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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH   Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:03 am

In Thy name, we live

Al-Fattah (The Superb Arbiter)

In the name of Allah, The All-Merciful, praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds.[1] All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet of Allah (SAWS)[2]. Welcome to today’s episode and the first name of Allah’s most beautiful names, Al-Fattah; The Superb Arbiter. The episode is divided into four main parts: the first part tackles the meanings of The Superb Arbiter; the second part mentions four important points to bear in mind when remembering The Superb Arbiter, the third part is that Ramadan is the month of conquests and grants and the last part is about our duties towards The Superb Arbiter.

The name Al-Fattah has three meanings. The first meaning is that when all doors are closed, Allah with His will and power opens all of them, reveals all distresses, and resolves all difficulties. Bearing this meaning always in heart would make you the most powerful person in the world. Prostrate, abase yourself, and cry between His hands, Allah will grant you all what you desire. Allah (SWT)[3] says what can be translated as, “Whatever mercy Allah opens for mankind, then none can be holding it back; and whatever He holds back, then none can be sending it forth after Him; And He is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Wise” (TMQ, 35:2)[4].

In the battle of Badr, the Muslims numbered 300, with only two horses, and the rejecters of faith numbered 1000 men and 100 horses. The Prophet (SAWS) kept on supplicating Allah over and over to fulfill what He had promised him, to the extent that Abu-Bakr patted him and told him to calm down, fearing for him from the urgency of his supplication. Then the Prophet (SAWS) stood up and announced to the Muslims that Jibril (AS) [5] (Gabriel) is leading 1000 angels to fight with them. Thereafter the Muslims were granted victory.

It is said that when facing a scientific problem, Ibn-Taymiah used to go to the desert, lay his face in the sand, and ask for Al-Fattah’s forgiveness, for as long as it took. He said that he never came back except that Allah had resolved his problem. Furthermore, the son of a friend of mine went through a difficult delivery, where he was pulled with an instrument that damaged the neurological cells, resulting in a severe tremble. The doctors predicted that he would either be paralyzed or die; that his father wished for his son to pass away and not have to endure paralysis. He sought Allah’s help and supplicated Him. Once when he was going to a friend he met another doctor, by chance, who told him that there was another form of medicine available, and the boy was cured by the grace of Al-Fattah. He is now 12 years old and is alive and well.

The second meaning is The Superb Arbiter, who opens the doors of success at the beginning of everything. Allah says what can be translated as, “And in His Providence are the keys of the Unseen; none knows them except He” (TMQ, 6:59). Allah (SWT) says “And in His Providence are the keys of the Unseen” not “the keys of the Unseen are in his Province” to indicate that He alone holds these keys not any one else.

The last meaning is that Al-Fattah arbitrates with justice between opponents. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Say, Our Lord will gather us together; (Literally: “between” us) thereafter He will arbitrate between us with the Truth, and He is The Superb Arbiter, The Ever- Knowing” (TMQ, 34:26). Allah also says what can be translated as, “Our Lord! Arbitrate with the truth between us and our people, and You are The Most Charitable of arbiters” (TMQ, 7:89).

Lady Aisha (RA)[6] was unfairly accused of adultery. The people kept on slandering her for a whole month. When the Prophet (SAWS) asked her to ask for Allah’s forgiveness if she had committed any sin, she kept weeping and asked her father Abu-Bakr (RA) to answer for her. However, he could not. She could only say what can be translated as, “So, patience is becoming. And Allah is (The One) Whose help is to be sought against what you describe” (TMQ, 12:18). Hence, Allah revealed Surat[7] An-Nû‍r (The Light) to refute the alleged charges and declare her innocence. The same happened to Yusuf (AS) (Joseph) when he was unlawfully charged with soliciting the wife of al-Aziz (the governor). He entered prison for nine years, only to leave due to a vision seen by the king. At the end, the wife of al-Aziz said what can be translated as, “…Now the truth has come to light; I did solicit him” (TMQ, 12:51). Throw yourself into Al-Fattah’s hands and ask for His forgiveness for we seek His freedom from the hellfire.

We approach Allah in Ramadan with humility and ask him for inspiration or settlement of our matters. Approach Allah with humility tonight, go to your room, close the door and make a sajdah (prostration) asking Allah to help you solve your problems and chase away your sadness. You never know where you will be next year, or whether you will be alive or not, so ask Allah to inspire you and open doors for you with a simple act of prostration, or while you make dua’a (supplication), or as you shed a tear.

How should we deal with Allah's name Al-Fattah (The Superb Arbiter)? First of all, Al-Fattah wants us to work diligently and full-heartedly because we never know when He may open doors for us. Sometimes Allah delays granting us solutions to test our sincerity and trust, so we should never lose hope. No matter how many times you knock on Allah's door without it opening, it will eventually, so don't give up and keep on trying. Keep knocking on His door even if you were rejected or denied at first. Sometimes we see people in hajj[8] making tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka’ba) making dua’a with tearful eyes. Be an intruder then, these people may have been accepted by Allah so go make dua’a with them instead. Allah wants us to be insistent. Sometimes we refuse to take a certain phone call, but the phone keeps on ringing and ringing till we finally do answer. Al-Fattah gives us hope that nothing is really impossible and that every problem has a solution. If you love serving Islam, Allah will test your persistence, just like He tested the Prophet's (SAWS) persistence when he called the people of tribes of Aus and Khazraj into Islam. In addition, Al-Fattah sends solutions when we least expect it. Some matters may seem like dilemmas at first when in fact they could be the key to a solution. Prophet Yusuf's (AS) imprisonment may have seemed like a problem that was impossible to solve, but it was actually a source of good, and he later became the king of Egypt. Our nation may be in a similar state right now, even it if seems like we are only facing hardships. Remember when the Prophet (SAWS) and Omar Ibnul-Khattab (RA) were not allowed to make umrah[9] during the treaty of Hudaybiya? When the ayah, which can be translated as, "Surely We have given you an evident conquest” (TMQ, 48:1) was revealed, Omar (RA) couldn't understand how the treaty's terms could allow for such a solution. The proof was that the number of people who embraced Islam shortly after the treaty of Hudaybiya was equal to the number of all those who joined it ever since the Prophet (SAWS) started his da’wa (missionary activity).

Moreover, the simplest of things could be lead to solutions, such as a simple word, a tear or even an ayah. We sometimes pass by an ayah we've read a hundred times in the Qur'an, yet one day we hear or read that ayah from a totally different perspective which completely changes our life.

Allah sends us solutions that exceed our expectations. When Lady Hajar kept running back and forth between the two hills of Safa and Marwa in Makkah, looking for water for her son Isma’il (AS) (Ishmael), Allah sent her zamzam water which we still drink till this very day. All I'm trying to tell you in this episode is that you should ask Allah by his name Al-Fattah to aid you, open doors for you this Ramadan, and solve all your problems. Would you like this Ramadan to be exceptional? Ask Allah. Remember that on the very first night of Ramadan, the gates of heaven are opened and we are granted great rewards: good deeds are multiplied by more than seventy times; our sins are forgiven every time we fast and make qiyam (voluntary night prayer). Remember the great rewards of Lailat Al-Qadr (the Night of Determination) which equals a thousand months of worship in reward. In addition, every night of Ramadan, some people are freed from the hellfire.

How should we deal with Allah's name, Al-Fattah (The Superb Arbiter)? First, approach Him with humility. Second, have great hope in Allah's victory, and third, be a source of good for others. Help someone tomorrow so that Allah will open doors for you. Allah's name Al-Fattah (The Superb Arbiter) has an important meaning in our death as well as our lives. Allah helps us when the angels ask us in our graves and opens a door from which we can see our seat in heaven. Allah is with us all the time.


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[1] Mankind, jinn and all creation.
[2] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him].
[3] SWT = Suhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[4] TMQ = Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[5] AS = Allihi as-salam [Peace be upon him].
[6] May Allah be pleased with him/her.
[7] A chapter; the Qur’an is comprised of 114 surahs.
[8] The pilgrimage to Makkah during the first half of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, and is the fifth pillar of Islam.
[9] voluntary short pilgrimage that can be performed at any time of the year
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 2   Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:01 pm

Al-Shakour (The Appreciative)

In the name of Allah, The All Merciful, The Ever Merciful, praise be to Allah the Lord of the whole universe and peace and blessings be upon Allah's Messenger. Today’s name invites us to be ambitious and dynamic, and to exert a great deal of effort in giving, worshiping and enjoining what is good. It is highly recommended to start Ramadan bearing this name in our minds, to push us towards worship and good deeds. It is the name of Allah “The Appreciative”.

This name is mentioned in the Qur'an several times. Allah says what can be translated as, “That He may (pay them) in full their rewards and increase them of His Grace; surely He is Ever-Forgiving, Appreciative.” (TMQ, 35:30)[2].

We will cover four main points:
1- The meaning of the name “The Appreciative”
2- Other names relating to this name
3- The Appreciative and Paradise
4- Our duty towards this name and its effect in our life

What the name means
Linguistically, the word “Appreciate” means augmentation and increase. Hence, The Appreciative is the One Who appreciates your deeds, however small they are, and doubles the rewards for you in this world and in the hereafter.

Therefore, the name encompasses two meanings: your deeds, no matter how small, and the magnified rewards you receive from Allah, The Appreciative. The following verse invokes the two previous meanings, “… And whoever scores (Literally: commits) a fair deed, We will give him increase of fairness (i.e., goodness) therein. Surely Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Appreciative.” (TMQ 26:23).

The Prophet (SAWS) urged us to do good deeds no matter how small, as he said that we should protect ourselves from Hellfire even by giving half of a date-fruit in charity. He also advised us not to belittle any kind of good deeds, even greeting others with a smile. Allah, The Appreciative, will appreciate all your good deeds and reward you, and knowing this deep inside oneself brings utmost happiness to a person.

This is manifested in the following verse, in which Allah says what can be translated as, “That He may (pay them) in full their rewards and increase them of His Grace; surely He is Ever-Forgiving, Appreciative.” (TMQ, 35:30). Herein, we notice that the name Appreciative is associated with increase; “To the ones who are fair-doers is the fairest reward and an increase…” (TMQ, 10:26) “Therein they will have whatever they decide on, and close to Us there is utmost increase.” (TMQ, 50:35).
“Who is he that will lend to Allah a fair loan, so He will double it for him, and he will have an honorable reward?” (TMQ, 57:11). “The likeness of (the ones) who expend their riches in the way of Allah is as the likeness of a grain that grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. And Allah gives manifoldly to whomever He decides; and Allah is Ever-Embracing, Ever-Knowing.” (TMQ, 2:261).
“Surely Allah does not do injustice so much as an atom’s weight, and in case it is a fair deed, He will double it and bring from very close to Him a magnificent reward.” (TMQ, 4:40)

Through the above-mentioned verses, we see that for everything we do, Allah will double its reward. The Prophet (SAWS) asserted this when he said that charity, even as little as half a date-fruit, would be increased by Allah until the reward is equal to the mountain of Uhud.

The Prophet once told his companions that they could earn 1000 good deeds by glorifying Allah 100 times. He also told us that fasting on the day of Arafat expiates the bad deeds of a previous and a coming year. The Prophet also received his reward many fold. His name is associated with Allah's name, as we say, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” This is a great reward from Allah to his Prophet. We also see great kings traveling to visit the grave of the Prophet, and standing in front of him in submissiveness and solemnity; all this in addition to what he has been promised in jannah (paradise).

Some women believe that they gain thawab[3] for wearing hijab[4] on one occasion in their life: the first day they wear it. This is not true. The truth is that the more people see you wearing it, the more thawab you gain, because you remind people of Allah (SWT) all the time, for you wear it for His sake only.

Therefore, we conclude that the name of Allah “The Appreciative” is connected to increase and giving.

Other names of Allah relating to the Appreciative
The second point is the relationship between the name of Allah (SWT) The Appreciative and some of the remaining beautiful names of Allah (SWT). These names are:
• The Ever-Praiseworthy: There is an interrelation between Allah (SWT) and you regarding this name; that is when you praise Allah (SWT) for His blessings, He appreciates your praise and grants you more blessings. Thus you praise Allah (SWT) again for His blessings and He appreciates you and grants you more blessings, and so on.
• The Ever-Forgiving: this name is mentioned more than once in correlation with the Appreciative. Allah says what can be translated as, “Surely our Lord is indeed Ever-Forgiving, Appreciative” (TMQ, 35:34). “Surely He is Ever-Forgiving, Appreciative” (TMQ, 35:30). It gives you the reassurance that even if you commit sinful deeds, Allah (SWT) will forgive you because He is the Ever-Forgiving.
• The All-Knowing: Allah says what can be translated as, “And Allah has been Thankful, Ever-Knowing” (TMQ, 4:147). There are times when you benefit someone with a good deed, but he or she does not know that you are the doer, so they do not appreciate what you have done. As for Allah (SWT), who is the All-Knowing, He appreciates everything you do, no matter how small it might be.

The relationship between this name and jannah
Imagine what Allah (SWT) has prepared for you in jannah in return for your good deeds in this life. Whatever you do, what you imagine will never even come close to what Allah (SWT) will give you, because He rewards small things with far greater things.
Allah (SWT) offers you a garden whose breadth is the heavens and earth – where you will see and hear what you have never seen or heard before - in return for the good deeds you performed during your life. If you calculate the time you dedicate to Allah (SWT) throughout your life, you will find that it is less than one third. As for the remaining two thirds, you were either not accountable for your actions (pre-puberty stage), doing your day-to-day chores, or you may have been negligent! See how appreciative He is? Therefore, you should exert all the effort you can to gain His appreciation and consequently jannah.

Imagine yourself in front of the gate to jannah. Then, imagine when Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) opens its gate. Visualize what Allah (SWT) has promised those who will enter jannah, that they will live free of sadness and sickness for eternity without aging. Imagine when you see all the prophets and the pious people you knew in the worldly life in jannah. Imagine what Allah (SWT) has prepared, even for the last person to be saved from hell. He Promised to grant him ten times more than what the greatest kings of the world possessed. Imagine what Allah (SWT) has prepared for the one who will be in the lowest rank of jannah. He will grant him jannah, and a garden where he could walk for a thousand years without ever reaching its end. As for the one who will be in the highest rank of jannah, he is promised to see his Lord in the early morning and at nightfall. Imagine your house in jannah. You know that when the companions asked Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) about how their houses in jannah would look, he told them that they would be built of bricks of gold and silver, joined together with musk; their floors made of pearls and their ceilings would be the Lord's throne. See for yourself how great jannah is.

Our duty towards this name and its effect on our life:
1. Give as much as you can, and help people, for whoever helps people in adversity, Allah (SWT) will help him on the Day of Judgment.
2. Worship Allah as best you can. Perform more good deeds, prayers, qiyam (voluntary night prayer), Qur'an recitation, etc.
3. Be honest and sincere with Allah (SWT) in your giving, for nobody will ever offer you what He does. Bear in mind that sometimes Allah (SWT) postpones the signs of His appreciation to a later time. This is to test you; will you continue your sincerity with Him or give it up? Therefore, perform good deeds just for the sake of Allah (SWT), not for the sake of others.

We need to spread the meaning of The Appreciative in our society. Spread it amongst our children, in the media, at schools, and in businesses. It will change our world to the better.


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[1] Among other meanings; He who thanks profusely and in abundance.
[2] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[3] The reward, from Allah, recorded for performing a good deed, and accounted for on the Day of Judgment
[4] Hijab: literally “cover”. It describes the self-covering of the body for the purposes of modesty and dignity. Broadly, it should be regarded as a prescribed system of attitudes and behavior regarding modesty and dignity.
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 3   Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:18 pm

Ar-Razzak (The Superb Provider)

In the name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful, all praises be to Allah, Lord of the worlds[2]. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah (SAWS)[3]. Today we will say, “In Thy name, we live, O Superb Provider”. Allah says what can be translated as, “Surely Allah is The Superb Provider, The Owner of Power, The Ever-Pervading” (TMQ, 51:58)[4]. The aim of this episode is that you completely trust in the fact that your sustenance is in the hands of Allah. Let us agree on two points to come away with from this episode: never take any money unlawfully, and never humiliate yourself for the sake of your livelihood. Your sustenance is guaranteed by “The Superb Provider”.

The episode consists of five central points:
1) The meaning of the name of Allah, “The Superb Provider”
2) “The Superb Provider” in the Qur’an
3) “The Superb Provider” and contemplation of the universe
4) Does sustenance here mean only money (material provisions)?
5) What “The Superb Provider” wants from us

The meaning of the name:
“The Superb Provider” means the One who created sustenance and the One responsible for ensuring that it reaches its recipient; each and every creature receives its preordained share. In the Qu’ran it is always “The Superb Provider” and never “The Provider”. The provider may or may not give, or may give some and not others, but “The Superb Provider” is much more comprehensive; He provides for the obedient and the sinful, the believers and the rejecters of faith, the good and the bad. He not only provides for all human beings, but all creatures, too. Allah (TWT)[5] says what can be translated as, “And in no way is there any beast in the earth except that its provision (depends) on Allah” (TMQ, 11:6).
“The Superb Provider” in the Qur’an:
Allah says what can be translated as, “Say, “Is it true that indeed you surely disbelieve in (The One) Who created the earth in two days, and do you set up compeers to Him?” That is The Lord of the worlds. And He made therein anchorages (i.e., mountains) from above it, and He blessed it, and determined therein its nourishments in four days, equal to the questioners. Thereafter He leveled Himself (How He did so is beyond human understanding) to the heaven (while) it was smoke, then said to it and to the earth, “Come up (you two) willingly (Or: in obedience ) or unwillingly!” They (both) said, “We come up willingly.” (TMQ, 41:9-11). Thus, sustenance was measured, before we were created. He also says, “Allah is (He) Who created you; thereafter He provided for you; thereafter He will cause you to die; thereafter He will give you life” (TMQ, 30:40), ‘provided’ here is in the past tense since it is already accomplished; you have already been provided for. Young people, if all those around you are taking money unlawfully and humiliating themselves for it, do not be like that, so that there may still be hope. Believe that He is “The Superb Provider” and act accordingly. Allah says what can be translated as, “And in the heaven is your provision and whatever you are promised. So by The Lord of the heaven and the earth, surely it is indeed true as (it is true) that you (can) pronounce (your languages).”(TMQ, 51:22-23). He also says, “Or even who is this that will provide for you in case He holds back His provision? No indeed, (but) they still insist on (their) rebellion and repulsion” (TMQ, 67:21). I am not asking you not to deal with people, of course you will since you work with them. However, be proud and never humiliate yourself, because as the Prophet (SAWS) said, it is all preordained.

The Superb Provider and contemplation of the universe:
In the Qur’an, the name, “The Superb Provider” is usually associated with the name, “The Creator”. At school we all studied the water cycle; the seas, the sun, and the clouds, but never with Allah in mind. Consider it now, in a new light, to get to know “The Superb Provider”. He says what can be translated as, “And We have made a glowing luminary. And We have sent down from the clouds (i.e., rain clouds) pressing forth water cascading” (TMQ, 78:13-14) “Have you not seen that Allah wafts clouds, thereafter joins them together, thereafter makes them accumulated” (TMQ, 24:43) “….till when they carry heavy clouds, We drive it (i.e., the clouds) to a dead land; then We therewith send down water; so We bring out therewith products of all (kinds.” (TMQ, 7:57) It is a miracle; a whole factory created to make water for you to drink. The rain comes down to a predestined place because it is destined for a certain person, in a certain place, to drink. That is why Allah says, “Have you then seen the water you drink? Is it you who have sent it down from the rainy clouds or are We, Ever We, The Senders down? If We had (so) decided, We would have made it bitter” (TMQ, 56:68-70). Do you still not believe and trust that Allah is The Superb Provider?

Does sustenance mean only material provisions?
The warmth of the sun, a virtuous neighbor, and a righteous child are all examples of Allah’s blessings. Allah provides for us in many ways much better than money. We are made up of both body and soul. Sustenance for the body is food, drink, clothes, marriage, and so on. However, sustenance for the soul is dua’a (supplication), praying, reciting Qur’an, Ramadan, and so forth. Do not neglect the soul’s sustenance for the sake of the body.

What “The Superb Provider” wants from us:
Firstly, beware of unlawful money. O young people, please have faith that our countries will improve. Your supplication will never be answered if you pursue unlawful money.

Secondly, have self-esteem. A ruler, who wanted to win over a scholar, went to him in the mosque and asked him if he needed anything. The pious scholar replied that he dare not ask anything from anyone while he was in the house of Allah. Thus, the ruler waited until the scholar came out of the mosque to ask him again if he needed anything. The scholar asked the ruler whether he meant something in this worldly life or the hereafter. The ruler then said that he did not own the hereafter; he was offering something in this wordly life. The scholar answered that he did not ask for anything from the One who owns it, so how could he ask from he who did not own it?! Can you have this kind of self-esteem?

Thirdly, endeavor, make an effort, and work hard. If you do not you will incur Allah’s wrath for He created all this for you. The pilgrims perform sa'i[6] which refers to the endeavors made by Lady Hajar (AS)[7] when searching for water. Now, sa’i is part of our worship to remind us of how a woman sought sustenance. She did not give up until Allah (SWT)[8] provided for her by sending Jibril (AS) (Gabriel) to dig a well beneath the feet of baby Isma’il (AS) (Ishmael). See how worship and seeking sustenace complete each other in Islam?

The final point in this episode is for the wealthy. Allah has given you money to spend on the poor. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “…and expend of that to which He has made you successors” (TMQ, 57:7). Allah has ordered us to give zakat (mandatory alms-giving)[9] as it is the right of the needy. If the rich gave their zakat properly, there would not be needy or poor people in the Muslim community.
Today we have two practical assignments. The first is to give sadaqa (a charitable deed) in order to make the poor love and have faith in “The Superb Provider”. The second is to enable the people to know and love Allah; tell them about the most beautiful names of Allah.

The meaning of the Superb Provider will be continued tomorrow, if Allah wills.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Mankind, jinn and all creation
[3] Salla Allah alayhe wa salam (All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him)
[4] TMQ = Translation of the meaning of the Quran. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[5] Tabaraka Wa Ta`ala [Blessed and Exalted be He].
[6] Striving between the two hills of Safa and Marwa in Makkah.
[7] AS = Alayhe as-salam [Peace be upon him/her].
[8] SWT = Subhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[9] A proportion of the wealth (2.5%) of every Muslim to be paid annually for the benefit of the needy in the Muslim community.
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 4   Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:21 pm

Ar-Razzak (The Superb Provider) part2

In the name of Allah[1] (God), The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[2].
Before we start, I would like to stress that the purpose of this program is not to preach but to create a methodology of thinking: what are the manifestations of every one of the names of Allah in our lives?

Today’s episode has two parts:
1- A summary of yesterday’s episode with new examples.
2- Contentment with what Allah has ordained for us

1- Summary
We will start with some of the fruits we mentioned yesterday about Allah’s Name “The Superb Provider”. We mentioned the importance of doing your best to achieve Allah’s sustenance ordained for you. His provision and blessings are guaranteed. Thus, you must never humiliate yourself to anyone else, as Allah is your only Provider. Similarly, you must never earn ill-gotten wealth, as you will not miss any wealth assigned to you by Allah. Our means of living and sustenance have been decreed before we were created. Thus, be patient and earn it lawfully as you will be accountable for it both ways.

Allah says, “And in the heaven is your provision and whatever you are promised. So by The Lord of the heaven and the earth, surely it is indeed true as (it is true) that you (can) pronounce (your languages),” (TMQ[3], 51:22, 23).

The Prophet informed us that Jibril (AS) (Gabriel) told him a soul would not die until it has received its predetermined wealth and lived every second of its lifetime.

An old man who had no relatives to provide for him was heard saying, “O Allah! Provide for us as you provide for crow chicks.” Crow chicks have a different appearance than adult crows, and therefore are not fed by the mother, but have a distinctive smell that attracts certain worms that serve as food for these chicks. Can you see the grace of Allah exalted be He? This, however, should not lead us to leave perseverance and hard work. We should learn that from Lady Haggar when she went back and forth between As-safa and al-Marwah to look for water for her son, and did not stop until she found it.

Here is another story that shows you the great mercy of the Superb Provider. Certain water currents have been found to move at very high speeds under the surface of the oceans. One of the most known currents is one that passes from the Scandinavian countries to South America, and carries with it huge amounts of plankton. This leads sardine fish to follow it. They in return serve as food for large numbers of birds and seagulls, as well as dolphins and sharks on the shores the current ends in. Can you imagine the great arrangement and planning by the Superb Provider? If Allah plans that for such small animals and creatures, will he not provide for you and grant you His sustenance? Is it not time for us to look at the universe as a big mosque in which everything is prostrating to Allah, and submitting solely to him, and serving as part of his endowments upon us?

2- Contentment with what Allah has ordained for us
I said yesterday that Allah wants from us three things:
1 - Endeavor (sa’i).
2 - Not to humiliate ourselves to others for sustenance.
3 - Not to accept unlawful sustenance.

In fact there is a fourth point that I saved for today’s episode. This is a beautiful point for all those who are having problems, or are living a harsh and difficult life. I am talking about contentment with what Allah has ordained for us.

Brothers and sisters, there are 2 types of worship. The first is through physical actions, and the second is worshipping Allah with the heart. The Superb Provider wants you to show this worship with your heart. This is the worship of contentment: to be satisfied with what Allah has given to you. So, are you pleased with your life? Are you satisfied with what Allah has given you? Are you satisfied with your home, your appearance, your spouse, and your work? I know that you are saying, “All thanks and praises be to Allah.” I want that answer to be from your heart.

What is contentment? Some people understand contentment to be submission. Rather, it is aspiration to be better, but with true satisfaction with what you already have now. The Prophet’s migration from Makkah to Madinah is a perfect example for that. He was contented with Allah’s decree in Makkah, but still strived to migrate for the better.

The Prophet (SAWS) informed us that Allah (SWT) has honored Man and made him superior to all other creatures, which were all created for his benefit and sustenance.
Allah has planned for you your wealth, in the way that is best for you. Thus, we need to trust in the way Allah (SWT) provides for us and, once you maintain a content heart, this not only relieves your body and mind from stress and worry but it makes Allah (SWT) pleased with you.

One more reason to remain content at heart is to trust that Allah (SWT) has given you what you actually need and what additional things you demand may not be for your benefit but rather an enticement for you to go astray and incur his wrath, as Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And if Allah were to outspread the provision for His bondmen, they would indeed be inequitable in the earth; but He sends down in a determined (estimate) whatever He decides; surely He is Ever-Cognizant, Ever-Beholding His bondmen.” (TMQ, 42:27)

Thus, the Prophet (SAWS) taught us that when you wake up, in any given day, and find yourself in good health, feeling safe where you live and with enough sustenance for that single day, you should be satisfied and rise above this earthly world.

Even at times of hardship, one should remain content with what Allah (SWT) has decreed. In fact, the signs of contentment, in any matter, are three: to make Istikhara[4] before you make a decision, to feel no bitterness when what Allah (SWT) has decreed unfolds before you, and to continue to worship Allah (SWT) and love him even after the hardship has befallen you. By contrast, those, whose faith is on the edge, are torn with bitterness in every hardship and they might even stop worshipping Allah (SWT) after he tests them in a crisis, which delivers them to misery in this life and in the hereafter.

There are several examples of contentment in our history, especially at times of crisis. The Prophet (SAWS) maintained a content heart throughout all the hardships in his life and when his most beloved son Ibrahim died right after he had been weaned, he cried out of mercy but praised Allah (SWT) for all He had decreed.

Omar Ibnul-Khattab said that, whenever a crisis befell him, he praised Allah (SWT) for four things: that it was not worse than it was, that it was not in his faith, that Allah (SWT) rewarded him greatly for his patience, and that nothing could be equal to the loss he felt when the Prophet (SAWS) died.

When the Prophet’s uncle Hamza Ibn-Abdul-Muttalib got killed and his body mutilated, in the battle of Uhud, his sister Lady Safiya cried but praised Allah (SWT) for all the other blessings He had bestowed on her and her family.

Orwa Ibnul-Zubayr, when his leg got amputated and his young son got killed in the same day, smiled and praised Allah (SWT) for whatever He took and whatever He left since he saw a great blessing in still having six living children and three working limbs.

Moreover, Allah (SWT) The Just distributes all types of blessings among the people in different percentages. Therefore, whoever lacks in one area should realize that he has been blessed in other areas, especially if we consider the spiritual blessings, which sometimes overweigh material ones.

Hence, while striving to improve your circumstances, maintain two important qualities: piety and the continuous asking for Allah’s forgiveness.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[3] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah: Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[4] Genuinely asking Allah to guide you to whatever He sees best, which can be done in prayer or supplication.
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 5   Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:25 pm

Ar-Raqeeb (The Watcher)

In the name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[1].

Today's episode is about the Name of Allah, “The Watcher” which is mentioned three times in the Ever-Glorious Qur’an. It is a crucial episode with the goal of helping you live in the guidance of Allah's name, “The Watcher”, who watches both righteous and evil deeds. Allah says what can be translated as, “Does he not know that Allah sees?” (TMQ, 14:96)[2]. Hence this is the name that can help you keep your intentions pure and your deeds righteous.

The first point in this episode is the meaning of Allah being watchful over you. This meaning is obvious in the following narrations. Omar Ibnul-Khattab wanted to see how his subjects were doing. He found a shepherd and asked him, “Would you sell me this sheep?” The boy replied, “It belongs to my master.” Omar said, “If your master asks you, tell him that the wolf has eaten her.” He looked at him and said, “Allah is the Greatest. What would I say to Him?” Omar cried and said, “By Allah, you are right. What would you say to Him?”

I ask anyone in our society who cheats people the same question, “What would you say to Him?” This shepherd put the essence of Islam in one sentence.

The second narration is the known story of the milk-seller. While Omar Ibnul-Khattab was walking at night to check on the people, he heard a mother ordering her daughter to dilute the milk. The daughter replied, “Do you not know that the Emir of the believers has forbidden that?” The mother said, “Omar Ibnul-Khattab does not see us now.” She replied, “If Omar does not see us, his Lord sees us.” When Omar heard these words, he put a mark on the house and went to his sons. He told them, “There is a young lady in that house; which of you will marry her? By Allah, I will not let her marry a stranger. If you do not obey me, I will marry her myself.” His son Aasem married her, and in this way the son of the Emir of the believers married a milk-seller for her fear of Allah, The Watcher. Omar Ibn-Abdul-Azeez, the well-known and just ruler descended from this woman. Justice prevailed by the blessings of the words of a woman who feared The Watcher.

In the third narration, during the period of the Tatars, a young man was seeking guidance, but was instead confused. He went to a scholar and inquired how to follow the Prophet's (SAWS) order to believe in Allah then to keep on the straight path. The scholar advised him to repeat the following statement whenever he went to bed, woke up or went out, “Allah looks at me; Allah watches me; Allah witnesses me”, and to come back after a year. The young man kept repeating this statement not only when he was about to commit a sin, but also when he did a good deed. He got nearer to Allah over time, but did not come back to the scholar. The young man joined the army and did well. One day, he saw in his dream that he was lost in the desert and crying on a rock. A group of knights headed by a high-ranking, elegant man came to him. That man dismounted his horse then strongly raised the young man and said, “Stand up Mahmoud. This is your way to Egypt! You will rule it and defeat the Tatars.” The young man went to the scholar and told him about his dream. The latter assured him that it was a good vision. He was Seifuddin Qutoz, the victorious who freed Egypt.


The Watcher knows the treacherous look of the eyes and whatever the chests conceal, as Allah says what can be translated as, “And be secret in your speech, or say it aloud; surely He is Ever-Knowing of the (inmost thoughts) within the breasts (Literally: what the breasts own).” (TMQ, 13:67), “And in case you are loud in (your) speech, then surely He knows the secret and whatever is (yet) more concealed.” (TMQ, 7:20).

Consider the following ayah, “And in His Providence are the keys of the Unseen; none knows them except He. And He knows whatever is in the land and the sea. And in no way does a leaf fall down, except that He knows it…” (TMQ, 59:06). Since He watches even a leaf, Allah watches every movement or quiescence of you.

Remember that Allah is always with you, and bear the following statement in mind, “Allah looks at me; Allah watches me; Allah witnesses me”. If we can be restrained inwardly by this fact, society will improve for the better and the need for external means of control will be minimized. People must be educated to fear the The Watcher. Also, during Ramadan, the youth should train themselves to live in the guidance of The Watcher. When Abu-Bakr assigned Omar the Caliphate, people were afraid of his toughness. Abu-Bakr commented that he was a man whose inside was better than his outside.

The following story has been narrated in Islamic history. A man was cheated by another who took his money. He could not take it back due to a lack of evidence. He was too distressed and later on was confined to bed. When he was at death's door, he ordered his elder son to let his funeral stop at the store of the unjust man and to deliver him a letter after reading it to him. The letter contained, “I went to Allah; He knows what you did to me. He watches both of us. You will follow me soon; we will meet on the Day of Judgment, and I will have my money back”.

Imagine what life would be like if we started living with The Watcher. For those who have not been raised in this way, start living with The Watcher so that you may form the world’s best community. Let us start cleaning our inner selves along with our outer appearance. Since none of us are free from sins, we should constantly remember the Watcher and seek His forgiveness. Allah stresses that we be kind to women as he is The Watcher over our affairs with our wives and women, saying in what can be translated as, “O you mankind, be pious to your Lord, Who created you of one self, and created from it its spouse, and from the two disseminated many men and women; and be pious to Allah, about Whom you ask one another, and to the wombs; (i.e., be pious to the relatives) surely Allah has been Ever-Watchful over you.” (TMQ, 1:4)

The Watcher does not only see our bad deeds, but also our good deeds. You all remember the story of Yunus (Jonah) when he was swallowed by the whale in the deep sea. Can you imagine how lonely he was? He was stranded in the darkness of the mouth of the whale, in the darkness of the deep ocean, in the darkness of the night. “Then he called out in the darkness (saying), “There is no god except You. All Extolment be to You! Surely, I have been of the unjust.” (TMQ, 87:21)

Methods of Watching
1) Allah himself watches us wherever we are, whatever we do, and whenever we do it. He even knows our unspoken intentions.
2) Angels: The angels on our left and right shoulders watch and record all our moves. Allah says what can be translated as, “In no way does he utter a saying except that close to him is a (Guardian) constantly ready.” (TMQ, 50:18)
3) Conscience: Allah has created a powerful alarm system in our selves, which is our conscience. It automatically switches on whether we commit a sin or do something good. Every act is reflected on our faces. We feel guilty when we commit sins, and our faces light up when we do good deeds. This system is better than any surveillance system used in the world to prevent crime or control traffic. On the Day of Judgment, even our own hands and feet will testify to what we did, while our speech will be taken away from us. “Today We seal up their mouths, and their hands speak to Us, and their legs testify to what they have been earning.” (TMQ, 65:36). As for those who succeed on this day they will say, “(Now), here you are! Read my book.” (TMQ, 19:69).

It is The Watcher who has created within us this system, to remind us that we can never escape from Him. The Watcher has given us this ‘hidden’ system to spare us the uneasy feeling that someone stares at us. Allah has put this system in place for our own good. We are candidates for Paradise and Allah is helping us achieve this eternal success. Even in our supplications, we do not need to tell Allah all the details of our wishes and needs. The Watcher knows exactly what we need and just a simple tear drop is enough in our supplication to get the message across to Him.

Let us return to our selves and make a pledge with The Watcher; that throughout this month we will be better Muslims, so that we may reach the level of ihsan.[3]


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[1] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[2] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[3] To worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, for if you can’t see Him, He sees you.
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 6   Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:56 pm

Al-Jabbar (The Superb Comforter- The Superb Potentate)[1]

In the name of Allah[2] (God), The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful, all praises be to Allah, the Lord of the universe. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon Allah's Messenger.
Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, " Surely I am making in the earth a successor” (TMQ[4], 2:30) and “So know that there is no god except Allah…" (TMQ, 47:19).

As for today's Name, it encompasses all the meanings of mercy, compassion and tenderness. Today's Name is Al-Jabbar “The Superb Comforter-The Superb Potentate”. This name is more known for its association with the Names The Avenger and The Superb Vanquisher to severely punish the tyrants and oppressive people. However, it also encompasses all the meanings of mercy and compassion.
It is mentioned only once in the Qur'an. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as “He is Allah, (other than Whom) there is no god except He. He is The King, The Superb Holy, The Peace, (i.e., The Giver of Peace) The Supreme Believer, (i.e., The Giver of Belief) The Supremely Hegemonic, The Ever-Mighty, The Superb Comforter-The Superb Potentate, The Supremely Proud. (i.e., The Justly Proud) All Extolment be to Allah above whatever they associate (with Him)” (TMQ, 59:23).

Hence, the Name Al-Jabbar, meaning "The Superb Comforter", is the One Who solaces and comforts the oppressed. This Name is the refuge of the distressed, the oppressed, the orphans and humiliated people. The Name “Al-Jabbar” has the same root as the word “Al-Jabeera” which means, the splint, which is used to set the broken bones. Similarly Allah (SWT), The Almighty, sets the broken hearts of the oppressed and humiliated people. Allah (SWT) called Himself the Superb Comforter, promising to comfort those who seek refuge in Him from their distresses.

The Prophet (SAWS)[5] used to supplicate Allah (SWT) saying, "O Allah, you are the only One Who solaces the distressed." He (SAWS) said that the weak and the terrified are in the shelter of The Superb Comforter-The superb Potentate. Did you ever reflect on the meaning of this Name in this way?
Therefore, trust in him and go to Him to relieve your distress. He is the Lord of this Kingdom. Never ask anyone other than Him. In this regard, Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, "Is not He (Most Charitable) Who answers the constrained person when he invokes Him…" (TMQ, 27:62). So, take this as a general rule in your life.

A good example is the mother of Musa (AS) (Moses). The story is mentioned in Surat Al-Qasas (The Narrative). The Surah narrates the story of the severe conflict between the children of Israel and the tyrant Pharaoh. The latter was killing all the newborn baby boys at that time. Musa’s mother was worried about her son, therefore Allah (SWT) said what can be translated as, “And We revealed to M‍usa’s mother, (saying), “Suckle him; so, when you fear for him, then cast him in the main; and do not fear, nor grieve. Surely We will turn him back to you, and will make him one of the Emissaries.” (TMQ, 28:7). " And the heart-sight of M‍usa’s mother became empty, (and) decidedly she indeed almost declared him, had We not braced her heart, that she might be of the believers." TMQ, 28:10).

I would like you to reflect on the beginning of the Surah, as Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Surely Firaawn had exalted himself in the land and made its population into sects, deeming a section of them weak, constantly slaying their sons and (sparing) alive their women. Surely he was one of the corruptors. And We are willing to be bounteous to the ones who were deemed weak in the land, and make them leaders, and make them the inheritors, And to establish them in the land, and to show Firaawn and Haman and their hosts the (very things) against which they were wary." (TMQ, 28:4-6).

The Surah deals with the conflict between the children of Israel and Pharaoh. However, Allah (SWT) draws your attention to that weak woman who was worried about her son. The Superb Comforter comforts her distress as mentioned in the Surah, “And We had prohibited to him earlier wet-nurses. So she said, “Shall I indicate to you the family of a house who will sponsor him for you and advisably look after him?” So We turned him back to his mother so that she might comfort her eye and not grieve, and that she might know that the promise of Allah is true; but most of them do not know." (TMQ, 28:12-13).
Hence, I call upon all those who are humiliated and distressed, as well as the nation of Muhammad in Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine to take refuge in The Superb Comforter-The Superb Potentate.

Let us remember what happened to the Prophet (SAWS) when he went to Taiyef. People threw stones and mud at him and called him names. He was hurt and humiliated. Imagine that happening to your own father. The Prophet’s legs started bleeding but he kept running with Zaid Ibn-Haritha (RA) to find a safe place to hide. Who would he turn to now but The Superb Comforter-The Superb Potentate? He did not ask Allah (SWT) for anything that day, he was simply complaining to Him and telling him how badly he was hurt and how weak he felt. How did Allah (SWT) mend the Prophet’s heart on that day? A little boy, Addas, approached him, listened to him, believed in him, and kissed his bleeding feet. Allah (SWT) may mend your heart through the affection of those around you, like your son, for example. Allah (SWT) later comforted the Prophet’s heart with the miracle of al-israa and al-mi’raj [6] which elevated the status of our dear Prophet (SAWS) eternally.

Unlike Allah’s name Al-Muntaqim (The Avenger), Allah’s name Al-Jabbar has two meanings: The Superb Comforter and The Superb Potentate; He is comforting to the oppressed and firm with the unjust as He punishes them for their injustice. Be kind to the underprivileged so that you escape Allah’s avengement when they resort to the Superb Potentate. This name has a special meaning for the heavy-hearted.

The Superb Comforter- The Superb Potentate has another meaning as well. Sometimes we treat people unjustly, undergo Allah’s punishment, feel broken, and hence resort to Allah (SWT) for help. Allah transforms our punishment into a blessing which reminds us of the ayah, translated as, “Say, “O Allah, Possessor of the Kingship, You bring the kingship to whomever You decide, and You draw the kingship from whomever You decide, and You render mighty whomever You decide, and You humiliate whomever You decide. In Your Hand is (the) Charity; surely You are Ever-Determiner over everything” (TMQ, 3: 26). Prophet Musa (AS) (Moses) was broken when he left his city, but he became a prophet ten years later. I know a man who used to love making fun of others. One day he made fun of a blind man and thus was sentenced to Allah’s punishment for hurting the poor man’s feelings. That man’s wife gave birth to a blind baby which really broke the man apart. Since he could not handle that punishment, he distanced himself from this child until one day he found himself alone with him and the child asked him to take him to the mosque for Friday prayer. That man wept profusely as his son recited Surat al-Kahf and decided to repent and return to the Right Path.
Imagine when you face The Superb Potentate on the Day of Judgement, where people are either oppressors or oppressed. Who will be more fearful?

Allah (SWT) is The Superb Comforter for worshippers. If you have been deprived of a certain act of worship due to sickness or some sort of commitment, Allah (SWT) will make it up to you. Sometimes we feel sad because we fall ill in Ramadan, but Allah (SWT) may give us more reward for the sincerity manifested in the tears we shed in sorrow. Allah (SWT) cares especially for the hearts of parents, so never upset them or oppress them or else they may – intentionally or unintentionally – make a du’aa (supplication) that affects your whole life. Allah (SWT) mends your heart when He accepts your repentence. He mends your heart when He accepts your prayers even if they are incomplete. He mends the hearts of the orphans, the underprivilged, and the oppressed. If you feel oppressed run to Allah tonight. If you have oppressed someone, ask them for forgiveness tonight. Mend someone’s heart tomorrow so that Allah (SWT) mends yours. Spread the meaning of tonight’s episode to remind people of Allah (SWT) The Superb Comforter- The Superb Potentate so that we may florish again.


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[1] The name Al-Jabbar in Arabic covers both meaning, when describing Allah (SWT) it means that He is the superb Comforter for the oppressed and the Superb Potentate for the oppressors.
[2] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[3] SWT=Suhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[4] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[5] All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him
[6] the night journey of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) from Makkah to Jerusalem and his ascension to the s
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 7   Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:00 pm

Al-Wakeel (The Ultimate Trustee)

In the name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful, all praises be to Allah, Lord of the worlds[2]. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah (SAWS)[3].
Today we will talk about a very beautiful name that gives us a sense of comfort, safety, and reassurance. Understanding this name is especially helpful to those who are depressed, anxious, or worried about their future. The name we are going to deal with today is “Al-Wakeel”, or “The Ultimate Trustee”.

Today’s episode will deal with five main points: an introduction, the meaning of The Ultimate Trustee, how can one determine whether he/she truly trusts Allah (SWT)[4], examples of how Allah (SWT) always supports those who trust Him and grants them victory, and finally, some beautiful meanings related to the name, “The Ultimate Trustee”.

First, let us start with the introduction. I would like to say that all people need to understand the meaning of “The Ultimate Trustee”, including parents who are worried about their children and youth who are worried about their future, job opportunities, marriage, etc. This name also touches those who have big dreams and plans but are afraid to fail. Every single person in this nation needs to understansd this name.

What does the “The Ultimate Trustee” mean? When you go to a notary public’s office to issue someone a general power of attorney, the officer asks you if you are sure about this. A general power of attorney means that you give this person the authority to act on your behalf in all your affairs. To give someone a general power of attorney, he/she must meet three essential criteria: he must be worthy of your trust, he has to be experienced, and he must truly care about your welfare. It is difficult to find a person who can fulfill these three criteria, but Allah (SWT), being The Ultimate Trustee, fulfills them all!

Every ayah[5] in which Allah calls on people to make Him their trustee is preceded by a description of His power and authority. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And to Allah belongs the Unseen of the heavens and the earth; and to Him all Command will be returned. So worship Him and put your trust in Him…” (TMQ[6], 11: 123). Also, He (SWT) says what can be translated as, “The Lord of the east and the west; there is no god except He; so take Him for yourself as an Ever-Trusted Trustee” (TMQ, 73: 9). You should feel safe and reassured when you listen to such ayahs! We entrust Allah because He is the Lord of the universe and everything in the universe belongs to Him. How could we trust weak people and not trust Him?

Please do not misunderstand me. We have to trust people too and resort to them when we need help. For example, we should go to a qualified physician when we feel sick or seek out officials whom we think can help us in our affairs. However, we should always bear in mind that only Allah (SWT) has the control and power over all things.

So what does “The Ultimate Trustee” mean? It means that He kindly controls His worshippers’ affairs and takes care of them. He never abandons them nor leaves them to someone else. Even if everyone is against you, you should feel safe because Allah is your trustee and He will protect you.

Listen to the following ayah, “The ones to whom the multitude (Literally: mankind) said, ‘Surely the multitude have already gathered against you, so be apprehensive of them.’ Yet, it increased them in belief, and they said, ‘Allah is The Reckoner enough for us, and how excellent is The Ever-Trusted Trustee!’” (TMQ, 3: 173). This ayah is talking about the Prophet’s companions after the Battle of Uhud. Many of them died and were injured in this battle, and the rest were feeling down and distressed. The Prophet (SAWS) knew that Quraish may return to fight them again, so he told his companions that no one shall fight with him again except those who fought with him in the Battle of Uhud. On their way to Madinah, and at a place called “Hamra’ al-Asad”, the Muslims received a messenger from Quraish sent to instill fear into them. The messenger told the Prophet that Quraish had donned its war attire and that they have gathered all Arabs to fight them. The Prophet (SAWS) said nothing but cried out with his companions, “Allah suffices us, for He is the best disposer of affairs.” This cry scared the messenger who returned to Quraish and told them that the Muslims are uttering [passionate] words; they will eat you alive! Listen to the next ayah (which follows the ayah above), “So they turned over (Or: turned around) with favor from Allah and (His) Grace; no odious (disadvantage) did touch them; and they followed closely the all-blessed Satisfaction of Allah; and Allah is The Owner of magnificent Grace” (TMQ, 3: 174).

For this reason, the Prophet (SAWS) teaches us to entrust Allah at all times. One of the dhikr (the remembrance of Allah) that he has ordered us to say every morning and evening is “Allah is enough (Reckoner) for me. There is no god except He. In Him I have put my trust; He is the Lord of the Magnificent Throne”. He (SAWS) tells us that he who says this seven times every morning, will have Allah care for his affairs that day. Similarly, the Prophet (SAWS) ordered us to say once we leave our houses, “In the name of Allah, I entrust my soul to Allah, and there is no power but in Allah”. He who says this, will be guided, defended, and protected, and no devil will be able to mislead him.

What Are The Signs That You Are Entrusting Your Soul To Allah?
First, if you find yourself repeating the name of The Ultimate Trustee and experiencing this feeling of entrusting your soul to Allah in times of difficulties, then you are truly trusting Allah with your soul. Our example in this is Ibrahim (AS) (Abraham). When he was about 16 years of age, he was accused of destroying the idols his tribe worshipped. As a result of this unforgiveable crime, he was convicted to be burnt alive. A huge construction was built, then set on fire so he would be thrown in. Allah says about this what can be translated as "They said, ‘Burn him away and vindicate your gods, in case you are performing that’” (TMQ, 21: 68). However, Ibrahim (AS) remained steadfast and assured. When he was about to be thrown into the fire, Jibril (AS) (Gabriel) came to him and asked whether he wanted anything. He replied that he wanted nothing from Jibril (AS), but from Allah; he uttered the phrase "Allah suffices me, for He is the best disposer of affairs". As a reward for his great trust in Allah, He, the Omnipotent, ordered the fire to change its qualities in order not to burn Ibrahim (AS). Allah says about this what can be translated as, “We said, ‘O fire, be coolness and peace upon Ibrahim!’” (TMQ, 21: 69).

Second, the more difficult the situation is, the more common it is for people to lose hope; whereas he who entrusts his soul to Allah is more optimistic as the situation gets darker. The Ultimate Trustee sometimes tests you by destroying the worldly means on which you depend. If you lose hope, then you were not truly entrusting your soul to Allah. An evident example of this, is the Prophet (SAWS) during the Year of Grief. When he most needed his uncle Abu-Taleb and his wife Khadijah, they both passed away in the same month. The important lesson Allah wanted to teach his Prophet was, "I am the Protector. I am the Ultimate Trustee".

Another example from seerah (the biography of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)) is the journey of the Prophet (SAWS) to Taif. He walked for 100km in order to call the people of Taif to Islam, but they refused to believe. Moreover, they hit him with stones until his feet bled, but The Ultimate Trustee was always there for him. On his way back to Makkah, the boy Addas believed in his message; and when he started to read Qur'an aloud, jinn[7] heard him and believed in Allah. After this, the incident of al-israa and al-mi’raj[8] took place in which he was honored in heaven, then al-Ansar (the residents of Madinah) believed in him and supported him until hijrah (the migration from Makkah to Madinah) took place. Allah decides what is best for you; so trust Him!

Third, never earn your living in an unlawful way, as Allah is The Sustainer and The Superb Provider. There is a very good example which shows how man is unaware that Allah is The Superb Provider. The embryo in his mother's womb is blessed by one source of food through the mother's blood. When the baby is born, he cries for losing this known source, so Allah gives him two sources for food instead; milk from his mother's breasts. After being weaned, he cries for losing these sources, so Allah gives him four sources of food instead; meat, fish, water and milk. At his deathbed, he cries for leaving the world which he knows, so Allah opens jannah (Paradise) to him which has eight doors. How short-sighted man is?!

Fourth, do not be too anxious about the future. Fear and anxiety about one's future is normal; however, being too anxious means that you do not entrust your soul to Allah.

Fifth, work hard and at the same time believe in your heart in The Ultimate Trustee. An example of this is hijrah – the best situation to teach us how one can entrust one's soul to Allah. The Prophet (SAWS) depended on worldly means and planned for hijrah perfectly and creatively. However, when he and his companion were overtaken by the people of Quraish, the Prophet (SAWS) put his faith in Allah and said to Abu-Bakr, calming him down, “What do you think is the destiny of two people who have Allah for their Companion?"

Examples of Those Who Entrusted Their Souls to Allah
Lady Hajar, wife of Ibrahim (AS), demonstrated to us a great example in entrusting one's soul to Allah when Ibrahim (AS) left her in the desert with their child Isma’il (AS) (Ishmael). She asked Ibrahim (AS) if it was Allah who ordered him to do so, and he replied yes, so she said with conviction, "then He shall not forsake us".

One of the nicest instances of entrusting one's soul to Allah is Istikhara[9] prayer. Istikhara results only in good outcomes because it is a trust in Allah's choice. However, never be passively dependent on Allah. In the journey of al-israa and al-mi’raj, the prophet (SAWS) tied al-Buraq[10], although it was not in danger of running away, because he was used to considering worldly means in addition to trusting Allah.

How to Entrust Your Soul to Allah?
We have to train ourselves to trust in Allah. When Musa (AS) (Moses) saw the cane turning into a snake for the first time, he ran away in fear. The second time around, he did not run; however, he entertained a fright within himself, being confronted by the magicians. Whereas the third time, the most difficult of these situations, when the army of the Pharaoh was behind them and the sea in front of them, he had no fear; he said what can be translated as, "Not at all. Surely my Lord is with me; He will soon guide me" (TMQ, 26: 62).

What's Our Duty Towards This Name?
Train yourself how to entrust your soul to Allah. Develop the habit of saying in dhikr (the remembrances of Allah) every morning and evening, "Allah suffices me, for He is the best disposer of affairs". Highlight this value in your life.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Mankind, jinn and all creation
[3] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[4] SWT = Subhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[5] A verse in the Qur'an
[6] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[7] An invisible being of fire
[8] the night journey of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) from Makkah to Jerusalem and his ascension to the seventh heaven
[9]It is a prayer, in which one asks Allah to choose for him the better of two paths. It is performed in two raka’as (one unit of Islamic prayer) after which a certain dua’a (supplication) is said.
[10] The steed that transported the Prophet (SAWS)
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 8   Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:03 pm

(The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful)


In the name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS[2]).

By the end of the first third of Ramadan, are you pleased with your performance thus far? How close were you to Allah (SWT)[3]? Ramadan comes but once a year and no one knows if he/she will live to see next Ramadan, therefore do your best in everything from prayer to supplication to helping others to giving in charity.

This name is one of the characteristics of Allah (SWT) with His creation from the beginning of creation to its end. It is the name of Allah "The All Merciful, The Ever Merciful". All the creatures bear witness to this name and to its beautiful meaning. Therefore, the aim of today's episode is to rejoice at the mercy of Allah, The All Merciful, The Ever Merciful.

Allah says what can be translated as, "Say, "By the Grace of Allah, and by His mercy; so with that let them exult; it is more charitable (i.e., better) than whatever they (heap) together. (Literally: whatever they gather)." (TMQ, 10:59).

We will cover six main points:
1- The meaning of the name "The All Merciful, The Ever Merciful"
2- How to sense this name and feel rejoiced.
3- The effect of this name on the universe.
4- Calamities and Ibtila'at (trials).
5- Special mercies of this name.
6- How to live with this name.

The difference between Allah's names Ar-rahman (The All Merciful) and Ar-raheem (The Ever Merciful)

Ar-rahmah (Mercy) is defined as a compassion that implicates a favor bestowed upon creatures so as to make them happy. As for the difference between the two names, it has been subject to ample discussions by Moslem scholars, but it can be simplified as follows: Ar-rahman (The All Merciful) is when Allah (SWT) bestows His mercy upon all the creatures in this universe. Allah says what can be translated as "Say, "Who will take good care of you by night and in the daytime from The All-Merciful?" No indeed, (but) from the Remembrance of their Lord they are veering away." (TMQ, 21:42). However, Ar-raheem (The Ever Merciful) is when Allah (SWT) bestows His special mercy upon the believers only. For example, eating and drinking is a general mercy, while worshiping Allah in Ramadan is a special one.

How to rejoice at the name of Allah The All-Merciful, The Ever Merciful

This joy is sensed throughout the universe. Allah's mercy is manifested in all creatures from the beginning of creation. When Adam (AS) was created, the first thing he did was sneezing. The angels immediately asked him to say: "All praise be to Allah". Then Allah (SWT) said to him: "May my mercy be upon you". In the same way, he very beginning of the ever-glorious Qur'an reads what can be translated as, "In the name of Allah, The All Merciful, The Ever Merciful". (TMQ, 1:1)

The Prophet (SAWS) says that Allah created 100 units of mercy on the day He created the heavens and earth, each of these units can contain all that is between the heaven and earth. Out of these units one mercy is used by His creation for mutual love and affection. On the Day of Judgment, Allah (SWT) will complete and perfect His mercy by adding this one mercy to the remaining ninety nine mercies and bestow them upon the believers. The Prophet (SAWS) confessed that he will enter Paradise, not by his deeds, but by Allah's mercy on him.

Therefore, mercy exists side by side with creation from the beginning of time till the Day of Judgment. Throughout our lives we are subjected to various ordeals, which are in a way mercies even death.

The effects of Allah's mercy on the universe

The Prophet (SAWS) says that Allah is much more merciful to His creatures than a compassionate mother is to her child. This comparison shows us that Allah's mercy has an effect on relationships between mankind, especially motherhood. Allah (SWT) to brought mercy into the relationships between the parents and their children as well as within one's extended family.

Another example of Allah's mercy in the universe is that He specified an exact time for day and an other one for night. This mercy of Allah we feel at night fall, when we are to rest and at dawn, when we are to start a new day. This change takes place smoothly to make us sense the mercy of Allah upon us.

Another of Allah's mercy upon us is the basic elements we need for life, which are beyond the control of humans, such as rain. No one can live without water and Allah is the only one who can order the sky to rain, even if some tries to build dams you find water in wells or on mountain tops in the shape of ice. The other blessing is air. No one can live without it yet no one can control it or deny it to someone. Allah says what can be translated as "Allah is He Who sends the winds. So they stir up clouds, then He outspreads them in the heaven how He decides and makes them into lumps. Then you see rain-drops coming (Literally: going out) out of the midst of them. So when He makes it alight on whomever of His bondmen He decides; only then they are glad at the tidings. And decidedly before that, before it was sent down on them, they had been indeed dumbfounded. So look into the tracks of the mercy of Allah, how He gives life to the earth after its death; surely He (Literally: That) is indeed the Life-Giver of the dead, and He is Ever-Determiner over everything." (TMQ, 30:48-50).

A further mercy from Allah is that He made rain sweet instead of salty, Allah says what can be translated as "Have you then seen the water you drink? Is it you who have sent it down from the rainy clouds or are We, Ever We, The Senders down? If We had (so) decided, We would have made it bitter; so had you only thanked (Us)!" (TMQ, 56:68till70). And yet another mercy from Allah (SWT) appears in what can be translated as "Say, “Have you seen (that) in case your water becomes in the morning deep-sunken, (i.e., in the earth) then who would come up to you with (i.e., bring) profuse water?”" (TMQ, 67:30). Water has the characteristics in that it remains on the surface of the earth and does not sink into earth. Isn't this from the mercy of Allah?
Allah's mercy is reflected on all the social relations that surround us. He (SWT) planted the seed of love in the hearts of parents and created that special bond between the different members of a family. Even the womb in the Arabic language is named rahem , meaning mercy. You find Allah talking about this in the Hadith Qudsy mentioning that kinship ties are so important that if you uphold them then you would be maintaining your tie with Allah (SWT) and vise versa.
No matter how many sins you commit He is still the All-Merciful, the Ever-Merciful. He created each couple and planted the seed of mercy between them. Allah says what can be translated as " And of His signs is that He created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you (may) find rest in them, and he has made between you amity and mercy. Surely in that are indeed signs for a people who meditate." (TMQ, 30:21).

His mercy is also evident in sending the Prophet (SAWS). Allah says what can be translated as "And in no way have We sent you except as a mercy to the worlds." (TMQ, 21:107). Or when He says what can be translated as "So it was by (some) mercy from Allah that you have been lenient with them; and if you had been stern (and) harsh of heart, they would indeed have broken away from round about you. So be clement towards them, and ask forgiveness for them, and take counsel of them in the command. Yet when you are resolved, then put your trust in Allah; surely Allah loves the (ones) trusting (in Him)." (TMQ, 03:159).

Allah is the main source of mercy, whoever draws near to Allah will be blessed by having his heart filled with mercy. Allah (SWT) is the source of mercy and the Prophet was the closest to Him followed by Abu Bakr as said by the Prophet (SAWS).

I will show you a short film about the mercy of Allah among His creation.

The reason behind all the dilemmas and hardships we face in life

Let me start first by mentioning a few points. Allah says what can be translated as "No indeed, (but) you prefer the present life, (Literally: the lowly life, i.e., the life of this world). And the Hereafter is more charitable (i.e., better) and more enduring." (TMQ, 87:16&17). Allah wants you to be happy and eventually end up in jannah (paradise) that is why you need to be taught that the present worldly life will not last forever and that you need to remind yourself of the reward in the end, which will be the jannah. It is just like what our Prophet (SAWS) told us, describing the present life as being a prison to the believer, yet jannah to the disbeliever.

While we were in our mother's wombs we were happy although it was a very small place similar to a prison, but we knew nothing else so we were happy with it and when we come out to life we become unhappy, but then found out that it is a better and larger place. Nevertheless it is still a limited space compared with what Allah has created for us in the jannah.

Allah says what can be translated as "And We will indeed let them definitely taste of the lowlier torment, (i.e., Punishment in this life) lesser (Or: other than) than the greater, that possibly they would return." (TMQ, 32:21). That is why you are sometimes faced with hardships, Allah wants to reform you and put you on the right path to reward you with the jannah.

Death is also a mercy from Allah. All through our present life we are constantly being tested, as if in an exam. But when we die we can relax and wait for the final result to come out, which will eventually be the jannah if Allah wills it.

The Prophet (SAWS) says that at the time of death of any true believer the angels are present and the deceased person can see them, this is also a mercy from Allah (SWT) as he wants to reassure you before you enter an unknown world. The angel of death will sit by your head and read Allah's words, what can be translated as " O you self (that is) composed, Return to your Lord satisfied with Supreme Satisfaction! So enter among My bondmen! And enter My Garden! "(TMQ, 89:27till30). Surely you will be happy when you hear this. Your soul will then immediately be lifted by the angels in a huge parade to Allah, where it says in the Qur'an what can be translated as "And what makes you realize what Illiyeen is?" (TMQ, 83:19). All this occurs before you enter your grave, as a way of assurance. In your grave you will have your good deeds manifested as a very hansom man who will accompany you till the Day of Judgment and all that time you can see your place in jannah and what is waiting for you. He is the Merciful.

Special blessings and mercy during the month of Ramadan

Allah loves his servants that is why he grants us special blessings like this month. Other blessings during this month could be to shed a tear or to perform a prayer of two raka’a (one unit of Islamic prayer) during the night. These are just examples of those special blessings that He has bestowed upon us. If others are rejoicing the present life, then you better rejoice having Allah The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful.

Our duty towards this name

1. Have mercy on others such as the poor, the needy, your wife, your family any person.
2. Pray two raka'at with your wife during the night.
3. Strengthen your kinship ties.
4. Be dutiful to your parents
5. Read the Qur'an and pray the qiyam (voluntary night prayer).

Just rejoice that Allah is The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. Allah says what can be translated as "Say, “By the Grace of Allah, and by His mercy; so with that let them exult; it is more charitable (i.e., better) than whatever they (heap) together.
(Literally: whatever they gather") (TMQ, 10:58).


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[3] SWT = Suhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 9   Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:29 pm

Al-Khaleq (The Creator)

In the name of Allah[1] (God), The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[2].

Today we shall live with one of the most beautiful names of Allah which we have all known ever since we were children, but do we feel it! The Creator is The Creator of everything.

Definition of creation: bringing into being from non-existence. The great blessing is that of bringing into being, yet what is the purpose of my existence? I have to achieve this purpose.

Introduction
There are two kinds of knowledge:
1- Admitting the existence of Allah as a Creator, and this is common among all people. Allah says what can be translated as, "And indeed in case you ask them, “Who created the heavens and the earth?” indeed they will definitely say, “Allah.”"[TMQ, 31][3].
2- The knowledge of love, timidity, slavery and carrying out the mission for which He created you.

All people know The Superbly Relenting, The Superb Provider and know how to live with them. However, when it comes to the Name, The Creator, no one knows how to live with this name, although it is the basis of everything. Without it, we would not have existed. Allah says what can be translated as, "Allah is The Creator of everything; and He is The Ever-Trusted Trustee over everything."[TMQ, 39]. Everything in this world is created by Him.

There are three Names of Allah; The Creator, The Initiator and The Supreme Fashioner. Those three names are correlative because they express creation.

The Creator: to bring into being from non-existence.
The Initiator: to make every created being prepared for the purpose for which it was created through the elements of creation.
The Supreme Fashioner: giving the final figure of each being.

Our aim in this episode can be summed up in four points. Living with The Creator leads to love which leads to humbleness which in its turn leads you to say, "O my Creator, I will carry out Your orders. You are The Initiator. You made me ready for my mission and gave me the tools.”

How to live with The Creator
Let us live with the early minutes of creation. Allah was alone, because He is The Creator of everything. Allah says what can be translated as, "Has there come upon man a while of (an) era when he was not a thing to be remembered?" [TMQ, 76]. He started the universe with one blow and will end it with one blow. Thus, He is the one who begins creation and brings it back again. He first created the pen and ordered it to write all what will happen until The Day of Judgment. He consequently created the heavens and earth in six days. It was not created overnight; it was created in six days to show us in an analogous manner that change does not happen overnight. The change that happened was the creation of the heavens and earth and changes in our lives require patience. He then created angels out of light because their mission is to convey the message. Following this, He created jinn[4] out of fire and created all the other beings. He created all this and prepared earth to receive Adam. Therefore how dare you not love Him and prostrate before Him!

Stages of the creation of Adam
Adam was first created from sand. This is why human nature and features have much in common with the nature and features of earth; black and white, soft and rigid, etc. Being created from sand, one must realize that one is so fragile and weak but at the same time very precious. Then sand was mixed with water to form mud. It is noteworthy that water and sand are the purest materials to emphasize the sublime creation of man. We perform ablution by water and tayamum[5] by sand. Mud was left to dry out and become intact to remind us that strong will and determination are inherent traits in our nature. Allah says what can be translated as, “And as your Lord said to the Angels, “Surely I am creating a mortal of dry clay of mud modeled. So, when I have molded him and breathed into him of My Spirit, fall down to him prostrating!” [TMQ(15-29)]. Then the mud became like clay and in turn as a hollow clay statue. Allah gave the statue the spirit causing life to run through its body. Allah says what can be translated as, “Remember as your Lord said to the Angels, “Surely I am creating a mortal of a clay. So when I have molded him and breathed into him of My Spirit, then fall down to him prostrating!” [TMQ (38-72)]. The spirit was bestowed from Allah to hail man as a very precious creature to Allah. Spirit is the most important feature in any living thing not just in man. This explains why man was blessed by the spirit of Allah. Allah says what can be translated as, “… The Spirit is of the Command of my Lord; and in no way have you been brought of knowledge except a little.” TMQ (17:85). Man was created by the hands of Allah, “…what I created with My Hands?...” TMQ (38:75)



Contemplations on Allah's miraculous creation
Allah created Adam from neither male nor female. Hawa' “Eve” was created from male only. Isa (AS) “Jesus” was created from female only and the rest of humanity from both males and females. Each night when we sleep our spirits go back to Allah, its Creator. It then returns back to us when we wake up so that we are always reminded about the miraculous aspect of our being. The fetal development inside the woman's womb is no less a miracle. Allah says what can be translated as, “So, have you then seen what you ejaculate? Is it you who create it, or even are We the Creators?” [TQM (56,59)]. He also says what can be translated as, “Slain be man! How disbelieving he is! Of whichever thing did He create him? Of a sperm drop He created him; so He determined him. Thereafter the way He eased for him. Thereafter He makes him to die…” [TQM (80-21)]. Allah also says what can be translated as, “And He is The One Who created of water a mortal; so He has made him related by blood and marriage; and your Lord has been Ever-Determiner.” [TQM (25)]

Comparing Allah's absolute creativity to man's limited creativity
Allah's creation is a masterpiece that reaches perfection. Allah says what can be translated as, “Supremely Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the Kingdom, and He is Ever-Determiner over everything. Who created death and life to try you, whichever of you is fairest in deeds; and He is The Ever-Mighty, The Ever-Forgiving. Who created seven heavens as strata (i.e., layers, one above the other). In no way can you see in the creation of The All-Merciful any disparity; so return your gaze; (Literally: “your” beholding) do you see any rent? Thereafter return the gaze, again and again, (Literally: recurring twice) the gaze turns over to you spurned, and it (becomes) regretfully most weary.” [TMQ (67-4)]

Other creations originally root back to that of Allah and continuously need improvement. Even modern inventions stem from Allah's creations. The camera is an imitation of the eye. The computer is an imitation of the memory etc. Allah's creation is infinite, facial features, fingerprints, voices, colours, shapes, etc. On the other hand, if a painter wants to paint portraits for people out of his own mind his product would be very limited. Man's production is limited also in terms of time and place whereas Allah's creation is absolute. The repetition of creation is an evidence of incomparable creativity. Trees and flowers that die in winter are resurrected by Allah in spring exactly in the same way which is impossible in terms of human creation.

Privileges of man over other creatures
Man was given hands and legs to perform his role on earth. Allah says what can be translated as, “And (remember) as your Lord said to the Angels, “Surely I am making in the earth a successor.”…” [TMQ (2)]. All creatures have been made to serve man's needs. Man is the only creature who understands the surrounding universe.

Our role
 Love our Creator and be a loyal servant to Him in every step in life.
 Perform our role in life.
 Contemplate the greatness of our Maker.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.

[2] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]

[3] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.

[4] jinn = invisible being of fire
[5] tayamum = dry ablution through the use of sand that is performed when water is unavailable
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 10   Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:32 pm

The Almighty

In the name of Allah (God)[i], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[ii].

In today’s episode we will tackle Allah’s most beautiful Name “The Almighty”. Before we start, I would like to ask you a question: are you a true worshipper of The Almighty? Well, you should be and, in fact, you should be proud of it.

This beautiful Name has four meanings. The first meaning is that The Almighty is He who has no peer or equal. The second is that The Almighty is He who is always victorious and is never defeated. Allah (SWT)[iii] says what can be translated as, “…And Allah is Overcomer with (Literally: Over) His Command, but most men do not know” (TMQ, 12:21)[iv].

The third meaning is that it is He, The Almighty, who reinforces you and supplies you with power and strength in order to make you victorious. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “As We sent to them two (men). Yet they cried them lies, so We reinforced them with a third…” (TMQ, 36:14). It is just like in the army; troops are provided with supplies to strengthen them in order to achieve victory.

The most beautiful Name, The Almighty, is mentioned in the Qur’an about 95 times. It is mostly accompanied each time by one of four other beautiful Names:

1. The Ever-Wise, which is mentioned 47 times, showing that Allah’s (SWT) Might is based on Wisdom.
2. The Ever-Merciful, which is mentioned 14 times, showing that His Might is based on Mercy.
3. The Ever-Powerful, showing that His Might is based on Power.
4. The All-Knowing, showing that His Might is based on Knowledge.

Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And the sun runs to a repository for; that is the determining of The Ever-Mighty, the Ever-Knowing” (TMQ, 36:38). It is He, The Almighty, who holds the earth from being pulled by the gravity of the sun by making the earth rotate around its axis. The same goes for the sun, which is not pulled by the gravity of other bodies because of its rotation as well.

In the Battle of Badr, the Muslim army consisted of 313 men, all infantry except for two horsemen. On the other hand, the disbelievers’ army consisted of one thousand men: 300 horsemen and the rest were riding camels. Although it was an unfair battle, The Almighty brought victory to His believers, who after having done their best and having got themselves well prepared, made dua’a (supplication) to The Almighty to bring them victory. Allah says what can be translated as, “… and in no way does anyone know the hosts of your Lord except He…” (TMQ, 74:31). Allah (SWT) sent His supplies to give might to the believers. First, He made the whole Muslim army sleep to strengthen and refresh their power. Second, He sent a vision to the Prophet (SAWS) that the disbelievers’ army was insignificant. Third, He sent down rain that was light and gentle for the believers in order to wake them up and solidify the land under their feet and, meanwhile, heavy for the disbelievers in order to hamper them in a muddy land under their feet. Finally, He sent angles to fight on the side of the believers. He is The Almighty, The Ever-Wise.

In the Battle of the Trench, the disbelievers were ten thousand surrounding Madinah. The believers defended Madinah, dug the trench and made dua’a to The Almighty to save them. The Almighty defeated the disbelievers by sending them a very cold weather and a very strong wind that blew away their camps. He is the Almighty, The Ever-Powerful.

You must be well-prepared with power, knowledge and education so that you can put good plans for bringing a peaceful victory to the ummah (Muslim nation). Do not ever feel helpless or powerless! Have confidence in The Almighty, Who takes revenge from whoever challenges Him. Fir’awn (Pharaoh) called out upon his people and said, “O my people, is not the kingdom of Misr (i.e., Egypt) mine, and are not these rivers running from beneath me? ...” (TMQ, 43:51). As a result, The Almighty drowned him in the sea. We used to know about Allah’s name “The Almighty”, but from now on we need to feel it and live with it.

The fourth meaning of Allah’s Name “The Almighty” is related to the question I have just asked in the beginning of the episode: are you a true worshipper of The Almighty? The Almighty is He who refuses that His worshippers to be ever humiliated.

The first half of shahadah (Muslim declaration of faith) is “There is no god to be worshipped but Allah”. By this, you are practically saying, “I refuse to humiliate myself to anyone on this earth because I am proudly Allah’s worshipper and servant. It is only Allah, The Almighty, whom I should humiliate and humble myself to.

Allah (SWT) hates to see His worshippers humiliate themselves for the sake of worldly gains or for the sake of gaining might from any human being. Allah is the only source of might. Allah says what can be translated as, “Whoever is willing to (gain) might, then to Allah belongs the might altogether” (TMQ, 35:10).

However, some might mistakenly doubt this under the pretext that those who cheat and are hypocrites in this world are well respected by all and enjoy might on earth. Actually, they have no might at all; they are nothing but people who humiliate themselves in order to get this fake might. The story of the mighty of Egypt, his wife and Yusuf (AS)[v] “Joseph” is a good proof of this.

According to the worldly standards, the mighty of Egypt enjoyed might. If you look a bit closer, you will find that his wife wanted to cheat on him with Yusuf (AS), who refused, and declared it openly. However, he asked Yusuf (AS) to keep it as a secret so as to protect his high position and dignified image among people. Now, was he a true mighty or nothing but a slave of his position? As for his wife, she was beautiful and very wealthy; she used to act as mighty as a queen, according to the worldly standards. However, if you look a bit closer, you will find that she wanted to seduce Yusuf (AS), who was her servant. Now, was she of a true might? Or was she a slave of her lust?

Therefore, do not be deluded when you see people who are happy in this life but are away from the path of Allah! None of us know what their end will be. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “(The ones) who take to themselves the disbelievers for their constant patrons, apart from the believers; do they (inequitably) seek might in their presence? Then surely might altogether belongs to Allah” (TMQ, 4:139).

He who cheats at work according to his boss’s orders or else he will be fired certainly humiliates himself to his boss and, thus, is not a true worshipper of The Almighty. He who is a slave of his lusts and desires humiliates himself to get them and, thus, is not a true worshipper of The Almighty. She, who accepts her husband’s bad treatment and continuous humiliation saying that she has nothing to do about it, is actually humiliating herself as well.

Allah (SWT) created us honorable and swore by His Might, “All Extolment be to your Lord, The Lord of Might…” (TMQ, 37:180). Therefore, do not ever humiliate yourself to anyone or accept humiliation form anyone while your Lord is The Almighty! Have faith in Allah, The Almighty!

When you check the story of Musa (AS) “Moses” with the Israelites, you will find that it is a story of people who were very humiliated on earth and, thus, Allah wanted to grant them might. However, they stayed astray form the path of Allah. As a result, they gained nothing but more humiliation. Allah says what can be translated as, “Said He, “Then surely it will be prohibited for them for forty years (while) they go astray in the earth. So do not feel sad about the immoral people” (TMQ, 5:26).

Do you now feel the essence of Allah’s Name “The Almighty”? The only reason for the critical state of the ummah nowadays is that it does not live in the Name of The Almighty and, thus, it lacks might.

Our history has many wonderful figures that stand as symbols of might. Omar Ibnul-Khattab (RA)[vi] is a great symbol of a mighty Muslim. He is the one who said, “Since when have you enslaved people while they were born free?” Asma’ Bint-Abu-Bakr (RA) is also a symbol of a mighty Muslim woman. When she was young, she endured Abu-Jahl’s hitting her in order to disclose the secret where the Prophet (SAWS) and her father, Abu-Bakr (RA), were hiding. When she got older, she told her son’s killer in great might and strength, “You ruined his life, but he ruined your afterlife”.

How do we live in Allah’s Name “The Almighty”?

1. Do not accept humiliation! However, do not misunderstand this as a call for committing violent actions! Think how to get rid of whatever humiliates you and whatever is unjust to you, employing wisdom and mercy!

2. Help Muslims and Islam gain might! Whoever can help a Muslim gain might and does not do it, Allah will humiliate him on the Day of Judgment.

3. Humble yourself only before Allah, The Almighty! Weep before Him and tell Him you are so weak and helpless without Him! The Prophet (SAWS) used to make the following dua’a, which shows his absolute humbleness and submissiveness to Allah, The Almighty: “O Allah, I am Your bondman, son of Your bondman, son of Your bondmaid; my forelock is in Your Hand; Your judgment is incisive upon me; Your decision is fair to me; …”.

O you worshippers of The Almighty, be true worshippers of the Almighty!


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1 Allah = The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word “Allah” is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad
[ii] SAWS = Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him].
[iii] SWT = Suhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[iv] TMQ = Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
5 AS = Alihi al-Salam [All Blessings of Allah be upon him].
6 RA= Radya-llahu 'Anhu/Anha/Anhom [May Allah be pleased with him/her/them].
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 11   Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:35 pm

The Praiseworthy (Al-Hamid)


What is al-hamd (praise)? It is the opposite of dispraise, and praise is usually for what is perfect and complete. Allah is praiseworthy for His perfection, His Deeds, His Sublimity, His Blessings, and His generosity. There is no praiseworthy but Allah. There is a difference between praising and offering thanks; the latter being used with ordinary people.

We should praise Allah and express our gratitude to Him everyday. How many times have you prostrated to Allah in gratitude. We should remember Allah’s blessings on us, feel them and talk about them to people; Allah says what can be translated as, “And as of your lord’s favor then discourse about it (i.e. proclaim it)!” (TMQ: 93:11)[1]. We should praise Allah with our souls, not only by words.

Let us see how Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[2] used to express his gratitude to Allah. Every night he praised Allah saying, "Praise is due to you Allah the Owner of heavens and earth. Praise be to you Allah The Superb Upright Sustainer of the heavens and earth. Praise be to you Allah The Light of the heavens and earth. … O Allah! To You is all praise, blessed and good praise, as much as would fill the heavens, as much as would fill the earth, as much as would fill what is between them, and as much as would fill whatever You will of anything else. All praise be to You for bestowing the blessing of Islam, the blessing of Qur’an, and the blessings of family, children and money.
O Allah! All praise and gratitude be to You; and to You everything in our lives return."

Bring a paper and start writing down what Allah has blessed you with, everything, as the blessings of sight and speech. You will not be able to count them all. Will you? Allah says what can be translated as, “And in case you number the favors of Allah you will not enumerate them; …” (TMQ: 16:18).

Allah says, “And whatever favor you have, it is from Allah; ...” (TMQ: 16:53).
Look at everything around you: The clothes we wear; they are made of wool, cotton, or leather. Where do these things come from? And what is their origin? If we think for a while, we will discover that without Allah we would have been naked. The furniture in our houses; they are made of wood that comes from trees and these trees were once seeds that were watered by rain. The food we eat; Allah says what can be translated as, “So let man look into his food;” (TMQ: 80:24). He also says, “O My servants! All of you are naked except those I clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. All of you are hungry except those I fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you. …” The water we drink; from where does it come? What if we were deprived from the drop of water? Allah says what can be translated as, “Have you then seen the water you drink?” (TMQ: 56:68). Furthermore, the ability to get rid of the excessive water from your body is a blessing; do not forget that.

How many times do we thank people for favors they do for us and forget to praise Allah. Who protects us, and our families but Allah? Allah says what can be translated as, “For him are angels taking turns (on end) before him and even behind him preserving him from the command of Allah. …” (TMQ: 13:11). If someone paid you a ticket on a bus, you would keep thanking him. What if someone bought you a present? You would thank him and your wife would suggest that you call him and thank him again. Do not you feel embarrassed that you thank people more than you thank Allah?

There are other aspects of Allah’s blessings; you can see while other people do not, you can hear while others are deaf, and you can walk and move from one place to another while some people are paralyzed. You can understand when others cannot. Why do we always remember our misfortunes and forget all these blessings that Allah has bestowed upon us? The blessing of breathing; think how many times you breathe in one minute. What about if you are in charge of your breathing? We should not forget the blessings of education, parents and the most important and the greatest blessing is that we are Muslims, and that Allah has offered us Ramadan as a chance to prostrate ourselves in worshiping Him. The most beautiful blessing is al-jannah (Paradise). A cloud would pass over the people of al-jannah and ask them, ‘What would you like me to rain today?’

Imagine if Allah (SWT)[3] created us without organs and we have to buy our organs with money, for how much would you buy your eyes? And if you were not rich enough you might not afford buying your son two eyes; you may then buy him one instead. Hence, you, with all your organs, are worth billions of dollars.

Blessed praises be to Allah Who created and shaped us and bestowed His blessings upon us. Praise be to Allah with whose favor good deeds are done. “Praise be to Allah Who has sent down upon His bondman the Book and has not made to it any crookedness;” (TMQ 18: 1). Praise be to Allah Who hears all supplications and does not give attention to a supplication more than the other.

Musa (AS) (Moses) tells Allah (SWT), "how can I praise you Lord while praising You is a favor worth praising". Do not you feel embarrassed that the whole universe is praising The Ever-Praiseworthy while you do not? Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “... and decidedly not a thing (is) except that it extols His praise, but you do not comprehend their Extolment. ...” (TMQ 17: 44). Even the jinn praise Allah. When Allah (SWT) revealed the ayah that says, “Then to whichever of your Lord's boons do you (both) (i.e., the jinn and mankind) cry lies?” (TMQ 55: 13), the Prophet (SAWS) asked his companions to say as the jinn said. They asked, ‘what did they say?’ He replied that they said, "not for any of your boons our Lord do we cry lies, praised be Thou". Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Surely man is indeed ungrateful to his Lord,” (TMQ 100: 6), which means that man remembers the bad things afflicting him but does not see any of Allah’s blessings. Our aim is to make the praising of Allah (SWT) a natural disposition within us.

The issue of praising means a lot to The Ever-Praiseworthy. The Qur’an opens with an ayah of praise, “Praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds” (TMQ 1: 1). Praise is the key to Allah’s satisfaction, as the ayah says, “… and He is not satisfied with disbelief from His bondmen. And in case you thank (Him), He is satisfied with it for you ...” (TMQ 39: 7). The Prophet’s (SAWS) intercession on the Day of Judgment starts by him prostrating beneath Allah’s throne and praising Him with praises with which no one had done before. Allah (SWT) will then say, ‘raise your head Muhammad. Ask and you will be given, and intercede and you will be granted what you wish’. On the Day of Judgment accountability will begin by Allah (SWT) admonishing you with the blessings He granted you. Praising Allah (SWT) is a means to be prevented from torture as the ayah says, “What would Allah perform with tormenting you in case you thank (Him) and believe? ...” (TMQ 4: 147). On the Day of Judgment a call is heard asking those who used to praise Allah (SWT) to step forward and they will enter al-jannah carrying a flag written on it ‘Praisers of Allah’.

Those who praise Allah (SWT) by their hearts and tongues are given a lot. Allah says what can be translated as, “And as your Lord has notified (you), “Indeed in case you thank (Him), indeed I will definitely increase you and indeed in case you disbelieve, surely My torment is indeed strict.” (TMQ 14: 7). Allah does not want you to thank Him because He needs it, He is telling you to thank Him to give you more. We should thank Him in Ramadan by praying, fasting, or supplicating and He will give us more; may be He will make us cherish the night of al-Qadr (determination) as a result. Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) says that al-hamdu-Lillah (praise be to Allah) fills the scale on the Day of Judgment.

If you do not praise Allah (SWT) or used His blessing to disobey Him, He either takes it back, or changes it into a calamity or keeps it and takes away its beauty, or lets a misfortune befall you that you forget all about this blessing. Like if you have a son and you are ungrateful, He may make him disobedient and crooked. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “… and whoever exchanges the favor of Allah even after it has come to him, then surely Allah is strict in punishment.” (TMQ 2: 211). It is as when you use the money Allah granted you in disobeying Him. There is an ayah that mentions what Satan says to Allah, “… and You will not find most of them thankful.” (TMQ 7: 17). Satan makes you see that what people have is better than what you have and makes you ungrateful.

Let us see how the prophets used to praise their creator. The Prophet (SAWS) used to pray all night until his legs ached him although Allah (SWT) has already forgiven all his sins. However, he used to tell Lady Aisha (RA) that should he not be a thankful servant. Similarly, Nuh (AS) (Noah) and Ibrahim (AS) (Abraham) were praisers of Allah. When a man asked Ali (RA) how he was that morning, he replied, "I am up today surrounded by Allah’s favors and do not know how to thank Him.’

There are three levels of praising Allah: To praise Him inwardly; every cell in your body to feel grateful. To praise Him inwardly, and outwardly. This is by discoursing about His favors. Lastly, which is the best and most favored by Allah, to use His favors to reform the community and guide people to Him, “Do (righteousness), House of Dawûd, in thankfulness; ...” (TMQ 34: 13). If you were given a gift use it for the benefit of people. Praise Allah (SWT) for His blessings by obeying Him and He will give you more and imagine yourself on the Day of Judgment when Allah will tell you, "My thankful servant, I am pleased with you, go and enter al-jannah".


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[1] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[2] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[3] SWT = Suhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 12   Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:41 pm

The Guide

In the name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful, praise be to Allah the Lord of the whole universe, and all Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[2].

Today's episode is about the Name of Allah "The Guide". It covers five main points: an introduction, the meaning of Allah's Name "The Guide", the types of guidance, how Allah (SWT)[3] guides us, and the features of the straight Path.

Introduction
To begin, we would like to introduce some questions:
1. What is meant by the "straight Path"?
2. Allah says what can be translated as, “He (Pharaoh) said, ‘Who then is the Lord of both of you, O Musa?’ (Moses). He said, ‘Our Lord is He Who gave everything its creation (and) thereafter guided (it)’.” (TMQ[4], 20: 49 – 50). What does this ayah[5] indicate?
3. Is guidance restricted to human beings only, or does it encompass all other creatures?
4. How would you respond to those who say that they do not follow the straight Path because Allah (SWT) has not yet guided them?

The meaning of Allah's name "The Guide"
Linguistically, the word "guidance" means to direct someone to the right path gently. Notice that the word "guidance" is associated to the word "path". Accordingly, Allah's Name "The Guide" means that He guides all the creatures to the straight Path.

The above-mentioned ayah denotes that Allah guides all the creatures to the proper means of living and performing their role in the worldly life, and He also guides people to the Path of jannah (paradise). Hence, guidance is not restricted to man, but it embraces all the creatures in the universe.

The message of our episode today is directed towards three types of people:
1. Those who are astray from the straight Path: Allah, The Guide, calls you to His guidance.
2. Those who are already following the straight Path: strive to gain more guidance.
3. Those who have been guided, and guide others gently to the straight Path: have good tidings of great reward from Allah (SWT).

Types of guidance
There are four types of guidance. Firstly, a general guidance for all the creatures to live aptly and to accomplish their specified function in life. Secondly, a guidance to have faith in Allah's straight Path. Thirdly, a guidance to a reach a higher degree of faith. Allah says what can be translated as, "And Allah increases the ones who have been guided in guidance…" (TMQ, 19:76). Fourthly, a guidance to jannah. Allah says what can be translated as, "…and they will say, “Praise be to Allah, Who guided us to this; and in no way could we have been guided, unless Allah has guided us..." (TMQ, 7:43).

For those who feign that Allah (SWT) has not guided them, I would say that Allah (SWT) has granted all creatures a general guidance to know instinctively how to live, so how would He deny you guidance while you are more precious to Him than these lowly creatures?! In fact, Allah (SWT) has guided all people, through their natural disposition, to faith. Moreover, He has guided them with a special yearning to get closer to Him.

In this film we see Allah's greatness in bestowing all creatures with a general guidance. For example, we see how birds and fish migrate every year over very long distances without ever losing their way! Additionally, we see how certain groups of bees seek out flowers, and then indicate to the rest of the bees in their hives their location. Notice how they perform very accurate movements to communicate the quantity of the nectar, the direction of the places of flowers, and the distance between the hives and these places!

How Allah guides us
1. Man is guided by his natural disposition; Allah says what can be translated as, "And (remember) as your Lord took from the Seeds (Or. sons) of Adam, from their backs, their offspring, and made them bear witness concerning themselves, “Am I not your Lord?” They said, “Yes indeed, we bear witness.” (So) that you should not say on the Day of the Resurrection, “Surely we were heedless of this,” (TMQ, 7:172). The Prophet (SAWS) emphasized the same meaning, saying that every child is born with a natural disposition (Islam), but his parents turn him into a Christian or Jew. Moreover, Allah (SWT) revealed the way of goodness and the way of evil to man. Allah says what can be translated as, "And (by) the self and That (i.e., The Command) which molded it, So He inspired it to its impiety and piety!" (TMQ, 91:7-8). Thus whenever an act of wickedness is committed one feels ashamed and upset. This inspiration is from Allah (SWT) The Guide to show you the right way. Allah (SWT) has instilled within us the ability to differentiate between good and bad. Do not say, “I have not received guidance,” for Allah (SWT) guides all. For those who do not feel that they are instinctively guided, it is their sins and lusts that estrange them from their good nature. Just as an abandoned route through the desert becomes covered with sand, a heart without guidance becomes full of sins. This ayah affirms the fact that every human being is instinctively guided. Therefore never say, “I have not been guided.” Ask Allah for forgiveness.
2. There are various means to help guide you to the straight Path, one of which is to reflect upon this immense universe. Look around you. Contemplate the heavens and earth. Allah says what can be translated as “…and whoever is in them extol to Him…” (TMQ, 17:44). Then Allah says to those who do not find guidance in the universe in what can be translated as “…And in no way do the signs and warnings avail a people who do not believe” (TMQ, 10: 101).
3. Another way to receive guidance in through the Qur'an. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Surely this Qur’an guides to (the way) that is more upright, and gives good tidings to the believers who do deeds of righteousness that they will a great reward (TMQ, 17: 9). And in another ayah, “They said, ‘O our people, surely we have heard a Book that was sent down even after Mûsa, (Moses) sincerely (verifying) what was before it, (Literally: between its two hands) guiding to the Truth and to a straight road’” (TMQ, 46:30). The vast universe and the Qur’an complement one another in providing guidance to the straight Path.
4. Another means to guide you to the straight Path is through people. Whoever calls people to Allah receives a great reward. Indeed, a most esteemed form of worship is to guide people to Allah in a lenient and gentle way.
5. Another form of guidance from Allah is through actions, signs, or even words. Abdullah Ibn-Masoud (RA)[6], one of the Prophet's companions, once passed by a group of people and heard a man singing. He turned to the person next to him and remarked if only the lovely voice were reciting Qur'an. When the man heard what was said about him, he ran to Ibn-Masoud asking to be taught Qur’an. This shows how Allah wishes for you to be guided. He wants you to enter jannah.

It is important that you guide people gently to the path of Allah. A polytheist was told that the Prophet (SAWS) was possessed by the jinn[7]. Being an exorcist, he approached the Prophet and asked what ails him. Look at the Prophet’s manners. He was not abusive, nor did he send him away. Instead, he told the man that we praise Allah, thank Him, and seek His help, guidance and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil in our souls and the sinfulness of our deeds. As Allah says what can be translated as, "…whomever Allah guides, then he is right-guided, and whomever He leads away into error, then you will never find for him a right-minded patron" (TMQ, 18:17). After hearing this, the man embraced Islam.

In the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Guide us in the straight Path” (TMQ, 1: 6). Just as the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, the straight Path is the shortest and surest way to guidance. That is why when praying we recite what can be translated as, “In The Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. Praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. The Possessor of the Day of Doom. You only do we worship, and You only do we beseech for help. Guide us in the straight Path. The Path of the ones whom You have favored, other than that of the ones against whom You are angered, and not (that of) the erring (TMQ, 1:1-7). Praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds, You only do we worship and You only do we beseech for help. Guide us in the straight Path. This straight Path leads to the gates of paradise.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him].
[3] SWT = Suhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[4] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[5] A verse in the Qur’an
[6] May Allah be pleased with him
[7] An invisible being of fire
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 13   Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:04 pm

Al-Qahhar (The Superb Vanquisher)


In the name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful; and praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds[2]. All prayers and blessings be upon the Prophet of Allah (SAWS) [3]. Today we will live with a new name of Allah’s most beautiful names. This name will make you feel the solemnity and grandeur of Allah (SWT)[4]. Unlike the previous episodes where we talked about the mercy and relentance of Allah, today’s name makes you sense His apprehension. The previously tackled meanings encourage you to be more benign. However, you must be acquainted with Allah and acknowledge Him His true magnificence. The aim of this episode is to fill your heart with the apprehension and surrender to The Superb Vanquisher, so that you may abandon some of the bad deeds you are used to. Today’s name is The Superb Vanquisher and tomorrow we will talk about The Ever-Affectionate.

First, let me ask you some questions.

1. What does “Islam” mean?
2. Allah says what can be translated as "As his Lord said to him, “Surrender,” (i.e., be muslim) he said, “I have surrendered to The Lord of the worlds.” (TMQ, 02:131)[5]. Does this mean that Ibrahim (AS) [6] (Abraham) was not a muslim already?
3. When Ibrahim (AS) was about to sacrifice his son Allah says what can be translated as "So, as soon as they had both surrendered, and he dashed him upon his brow." (TMQ, 37:103). Where they still beginning to surrender?
4. Does the name The Superb Vanquisher invite you to fear Allah (SWT) and panic or to apprehend and surrender?

Linguistically, to vanquish something means to dominate, control and overpower. The Superb Vanquisher dominates everything in His kingdom. Everything submits and surrenders to Him. Allah says what can be translated as, “And He is The Vanquisher above His bondmen, and He is The Ever-Wise, The Ever-Cognizant.” (TMQ, 6:18). He is The Vanquisher without being unfair, on the contrary He is wise and knowledgeable, so be reassured.

All creatures surrendered to the Superb Vanquisher who submits and dominates the whole universe. Allah says what can be translated as "Upon the Day the earth will be exchanged to other than the earth and the heavens (will be exchanged); and they will go forth to Allah, The One, The Superb Vanquisher. (TMQ, 14:48).

“The Day they are going forth. Not a thing of theirs is concealed from Allah. “Whose is the Kingdom today?” “(It belongs) to Allah, The One, The Superb Vanquisher.” (TMQ, 40:16). “…, then said to it and to the earth, “Come up (you two) willingly (Or: in obedience) or unwillingly!” They (both) said, “We come up willingly.” (TMQ, 41:11). “Surely His Command, if He wills a thing, is only to say to it, “Be!” and it is.” (TMQ, 36:82). He who commands the existence of anything can also commands it to vanish. “And Allah judges; none reverses His judgment and He is swift at the reckoning.” (TMQ, 13:41). "And in no way can you (Literally: mankind) decide unless Allah (so) decides…" (TMQ, 76:30). "…and in case you turn away, then know that you are unable to be defiant to Allah;…(TMQ, 09:03). Hundreds of ayahs[7] in the Qur’an invoke you to feel the solemnity, submission and apprehension to The Superb Vanquisher to Whom the whole universe surrenders. You need to worship Allah as if you can see Him.

The skies, the earth, the angels and all the creatures obey Him. He left us the choice; either to come to Him willingly or He will make us come to him anyway. “And in no way can you decide except “when” Allah “so” decides, The Lord of the worlds.” (TMQ, 81:29). This is the meaning of Islam; to surrender and submit to your Lord. A clear example of this comprehensive surrender is Ibrahim (AS) who obeyed Allah’s orders without question, “…“O my son, surely I see in a dream (Literally: time of sleeping) that I should slay you; so, look, what do you see?” He said, “O my (dear) father, perform whatever you are commanded; you will soon find me, in case Allah (so) decides, among the patient.” (TMQ, 37:102). Notice the attitude of Isma’il (AS) (Ishmael) and how he surrendered to the will of Allah. Their Islam was realized when they comprehensively surrenderd, “So, as soon as they had both surrendered, and he dashed him upon his brow.” (TMQ, 37:103). This is to remind us when we slaughter during the Eid the true meaning of our religion, which is to completely surrender to Him.
The tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka’ba) is another way of surrendering to Allah wearing these specific clothes and performing the tawaf following Allah’s orders.

Know your Lord, your heart must be filled with His love as well as His apprehension. We are living as if with two wings; one represents hope for His mercy and the other is dread of His fury. If the meaning of The Superb Vanquisher fills your heart you will find yourself unable to disobay Him after Ramadan. See how Allah (SWT) vanquishes everything in his kingdom. The sun and the moon, the night and the daytime, “It does not behoove the sun to overtake the moon, nor does the night outstrip the daytime, and each is swimming in an orbit.” (TMQ, 36:40). He vanquishes the dust to be this human being and ordered him to move and speak while he was nothing, “Has there come upon man a while of (an) era when he was not a thing to be remembered?” (TMQ, 76:1). Can you imagine that this dust now reached the moon!

He is The Superb Vanquisher who vanquishes the unjust nations. He did not punish them while they were weak, but when they reached the peak of solidness and strength, "ÉIram comprising the columns, (i.e., It is the city of Aad, who were stalwart and huge buildings). The like of which was not created in the lands? And (with) Tham‍d? who carved out the rocks in the valley, And (with) Firaawn, (Pharaoh) owning the bulwarks? (Or: stakes). (They) who tyrannized in the lands, So they worked much corruption therein, Then your Lord poured on them the scourge of torment? Surely your Lord is indeed Ever-Observing." (TMQ, 89:7-14). Or teach your children at bedtime the story of the elephant and Abraha and how Allah defeated him with the weakest creatures; birds.

There is another example, Allah vanquishes things with its opposite. He (SWT) brings opposites together. Look at the water and how it is composed of H2O, that is hydrogen (flammable substance) and oxygen (flaming aid). He creates the water that extinguishes fire from these two flammable substances. Allah created other substances with certain fixed specifications to help us study and benefit. He also upon command changed their nature at His will, like the knife when it did not slaughter Isma’il (AS) and the fire when it did not burn Ibrahim (AS) or the whale when it swallowed Yunus (AS) (Jonah) but did not digest him.

The sea or a breeze of fresh air can be both deadly and yet at other times beautiful and calm. Moreover, The Superb Vanquisher has the ability to combine the soul with the body and made the emotions of the soul reflect on the body.

Look at all the creatures they are rejoicing because they are submissive to Allah. Thus, you have to bear in mind that submission is not a sort of humiliation but it is apprehension and glorification.

The Companions relate that the Prophet (SAWS) was used to say a certain dua’a (supplication) at the end of any gathering:" My lord, Grant us apprehension which keep us away from disobeying you. Grant us submission which delivers us to Jannah (paradise), and grant us faith which makes us endure the worldly trials."

On the day of the solar eclipse the Prophet feared that Allah might be angry and will punish them. He kept supplicating to the Superb Vanquisher to raise His anger away from his people as long as they ask forgiveness of Allah.

The aim of the today's episode is to abandon your sins and repent to Allah after knowing The Superb Vanquisher. Feel the Glory of Allah and let reverence sweep your sins away and let apprehension be manifested in your tears. The Prophet (SAWS) says that whoever cried because of apprehension won't enter hellfire.
Apprehension makes you treat people well, as it makes you remember the punishment of The Superb Vanquisher. That is why Omar Ibn-Abdul-Aziz ordered his servant remind him of The Superb Vanquisher if he found him oppressing anyone. Omar Ibnul- Khattab was full of apprehension. He asked his son to put his face on the dust while he was dying so that Allah would have mercy on him. See how submissive he was.

The superb Vanquisher compels your tongue at the time of your death. You may find yourself unable to utter "La Elah Ela Allah" (there is no god but Allah) because of your bad deeds. On the other hand, He may compel your tongue to utter what pleases Him because of your good deeds, although it is such a simple phrase that requires almost no effort to pronounce.

On the Day of Judgment, The superb Vanquisher is alone and will call out: "whose is the kingdom today?" but no body answers. Allah then replies "It belongs to Allah, The One, and The Superb Vanquisher." The Superb Vanquisher starts life on earth by a blow in Adam's body and it ends by a blow in the trumpet.

He compels the straight path to be lit for the believers. Allah says what can be translated as: "(On) the Day (when) you see the male believers and female believers, their light proceeding along before (Literally: between their hands) them and on their right hands..." (TMQ, 57:12).

How should we deal with Allah's name, The Superb Vanquisher?
1- Be apprehensive and submissive to Allah. Your apprehension will make you able to abandon your sins, besides, it will make you treat people with mercy and shed the tears of fear which will purify your soul.
2- Do not ever oppress the weak, especially the poor and the orphans. Allah says what can be translated as "Then, as for the orphan, then do not subdue (him), and as for the beggar, then do not scold (him)"(TMQ, 93:9-10).
Vanquish Satan by following Allah orders


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Mankind, jinn and all creations.
[3] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him].
[4] SWT = Suhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[5] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[6] AS= Allihi as-salam [Peace be upon him].
[7] Ayah= a verse in the Qur’an.
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 14   Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:47 pm

Al –Wadood (The Ever-Affectionate)


In the name of Allah (God)[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful; and praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds[2]. All prayers and blessings be upon the Prophet of Allah (SAWS)[3]. Today we will live with a new name of Allah’s most beautiful names, The Ever-Affectionate. It is a name full of love, compassion, and mercy. It is mentioned twice in the holy Qur’an. Allah says what can be translated as, “And He is The Ever-Forgiving, The Ever-Affectionate” (TMQ, 85:14)[4] and “…surely my Lord is Ever-Merciful, Ever-Affectionate” (TMQ, 11:90).

Today’s episode is divided into four parts:
1- The meaning of the name The Ever-Affectionate.
2- The difference between affection and love and why Allah has no name called the lover.
3- The features of The Ever-Affectionate in the universe.
4- How to live in Allah’s name The Ever-Affectionate.

1- What is the meaning of “affection”?

It means love and compassion; it is the purest form of love, without any malice or envy. The Ever-Affectionate loves His devoted servants and they love Him with all their might to the extent that His love fills their hearts, eyes, ears, and souls. For them, The Ever-Affectionate is dearer than their souls, children and the whole world. In addition, The Ever-Affectionate approaches His loyal and devoted servants with love, the sinners with mercy and forgiveness, and the whole people with ample blessings in the universe. It is of our creed to believe that as Allah is The Creator and The Superb Provider, Allah is truly The Ever-Affectionate. You are so tiny compared to His kingdom and He can dispense with you as there are many creatures that worship Him more than you, angels. However, you are dear to The Creator (SWT)[5].

2- The difference between affection and love

Affection is more comprehensive than love. Love is inner feelings, yet affection is the translation of these feelings into actions and behaviors. Thus Allah (SWT) called Himself The Ever-Affectionate not the lover because affection is more powerful than love. Therefore, each affectionate person is a lover but not each lover is an affectionate one. The Prophet (SAWS) said that when Allah (SWT) loves someone, Jibril (AS)[6] (Gabriel) calles on the dwellers of the Heavens that Allah loves that person and orders them to love him and calls on the creatures on earth to please him.

Man is very weak and has many needs and desires. Man wants compassion and sympathy together with food, drink, knowledge, and money; thus Allah (SWT) revealed Himself as The Ever- Affectionate along with The Ever-Merciful, The Superb Provider, The Generous, and The Almighty. The Prophet (SAWS) said that Allah is more merciful than the mother to her child, that is, to show you how much Allah loves you.

3- The features of The Ever-Affectionate in the universe

The Ever-Affectionate loves in two ways. The first love is for the benefit of the whole universe. Allah created everything with a certain role in addtion to the signs of The Ever-Affectionate’s love. Allah created the night for people to rest; however He (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And (by) the night when it (comes) with its dark stillness” (TMQ, 93:2), the night has its beauty in which lovers sit and talk. Moreover, Allah created the hot weather in the morning; therefore, He (SWT) created the shade, a kind of affection, and says what can be translated as, “Have you not regarded your Lord, how He has extended the shade?” (TMQ, 25:45). Notice that this ayah[7] is in surat[8] al-Furqan (The Criterion) in which it talks about how The Ever-Affectionate is kind to the Prophet despite the harm of the rejecters of faith.

The second way of love and affection is directed solely to the believers and the righteous worshipers. Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “Surely the ones who have believed and done deeds of righteousness, for them The All-Merciful will soon show (Literally: make for them) affection” (TMQ, 19:96). For example, the cave of mount Hira' takes the shape of a hug and the first thing Jibril did after descending was hugging the Prophet (SAWS). When the rejecters of faith harmed the Prophet (SAWS), Allah tells him what can be translated as, “And (endure) patiently under the Judgment of your Lord, (for) then surely you are under Our Eyes” (TMQ, 52:48). In the Battle of Uhud, the Prophet was injured, seventy of the companions were killed, and Muslims felt grieve, Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, “And do not feel feeble nor grieve; and you are the most exalted in case you are believers. In case a blow touches you, (This refers to the Battle of ’Uhud) then a like blow has already touched the (disbelieving) people. And such days We interchange (i.e. the change of fortune) among mankind and that Allah may know (the ones) who have believed and take to Him martyr-witnesses from among you” (TMQ, 3:139--140). If you cannot feel the love of The Ever-Affectionate, it is either Allah (SWT) loves you but you cannot feel His affection or He does not love you because you do not deserve His affection, and that is a catastrophe!

Allah tries to get close to us, the Quran says: “… then Allah will eventually come up with a people He loves and who love Him” (TMQ, 5:54) Allah first mentions that He will love them, and then He mentions that they will love Him too.

The hijab (covering of the woman) is yet another example of Allah’s kindness to mankind. The Quran says “O you Prophet, say to your spouses and your daughters and the women of believers, that they draw their outer garments closer to them; that will (make) it likelier that they will be recognized and so will not be hurt. And Allah has been Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Merciful.” (TMQ, 33:59) Thus, Allah asks women to wear the scarf in order to be protected.

The kindness and love we have to the dear people to us is all just a little part of the kindness and love Allah has for us.

Al-Wadood wants us to complain to Him, tell him about our hardships, and to have this close relationship with him. There is a difference between Allah’s names al-Mojeeb (The Supreme-Answerer) and al-Wadood. There is a difference between asking Allah for something, and just talking to him about your problems, and remembering how close he is to you. Telling Allah about your concerns is an act of worship that has its own beauty, and is very special because of how close it makes you feel you are to Allah. The Quran mentions that through the story of the mother of Virgin Mary (Maryam) as related in the ayah that can be translated as, “Lord! Surely I have vowed to you what is in my belly in dedication; so (graciously) accept (it) from me. Surely You, (Ever) You, are The Ever-Hearing, The Ever-Knowing. So, as soon as she brought her forth, (i.e. gave birth to her) she said, “Lord! Surely I have brought her forth, a female.” And Allah knows best what she brought forth, and the male is not as the female. “And surely I have named her Maryam. (Mary) And surely I take refuge with You for her and her offspring from the outcast Ash- shaytan.” (The all vicious, i.e., the Devil) (TMQ, 3:35-36).

Mary’s mother had a very close relationship with Allah. She talked to him about all her thoughts and hardships. Now, when she faced the problem of delivering a girl instead of a boy as she thought she would, Allah did not turn her away. He replied saying, what can be translated as, “Then, her Lord graciously accepted her with fair acceptance, and caused her to grow a fair growth, and He made Zakariyya (Zechariah) her sponsor. Whenever Zakariyya entered the Chamber to her, he found (a) provision in her presence. He said, “O Maryam however does this (come) to you?” She said, “It is from the Providence of Allah; surely Allah provides whomever He decides without reckoning” (TMQ, 3:37)

4- How to live in Allah’s name The Ever-Affectionate

1- Love Allah from all your heart.
2- Be sure that Allah tries to get you closer to him, when you have a problem, talk to Allah, tell him about your hardships and ask him to help you with them.
3- Be kind to people. Be nice to your spouse, to your family, and to your friends.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Mankind, jinn and all creation.
[3] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him].
[4] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[5] SWT = Suhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[6] AS = Alayhi as-salam [Peace be upon him].
[7] A verse in the Qur'an.
[8] A chapter; the Qur’an is comprised of 114 surahs.
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 15   Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:24 am

Al-Haqq (The Truth)


Introduction:

In the name of Allah[1] (SWT)[2], The Most-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. Today we will talk about the name of Allah, The Truth, by which the whole universe has been created. Allah said what can be translated as, “And in no way did We create the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them except with the Truth… (TMQ 15:85)[3].” I am asking you today to live by The Truth: to tell the truth, to love the truth, to die for the truth, and never to conceal it. If you love the truth, you will love Allah (SWT), because He is The Truth.

The meaning of The Truth:

The word “truth” is the opposite of the word “falsehood”. Therefore, it had to be one of the most beautiful names of Allah (SWT). You cannot live without truth because the whole universe lives by the truth.
There is a difference between truth and justice; justice is to give everyone their rights. Therefore, justice is applying the value of truth in the universe. The Prophet (SAWS)[4] always asks Allah (SWT) to show him the truth, and help him to follow it, and to show him falsehood, and help him to avoid it. Man cannot live by truth easily because Satan will try to prevent him from doing so. This name is addressed to all people in all fields; teachers, pupils, businessmen, etc. Everyone should ask himself whether he lives by the truth or not. Allah (SWT) is The Truth because He never differentiates between people according to color, nationality, sex, position etc; all creatures are alike and have the right to live, to eat, to drink and so on. One of the companions asked the Prophet (SAWS) when the Day of Judgment would be; he advised that they should expect it when the truth is lost. People deal with truth in different ways, for example, some people do not know where the truth is, and others know where it is, and insist on doing the opposite.

Eight things will help you to be true:

The Prophet (SAWS) taught us a supplication of eight truths that man should believe wholeheartedly. These will guide you to the other truths in life: Allah is the truth, His words are a truth, His Promise is a truth, the day we meet Him is a truth, jannah (paradise) is a truth, hellfire is a truth, the Prophets are a truth and Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) is a truth. Hence, we should glorify Allah because He is The Truth.

If these truths are deeply rooted within you, you will be able to differentiate between the truth and falsehood very easily. You will live by the truth, and never do something wrong. Look around you in the universe; you will find that everything has been created very justly. For example, the distance between the sun and the earth is 150 million km2. The earth is inside the exact safe zone of the sun's heat. If the distance were 149 million km2 for example, the whole planet would burn, and if the distance increases one km2, the earth would freeze. Those who do not care for the truth have to rethink their life after knowing The Truth (SWT). This example shows you that if life loses the value of truth, the whole universe will collapse.

The second truth is the Qur'an, which embodies Allah's words. Every ayah[5], and every Surah [6], is a truth. The third truth is Allah's promise to the believers to join paradise, and to the disbelievers to be in hell. Allah (SWT) promised that we would meet Him on the Day of Judgment, and this is true. This leads us to the fifth and sixth truths, which are paradise and hell. You should also believe in all the prophets: Ibrahim (Abraham) (AS)[7], Isma’il (Ishmael) (AS), Isa (Jesus) (AS), Musa (Moses) (AS), and the last Prophet, Muhammad (SAWS).

Upon believing in these eight realities and holding fast to them, one will find himself exploring a new reality relating to his mission, for which he was created. In other words, we were created to fulfill the mission of reforming the earth. Allah says what can be translated as, “Did you then reckon that We created you only for sport and that you would not be returned to Us? Then Supremely Exalted be Allah, The King, The Truth! There is no god except He, The Lord of the Honorable Throne.” (TMQ, 23:115-116).

Therefore, we were not just created to eat, drink, have fun, get married, have children and nothing else. On the contrary, we were created and commanded by Allah to reform and construct this earth. This is the reality for which we came to this world. In this regard Allah says what can be translated as, “And in no way did We create the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them except with the Truth…” (TMQ, 15:85). “O Dawû‍d, surely We have made you a succeeding (Literally: Caliph) (Messenger) in the earth, so judge among mankind with the truth, and do not ever follow prejudice that it may make you err from the way of Allah. Surely the ones who err from the way of Allah will have a strict torment for that they have forgotten the Day of Reckoning. And in no way have We created the heaven and the earth and whatever is between them untruthfully. That is the surmise of the ones who have disbelieved. So woe to the ones who have disbelieved, from the Fire!” (TMQ, 38:26-27).

In the previous two ayahs, Allah addresses His Prophet Dawud and commands him to fulfill the message for which he was sent, namely, to reform the earth and make the truth prevail. Upon reflecting on the second ayah, we notice that everything in this universe is created upon truth, and that man should fulfill this truth. Allah commanded you in his saying that can be translated as, “Surely I am making in the earth a successor.” (TMQ, 2:30). Consequently, all people should hold fast to the truth. In this regard, let me give you examples of people who lived by the truth. Allah says what can be translated as, “O you who have believed, be constantly upright for Allah, witnesses with equity, and let not antagonism of a people provoke you to not do justice. Do justice; that (Literally: it) is nearer to piety. And be pious to Allah, surely Allah is Ever-Cognizant of whatever you do.” (TMQ, 5:8).

Once, when the Prophet (SAWS) was returning from a battle, one of his Companions, Qatada, lost his armor. He later found out one of the Ansar, namely the native dwellers of Madinah, had stolen the armor. Upon being revealed as the thief, the man informed his family that he would stealthily put the armor in one of the Jews' houses to acquit himself. Thereupon, the Jewish man was accused as being the thief. However, Allah made the truth prevail. He said what can be translated as, “Surely, We have sent down to you (i.e. the prophet) the Book with the Truth that you judge among mankind by whatever Allah has shown you; and do not be a constant adversary of the treacherous.” (TMQ, 4:105). “ They seek to conceal themselves from (other) men, (Literally: mankind) and they do not seek to conceal themselves from Allah, and He is with them as they brood by night a saying with which He is not satisfied; and Allah has been Supremely Encompassing of whatever they do.” (TMQ, 4:108). The Prophet (SAWS) announced the innocence of the Jewish man and declared the guilt of the manof the Ansar. This is to prove that Islam is a religion of justice above all, with no room for favoritism.

When the Prophet (SAWS) was asked by his uncle to abandon the message for which he was sent, in return for wealth and social position, he swore by Allah that if the sun were placed in his right hand and the moon in his left, in order that he leave this matter, he would never give it up, until Allah made it to prevail or he died in its cause.” The Prophet (SAWS) in this situation defended the truth. Thus, Allah said what can be translated as, “So put your trust in Allah; surely you are upon the evident Truth.” (TMQ, 27:79).

The Prophet (SAWS) left Makkah to Madinah, but Allah granted him victory thereafter and he conquered Makkah. This proves that however long the time of injustice, truth will always prevail in the end. This is what Allah says and can be translated as, “No indeed, We hurl the Truth against the untruth; so (Truth) smashes it; then, only then does (untruth) expire. And woe to you for whatever you describe!” (TMQ, 21:18).
This is the reality that you should truly believe in. Allah, The Truth, mentions in the Qur’an a very significant ayah, which defines the state of Truth and that of untruth. He says what can be translated as, “He sends down from the heaven water so that valleys flow, each to its determined (course), so that the flood carries away (on its surface) a swelling scum. And from that on which they kindle fire (i.e., or) seeking (to make) ornaments or belongings, out of that there is a scum like it. Thus Allah strikes the Truth and the untruth. So, as for the scum, then it goes away as jetsam (i.e., vanishes as useless) and as for whatever profits mankind, then it stays in the earth. Thus Allah strikes the similitudes.” (TMQ, 13:17).

This is the state of truth, verses that of falsehood. For this reason, all of us should live by, and, for the truth.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] SWT = Subhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[3] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[4] SAWS = Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[5] A verse in the Qur'an
[6] A chapter; the Qur’an is comprised of 114 surahs
[7] AS = Alayhi Assalam (peace be upon him)
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 16   Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:01 pm

(Al-Ghafur)The Ever-Forgiving


In the name of Allah[1](God), The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. Praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds[2]. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)[3].

The most beautiful name of Allah of today’s episode is very lenient and very close to our hearts. All Muslims, whether they are true believers or not, worship Allah through this name, though many of them do not appreciate its accurate meaning. Today, we are going to talk about Allah’s name, the Ever-Forgiving.

Let us start with the meaning of forgiveness. When we say that Allah is the Ever-Forgiving, this means that He covers our shameful deeds in this life and in the hereafter and protects us against the hellfire on the Day of Judgment. Thus, when we ask Allah for His forgiveness, this means that we ask Him to cover our sins and our imperfections in this life and in the hereafter and to protect us from hellfire in the hereafter.


We should all be attached to Allah through this name because He is the only one who forgives our sins. Notice that this name of Allah was mentioned by many Prophets, for example, Allah tells us in the Noble Qur’an, that Nuh (AS) (Noah) said to his people what can be translated as, “So I have said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord; surely He has been (The) Superb Forgiver;” (TMQ[4], 71:10). Allah also says what can be translated as, “What would Allah perform with tormenting you in case you thank (Him) and believe? And Allah has been Thankful, Ever-Knowing.” (TMQ, 4:147).

The Qur’an also tells us that Ibrahim (AS) (Abraham) said to his people about Allah, while inviting them to Islam, what can be translated as, “Who created me. And so He, Ever He, guides me. And (it is He) Who, Ever He, feeds me and He gives me to drink; and when I am sick, then He, Ever He, cures me; and (it is He) Who makes me to die; thereafter He gives me life. And Whom I long (that) He will forgive me my offense (s) on the Day of Doom. (Or: Judgment)” (TMQ, 26: 78-82). Ibrahim (AS) considered that asking Allah to forgive his sin was as important as asking Him for food, drink or the cure of an illness. The companions of the Prophet (SAWS) said that they used to hear him (SAWS) asking for Allah’s forgiveness more than 70 times in each meeting with him.

We should all get close to Allah by asking His forgiveness because we are imperfect; we commit many sins and we are weak. We need Him to cover our imperfections, sins and disgrace in this life and in the hereafter and to protect us from hellfire. That is why the last ayah[5] in surat[6] al-Baqara, which can be translated as, “…And be clement towards us, and forgive us, and have mercy on us…” (TMQ, 2:286), sets the program of our ummah (Muslim nation). Also, note that Allah's forgiveness of our sins in this life is considered as a proof that He will not expose us in the hereafter. If you need to know to what extent Allah will forgive your sins in the hereafter, try to remember how many times you committed sins without Him exposing you.

Allah forgives whoever He wants and whatever He wants, He says what can be translated as, “Surely Allah does not forgive that (anything) should be associated with Him, and He forgives (anything) whatever apart from that for (Literally: to) whomever He decides…” (TMQ, 4:48). All we have to do is to insist on asking Allah for His forgiveness, to regret our sins and to visualize that every time we ask for Allah's forgiveness, a sin being forgiven.

Now let us move to the difference between the three names of Allah, The Ever-Forgiving, The Superb Forgiver and the Forgiver. Allah's name, the Ever-Forgiving, was mentioned 91 times in Qur'an, while The Superb Forgiver was mentioned five times and the Forgiver was mentioned only once. Scholars said that the Forgiver forgives one sin, the Ever-Forgiver forgives all your sins even if they are thousands, whereas the Superb Forgiver forgives the horrible and grave sins. Thus, Allah forgives all kinds of sins.

Allah is the Ever-Forgiving even with someone who rejects faith. Allah says what can be translated as, “Say to the ones who have disbelieved, in case they refrain, whatever has already passed will be forgiven them…” (TMQ, 8:38). He is even Ever-Forgiving with the prisoners of war who fought against the Prophet (SAWS), thus, He said what can be translated as, “ O you Prophet, say to the captives who are in your hands, “In case Allah knows of any charity in your hearts, He will bring you a more charitable (benefit) than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you…” (TMQ, 8:70).

Allah says what can be translated as, “Their Messengers said, “Is there any doubt regarding Allah, The Originator (Literally: Renderer; i.e., creator) of the heavens and the earth? He calls you that He may forgive you (some) of your guilty deeds…” (TMQ, 14:10). This means that Allah is the one who calls us to forgive our sins. Even when Allah says what can be translated as, “The Forgiver of (every) guilty (deed), and The Accepter of penance, strict in punishment, The Owner of Ampleness…” (TMQ, 40:3). We should not fear the meaning of this ayah, because Allah shows us that although He has the might to punish us, He will forgive us.

Moreover, the Prophet (SAWS) taught us that if one persists in asking Allah for His forgiveness, He will drive away his distress, dispel his grief and He will provide for him from where he does not expect. Allah says what can be translated as,” So I have said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord; surely He has been (The) Superb Forgiver; He will send down on you (rain) from the heaven showering plentifully, and He will supply you with riches and sons, (Or: seeds) and will set up (Literally: make) for you gardens, and will set up for you rivers.” (TMQ, 71:10-12).

Allah (SWT) conceals the good things too, to let people make more use of it. For example, He concealed the Night of Determination to let people exert their best efforts during the last ten days of Ramadan. He concealed the hour in which prayers are answered on Friday, to let them supplicate to him throughout the day. He concealed patrons of Allah[7] from being recognized, so that we would respect all people. He concealed the most glorious name of His, so that we would invoke Him with all his names. He concealed thoughts from being heard or read by others, or it would have caused severe problems amongst people. He protected people's secrets by limiting human hearing, so that their secrets would not be overheard. He concealed the time of death, so that Muslims prepare for it throughout their lives.

Imagine yourself on the Day of Judgment when you are called to be judged before Allah (SWT), with the presence of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), your wife, your neighbors and others. Imagine yourself when you read your book, in which your sins are written, before all of them. On that day, the flesh of some people's faces will fall out of shame. However, while you are standing amidst all these horrors, Allah (SWT) would call you, asking you to get nearer to him, and He would conceal you from all the surroundings. He would ask you, “Do you remember your sins? I have concealed them in the worldly life and today I forgive you.” See how forgiving he is?


How do we live in Allah’s Name “The Superb Forgiving”?
There are three things to do:
1- Do as many good deeds as you can. If you wish that Allah (SWT) would forgive your sins, do something great for his sake. Take advantage of the month of Ramadan with all its blessings.
2- Keep asking for Allah's forgiveness.
Do not disclose people's secrets, so that Allah (SWT) would not disclose yours. Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) taught us that he who shields a Muslim, Allah (SWT) would shield him on the Day of Judgment.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Mankind, jinn and all creation
[3] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[4] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[5] A verse in the Qur'an
[6] A chapter; the Qur’an is comprised of 114 surahs
[7] Patrons of Allah = Pious worshippers of Allah who enjoy an elevated degree of faith that exceeds that of the common people.

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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 17   Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:51 am

Al-Waliyy (The Ever-Patronizing Patron)


In the name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful, all praises be to Allah, Lord of the worlds[2]. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah (SAWS)[3]. Today’s name is “The Ever-Patronizing Patron”. “Allah is The Ever-Patronizing Patron of (the ones) who have believed” (TMQ, 2:257)[4]. He is “The Ever-Patronizing Patron” of all the believers and not just the prophets.
The main points of the episode are as follows:

1) The meaning of “The Ever-Patronizing Patron”
2) How does Allah encourage his worshippers to offer themselves to Him in order to become patrons of Allah[5]?
3) Examples of those to whom Allah was their “Ever-Patronizing Patron”
4) The difference between a miracle and a special gift
5) Can ordinary people be patrons of Allah or do they have to experience a miracle or a special gift?
6) How can I offer myself to Allah for Him to become my “Ever-Patronizing Patron”?
7) How can we live in Allah’s name, “The Ever-Patronizing Patron”?

This episode is a very enticing meaning for those who want to be chosen by Allah and take Ramadan as an opportunity for that.

The meaning of “The Ever-Patronizing Patron”?
Linguistically, waliyy (patron) is a relative (someone close) who takes care of you, “Did He not find you an orphan, so He gave (you) an abode,” (TMQ 93:6), or someone loving who supports you; a patron is the first person you go to with a problem. I will give you an example to help you understand what it means to have Allah (SWT)[6] as your “Ever-Patronizing Patron”. Do you remember, as a child, when you were asked to come with your guardian (or patron) to school, and you were proud to do so? However, it is a heart-breaking moment for a child who has no guardian. A person with no patron is pitiable; a person who does not turn to Allah to be his “Ever-Patronizing Patron” and gives himself up to Satan or to his own whims and desires is pitiable. Yusuf’s (AS)[7] (Joseph) story illustrates both meanings of waliyy (patron). Allah (SWT) was his “Ever-Patronizing Patron” thus: He made the travellers need water so they would rescue him from the well, He made the Egyptian nobleman childless so he would adopt him, He made the King of Egypt need him to interpret his dream so he would release him from jail, He made Egypt in need of food so he would became a nobleman of Egypt. To see the relation between all that and the “Ever-Patronizing Patron” observe what Yusuf said which can be translated as, “Lord! You have already brought me (my share) of kingship and You have taught me (my share) of the interpretation of discourses. O Originator (Literally: Renderer; i.e., Creator) of the heavens and the earth, You are my Ever-Patronizing Patron in the present (life) (Literally: the lowly (life), the life of this world) and the Hereafter, Take me up to You as a Muslim (One who submits to you) and join me with the righteous” (TMQ, 12:101).

How does Allah encourage his worshippers to offer themselves to Him as their “Ever-Patronizing Patron”?
Allah encourages you to apsire to His Patronage by telling you how you will benefit if He is your “Ever-Patronizing Patron.” i) You will not fear in this world nor grieve in the hereafter; Allah says what can be translated as, “Verily, the patrons (Or: the pious worshippers of Allah) of Allah surely will have no fear on them, nor will they grieve.” (TMQ, 10:62) ii) He will grant you light and guidance in this life, in the grave, and in the hereafter. iii) He will provide you with victory “No indeed, (but) Allah is your Supreme Patronizer, and He is The Most Charitable of vindicators” (TMQ 3:150).

Examples of those to whom Allah was their “Ever-Patronizing Patron”
There are many examples of people whom Allah (SWT) stood by and supported in the past and nowadays. Othman Ibn-Affan (RA)[8] was granted insight and said, "Beware of a believer's insight, for he sees with the light (guidance) of Allah." A person supported by “The Ever-Patronizing Patron” is blessed with having his or her du'aa (supplication) answered all the time. During the time when Abu-Musa al-Ash’arey (RA) was assigned to the management of Iraq's affairs, a great fire burned all gardens and fields in a certain area there sparing one. Abu-Musa (RA) sent for its owner to find out what he had done to ensure that his garden was protected. The man said he simply supplicated to Allah (SWT) that the garden would never be burnt, and Allah answered his supplication. There are many examples of people whose du'aa was always answered such as Uwayss al-Qarni (RA) and Anas-Ibnul-Nadr (RA). By showing yourself to the “Ever-Patronizing Patron” to be doing as many good deeds and performing as many acts of worship as you can, and being obedient to Allah (SWT), you too, can become one of His patrons.

What is the difference between a miracle and a special gift?
A miracle is a proof of prophethood. However, there is an important concept we need to discuss here, which is a special gift (karama). Many people think that to be a patron of Allah you need to possess a special gift or be able to do something extraordinary and exceptional, but that is not true. A special gift is valid and proven but it has one condition: To have a certain special gift, Allah's patron must be a devout believer, and this is reflected in his or her manners and piety. He or she must lead their lives within the limits of the Qur'an and sunnah (the Prophet’s tradition). This means that we must never believe imposters and charlatans who claim to know the unseen and have extraordinary powers; they are definitely not patrons of Allah and we should not regard them as such.

Can ordinary people be patrons of Allah or do they have to experience a miracle or a special gift?
A miracle is a proof of prophethood and therefore must be apparent to all, but a special gift is a sign of Allah's (SWT) love, which He may grant us and yet conceal from us and everyone around us, so that we do not become arrogant. Therefore, you may be a patron of Allah and not know it.

How can I offer myself to Allah for Him to become my “Ever-Patronizing Patron”?
First, Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as, "Verily, the patrons (Or: the pious worshippers of Allah) of Allah surely will have no fear on them, nor will they grieve. They are the ones who have believed and have been pious." (TMQ 10: 62-63) The best and simplest definition of piety is doing what Allah has ordered you to do and abstaining from whatever Allah has forbidden you from doing. It is quite hard, but one must be as pious as possible, so weigh your acts against this principle. If you have been pious most of the day then you are on the right track to becoming a patron of Allah. Secondly, we need to maintain our obligatory acts of worship, such as praying on time and paying zakat (mandatory alms-giving)[9], and thirdly we must continue to perform as many supererogatory prayers and acts of worship as possible, as these bring us closer to Allah and His love for us.

How can we live in Allah’s name, “The Ever-Patronizing Patron”?
Who among us will come out of Ramadan a patron of Allah (SWT)? Why are our ambitions limited to the worldly life? Why not compete during these coming last days of Ramadan to become closer to Allah (SWT)? One last thing we need to do in order to become patrons of Allah (SWT) is to take care of other people; become other people's patrons. For example, we can take care of an orphan or a poor person. I would like to address those who are responsible for the welfare of others such as parents, teachers, ministers or businessmen. You will be held accountable; it does not matter that you hold a high position or rank, what matters is how responsible, fair, and capable you are of performing all the duties and responsibilities this rank entails.

Let us live the last ten days of Ramadan this way, hoping to attain Lailat al-Qadr (The Night of Determination) so that Allah will answer all our du'aa (supplication) and make us His patrons from that night on.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Mankind, jinn and all creation
[3] Salla Allah alayhe wa salam (All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him)
[4] TMQ = Translation of the meaning of Quran. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[5] Pious worshippers of Allah who enjoy an elevated degree of faith that exceeds that of the common people
[6] SWT = Subhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[7] Alleyhe assalam (Peace be upon him/her)
[8] May Allah be pleased with him/her
[9] A proportion of the wealth (2.5%) of every Muslim to be paid annually for the benefit of the needy in the Muslim community
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 18   Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:25 pm

Al-Ahad (The Only One)

In the name of Allah[1] (God), The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon our master, the most noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS[2]).

Today we will be talking about another of Allah’s beautiful names; one that is alive in every person’s heart when born. It is incorporated in life of Muslims, and their Islam is only accepted if they believe in it. It is Allah’s name “The Only One”.

This name denotes that Allah is One and has always been One. There is no second to Him; He has no partners, and there is nothing and no one bearing resemblance to Him. Allah says what can be translated as, “There is not anything like Him (whatsoever), and He is The Ever-Hearing, The Ever-Beholding,”(TMQ[3], 42:11).

Allah’s name “The One” (Al-Waahid) tells us that He has no partners. Allah’s name “The Only One” (Al-Ahad) tells us that He has no similitude. Both lead us to understand the beautiful testimony of Islam which is: there is no God to be worshipped but Allah. This is the emblem of today’s episode.

Today’s episode addresses two groups of people. The first group consists of those who doubt that The Only One, glorified be He, manages everything in the universe. We want them to look at the evidence of the Oneness of Allah in the universe. The second group is that of the believers who testify the Oneness of Allah, but do not understand its implications in life. We want them to reach the level of sincerity and devotion (Ikhlas), as wanted by the Qur’anic chapter that holds that name.

The name “The Only One” is mentioned once in the Qur’an in Surat[4] al-Ikhlas. In the starting verse Allah says what can be translated, “Say, ‘He is Allah, The Only One’” (TMQ, 112:1). Although a small chapter of 4 verses, it is valued as one third of the Qur’an. The name “The One” is mentioned 15 times in the Qur’an, 6 of them alongside Allah’s name “The Superb Vanquisher”.

What is the evidence that He is “The Only One”? Proof of this is the homogeneity present in creation. We can see that evident in the fact that reproduction always occurs between a male and a female gametes, in humans, animals and plants. All creatures have a respiratory system that exchanges gases with the surrounding environment. If there had been more than one god, each would want to compete with the other, resulting in different forms of creation.

Another piece of evidence is the unity of universal laws. Aging occurs to everything; from minute living creatures, to humans, to gigantic stars. Humans start growing from birth until senility and death, and the process does not reverse. Even cells have a life cycle that ends in apoptosis or cell death. Matter exerts gravitational forces that apply to celestial bodies as well as to subatomic particles. Processes occur in the universe in a gradual fashion. Sunrise and sunset, the birth and death of stars, the gestation of a fetus in a womb, all follow stages. There is no haphazardness or spontaneity in these occurrences. Another example of the unity of universal laws is the shape and the direction of rotation of celestial objects in a counterclockwise direction. This applies to electrons as well. All move in a predetermined course.

Is it not also evidence that the universe was created in a way to give you life? We inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide which plants use, returning oxygen. The cooperation between the sun, the seas, the wind and gravity brings us rain. We use the stars during the night as guidance. Symbiosis between the organisms around us occurs in perfect harmony. Thus, you yourself are a sign of His existence.

If there were more than one god, then man would be torn in his obedience to them. The universe would be governed by haphazard rules. The case is different, as there is only one god. The whole universe abides by His laws.

This episode is important for us believers, as we may have forgotten the meaning of the Oneness of Allah, and the great value of such a chapter as Al-Ikhlas that entails the meaning of His Oneness. We may have forgotten the suffering that our master Bilal (RA) had to endure just for saying Allah’s name “The Only One, The Only One” and how the hairdresser of Pharaoh’s daughter was killed with her children for this testimony of Islam. The Prophet was able to smell their beautiful scent filling the sky for that great word she died for. A man on the Day of Judgment with 99 records of sins, each stretching as far as the eye can see, is saved by a single card, on which is written, “There is no god to be worshipped but Allah.”

In an attempt to prevent Ammar Ibn-Yasir from testifying that there is no god to be worshiped but Allah, the rejecters of faith used to burn coal until it blazed, then force Ammar to lie on it until the grease of his back melted and extinguished the burning coal. He then used to go to the Prophet (SAWS)[5] unable to stand straight.

There was an imam (leader in prayer) who used to follow any Surah he recites with Surat al-Ikhlaas in each raka’a (one unit of Islamic prayer). The Prophet (SAWS), when knowing that, asked him about the reason. The man answered that he loved this surah for including the name and attributes of Allah. The Prophet (SAWS) told the man that Allah loved him for that. This Surah equals one third of the Noble Qur’an.

When the Prophet (SAWS) heard a man saying, “I pray to You, for You are Allah, the Only One, Allah, The Everlasting Sovereign, who has not begotten and has not been begotten, and to Him none could be co-equal,” the Prophet (SAWS) commented that he had supplicated with Allah's greatest name.

For one of the battles, Mu'awaya Ibn-Mu'awaya Al-Muzni was so ill that he could not join the army. After it had return on a cold night, Jibril (AS) (Gabriel) went to the Prophet (SAWS) and awakened him. He told him that there were two rows of angels awaiting him outside to pray Mu'awaya’s funeral prayer. Mu'awaya deserved this because he loved Surat al-Ikhlaas and used to read it every day and night.

How should we apply Allah's name “the One” to our life? Make all your words, deeds, movements and stillness for the sake of The Only One. Do not seek a witness in the whole universe but Allah. Allah says what can be translated as, “Say, “Surely my prayer, and my rites, and my living, and my dying are for Allah, The Lord of the worlds.” (TMQ, 6:162).

Enjoy your life, but seek Allah's satisfaction in whatever you say and do. Live happily with your children, and raise them to bring the victory of Islam. Be like Maryam's (AS) “Mary’s” mother when she said what can be translated as, “…Lord! Surely I have vowed to you what is in my belly in dedication; so (graciously) accept (it) from me. Surely You, (Ever) You, are The Ever-Hearing, The Ever-Knowing” (TMQ, 3:35).

Allah does not accept a deed unless it is done for his sake, so in order to be rewarded, your intentions have to be to please Allah. A scholar once said, “Whoever remains loyal to Allah for 40 days, springs of wisdom manifest in his heart, face and tongue.”

Omar Ibn-Abdul-Aziz used to evoke the right intention in his heart before moving one step forward. Solaiman Ibn-Abdul-Malik said on his deathbed, “I will perform something in which Satan has no share”. He appointed Omar Ibn-Abdul-Aziz as governor.

During a battle, the Muslims were not able to penetrate a fortress. An ordinary Muslim man began to dig a tunnel without the knowledge of anyone in the army every night until he could pass through it and open the fortress gate. Consequently, the Muslims were victororious. The man agreed to reveal himself to the commander provided that he did not offer him a monetary award or reveal his name to anyone, including the Caliph, as he refused to substitute worldly benefits for Allah's reward.

Khaled Ibnul-Waleed was a skilful army commander. When Omar Ibnul-Khattab discharged him, he exerted even more effort in the army. When he was asked about that he said, “I conquered The Levant for Allah's sake, not for Omar's.”

Zayn-al-'Abdeen Ibn-Ali used to leave food outside his countrymen's homes every night. No one knew who used to do this until he died, when they missed the food. When performing the ritual of washing him after death, they found a black line on his back, marked by the sacks of flour and rice he used to carry on his back.

In the end, you are required to do two things: renew your faith by repeating that there is “no god to be worshiped but Allah”, and to be loyal to it during the following ten days.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
[3] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[4] A chapter; the Qur’an is comprised of 114 surahs
[5] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him]
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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 19   Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:18 am

Al-Wahhab (The Superb Bestower)


In the name of Allah[1], The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful, all praises be to Allah, Lord of the worlds[2]. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah (SAWS)[3]. Today’s name is one that has a connection with Lailat al-Qadr (The Night of Determination). It is “The Superb Bestower”. Allah says what can be translated as, “Or even do they have in their presence the treasuries of your Lord's mercy, The Ever-Mighty, Superb Bestower?” (TMQ, 9:38)[4]

The meaning of the name, “The Superb Bestower”

This name gives more evidence of Allah’s love for us. Linguistically, “The Superb Bestower” is He who bestows precious, unconditional gifts upon His worshippers without demanding anything in return, and without them having done anything prior to the bestowal. He bestows upon them, out of love and affection for them. Someone who bestows once is a bestower, but He who bestows various gifts, over and over again, is “The Superb Bestower.” If the gifts are priceless and so great that no one else can bestow them, then “You, Ever You, are The One Who is The Superb Bestower” (TMQ, 8:3). “The Superb Bestower” only bestows gifts that benefit you and guide you.

The difference between “The Superb Provider” and “The Superb Bestower”

“The Superb Provider” provides regular sustenance, which is based on the worshippers’ work, but “The Superb Bestower” bestows upon chosen worshippers, unexpected gifts for which they have not worked. With “The Superb Provider”, you work before you receive your sustenance, but with “The Superb Bestower”, you work after you have received the gift. A Muslim is not meant to sit around and wait for gifts and not work. Moreover, sustenance is provided on a regular basis and therefore you become used to it and may forget to thank Allah (SWT)[5]. But an unexpected gift should make you take notice and remember to be thankful to Him.

Gifts bestowed upon us by “The Superb Bestower”

Here are a few examples of Allah’s gifts to us: an unplanned umrah[6], an unexpected hajj[7], your children; children are always mentioned as gifts in the Qur’an, your wife, a tape that led to your guidance, an unexpected holiday, a righteous friend, a prayer blessed with submissiveness, unexpected money to help you out of a crisis, a special talent. Furthermore, the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) is a gift, paradise is a gift and Lailat al-Qadr is a gift. Satan tries to prevent you from seeing the beauty of the gifts by making you see only hardships or by making you desire something other than Allah’s gifts.

Why does “The Superb Bestower” bestow gifts upon us?

A gift generates love, affection and joy; but more wonderful than the gift is He who bestows it. There are two reasons for bestowing gifts: First, He loves you for your character; second, you are distant and He wants to bring you close. If you do not remember His most recent gift to you, then you have a problem because it means that either you do not deserve His love, or you are unaware of His gifts. Beware, those who are not thankful to “The Superb Bestower”, do not deserve gifts and will stop receiving them.

The Superb Bestower chooses whom He wills

He chose from all mankind the prophets, and from among the prophets He chose Muhammad (SAWS). He chose his (SAWS) companions and his ummah (the Muslim nation) and from among them the martyrs and the people of the Qur’an. He chose Jibril (AS)[8] (Gabriel) from among the angels to descend with the revelation. He chose from among the places Makkah and Mount Arafat, from the days those of Dhul-Hijjah, and from the nights, Lailat al-Qadr; a night like no other. Moreover, He chooses for this night those who will attain it, so offer yourself to “The Superb Bestower”during the coming nights.

One of the most precious gifts The Superb Bestower has bestowed upon all of us is Lailat-al-Qadr (the Night of Determination). Allah carefully selects certain people to bestow upon them His gifts, as He wishes. He has favored the human beings amongst all His creations. He has favored the prophets from amongst all human beings. He has chosen Muhammad (SAWS) from amongst all the prophets to be the final messenger of Allah. He has chosen us to be Muslims from amongst all human beings. He has chosen Makkah out of all places. He chooses certain people from the billions of Muslims to go for Umrah and Hajj every year. He has chosen Ramadan from among all months. He has chosen the Night of Determination among all the nights. He also chooses certain people who actually benefit from and gain the reward of the Night of Determination.

“And strive for Allah as is the true striving for Him. He is (The One) Who has selected you” (TMQ, 78:22)

The Night of Determination

“Surely We sent it down on the Night of Determination; And what makes you realize what the Night of Determination is? The Night of Determination is more charitable (i.e., better) than a thousand months. The Angels and the Spirit keep coming down therein, by the permission of their Lord, with (Literally: from) every Command. Peace it is, till the rising of the dawn.” (TMQ, 1-5:97)

The word Qadr (Determination) has two meanings:
1. A night of high status, value, and importance;
2. The night in which the written destiny is disclosed to the angels for implementation.

“Surely We have sent it down in a blessed night; surely We have been warning. Therein every Wise Command is distinctly (decreed)” (TMQ, 3-4:44)

Notice that angels come down on this night in big numbers. Jibril (AS) (Gabriel) also comes down to earth on this night, once every year to remember the days of revelation, which stopped upon the death of the Prophet (SAWS). This night is a celebration of the birth of the perfect Ummah.

Three things make this night very special:
1. It is better than 1000 months, which is equivalent to nearly 84 years. This means that any good deed you do this night, will be rewarded to you as if you had done it for nearly your whole life span.
2. All your past sins are erased if you worship Allah justly on this night.
3. You are saved from the hell fire.

The Prophet (SAWS) used to pack up his bed and forget sleep during the last ten nights of Ramadan. He would awaken his wives and family and encourage them to liven up the night in worship, prayer, and supplication. Let us focus on all the last ten nights, since we can never be sure when the actual Night of Determination is. Fighting and disagreement is one of the things that can make you lose out on all of the rewards of this special night, as this was one of the reasons why Allah has kept the knowledge of the exact occurrence of the Night of Determination a secret from us.
So are you ready to work hard and make yourself shine out from amongst the rest of Muslims? Let us take advantage of this very special gift, which only the Superb Bestower can bestow upon us.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Mankind, jinn and all creation
[3] Salla Allah alayhe wa salam (All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him)
[4]TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[5] SWT = Subhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[6] voluntary short pilgrimage that can be performed at any time of the year
[7] The pilgrimage to Makkah during the first half of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, and is the fifth pillar of Islam
[8] Alayhe assalam (Peace be upon him)

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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 20   Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:24 am

Al-Mojeeb (The Supreme Answerer)


In the name of Allah[1] (God), The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful, all praises be to Allah, Lord of the worlds[2]. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah (SAWS)[3].

Before talking about today's name, I would like to remind you all of the precious days we are experiencing. We are facing the last ten days of Ramadan, which are the sweetest days for worshiping Allah (SWT)[4] and the reward is priceless, as you will be saved from Hellfire and your dua’a (supplication) is answered.

This brings us to today's name, which is Al-Mojeeb (The Supreme-Answerer). Allah says what can be translated as, "And when My bondmen ask you concerning Me, then, surely I am near; I answer the invocation of the invoker when he invokes Me…" (TMQ, 2:186)[5].

This is a special name for these special days we are going through, as the definition of this name is suitable for Ramadan and the last ten days of this month, in particular. Our Prophet (SAWS) told us that when the person who is fasting breaks his fast, he can supplicate to Allah and his dua'a shall not be turned down. Also, the above mentioned ayah[6] is mentioned right amongst the part that is talking about fasting in the Qur'an. Also, if you supplicate during the Night of Determination, it will be answered!

You will find that the companions of the Prophet (SAWS) used to prepare special requests for this month and ask Allah to make them come true. The year would pass and they would find them fulfilled.

Let us look at the definition first, which is very easy. The Supreme-Answerer is the One who answers your call, but the beauty of this name is that He (SWT) is the one who makes you supplicate in the first place, so that He may answer it!

There are a few basic factors when we talk about this name that we have to bear in mind. One is that Allah has never set a fixed time for the dua'a, as it is not restricted by a certain hour during the day or night or for a certain order of priority amongst people. You can even supplicate without opening your mouth just by thinking about your wish while sitting amidst millions of people, without uttering even a single word.

The other thing is that the Prophet said that dua'a is worshiping, as it makes you feel the need for Allah more than any other form of worship, because you are asking Allah for something. By doing this, you are admitting to all His other most beautiful names, as well as declaring that you are His servant.

Allah wants you to be persistent when you supplicate for something. This is what the Prophet (SAWS) told us, as it shows that you have no one else to turn to but Him (SWT). He may even put you in circumstances that force you to supplicate and ask His help and guidance no matter how small or insignificant that request might seem to you. Even if you lost your car keys, for example, you should supplicate to Allah that he may guide you to find them.

You will find that the name The Supreme-Answerer is mostly linked with being "near" in the Qur'an. Why is that? Because he is closer to you than anything you might imagine. Allah says what can be translated as, "And indeed We already created man, and We know whatever his self whispers within him, and We are nearer to him than the jugular vein." (TMQ, 50:16). When you think about it, if you want to tell someone about a problem you are facing you need to explain everything, but if you are supplicating to Allah you do not need to explain anything or be ashamed of anything as he knows everything. He is near.

The Prophet (SAWS) mentioned this special relation in many of his ahadeeth[7] and it is repeated in the Qur'an in many ayahs. Once, a man came to ask the Prophet (SAWS) something; he wanted to know if Allah is near so that he may whisper his dua'a or far away so that he may call out for Him. The Prophet (SAWS) did not answer and that is when the revelation came to him and Allah said what can be translated as, "And when My bondmen ask you concerning Me, then, surely I am near; I answer the invocation of the invoker when he invokes Me…" (TMQ, 2:186). In the Qur'an, you will find more examples. Allah says what can be translated as, "And your Lord has said, “Invoke Me and I will respond to you. Surely the ones who wax too proud to do Me worship will soon enter Hell utterly abject.” (TMQ, 40:60). You will find here that for those who do not supplicate to Allah, He considers them to be too proud. Why won't you supplicate and humble yourself to Allah (SWT)?

Answering invocations in the Noble Qur’an always comes with situations that seem impossible to us. For example, when Ibrahim (AS) (Abraham) asked Allah (SWT) to make Makkah, which was completely void of people and any form of life, a secure place for his family and provide them with products, this seemed something very difficult to people at that time. Nevertheless, Allah answered Ibrahim’s invocation and millions of people around the world come to this place throughout the year! Similarly, when Zakariya (AS) (Zechariah) asked Allah (SWT) to grant him offspring, Allah (SWT) gave him what he asked for, even though he was very old and his wife was barren. Similar situations happened with many other prophets who asked Allah for various issues that seemed impossible to be answered, but Allah (SWT) granted them all what they wanted just to reassure people and strenghthen their trust in Allah that He is always there to answer our invocations no matter what they were.

There are also many ordinary people, who were neither prophets nor companions, who have many stories about Allah answering their supplications in issues that seemed impossible to them. You, yourself, if you try to think back in your life and remember how many times Allah (SWT) answered your supplications, you will find many. Therefore, trust Allah (SWT) and invoke Him as much as you can, especially during these days. You can supplicate Him in any language you know and be sure that He is always listening to you and will grant you what you want.

You should bear in mind that when Allah (SWT) answers your supplication, Satan always tries to distract you with joy to make you forget that Allah is the The Supreme-Answerer who granted you what you asked for. He wants to distract you from realizing that what you have received is a result of your supplication; otherwise, you would realize the importance of supplication and become closer and closer to Allah by supplicating more and more. Satan does not want this to happen. We should always praise Allah when we get something to remember that Allah is the The Supreme-Answerer and is the only One who answers our supplications.

The Supreme-Answerer likes people to supplicate Him at certain times. Although He (SWT) is always there for us, there are specific times at which He becomes even closer and answering supplications becomes more guaranteed. These times are many and some examples are: in the final third of the night, during prostration in prayers, when breaking fast, in the Night of Determination, between adhan (the call to prayer) and prayer, at the Ka’ba and during tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka’ba), at the Black Stone, when drinking Zamzam water, and on the Day of Arafah. Also, supplications are answered on Fridays. The exact time at which Allah answers supplications on Fridays have not been pinpointed so that we would supplicate all day long. However, there has been some agreement on these following times: just after fajr (dawn) prayer, at sunrise, at the time of Friday prayer, after Friday prayer, between asr (afternoon) and maghrib (sunset) prayers, and finally, at the time of sunset. Furthermore, when a Muslim invokes for another Muslim in his absence, this invocation is answered as well.

There is a special kind of relationship between you and the The Supreme-Answerer. After you supplicate Allah, especially if you were very sincere, you will feel very relieved. This happens even though you still do not know whether Allah will answer your supplication or not. This happenes because you have told Allah (SWT) about all your feelings and all your needs, so you feel very calm and relieved. Another psychological effect of supplication is that when you ask Allah for something over and over again, your subconscience gets used to the idea and believes in what you are asking for; therefore, you start working harder and harder to get it. This is why Allah may sometimes delay the answer to your supplication: to make you work harder and get ready for it.

There are four prerequisites for answering supplications. These are: being certain that Allah (SWT) will answer your supplication, showing submissiveness during supplication, being patient and not hastening the answer, and gainig lawful means of living. In addition, there are some etiquettes for supplication. These are: raising the hands during supplication, ablution, facing the qiblah[8], beginning the supplication by praising Allah, asking Allah to pray upon His Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), asking Allah using His Most beautiful names, and giving charity after the supplication. Ibn-al-Qayyem said that he who fulfills the four prerequisites and these etiquettes during supplication should know that Allah will certainly grant him what he has asked for.


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[1] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does, and the word 'Allah' in Arabic has no connotation of gender. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
[2] Mankind, jinn and all creation
[3] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam (All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him)
[4] SWT = Subhanahu wa Ta'ala [Glorified and Exalted Be He].
[5] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.
[6] A verse in the Qur'an
[7] The Prophet’s actual sayings or actions as narrated by his companions
[8] the direction faced in prayer towards Ka'ba

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PostSubject: Names of ALLAH 21   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:20 am

Al-Afuww (The Effacer of sins)


In the name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Ever-Merciful, all praises be to Allah, Lord of the worlds. All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah (SAWS[1]).

Today's episode is related to the Night of Determination, as it deals with the beautiful Name of Allah, Al-Afuww (The Effacer of sins). The Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) taught Lady Aisha that the best supplication to repeat on this night is, "O Allah, You are The Effacer of sins and You love effacing sins, so efface mine." This Name, The Effacer of sins, was repeated in the Qur'an five times; four of them together with the name Al-Ghafour (The Ever-Forgiving) and once with the name Al-Qadeer (The Omnipotent).

Today's episode is divided into four main points:
1. The meaning of Allah's name The Effacer of sins;
2. the difference between The Effacer of sins, The Ever-Forgiving and the rest of the beautiful Names of Allah related to the same meaning;
3. how The Effacer of sins is associated with the Night of Determination; and
4. how to live with this Name.

Linguistically, the word 'afa has two meanings. The first meaning is to give willingly without being asked and then to be satisfied. The other meaning is the effacing and the removal. Thus, The Effacer of sins first removes the traces of sins. He is then satisfied and finally He gives you without being asked.

What is the difference between effacing sins and forgiveness? Effacing sins is more comprehensive than forgiveness. When Allah forgives you, He does not expose you, either in this world or in the hereafter. He does not punish you. However, your sins are still written and you will still be questioned about them. The Effacer of sins, on the other hand, treats you as if you had never committed that sin. It is effaced with no trace of it. How does Allah efface the sin? He makes you forget it and He makes the angels forget it. It is not written in the scrolls anymore and you are not questioned about it on the Day of Judgment. He not only effaces minor sins, but grave and heinous sins as well, the same way the wind effaces the trace of trenches made by bedouins in the desert. What if Allah effaces all the sins you ever committed in your life? You are resurrected, free of all sins as if you had done nothing wrong in your life. On the Day of Judgment, Allah tells you to wish whatever you want, as He is satisfied with you, and tells you to enter jannah (paradise). Why does Allah do all this? It is because He loves man. It is because man is the most precious creature to Him and because He is Generous. Do you not feel ashamed? Allah does not want to punish you; He wants to forgive you and efface your sins. However, you still disobey Him!

The Name, The Effacer of sins, has two implications; a positive one and a negative one. The negative meaning implies elimination and getting rid (of sins) whereas the positive meaning implies satisfaction and giving. The Effacer of sins does three things. He erases your sins, He becomes satisfied with you and then He gives you more, even if you have not asked Him for that which he gave you. Therefore, this night is the night of these three things. O Effacer of sins, wipe away my sins, You are the Effacer of sins and I need this purge.

Al-Fudail Ibn-Ayyad, one of the followers, kept praying on the day of Arafat that Allah efface his sins. At the end of the day, he started crying. While everybody wondered why he was crying, he told them that he was ashamed of Allah, The Generous, as He had surely answered his prayers and effaced his sins. Sufyan Ath-Thawrey, another one of the followers, said that he likes to say the supplication taught by the Prophet (SAWS) on the Night of Determination more than any other form of worship.

What is the relation between this Name and the Night of Determination? To elaborate, we should first clarify the relation between this Name and His Name, Al-Tawwab (The Superbly Relenting). Imagine a situation where you sin and follow it with repentance. Then you commit the same sin followed by a renewed repentance. Again you commit the same sin and repent and this is repeated ten times until you cannot repent anymore because slowly, you feel there is a gap between you and Allah. You repented ten times but you still returned to the same sin, hence you thought that Allah will not forgive you. Nevertheless, Allah wants you. He loves you so how can you plug this gap? This will happen in a great way; a gift He grants you. It is the Night of Determination in which all your sins are effaced and the gap is filled up. The Effacer of sins then shows you the way to The Superbly Relenting.

The Prophet (SAWS) asks those who have many sins to start anew in this night; a new beginning. If you pray during this night and supplicate, “O Allah, You are The Effacer of sins and You love effacing sins, so efface mine,” whatever your sin was will be erased, and the gap will be filled up. Your book of bad deeds will be void of sins; a clean slate.

Notice that this name is associated with great calamities. When the Israelites worshipped the Calf, Allah says what can be translated as, "And (remember) as We appointed with M‍ûsa (Moses) forty nights; thereafter you took to yourselves the Calf even after him and you were unjust. Thereafter We were clement towards you even after that, that possibly you would thank (Us). [TMQ[2], 2:51-52].

Even in the Battle of Uhud, when the companions were with the Prophet, it was a severe sin to leave the Prophet during the battle and go away. Allah says what can be translated as, "Surely the ones of you who turned away the day the two gatherings encountered, surely it was only that Ash-shaytan (The ever-vicious, i.e., the Devil) made them slide back for some of that which they had earned; and Allah has indeed already been clement towards them…"[TMQ, 3:155]. What is the solution for the great number of sins other than effacement? Severe calamities and sins have no solution but effacement from Allah (TWT)[3].

The Effacer of sins has another association with the Night of Determination. Why was this night named so? It is because during this night the destinies of people are determined and conveyed to angels who spread them to the whole world. The greatness of the effacement of your sins during this night will determine your status for the next year. Why is this taking place? Why have we been sent to earth? We have been sent to reform it and reform needs renewed spirits. Those who live within themselves end up being tired. A revival can start again during the Night of Determination so that the ummah (Muslim nation) renews its vitality. It is for this reason that this episode is very important. O Allah, efface our sins so that the destiny of the ummah will be positive in the next year.

The Prophet (SAWS) narrates that everyday the sea asks Allah to allow it to drown man because man lives with His blessings and does not worship Him. Similarly, the earth asks Allah to allow it to swallow man because man lives with His blessings and does not worship Him. Heaven asks Allah to allow it to fall upon man because man lives with His blessings and does not worship Him. However, Allah refuses and tells the sea, earth and heavens to leave them, for if they had created man, they would have had mercy upon him. Are you ready for the Night of Determination?

The last point is how we can live with this Name. The answer is in one thing; efface people’s mistakes in order to have your sins effaced.

When Abu-Bakr’s daughter, Aisha, was accused of adultery, it was her cousin Mosteh who accused her. Abu-Bakr, who was sustaining Mosteh, decided not to do so anymore after Mosteh’s accusation. However Allah says what can be translated as, "And let not the ones endowed with the Grace (of Allah) and affluence swear off bringing (charity) to near of kin (Literally: endowed with kinship) and the indigent and to the ones emigrating in the way of Allah; and let them be clement and let them pardon. Do you not love that Allah should forgive you? And Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Merciful." [TMQ, 24:22]

After this ayah, Abu-Bakr swore not to stop sustaining him anymore. Therefore, The Effacer of sins is the One who brings His worshippers together. Forgive all people this night so that Allah forgives you and effaces all your sins.


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[1] Salla Allah alayhe Wa Salam [All Prayers and Blessings of Allah be upon him].
[2] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an. This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an. Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed
[3] Tabaraka Wa Ta`ala [Blessed and Exalted be He].

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