All of Allaah’s Names are Beautiful

All of Allaah’s Names are Beautiful

Compiled & translated By Abbas Abu Yahya


Allaah Tabaraka wa Ta’ala said:

وَلِلَّهِ ٱلۡأَسۡمَآءُ ٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰ فَٱدۡعُوهُ بِهَاۖ وَذَرُواْ ٱلَّذِينَ يُلۡحِدُونَ فِيٓ أَسۡمَٰٓئِهِۦۚ
سَيُجۡزَوۡنَ مَا كَانُواْ يَعۡمَلُونَ ١٨٠

<And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do.> [Al-Aa’araf:180]

Allaah Tabaraka wa Ta’ala said:

ٱللَّهُ لَآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَۖ لَهُ ٱلۡأَسۡمَآءُ ٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰ ٨

<Allah! La ilahla illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He)! To Him belong the Best Names.> [Taha: 8]

Allaah Tabaraka wa Ta’ala said:

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلۡخَٰلِقُ ٱلۡبَارِئُ ٱلۡمُصَوِّرُۖ لَهُ ٱلۡأَسۡمَآءُ ٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰۚ يُسَبِّحُ
لَهُۥ مَا فِي ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِۖ وَهُوَ ٱلۡعَزِيزُ ٱلۡحَكِيمُ ٢٤

<He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names . All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.> [Hashr: 24]

The different types of ilhaad (To belie or deny or utter impious speech against) of Allaah’s Asmaa (Names) and Sifaat (Characteristics)

Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- talks about the different types:

‘The first type:

Is when the people call their idols with Allaah’s names, like when they call al-Laat from the word al-ilaheeya (a deity), and al-Uzza from the name al-Aziz.

The second type:

Calling Allaah with names, which are not befitting His Majesty, like the Christians name Him: father. And the philosophers name Him the one who has no intent or choice, or they call Him the one who creates without intent etc.

The third type:

Describing Him with something which He is free, High and Holy from deficiencies. Like the saying of the filthiest of the Jews: that Allaah is poor, and their saying that He rested after having created His creation. And then they say Allaah’s Hand is tied up, and other examples, which are Ilhaad (rejection, belittling) of Allaah’s Asma wa Sifaat.

The fourth type:

Cancelling the meanings of the names of Allaah and rejecting their reality, like the saying of those who say from the Jahmeeyah and their followers: the names of Allaah are just purely words they do not include Sifaat (characteristics) or meanings.

The fifth type:

Resembling the Sifaat of Allaah with the Sifaat of His creation, Allaah is very high above and Great from what those who claim He has a resemblance with His creation.’

[From: ‘Badaih al Fawaid’ 1/298 299]

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