99 Names of Allah (Al Asma Ul Husna)
99 Names of Allah (Al Asma Ul Husna): Belief in Allah is the basic tenet of imaan (faith) in Islam. Muslims believe in Allah according to His lovely names and perfections. In the Holy Quran, Allah frequently reveals His names in order for us to comprehend who He is. We can determine the right approach to believe in Allah by learning and memorising His names. Nothing is more holy and good than knowing Allah’s names and abiding by them. If we don’t know who He is, how can we expect to adore, love, fear, and trust our Lord, The Almighty Allah?
In the Quran, Allah says:
“And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them..” (Quran 7:180)
“Allah – there is no deity except Him. To Him belong the best names.” (Quran 20:8)
“He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names.” (Quran 59:24)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.”
(Sahih Bukhari 50:894)
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: “There are ninety-nine names of Allah; he who commits them to memory would get into Paradise. Verily, Allah is Odd (He is one, and it is an odd number) and He loves odd number..”
(Sahih Muslim Book-48 Hadith-5)
99 names of Allah – Transliteration and Meaning
|1||ٱلْرَّحْمَـانُ||AR-RAHMAAN||The Most or Entirely Merciful|
|2||ٱلْرَّحِيْمُ||AR-RAHEEM||The Bestower of Mercy|
|3||ٱلْمَلِكُ||AL-MALIK||The King and Owner of Dominion|
|4||ٱلْقُدُّوسُ||AL-QUDDUS||The Absolutely Pure|
|5||ٱلْسَّلَامُ||AS-SALAM||The Perfection and Giver of Peace|
|6||ٱلْمُؤْمِنُ||AL-MU’MIN||The One Who gives Emaan and Security|
|7||ٱلْمُهَيْمِنُ||AL-MUHAYMIN||The Guardian, The Witness, The Overseer|
|8||ٱلْعَزِيزُ||AL-AZEEZ||The All Mighty|
|9||ٱلْجَبَّارُ||AL-JABBAR||The Compeller, The Restorer|
|10||ٱلْمُتَكَبِّرُ||AL-MUTAKABBIR||The Supreme, The Majestic|
|11||ٱلْخَالِقُ||AL-KHAALIQ||The Creator, The Maker|
|14||ٱلْغَفَّارُ||AL-GHAFFAR||The All- and Oft-Forgiving|
|15||ٱلْقَهَّارُ||AL-QAHHAR||The Subduer, The Ever-Dominating|
|16||ٱلْوَهَّابُ||AL-WAHHAAB||The Giver of Gifts|
|18||ٱلْفَتَّاحُ||AL-FATTAAH||The Opener, The Judge|
|19||ٱلْعَلِيمُ||AL-‘ALEEM||The All-Knowing, The Omniscient|
|22||ٱلْخَافِضُ||AL-KHAAFIDH||The Reducer, The Abaser|
|23||ٱلْرَّافِعُ||AR-RAAFI’||The Exalter, The Elevator|
|24||ٱلْمُعِزُّ||AL-MU’IZZ||The Honourer, The Bestower|
|25||ٱلْمُذِلُّ||AL-MUZIL||The Dishonourer, The Humiliator|
|28||ٱلْحَكَمُ||AL-HAKAM||The Judge, The Giver of Justice|
|29||ٱلْعَدْلُ||AL-‘ADL||The Utterly Just|
|30||ٱلْلَّطِيفُ||AL-LATEEF||The Subtle One, The Most Gentle|
|31||ٱلْخَبِيرُ||AL-KHABEER||The Acquainted, the All-Aware|
|32||ٱلْحَلِيمُ||AL-HALEEM||The Most Forbearing|
|33||ٱلْعَظِيمُ||AL-‘ATHEEM||The Magnificent, The Supreme|
|34||ٱلْغَفُورُ||AL-GHAFOOR||The Forgiving, The Exceedingly Forgiving|
|35||ٱلْشَّكُورُ||ASH-SHAKOOR||The Most Appreciative|
|36||ٱلْعَلِيُّ||AL-‘ALEE||The Most High, The Exalted|
|37||ٱلْكَبِيرُ||AL-KABEER||The Greatest, The Most Grand|
|38||ٱلْحَفِيظُ||AL-HAFEEDH||The Preserver, The All-Heedful and All-Protecting|
|40||ٱلْحَسِيبُ||AL-HASEEB||The Reckoner, The Sufficient|
|42||ٱلْكَرِيمُ||AL-KAREEM||The Most Generous, The Most Esteemed|
|44||ٱلْمُجِيبُ||AL-MUJEEB||The Responsive One|
|45||ٱلْوَاسِعُ||AL-WAASI’||The All-Encompassing, the Boundless|
|47||ٱلْوَدُودُ||AL-WADOOD||The Most Loving|
|48||ٱلْمَجِيدُ||AL-MAJEED||The Glorious, The Most Honorable|
|49||ٱلْبَاعِثُ||AL-BA’ITH||The Resurrector, The Raiser of the Dead|
|50||ٱلْشَّهِيدُ||ASH-SHAHEED||The All- and Ever Witnessing|
|51||ٱلْحَقُّ||AL-HAQQ||The Absolute Truth|
|52||ٱلْوَكِيلُ||AL-WAKEEL||The Trustee, The Disposer of Affairs|
|54||ٱلْمَتِينُ||AL-MATEEN||The Firm, The Steadfast|
|55||ٱلْوَلِيُّ||AL-WALIYY||The Protecting Associate|
|57||ٱلْمُحْصِيُ||AL-MUHSEE||The All-Enumerating, The Counter|
|58||ٱلْمُبْدِئُ||AL-MUBDI||The Originator, The Initiator|
|59||ٱلْمُعِيدُ||AL-MU’ID||The Restorer, The Reinstater|
|60||ٱلْمُحْيِى||AL-MUHYEE||The Giver of Life|
|61||ٱلْمُمِيتُ||AL-MUMEET||The Bringer of Death, the Destroyer|
|63||ٱلْقَيُّومُ||AL-QAYYOOM||The Sustainer, The Self-Subsisting|
|65||ٱلْمَاجِدُ||AL-MAAJID||The Illustrious, the Magnificent|
|67||ٱلْأَحَد||AL-AHAD||The Unique, The Only One|
|68||ٱلْصَّمَدُ||AS-SAMAD||The Eternal, Satisfier of Needs|
|69||ٱلْقَادِرُ||AL-QADIR||The Capable, The Powerful|
|71||ٱلْمُقَدِّمُ||AL-MUQADDIM||The Expediter, The Promoter|
|72||ٱلْمُؤَخِّرُ||AL-MU’AKHKHIR||The Delayer, the Retarder|
|76||ٱلْبَاطِنُ||AL-BAATIN||The Hidden One, Knower of the Hidden|
|77||ٱلْوَالِي||AL-WAALI||The Governor, The Patron|
|78||ٱلْمُتَعَالِي||AL-MUTA’ALI||The Self Exalted|
|79||ٱلْبَرُّ||AL-BARR||The Source of Goodness, the Kind Benefactor|
|80||ٱلْتَّوَّابُ||AT-TAWWAB||The Ever-Pardoning, The Relenting|
|83||ٱلْرَّؤُفُ||AR-RA’OOF||The Most Kind|
|84||مَالِكُ ٱلْمُلْكُ||MAALIK-UL-MULK||Master of the Kingdom, Owner of the Dominion|
|85||ذُو ٱلْجَلَالِ وَٱلْإِكْرَامُ||DHUL-JALAALI WAL-IKRAAM||Possessor of Glory and Honour, Lord of Majesty and Generosity|
|86||ٱلْمُقْسِطُ||AL-MUQSIT||The Equitable, the Requiter|
|87||ٱلْجَامِعُ||AL-JAAMI’||The Gatherer, the Uniter|
|88||ٱلْغَنيُّ||AL-GHANIYY||The Self-Sufficient, The Wealthy|
|92||ٱلْنَّافِعُ||AN-NAFI’||The Propitious, the Benefactor|
|93||ٱلْنُّورُ||AN-NUR||The Light, The Illuminator|
|95||ٱلْبَدِيعُ||AL-BADEE’||The Incomparable Originator|
|96||ٱلْبَاقِي||AL-BAAQI||The Ever-Surviving, The Everlasting|
|97||ٱلْوَارِثُ||AL-WAARITH||The Inheritor, The Heir|
|98||ٱلْرَّشِيدُ||AR-RASHEED||The Guide, Infallible Teacher|
|99||ٱلْصَّبُورُ||AS-SABOOR||The Forbearing, The Patient|
What are the 99 Names of Allah?
The most popular name for Allah SWT is Allah, which in Arabic is translated as “The God.” In the Qur’an, He calls Himself Allah, although He also indicates that He goes by other names:
“Allah—there is no deity except Him. To Him belong the best names.” (Quran 20:8)
In another section of the Qur’an, he further states:
“And to Allah belong the best names, so call on Him by them.” (Quran 7: 180)
The names and qualities that Allah SWT has used to describe Himself are listed above. We only attribute to Allah SWT what He has dictated to Himself, yet He has given us a variety of names to remember and address Him by in Prayers.
Why is it essential to memorize the 99 Names of Allah?
We can enter Jannah by learning the 99 Names of Allah SWT.
The Prophet (SAW) said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.” (Bukhari)
One of the keys to paradise is knowing Allah SWT’s beautiful names. If we learn the names of Allah and strive to live by them, then Allah SWT will mercifully grant us entry into Paradise. Because we can only genuinely love Allah SWT when we know Him, learning His names also brings us closer to Him.
We are unable to love those we do not know. We might develop a greater sense of love and awe for Allah SWT by learning His names. So call on Him by them, Allah SWT commands in the Qur’an, as stated in the ayah above. In addition to telling us to invoke His name, Allah SWT also gives us instructions on how to do so. If Allah SWT encourages us to utilize His beautiful names in this lovely interchange between us and Him, how rare and blessed must those names be since He loves it when we ask Him and He loves to give? How many of our prayers would be answered if we simply invoked Allah in His divine names?
How do the Names connect to what we do here on earth?
When Allah SWT informed the angels of His choice to create Adam (AS), He said:
“Verily, I am going to place in the earth a Khalifah (representative)…” (2:30)
A representative is someone who, frequently in a separate nation, carries out the will of the leader. When you represent someone, you are given the respect of the person you are representing, but you also have a great deal of responsibility for upholding the rules that have been established.
The Prophet (SAW) is a reminder of how to worship Allah SWT properly and in the most effective manner possible that pleases Him. Allah SWT has sent us to earth to worship Him. Humans cannot use some of Allah SWT’s names, including Ar-Rahman, because they belong to Allah SWT alone. And some qualities, like Al-Qahhar (The Dominator/The Subduer) and Al-Aleem, can only be ascribed to Allah SWT (The All-Knowing).
The ability to learn to embody Allah SWT’s characteristics in whatever human form we can, given our limited abilities and capacities, has been mentioned by scholars like Imam Al-Ghazali (r.h. ), despite the fact that no human will ever come close to fully embodying Allah SWT’s attributes. For instance, since
SWT is Al-Kareem (The Most Generous), and we should make every effort to emulate his generosity.
We should strive to develop a forgiving spirit in ourselves since Allah SWT is Al-Ghafur (The Great Forgiver). We should strive to raise our degree of gratitude for the gifts we have received as well as for the kindnesses and favours shown to us by others because Allah SWT is Ash-Shakoor (The Appreciative). We become authentic ambassadors of Allah SWT when we take on these characteristics (in our very human way).
Because Allah SWT extends love and kindness to us, we ought to strive to do the same for others.
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