled by Him."

AL-MUQADDIM: The Expediter

"He brings forward whomever He wills. He advances the chosen among His creatures. The measure of true advancement is the degree of one's closeness to Allah."

AL-MU'AKHKHIR: The Delayer

"He leaves whomever He wills behind and delays advancement. If a believer is left behind in spite of his efforts, there is always a reason.......maybe there is some wrong, impurity or hypocrisy in his intentions.

Or advancement for him necessitates more difficulty and pain so that he will value the reward more and better guard his station when he reaches it."

AL-AWWAL: The First

"He is self-existent, all comes from Him. He is the cause of all that became."

AL-AKHIR: The Last

"He has no end. He is eternal. When all disappears only He will exist. All existence will return to Him."

AZ-ZAHIR: The Manifest One

"Everything is a proof of His existence. Allah is manifest in His attributes. He is hidden from those who seek to see by means of their senses or their imagination.

The apparent and the hidden are also in man. His form, words, actions and works are manifest, His feelings and thoughts hidden. His identity becomes manifest through his actions."

AL-BATIN: The Hidden One

"His existence is both manifest and hidden. His essence is hidden, and a limited knowledge, mind and understanding like ours cannot truly know Him. Only Allah knows His own essence."

AL-WA'LI: The Governor

"He is the sole manager and governor of the whole creation. Prior to your creation, He prepared a program for you. You are not left on your own."

AL-MUTA'ALI: The Supreme, Most Exalted

"He is great and gives without limits, without loosing anything by giving."

AL-BARR: The Doer of Good

"He is the source of all good and bounty and the perfect doer of good. He loves for His servants only good, comfort and ease. He rewards tenfold, but His punishment never exceeds the sin committed. If the servant intends to do good but is unable to actualize it He rewards the intention as if it was actualized. But if His servant intends to sin and is unable to actualize it, He forgives him."

AL-TAWWAB: The Acceptor of Repentance

"He constantly turns man to repentance, awakening the hearts of believers from the sleep of heedlessness through love of him, with the manifestation of His existence around them, with the words of good advice of those who are close to Him, with promises of rewards and fear of His punishment. The repentance acceptable is the effort of inner cleaning, purification."

AL-MUNTAQIM: The Avenger

"He punishes those who persist in revolting, egotism, creating disharmony and tyrannizing His creation and servants. The own ego is Allah's enemy."

AL-AFUW: The Forgiver, The Pardoner

"He forgives and eliminates sins. The forgiving of sins is an encouragement to deniers to change their way............. His doors are always open."

AR-RAUF: The Lenient

"He is clement and merciful, in spite of His ability to see our sins, His being powerful and independent."

MALIK AL-MULK: The Eternal Sovereign

"He shares neither the ownership of His kingdom nor the power, government or guardianship of the universe with anyone. The purpose and function of the creation is to know, to find, and to be with the Creator."

DHUL-JALALI WAL-IKRAM: The Lord of Majesty and Bounty

"HIs is the perfection, all honour and blessing comes from Him. Nothing exists by itself, all comes from Him."

AL-MUQSIT: The Equitable One

"He acts and distributes in justice and fairness. He gives what He gives to the right ones, and we do not know what He knows."

AL-JAMI: The Gatherer

"He gathers whatever He wishes, wherever He wishes. In the universe He gathered spaces, galaxies, stars, earth, seas, plants and animals. He gathered in creatures bodies fire, water, air and earth, heat, cold, dry and wet. He gathered 6 million cells in a drop of blood. He will gather the bodies, lives, minds and souls of men on the Day of Judgment."

AL-GHANI: The Self-Sufficient

"He is rich and independent, He doesn't need servants, nor to be served. He needs nothing. It is an honor to be chosen by Him to appear as a means of His service to His servants. In reality by that the servant serves only himself, because he obtains the greatest gift, coming closer to Allah, finding Him and being with Him."

AL-MUGHNI: The Enricher

"He knows what is best for us. Life is a testing ground, where we show our degree of purity.............True riches are knowledge and faith."

AL-MANI: The Preventer, Withholder

"Though we may not know the reason, we must believe that if we do not receive what we will and wish, it is because that is best for us.........Allah is most compassionate."

AD-DARR: The Distressor, or the Creator of Evil

"He creates the harmful and evil as (well as) the good and beneficent. Sometimes what is poison to one is medicine to another. He has given us the power of discrimination, will and freedom to choose. All is a test. The final exam is at the time of the last breath................. Although He created evil, the cause of its coming to you is only yourself."

AN-NAFI: The Favourer

"He creates the good and pours gifts and treasures continuously. We have to be present with our hearts minds and hand to receive it. Our will though cannot bring anything to us that is due to someone else, nor can it prevent what is destined for us."

AN-NUR: The Light

"He is the light shed upon the whole creation, making it apparent, bringing existence out of the darkness of non-existence. That light also makes the conceivable known. Light of faith and wisdom shows that perceptible, and the eye of the heart sees.

The light of faith shows the right path of salvation, it is like a sun in the heart, bringing one to the light of truth. Devil and ego cannot enter a divine house, a heart illuminated by the light of faith, because they are thieves operating in darkness.

The gate to the heart is the mind, the light of the gate is knowledge, blocking out the evil of ignorance, imagination, hypocrisy and arrogance.

The light of the soul is consciousness.............. its darkness heedlessness."

AL-HADI: The Guide

"He guides His servants through prophets, books, saints and men of knowledge. Faith is essential in man, all souls have a covenant with Allah made on the Day of Promises."

AL-BADI: The Originator of Creation, the Incomparable

"He created without model or material. Everything He creates is a wonder, since He originated it from nothing. Like the original creations, all the continuous created things are different from each other."

AL-BAQI: The Everlasting One

"Time only exists for the changing creation, which is material and temporal."

AL-WARITH: The Ultimate Inheritor

"We are but temporal keepers of what is in our hand. After we are gone everything is left to Him."

AR-RASHID: The Guide to the Right Path

"He is the ultimate teacher who leads one to the straight path and salvation. He does not enforce what He teaches, but leaves it to men's will to act upon what he is taught.

Man, as the student, has to be aware and conscious of what is being taught. Then he has to use his intelligence to discipline and educate himself, his ego. With the divine laws he must drive the machine of his material being."

AS-SABUR: The Most Patient One

"In everything He is in perfect measure and time. He does everything in its proper time and in just the manner it ought to be done. Everything has to run its course. A patient man refuses things that his flesh and ego desire and which are unacceptable to reason and the religion.

No success and perfection can be achieved easily and without pain. The pain is the pain of the flesh, which is hasty in things that it wants, lazy in working for it and doesn't know the measure, always asking more than it needs.

The meaning of Islam is submission: to forego one's appetites, desires and will in favour of the will of Allah. To be able to submit, one has to be patient, which is a sign of faith."

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