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The Most High

ALLAH (subhan hu wa ta'ala)


The 99 Beautiful names of Allah(swt)


Bism-illah Hir rahman Ir rahim




‘Say He is Allah, the One, Allah is eternal and Absolute, He begets not, nor was He begotten, there is none equal to Him, He is alone’. Surah Ikhlas (Tawheed) (112)

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) deserves all the praise as He is the only One worthy of worship. The above Surah - Chapter is called Surah Ikhlas or is also known as Surah Tawheed. This was revealed as the essence of describing Allah (swt). The barkat - blessing of this Surah is that when recited once it is equal to one third of the whole Qur’an. This hadith is reported in Sahih Bukhari. Al Hamda lillah - All Praise be to Allah.

Allah(swt) holds the dominion of all things, all the creation is His and to Him does everything bow. We cannot comprehend His majesty but He is the Knower of the seen and unseen. All the universe in front of His Majesty is less than even the wing of a fly, as reported by a hadith - tradition. From Allah (swt) we have come and to Him we shall return. When praising Allah (swt) and glorifying the Majesty of Allah (swt) we have to remember that our vision, imagination and knowledge cannot even do justice to the Lord of the Worlds. So we need to always be humble and stay in Zikr - remembrance, for this increases our awareness of His glory and brings fear into our hearts. To have true Emaan - faith we need to have Taqwa. This is the fear and awareness of Allah (swt) and if this is absent then we can never follow the path of truth and piety.

To attain this remembrance and Taqwa, we need to understand Allah (swt) and His Majesty by reading the Qur’an and following the words and explanations used by the All Knower and All Wise;

Allah is only One God. (4,171)

Say, Allah is the creator of all things and He is the One, the Almighty. (13,16)

Praise be to Allah, to whom belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. His is the praise in the Hereafter. (34,1)

The thunder hymns His Praise, the angels are in awe of Him’. (13,13)

All that is in the heavens and earth glorifies Allah. (57,1)

Whatever is in the heavens and the earth prostrate before Allah willingly or unwillingly, so do their shadows in the morning and evening. (13,15)

Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth of living creatures, and the angels, prostrate before Allah and they are not proud. (16,49)

Have you not seen that to Allah pay adoration whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the hills, and the trees, and the beasts, and many of mankind. (22,18)

When Allah alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who believe not in the Hereafter are repelled. (39,45)

Everything will perish except His countenance. (28,88)

Trust in the living One, who dies not and hymn His Praise’. (25,58)

He is Allah, the Creator, the Shaper out of nothing, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. (59,24)

When my servants question you concerning Me, then surely I am near. (2,186)

So ask forgiveness of Him and turn unto Him repentant. My Lord is Near, Responsive. (11,61)

Vision comprehends Him not, but He comprehends all vision. (6,103)

His are the keys of the heaven and the earth. (42,12)

To Allah belongs the unseen of the heavens and the earth. (16,77)

Allah is the Knower of the unseen of the heavens and the earth. (35,38)

Not an atom’s weight in the earth or in the sky, escapes your Lord. (10,61)

Allah is Aware of what is hidden in your hearts. (3,119)

Know thou not that it is Allah unto Whom belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. (2,107)

The Commands belongs only to Allah, the Sublime, the Majestic. (40,12)

None knows the forces of Allah except him. (74,31)

If He decrees a thing, He says unto it ‘Be’ and it becomes. (3,47)

Unto him is the return of all of you, it is a promise of Allah in truth. (10,4)

Who has created life and death that he may try you, which of you is best in conduct. (67,2)

Perfected is the word of your Lord in truth and justice. There is none that can change his words’. (6,115)


Asmaa was Sifaat

The belief in the Asmaa was Sifaat is a crucial declaration of Tawheed. These names and unique attributes declare and explain the oneness of Allah(swt), which cannot be associated with any other diety.

Tawheed means Unity, and consists of believing and worshipping one deity. This is the basis of Islam and has to be present for anyone to claim that he/she is a believer in Islam. Islam remains the only authentic Monotheistic religeon today as our belief in the oneness of Allah (swt) is paramount. The other religeons originally preached the same but with time they faltered and became distant from the concept of Tawheed.

The Islamic scholar Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillips wrote a very detailed and descriptive book on the elements of Tawheed called ‘The Fundamentals of Tawheed’ . This highly rated book explained how even Muslims have begun to dilute the level of Tawheed present in their beliefs and practices. Dr Phillips talks about how Islamic scholars have used three catogeries to explain the crucial properties that need to be present if Tawheed is to exist in our beliefs. The categories are; Tawheed ur Raboobeyah – The Unity of Lordship, this is the need to maintain that Allah (swt) is the sole Rabb – Lord of all things that have been created and all that exists. The second category has been called Tawheed al Asmaa Wa Sifaat’, which means the Unity of Allah (swt) names and attributes. This category has been explained as being the belief that Allah (swt) has the attributes and the names that belong to Him and cannot be in any way attributed to any of the creation. The third category is Tawheed ul Ibaadah’. This maintains the Unity of all worship only being for Allah (swt).

Allah (swt) has many attributes which are in the Asmaa ul Husna’- The Beautiful names. Just some being the Knower / the Seer / the Hearer / the Giver and the Protector cannot be shared by any other person or present elsewhere, as this will lead to a form of Shirk - association. There are instances when qualities such as being merciful and kind can be used to describe a mortal but Allah (swt) has these qualities and attributes in an Infinite form without any weakness or limitation. Please note the Prophet (saw) was described as being merciful by Allah (swt) but even then his mercy has been gifted by Allah (swt). We have limited knowledge of Allah (swt) therefore need to be careful of trying to describe His majesty. The Prophet (saw) told his Ummah that they need to ponder only what they can find knowledge of and not be deviated from the Quran and Sunnah by trying to divulge into the knowledge of the Ghaib – Unseen. The Ghaib is the unseen and the unknown, the areas that Allah (swt) has protected and concealed from the creation. Therefore only describe Allah (swt) from the infinite attributes as revealed in the Quran and Sunnah. The belief in Asmaa was Sifaat is also the faith that Allah (swt) does not have any of the weaknesses that the creations have. As Ayat ul Kursi states.

‘Allah, There is no God save him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtake him’. (2,255)

The ‘Asmaa ul Husna’ are listed below and also some examples of the Quranic ayats are given where these sublime names and attributes have been revealed. Al Hamda Lillah.

Allah the Most Exalted said:

"To Allah belongs the Most Perfect and Beautiful Names, so worship Him in
accordance with them and call on Him by them, and abandon those who
deviate with regard to His Names."
[Al-A'raaf (7:180)]

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radhiAllaahu 'anhu) ‘Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said "Allah The Most High has ninety-nine names, one hundred except one. Whoever correctly preserves them and acts in accordance with them, retains them in his memory will enter Paradise. He is Allah, other than whom there is none worthy of worship,…

[Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim]



The name of Allah (swt) ‘In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most

merciful’. (1,1)


The Compassionate ‘ None has the right to be worshipped but he, the most

Compassionate…’. (2,163)




Most Merciful ‘He is the one who forgives, the most Merciful.’ (2,37)



The Sovereign ‘ He is Allah, the Sovereign Lord………’ (59,23)



The One free from all blemish ‘He is Allah, none has the right to be worshipped but he

the King, the Holy, the One free from all blemish’. (59,23)


The Giver of Peace ‘ the Giver of Peace’ (59,23)


Giver of Peace ‘ the Giver of Peace’ (59,23)




The Giver of Protection ‘the protector of all creatures’ (59,23)


The Mighty ‘ the All-Mighty’ (59,23)


The Compeller ‘the Compellor’ (59,23)


The Self-Glorious


The Creator ‘He is Allah, the Creator’ (59,24)


The One who Gives Life ‘the inventor out of naught’ (59,24)



The Creator of Shapes ‘the fashioner of forms’ (59,24)



The Great Forgiver ‘I am forgiving toward him who repenteth and believeth’



The One who Controls all Things



The Giver of all Things ‘grant us mercy from you, truly you are the Bestower’ (3,8)



The Great Provider ‘Allah is the All-Provider’ (51,58)



The Giver of Decisions ‘He will give judgement between us’ (34,26)



The All-Knowing ‘He is the Knower of all things’ (2,29)



The Straitener of Sustenance ‘Allah may increase manifold’ (2,245)



The Extender of Rizq ‘Allah straitened and enlargeth’ (2,245)



The One who Humbles



The Exalter


The Giver of Honour ‘Allah, You endue with honour whom you will…’ (3,26)



The Giver of Dis-honour ‘You humiliate whom you will’ (3,26)


The All-Hearing ‘Allah, You are the All-Hearer…..’ (2,127)


The Seer of all things ‘Allah is All-Seer of the slaves’ (3,15)



The Maker of Judgements ‘Surely, His is the judgement’ (6,62)




The Just



The Knower of all Secrets / Most Affectionate ‘His grasp is over all vision, the subtle,

Well acquainted with all things. (6,103)


The All-Knowing ‘He is the Omnipotent over his slaves, He is the wise,

the All Knower’. (6,18)


The Clement ‘Allah is forgiving, The Clement’. (2,225)


The Great ‘Allah chooseth for his mercy whom he will,

Allah is of Infinite bounty/Great’. (2,105)




The Forgiving ‘Allah is Forgiving, Merciful’. (2,173)



The Highly Grateful ‘He is forgiving and Most ready to Appreciate’. (35,30)


The Most High ‘He is the Most High, The Most Great’. (2,255)


The Great/Infinite ‘The Great, The High Exalted’. (13,9)


The Protector ‘My Lord is Guardian over all things’. (11,57)


The Giver of Sustenance and Strength ‘Allah overseeth all things’. (4,85)



The Reckoner ‘Allah sufficeth as a Reckoner’. (4,6)



The One with the Exalted Position



The Benevolent ‘The Lord of the Supreme Throne’. (23,116)


The Care-taker ‘Allah hath been a Watcher over you’. (4,1)



The Answerer of Prayers ‘My Lord is Nigh, Responsive’. (11,61)



The All-Embracing ‘Allah is All Embracing, All Knowing’. (2,115)



The Wise ‘Only Thou, art the All Mighty, All Wise’. (2,129)


The Most-Loving ‘My Lord is Most Merciful, Most Loving’. (11,90)



The Most Glorified ‘He is All Praiseworthy, All Glorious’. (11,73)





The Resurrector of the Dead ‘Allah will raise those who are in the graves’. (22,7)



The Witness ‘Allah is sufficient as Witness’. (4,79)


The Truth ‘Then are they restored unto Allah, their Lord , the Truth’. (6,62)



The Trustee ’Put thy trust in Allah, for Allah is sufficient as Trustee’. (33,3)




The Al-Mighty


Al Matin

The Strong ‘He it is that give livelihood, the Most Strong’. (51,58)


The Governor ’Ye have not besides Allah, any friend or helper’. (2,107)


Al Hamid

The Praiseworthy ‘The Owner of Praise’. (14,1)



The Keeper of Accounts ‘Allah hath kept account of it while they forgot it’. (58,6)



The Originator ’The promise of Allah is true, He it is who begins creation’. (10,4)


The One who can Create again ‘and then will repeat it’. (10,4)


The Giver of Life ‘When ye were dead and He gave life to you’. (2,28)


The Giver of Death ‘Allah giveth life and causeth death’. (3,156)


The Everlasting ‘Allah, There is no God save him, the Everliving….’ (2,255)


The Sustainer of Life ‘the All Sustainer’. (2,255)


The All-Perfect



The All-Excellent ‘Lord of the Throne of Excellence’. (85,15)



Al-Wahid ul Al Ahad

The Unique ‘Thy Lord is surely One’. (37,4)


The Self-Sufficient ’He is Allah, the One, the Self-Sufficient ….’. (112,2)


The All-Powerful ‘He is the Wise, the All Powerful’. (35,44)


The Powerful ‘Allah is Able to do all things’. (18,45)


The One who Advances


The Deferrer


The First ‘He is the First’ (57,3)


The Last ‘and the Last’ (57,3)


The Obvious ‘The Obvious’. (57,3)



The Latent ‘The Concealed’. (57,3)



The Governor






The One above all ‘He is the Knower of the invisible and the visible, the Great,

the High exalted’. (13,9)


The Good ‘He is the Good, the Merciful’. (52,28)


The One to whom all return ‘He is the Relenting, the Merciful’. (2,37)


The One who takes retribution ‘We shall exact Retribution from the guilty’. (32,22)




The One who Pardons


The Kind ‘Allah is the Kind, Merciful towards mankind’. (2,143)



The Possessor of Sovereignty ‘Say ‘O Allah, Owner of Sovereignty’’. (3,26)



The Majestic and Benevolent ‘There remain but the Countenance of thy Lord of Might

and Glory’. (55,27)



The Just ‘Maintaining his creation in Justice, there is no God but him’. (3,18)_



The One who Assembles ‘Our Lord, It is thou who gather mankind together to a day of

which there is no doubt’. (3,9)



The One free from all need




The Supplier of Needs



The Withholder



The One who can Take


The One who receives all Benefit



The Light ‘Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth’. (24,35)



The One who Guides ‘Allah sufficeth for a Guide and Helper’. (25,31)



The Originator ‘The Originator of the heavens and the earth’. (2,117)



The Eternal



The Everlasting



The Lover of Virtue




The Most Forebearing ‘Allah is with the forebearing’. (8,46)