Asma ul Husna (the 99 Divine Attributes or Names of Allah) with English translation.
The Exceedingly Compassionate; the Exceedingly Beneficent; the Exceedingly Gracious
The Exceedingly Merciful
[Qur’an 59:23, 20:114, 23:116]
[Qur’an 59:23, 62:1]
The Holy, The Pure, The Perfect
The Peace, The Source of Peace and Safety, The Savior
The Guarantor, The Affirming
[Qur’an 3:6, 4:158, 9:40, 48:7, 59:23]
The Almighty, The Invulnerable, The Honorable
The Irresistible, The Compeller, The Lofty
The Majestic, The Supreme
[Qur’an 6:102, 13:16, 39:62, 40:62, 59:24]
The Evolver, The Fashioner, The Designer
The Fashioner of Forms
[Qur’an 20:82, 38:66, 39:5, 40:42, 71:10]
The Repeatedly Forgiving
[Qur’an 12:39, 13:16, 14:48, 38:65, 39:4, 40:16]
[Qur’an 3:8, 38:9, 38:35]
The Opener, The Victory Giver
[Qur’an 2:158, 3:92, 4:35, 24:41, 33:40]
The All Knowing, The Omniscient
The Restrainer, The Straightener
The Extender / Expander
[Qur’an 58:11, 6:83]
The Giver of Honour
The Giver of Dishonour
[Qur’an 2:127, 2:256, 8:17, 49:1]
The All Hearing
[Qur’an 4:58, 17:1, 42:11, 42:27]
The All Seeing
The Judge, The Arbitrator
The Utterly Just
[Qur’an 6:103, 22:63, 31:16, 33:34]
The Gentle, The Subtly Kind
[Qur’an 6:18, 17:30, 49:13, 59:18]
The All Aware
[Qur’an 2:235, 17:44, 22:59, 35:41]
The Forbearing, The Indulgent
[Qur’an 2:255, 42:4, 56:96]
[Qur’an 2:173, 8:69, 16:110, 41:32]
[Qur’an 35:30, 35:34, 42:23, 64:17]
[Qur’an 4:34, 31:30, 42:4, 42:51]
[Qur’an 13:9, 22:62, 31:30]
[Qur’an 11:57, 34:21, 42:6]
[Qur’an 4:6, 4:86, 33:39]
The Bringer of Judgment
[Qur’an 55:27, 39:14, 7:143]
[Qur’an 27:40, 82:6]
The Bountiful, The Generous
[Qur’an 4:1, 5:117]
The Responsive, The Answerer
[Qur’an 2:268, 3:73, 5:54]
The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Omnipresent, The Boundless
[Qur’an 31:27, 46:2, 57:1, 66:2]
[Qur’an 11:90, 85:14]
All-Glorious, The Majestic
[Qur’an 4:166, 22:17, 41:53, 48:28]
[Qur’an 6:62, 22:6, 23:116, 24:25]
The Truth, The Reality
[Qur’an 3:173, 4:171, 28:28, 73:9]
The Trustee, The Dependable, The Advocate
[Qur’an 22:40, 22:74, 42:19, 57:25]
The Firm, The Steadfast
[Qur’an 4:45, 7:196, 42:28, 45:19]
The Friend, Patron and Helper
[Qur’an 14:8, 31:12, 31:26, 41:42]
The All Praiseworthy
[Qur’an 72:28, 78:29, 82:10-12]
The Accounter, The Numberer of All
[Qur’an 10:34, 27:64, 29:19, 85:13]
The Originator, The Producer, The Initiator
[Qur’an 10:34, 27:64, 29:19, 85:13]
The Restorer, The Reinstater Who Brings Back All
[Qur’an 7:158, 15:23, 30:50, 57:2]
The Giver of Life
[Qur’an 3:156, 7:158, 15:23, 57:2]
The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death
[Qur’an 2:255, 3:2, 25:58, 40:65]
[Qur’an 2:255, 3:2, 20:111]
The Subsisting, The Guardian
The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing
[Qur’an 85:15, 11:73]
The Illustrious, The Magnificent
[Qur’an 2:163, 5:73, 9:31, 18:110]
The One, The Unique
The Unity, The Indivisible
The Eternal, The Absolute, The Self-Sufficient
[Qur’an 6:65, 36:81, 46:33, 75:40]
The Omnipotent, The All Able
[Qur’an 18:45, 54:42, 54:55]
The Determiner, The Dominant
[Qur’an 16:61, 17:34]
The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward
The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away
The First, The Beginning-less
The Last, The Endless
The Manifest, The Evident, The Outer
The Hidden, The Unmanifest, The Inner
[Qur’an 13:11, 22:7]
The Patron, The Protecting Friend, The Friendly Lord
The Supremely Exalted, The Most High
The Good, The Beneficent
[Qur’an 2:128, 4:64, 49:12, 110:3]
The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting
[Qur’an 32:22, 43:41, 44:16]
[Qur’an 4:99, 4:149, 22:60]
The Pardoner, The Effacer, The Forgiver
[Qur’an 3:30, 9:117, 57:9, 59:10]
The Kind, The Pitying
The Owner of all Sovereignty
85 Dhū-l-Jalali wa-l-’ikram
[Qur’an 55:27, 55:78]
The Lord of Majesty and Generosity
[Qur’an 7:29, 3:18]
The Equitable, The Requiter
The Gatherer, The Unifier
[Qur’an 3:97, 39:7, 47:38, 57:24]
The Rich, The Independent
The Enricher, The Emancipator
The Withholder, The Shielder, The Defender
The Distressor, The Harmer, The Afflictor
The Propitious, The Benefactor, The Source of Good
The Guide, The Way
[Qur’an 2:117, 6:101]
The Incomparable, The Unattainable
The Immutable, The Infinite, The Everlasting
[Qur’an 15:23, 57:10]
The Heir, The Inheritor of All
[Qur’an 2:256, 72:10]
The Guide to the Right Path
[Qur’an 2:153, 3:200, 103:3]
The Timeless, The Patient
“Our religion is a religion of LOVE in the first place. Love of Allah Ta’ala, Love of Rasoolulllah, sallallahu Ta’ala alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam, love of doing good, love of people, love of parents, love of children, love of neighbors, etc..love, love, love. No love = No Deen, as simple as that. Being a good Muslim doesn’t depend on knowledge you amass -as much-, race, color, culture, “holy” clothing you wear, “holy” self-proclaimed titles, or political views. It depends on how YOU treat OTHER than you; The Creator and the creation. Also if you don’t love for other human beings (regardless of creed, political view and background) what you love for yourself, then there is an essential problem in your very Iman. The merchants of hate and violence, even when they portray themselves as the “official and exclusive” spokespeople of Islam or “Sunnah”, dish out poison, not Deen. Islam is not a Deen of hate but of Love, mercy and unconditional compassion. Rest assured; Allah Ta’ala is much more compassionate, forgiving & merciful than all the “experts” in or “scholars” of the Deen (religion) put together. Today we have clerics -instantly- and without any experience or track record, turned into politicians as well, and started issuing Fatwa’s of violence against their political enemies. Our religion was always about giving life, not death to others. It was never about “Fatwa”, but was and is always about “Taqwa”.
The Religion itself is much easier and simpler than the strict rituals of the “religious”. The “official” spokesmen of the Deen are plenty!! making you feel as if Malik (Hellfire gatekeeper) is their employee, and Ridwan (Jannah gatekeeper) is them in person. Those who call you to hate or violate, are callers of Satan and to him, not to Allah Ta’ala or Islam. The term “Ulama-u-Su’ ” or (Errant Scholars) is a term usually used to describe scholars keen to please powerful governments/regimes and give them what they’d like to hear on the account of principles of Haqq, but equally so includes scholars/ preachers keen to please the populous and masses, cater to them, mobilize and ride on the wave of their innocent Deeni emotions of he masses on account of principles of Haqq.
I call you to search for the truths and question truths offered to you, for no truth can contradict the Wahi (Qur’an and authentic Sunnah). I call you to Love; for love heals.
Treat yourself and others with knowledge, humility and love. But Love itself is also a form of Rizq (sustenance from heavens/provisions granted by Allah). Don’t you see the Prophet -Sallallahu Ta’ala alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam- saying about Sayyidatuna Khadija al-Kubra: “I was granted the Rizq of her love” . So seek love just like you seek other forms of Rizq. Learn how to, aspire to, dream of, and be with those who love. The enemy of Islam is: ignorance and the culture and cults of hate.
The Saved Sect (al-Firqah al-Najiyah) Hadith -which is less than Sahih in my view- does not in anyway give any one group/cult the exclusive keys to Jannah, The Qur’an & authentic Sunnah do. The Saved Sect (al-Firqah al-Najiyah) is not the one seeking to lock up all other sects in Hell fire, but the one struggling to save them and all others. Such claims of guaranteed exclusivity to the right of salvation is nothing new, see Surah Al-Ma’ida #18, and the answer to it is beautiful and simple in Surah Al-Nis’a #124.
A good Muslim is a good human being in the first place. In summary; The Beloved sent the beloved out of love to teach love with love for the sake of love. And love does not have limits, for true love collapses all limits, not establishes them. O’Allah; empty my heart from all distractions taking me away from You, forgive me and fill my heart with Your Love.”
-Sayyidi Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Husayni al-Ninowy الشيخ د. محمد النينوي (May 2014)
1) Give Allah what’s right, not what’s left.
2) Man’s way leads to a hopeless end – Allah’s way leads to an endless hope.
3) A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
4) He who kneels before Allah can stand before anyone.
5) In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma, but never let him be the full stop.
6) Don’t put a question mark where Allah has put a full stop.
7) Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the mosque for a face lift.
8) When praying, don’t give Allah instructions, just report for duty.
9) Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to the mosque.
10) We don’t change Allah’s message — His message changes us.
11) The mosque is prayer-conditioned.
12) When Allah ordains, He sustains.
13) Glad tiding — Exposure to Allah will prevent burning.
14) Plan ahead – It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
15) Most people want to serve Allah, but only in an advisory position.
16) Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Qur’an.
17) Exercise daily – Walk with Allah.
18) Never give the devil a ride – He will always want to drive.
19) Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.
20) Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
21) He, who angers you, controls you.
22) Worry is the darkroom in which negatives are developed.
23) Give Satan an inch and he will be a ruler.
24) Allah doesn’t call the qualified – He qualifies the called.
25) Read the Qur’an – It will scare the hell out of you.
Servitude to Allah the Almighty is first of all an act of consciousness. Servitude means to be able to see our weak state before the Divine Kingdom and to know our place. When a person properly recognizes his place, there would be no strength left in him to claim arrogance, egoism and even his very own existence.
The real modesty makes the servant confess his nothingness and nonexistence before the Divine Majesty and bow his head, like in the following supplication of Mawlānā Jalal al-Dīn Rumī (Alaihi Al Rahma):
“I have become a servant, I have become a servant, I have become a servant. I, humble servant, have ashamed of not fulfilling my servitude properly and bowed my head down (in shame). Every slave becomes happy when he is emancipated. Dear Lord! I have become happy for being Your slave.”
As a matter of fact, Holy Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) grandson Hazrat Hasan’s (May Allah be pleased with him) supplication after circumambulating the Kaaba and performing two rak’ahs of prayer at the quarter of Ibrāhīm (Upon him be prayer and peace) is one of the best examples of manners of servitude:
“Dear Lord! Your little and weak servant came to Your door. O Allah! Your weak servant came to your door. Dear Lord! Your beggar came to your door, Your poor came to Your door…”
After this touching supplication, Hasan (May Allah be pleased with him) met on his way with some poor people, who were sharing a dry piece of bread. He greeted them, and they invited him to their modest table. Prophet’s grandson Hasan (May Allah be pleased with him) sat with them and said:
“If I knew that this bread did not come from charity, I would eat with you.” Then he said:
“Let’s go to my home.” After serving them a nice meal, he clothed the poor people with nice clothes and gave them considerable amount of money and then sent them back in a very happy state.” (Abshihī, Al-Mustatraf, Beirut, 1986, I, 31)
This is the state of real modesty and an eminent manner of servitude, which makes a believer live in deep sensitivity towards his Lord and Creation. Those who adorn their souls with this exclusive manners act prudently in their acts and behaviors. This manner manifests itself in their sitting, standing, walking, choosing their clothes, speaking, walking, and, in short, in all of their actions.
Allah the Almighty states:
“And the servants of the Beneficent Allah are they who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace.” (25; 63)
“And do not go about in the land exultingly, for you cannot cut through the earth nor reach the mountains in height.” (17; 37)
“And do not turn your face away from people in contempt, nor go about in the land exulting over much; surely Allah does not love any self-conceited boaster;” (31; 18)
In these verses, walking arrogantly and swaggering is clearly prohibited. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) always walked fast and his eyes fixed on the ground like going down a hill. This was a manifestation of his humility. In fact, this good behavior has become one of the principles of the Sufis, in which they referred to as “nazar ber qadem – one’s eyes fixed on his feet.”
First of all, women need to be careful about their service to Allah and to be devout. In this respect they need to pay attention to their prayers and worship in addition to being sensitive about what is lawful and what is prohibited in Islam.
A woman’s piety should manifest in her family through encouraging her husband, her children, her relatives and even her neighbors to give charity and perform good deeds. A pious woman is like a sweet-smelling flower of Paradise!
The most important task of a woman, after service to Allah, is to make her husband and her other family members happy. Making her husband happy and not shadowing the happiness of the family will grant a wife the contentment of Allah the Almighty. In fact the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) says in this regard:
A pious woman makes her husband happy when he looks at her face; she fulfills her husband’s licit requests and when he is away from her, she protects his property and honor. (Ibn Maja, Nikah, 5/1857)
Therefore a pious woman looks for ways to make her family happy and she finds them.
Q – Can we elaborate this matter a little more? To what things does a wife need to pay most attention in her daily life and in her house?
At home she must take great care of herself. She needs to be clean and well-groomed. Being untended and dirty will make her husband lose his respect for her. A wife should stay away from all appearances that her husband does not like, because if a man cannot find what he looks for in a woman in his wife, his heart may turn toward what is inappropriate and prohibited, which will destroy the happiness and peace in the family. So a wise woman offers herself like a bouquet of flowers to her grateful husband. It is in her best interests that he look forward to being at home in the evening.
A pious woman should meet her husband at the door with a smiling face and in the morning should send him off to work with kind words and prayers. Even if her own day’s work has exhausted her, she should conceal her fatigue and not make a wry face in front of him. She should share her husband’s worries and help him to relax.
She should keep the counsel of her own emotions rather than disturb the tranquility of the house. Umm Sulaym (may Allah be pleased with her), a Companion of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), gave an extraordinary example of such behavior. Even the death of her child did not overcome her compassion toward her husband. According to the narrative, Abu Talha’s son, who had been gravely ill, died when his father was not home. Umm Sulaym (may Allah be pleased with her) washed and enshrouded the body. She commanded the other members of the household, “Do not tell Abu Talha of his son’s death before I tell do.” When Abu Talha came home, he asked, “How is my son?”
Umm Sulaym (may Allah be pleased with her) replied, “His pains are relieved and I think he is resting right now.” Then she brought her husband dinner and after that they went to bed. In the morning, when Abu Talha wanted to go out, Umm Sulaym said, “Abu Talha! What do you think of what our neighbors did? I left something in their trust and they did not give it back when I asked for it.”
Abu Talha (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “They did wrong.”
Then Umm Sulaym said, “O Abu Talha! Your son was entrusted to you by Allah the Almighty. He has reclaimed His trust.”
For a while Abu Talha was baffled and quiet. Then he said, “We belong to Allah and to Allah we are continuously returning.”
When Abu Talha (may Allah be pleased with him) went to the mosque for prayer, he told everything to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him). The Prophet prayed for them, “O Allah! Bestow your blessing upon them with regard to that night of theirs.”
Less than a year later, Allah granted the couple another son. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) took a date, chewed it, took some of it out of his mouth, put it into the child’s mouth and named him Abdullah – “Servant of Allah.” It is narrated that seven out of Abdullah’s nine children memorized the whole Qur’an as a result of the blessings of the aforementioned prayer. (Bukhari, Jana’iz, 42: Aqiqa, 1; Muslim, Adab, 23: Fada’il al-Sahaba, 107).
Q – What other things does a wife need to be careful about in her relations with her husband?
She should never neglect her husband and never put him in second place among the members of the family. A normal man cannot accept to be in second place, for that is against his nature. Continue reading
Taqwa means protecting the heart from anything other than Allah or anything that distances one from Allah so that the heart becomes a mirror of beautiful manifestations. The following story is very telling in showing the piety of a woman who, when she spoke, spoke nothing but verses from the Qur’an out of fear of falling into sin:
Abdullah bin Mubarak (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates:
One time I had set out with the aim of performing the hajj at Allah’s Sacred House, the Kabah and visiting the tomb of the Prophet e, when I saw something black in the middle of the road. I looked carefully and saw that it was a woman with a cloak made of wool on her back and a veil of wool over her head… I greeted her:
“Asalamu alaykum wa rahmetullahi wa barakatuhu (May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you)”.
She replied from chapter Yasin of the Qur’an:
“Peace!” A word from a Merciful Lord”.
“May Allah bring you good! What are you doing here?” he I asked.
She replied with the 186th verse of Chapter A’raf:
“If Allah misguides people, no one can guide them”.
I realised that she had lost her way. So I asked her:
“Where do you want to go?”
She replied with a portion of the first verse of Chapter Isra:
“Glory be to Him who took His slave on a journey by night from the Masjid al-Haram to the Masjid al-Aqsa”.
I understood that she had made the pilgrimage and wanted to go to Jerusalem. I asked her:
“How many days have you been here?
She replied with the 10th verse of Chapter Mariam:
“For three nights despite the fact that you are perfectly able”.
“Don’t you have anything to eat” I asked her
She read the 79th verse of the chapter Shu’ara:
“He who gives me food and gives me drink”.
“How can you perform the ablution in this dry desert?” I asked her
She replied with the 43rd verse of Chapter Nisa:“(If) you cannot find any water, then do tayammum [*] [cleanse yourself] with pure earth”.
“I have something to eat with me. Would you like to eat?” I asked.
She responded with a part of the 187th verse of chapter Baqara: “…then fulfil the fast until the night appears”.
“This is not the month of Ramadan” I said.
She answered with a portion of the 158th verse of chapter Baqara:“If anyone spontaneously does good, Allah is All-Thankful, All-Knowing”.
“To break the fast is permissible when you are on a journey” I said.
She responded with a part of the 184th verse of chapter Baqara: “But that you should fast is better for you, if you only knew”.
“Why don’t you speak to me in the way that I am speaking to you?” I asked her.
She answered by reading the 18th verse of chapter Qaf:
“He does not utter a single word, without a watcher by him, pen in hand!”
“Shall I let you mount my camel and take you to your tribe” I asked her.
She replied with a portion of verse 197 from chapter Baqara: “Whatever good you do, Allah knows it”.
I got my camel ready for her to mount it.
She read a part of the 30th verse of chapter Nur: “Say to the believers that they should lower their eyes”.
While she climbed up onto the camel, she read a portion of the 13th and 14th verses of chapter Zuhruf: “Glory be to Him who has subjected this to us. We could never have done it by ourselves”.
When we started moving she read from the 20th verse of Chapter Muzemmil:
“Recite as much of the Qur’an as is easy for you”.
Inspired by the 269th verse of chapter Baqara I then said:
“He who has been given wisdom has been given great good”.
I said to her: “You have been given much good”.
She finished this verse:
“But no one pays heed but people of intelligence”.
At last we reached her caravan. “Here is your caravan. Who do you have in it?” I asked
She read from the 46th verse of Chapter Kahf:
“Wealth and sons are the embellishment of the life of this world”.
I understood that she had sons in the group. I asked: “What is their role in the pilgrimage group?
She read the 16th verse of chapter Nahl:
“As well as other means of orientation; for it is by the stars that men find their way”.
I understood that her sons were the guides of the caravan. Indicating the tents and I asked her: “Which of them are your sons?
She answered:“Allah took Ibrahim as an intimate friend, and Allah spoke directly to Musa. Yahya, take hold of the Book with vigour”.
I then shouted to the caravan: “O Ibrahim, O Musa, O Yahya”. Three young men radiant as the moon came out. When they came and sat down, their mother recited to them from the 9th verse of Chapter Kahf:
“Send one of your number into the city with this silver you have, so he can see which food is purest and bring you some of it to eat”. (Kahf, 50:19)
One of the young men went to purchase something to eat and placed it in front of them. The women read the following verse from Chapter Haqqa:
“Eat and drink with relish for what you did before in days gone by!” (69:24)
I said to the sons of the woman: “May your food be unlawful for me if you do not inform me of your mother’s state”.
Upon this the young men said:
“For 40 years now, this here our mother has spoken nothing but verses from the Qur’an out of fear of falling into error before Allah, the Most Merciful”.
I then read from Chapter Jumu’ah:
“That is Allah’s favour which He gives to whoever He wills. Allah’s favour is indeed immense” (62:4)