Allah

Who is Allah?

This is a question every Muslim must be able to answer. Worshiping Him alone and giving Him our absolute devotion and obedience is the purpose of our existence.

And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me. I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me. Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength.

(Qur’an 51: 56-58)

Allah is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the one who fashions and sustains. He is The Ever-living, The Sustainer. All strength and power belongs to Him alone.

He has absolutely no partners. He has no children, no parents, no rivals, and no equals. He has no limitations while the rest of His creation does. Allah is All-Seeing, while our sight is limited. Allah is All-Hearing, while our hearing is limited. Allah is the All-Knowing while our knowledge is limited.

99 Names of Allah

Allah has numerous names; far more than ninety-nine. But there is a Hadith in which the Prophet ﷺ mentions that whoever memorizes and uses ninety-nine specific names will enter Jannah (paradise).

Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “Allah has ninety-nine Names, one-hundred less one;
and he who memorized them all by heart will enter Paradise.” To count something means to know it by heart.

(Bukhari Book 93 Hadith 489)

 

I recommend this series by Muhammad Tim Humble: Explanation of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

Not only does Muhammad Tim Humble explain the names of Allah in this series, he clears up some misconceptions about those names.

Remembrance of Allah

Among the many ways to worship Allah is to remember him often.

O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance. And exalt Him morning and afternoon. It is He who confers blessing upon you, and His angels [ask Him to do so] that He may bring you out from darknesses into the light. And ever is He, to the believers, Merciful.

(Qur’an 33: 41-43)

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