The Beautiful Names of Allah (SWT)

Knowing the meaning of the Beautiful Names of Allah (SWT) allows us to thank Him for all that He has provided to make our life comfortable, to trust Him (Tawakkul) when we need help to solve our daily problems, and therefore fulfill our divine duties with love and thankfulness.

“Allah: there is no true God but Him. The Ever-Living, the Divine Master of all. Neither drowsiness nor sleep overtakes Him. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth. Who is there that can intercede with Him, except by His permission? He knows all that lies open before them and all that lies hidden from them; whereas they cannot attain to anything of His knowledge save as He wills. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and the preservation of both does not tire Him. He is the Most High, the Most Great.”  (Quran 2:255)

Allah (SWT) means The God in Arabic. The word is derived by contraction from Al-Ilāh. The words “El” and “Ellah” are also the Hebrew and Aramaic words for God. The first pillar of faith in Islam is a belief in Him in order to worship Him with love, fear, and trust. For this purpose, Allah (SWT) describes Himself to us through His Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names (Table 1) in the Noble Quran and the Prophet (PBUH)’s sayings. Therefore, learning about His Beautiful Names is knowing what we are created for, and to ignore their meaning would be to neglect what we are living for.

In fact, the more we learn about the Beautiful Names of Allah (SWT), the more we increase our Muslim faith. There is, therefore, nothing more sacred and blessed than understanding the meaning of the Beautiful Names of Allah (SWT) and, most importantly, living by them.

For example, as indicated in the Quranic verse “Allah is the Creator of all things and He is the guardian of all things.” (Quran; 39:62), the Beautiful Name “The Creator” means that Allah (SWT) created us and everything else in the universe. Moreover, based on the Quranic verse “Allah, The Self-sufficient Master, whom all creatures need (Quran, 112:2), the Beautiful Name “The Eternal Lord” means that He is the One who can satisfy each need in a way He knows is best, while He is without any need. He is the One upon who all of creation depends, while He depends on no one.

Furthermore, according to the Noble Quran: “Verily they are enemies to me except the Lord. Who has created me and it is He Who guides me. And it is He who feeds me and gives me to drink. And when I am ill, it is He who cures me” (Quran; 51:58), we should be very thankful to Allah (SWT) because He not only guides us through life with the Noble Quran and the Prophet (PBUH) but also provides everything to all living creatures. His provision is endless including all material things, like money, food, water, air, shelter, and protection.

As well as meeting our physiological needs, He (SWT) also provides for our psychological needs. For example, He gives us love through the love of our parents. Moreover, we also enjoy beautiful flowers, cute animals, delicious food, tasty drinks, vegetables, and fruits of different flavors, shapes, and colors. And the only thing He asks in return is thanks for these blessings by showing love to Him and all His creatures. 

“And He is with you (by His knowledge) wheresoever you may be” (Quran; 57:4)

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The most sincere manifestation of the Muslim faith is to live our life feeling that Allah (SWT) is always with us with His Beautiful Names. Therefore, if we do anything, He is “The All-Seeing”, if we say something, He is “The All-Hearer” and if we think about anything, He is “The All-Knowing One”.

As mentioned in Noble Quran “So, whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it” (Quran; 99:7-8)1, this feeling of His presence scares the believers and helps them stay away from bad deeds because He is “The Reckoning One”. Finally, as mentioned in the Quranic verse “They have no protector other than Him, and He makes none to share in His Decision and His rule” (Quran; 18:26)1, we should worship Him alone as “The Impartial Judge”. 

As a consequence, knowing the meaning of the Beautiful Names of Allah (SWT) allows us to thank Him for all that He has provided to make our life comfortable, to trust Him (Tawakkul) when we need help to solve our daily problems, and therefore fulfill our divine duties with love and thankfulness.

On a last note, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Allah has Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names and whoever knows their meaning will enter to Paradise”.

Table 1: The Beautiful Names of Allah (SWT)

The Beneficent The Merciful The Eternal Lord The Most Sacred
The Creator The Evolver The Mighty One The Embodiment of Peace
The Extender The Total Provider The All-Prevailing One The Infuser of Faith
The Reducer The Supreme Solver The Supreme Bestower The Preserver of Safety
The Elevating One The Restricting One The All-Knowing One The Omnipotent One
The Abaser The All-Hearer The Honourer-Bestower The Dominant One
The Clement One The All-Seeing The Impartial Judge The Flawless Shaper
The Magnificent One The All-Aware One The Knower of Subtleties The Great Forgiver
The Great Forgiver The Sublime One The Acknowledging One The Embodiment of Justice
The Great One The Guarding One The Sustaining One The Reckoning One
The Majestic One The Bountiful One The Watchful One The Responding One
The Wise One The Loving One The Glorious One The All-Pervading One
The Strong One The Universal Trustee The Embodiment of Truth The Infuser of New Life
The Firm One The Protecting Associate The Sole-Laudable One The All Observing Witness
The Originator The Maintainer of life The Inflictor of Death The All-Enumerating One
The Restorer The Pointing One The Self-Subsisting One The Eternally Living One
The Only One The Supreme Provider The Omnipotent One The All-Noble One
The Sole One The Procrastinator The Expediting One The All Authoritative One
The Very First The Infinite Last One The Supreme Pardoner The Holder of Supreme Authority
The Perceptible The Imperceptible The Self-Sufficient One The Extremely Exalted One
The Retaliator The Prime Light The Bestower of Benefits The Fountain-Head of Truth
The Benign One The Unique One The Provider of Guidance The Ever-Acceptor of Repentance
The Just One The Eternal Inheritor The Ever Surviving One The Distressor 
The Preventer The Possessor of Majesty and Honour The Bestower of Sufficiency The Assembler of Scattered Creations
The Eternal Possessor of Sovereignty The Guide to Path of Rectitude The Extensively Enduring One

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