Beginning of Guidance (Bidayat al-Hidaya) | Imam Abu Hamid al Ghazali (rah)

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Asma ul Husna – 99 Divine Attributes of Allah…

Asma ul Husna (the 99 Divine Attributes or Names of Allah) with English translation.


1 Ar-Rahman
The Exceedingly Compassionate; the Exceedingly Beneficent; the Exceedingly Gracious

2 Ar-Rahīm
The Exceedingly Merciful

3 Al-Malik
[Qur’an 59:23, 20:114, 23:116]
The King

4 Al-Quddūs
[Qur’an 59:23, 62:1]
The Holy, The Pure, The Perfect

5 As-Salam
[Qur’an 59:23]
The Peace, The Source of Peace and Safety, The Savior

6 Al-Mu’min
[Qur’an 59:23]
The Guarantor, The Affirming

7 Al-Muhaymin
[Qur’an 59:23]
The Guardian

8 Al-’Azīz
[Qur’an 3:6, 4:158, 9:40, 48:7, 59:23]
The Almighty, The Invulnerable, The Honorable

9 Al-Jabbar
[Qur’an 59:23]
The Irresistible, The Compeller, The Lofty

10 Al-Mutakabbir
[Qur’an 59:23]
The Majestic, The Supreme

11 Al-Khaliq
[Qur’an 6:102, 13:16, 39:62, 40:62, 59:24]
The Creator

12 Al-Bari’
[Qur’an 59:24]
The Evolver, The Fashioner, The Designer

13 Al-Musawwir
[Qur’an 59:24]
The Fashioner of Forms

14 Al-Ghaffar
[Qur’an 20:82, 38:66, 39:5, 40:42, 71:10]
The Repeatedly Forgiving

15 Al-Qahhar
[Qur’an 12:39, 13:16, 14:48, 38:65, 39:4, 40:16]
The Subduer

16 Al-Wahhab
[Qur’an 3:8, 38:9, 38:35]
The Bestower

17 Ar-Razzaq
[Qur’an 51:58]
The Provider

18 Al-Fattah
[Qur’an 34:26]
The Opener, The Victory Giver

19 Al-’Alīm
[Qur’an 2:158, 3:92, 4:35, 24:41, 33:40]
The All Knowing, The Omniscient

20 Al-Qabid
[Qur’an 2:245]
The Restrainer, The Straightener

21 Al-Basit
[Qur’an 2:245]
The Extender / Expander

22 Al-Khafid
[Qur’an 56:3]
The Abaser

23 Ar-Rafi’
[Qur’an 58:11, 6:83]
The Exalter

24 Al-Mu’izz
[Qur’an 3:26]
The Giver of Honour

25 Al-Mudhill
[Qur’an 3:26]
The Giver of Dishonour

26 As-Samī’
[Qur’an 2:127, 2:256, 8:17, 49:1]
The All Hearing

27 Al-Basīr
[Qur’an 4:58, 17:1, 42:11, 42:27]
The All Seeing

28 Al-Hakam
[Qur’an 22:69]
The Judge, The Arbitrator

29 Al-’Adl
[Qur’an 6:115]
The Utterly Just

30 Al-Latīf
[Qur’an 6:103, 22:63, 31:16, 33:34]
The Gentle, The Subtly Kind

31 Al-Khabīr
[Qur’an 6:18, 17:30, 49:13, 59:18]
The All Aware

32 Al-Halīm
[Qur’an 2:235, 17:44, 22:59, 35:41]
The Forbearing, The Indulgent

33 Al-’Azīm
[Qur’an 2:255, 42:4, 56:96]
The Magnificent

34 Al-Ghafūr
[Qur’an 2:173, 8:69, 16:110, 41:32]
The Much-Forgiving

35 Ash-Shakūr
[Qur’an 35:30, 35:34, 42:23, 64:17]
The Grateful

36 Al-’Alī
[Qur’an 4:34, 31:30, 42:4, 42:51]
The Sublime

37 Al-Kabīr
[Qur’an 13:9, 22:62, 31:30]
The Great

38 Al-Hafīz
[Qur’an 11:57, 34:21, 42:6]
The Preserver

39 Al-Muqīt
[Qur’an 4:85]
The Nourisher

40 Al-Hasīb
[Qur’an 4:6, 4:86, 33:39]
The Bringer of Judgment

41 Al-Jalīl
[Qur’an 55:27, 39:14, 7:143]
The Majestic

42 Al-Karīm
[Qur’an 27:40, 82:6]
The Bountiful, The Generous

43 Ar-Raqīb
[Qur’an 4:1, 5:117]
The Watchful

44 Al-Mujīb
[Qur’an 11:61]
The Responsive, The Answerer

45 Al-Wasi’
[Qur’an 2:268, 3:73, 5:54]
The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Omnipresent, The Boundless

46 Al-Hakīm
[Qur’an 31:27, 46:2, 57:1, 66:2]
The Wise

47 Al-Wadūd
[Qur’an 11:90, 85:14]
The Loving

48 Al-Majīd
[Qur’an 11:73]
All-Glorious, The Majestic

49 Al-Ba’ith
[Qur’an 22:7]
The Resurrecter

50 Ash-Shahīd
[Qur’an 4:166, 22:17, 41:53, 48:28]
The Witness

51 Al-Haqq
[Qur’an 6:62, 22:6, 23:116, 24:25]
The Truth, The Reality

52 Al-Wakīl
[Qur’an 3:173, 4:171, 28:28, 73:9]
The Trustee, The Dependable, The Advocate

53 Al-Qawwī
[Qur’an 22:40, 22:74, 42:19, 57:25]
The Strong

54 Al-Matīn
[Qur’an 51:58]
The Firm, The Steadfast

55 Al-Walī
[Qur’an 4:45, 7:196, 42:28, 45:19]
The Friend, Patron and Helper

56 Al-Hamīd
[Qur’an 14:8, 31:12, 31:26, 41:42]
The All Praiseworthy

57 Al-Muhsī
[Qur’an 72:28, 78:29, 82:10-12]
The Accounter, The Numberer of All

58 Al-Mubdi’
[Qur’an 10:34, 27:64, 29:19, 85:13]
The Originator, The Producer, The Initiator

59 Al-Mu’īd
[Qur’an 10:34, 27:64, 29:19, 85:13]
The Restorer, The Reinstater Who Brings Back All

60 Al-Muhyī
[Qur’an 7:158, 15:23, 30:50, 57:2]
The Giver of Life

61 Al-Mumīt
[Qur’an 3:156, 7:158, 15:23, 57:2]
The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death

62 Al-Hayy
[Qur’an 2:255, 3:2, 25:58, 40:65]
The Living

63 Al-Qayyūm
[Qur’an 2:255, 3:2, 20:111]
The Subsisting, The Guardian

64 Al-Wajid
[Qur’an 38:44]
The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing

65 Al-Majid
[Qur’an 85:15, 11:73]
The Illustrious, The Magnificent

66 Al-Wahid
[Qur’an 2:163, 5:73, 9:31, 18:110]
The One, The Unique

67 Al-’Ahad
[Qur’an 112:1]
The Unity, The Indivisible

68 As-Samad
[Qur’an 112:2]
The Eternal, The Absolute, The Self-Sufficient

69 Al-Qadir
[Qur’an 6:65, 36:81, 46:33, 75:40]
The Omnipotent, The All Able

70 Al-Muqtadir
[Qur’an 18:45, 54:42, 54:55]
The Determiner, The Dominant

71 Al-Muqaddim
[Qur’an 16:61, 17:34]
The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward

72 Al-Mu’akhkhir
[Qur’an 71:4]
The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away

73 Al-’Awwal
[Qur’an 57:3]
The First, The Beginning-less

74 Al-’Akhir
[Qur’an 57:3]
The Last, The Endless

75 Az-Zahir
[Qur’an 57:3]
The Manifest, The Evident, The Outer

76 Al-Batin
[Qur’an 57:3]
The Hidden, The Unmanifest, The Inner

77 Al-Walī
[Qur’an 13:11, 22:7]
The Patron, The Protecting Friend, The Friendly Lord

78 Al-Muta’alī
[Qur’an 13:9]
The Supremely Exalted, The Most High

79 Al-Barr
[Qur’an 52:28]
The Good, The Beneficent

80 At-Tawwab
[Qur’an 2:128, 4:64, 49:12, 110:3]
The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting

81 Al-Muntaqim
[Qur’an 32:22, 43:41, 44:16]
The Avenger

82 Al-’Afū
[Qur’an 4:99, 4:149, 22:60]
The Pardoner, The Effacer, The Forgiver

83 Ar-Ra’ūf
[Qur’an 3:30, 9:117, 57:9, 59:10]
The Kind, The Pitying

84 Malik-ul-Mulk
[Qur’an 3:26]
The Owner of all Sovereignty

85 Dhū-l-Jalali wa-l-’ikram
[Qur’an 55:27, 55:78]
The Lord of Majesty and Generosity

86 Al-Muqsit
[Qur’an 7:29, 3:18]
The Equitable, The Requiter

87 Al-Jami’
[Qur’an 3:9]
The Gatherer, The Unifier

88 Al-Ghanī
[Qur’an 3:97, 39:7, 47:38, 57:24]
The Rich, The Independent

89 Al-Mughnī
[Qur’an 9:28]
The Enricher, The Emancipator

90 Al-Mani’
[Qur’an 67:21]
The Withholder, The Shielder, The Defender

91 Ad-Darr
[Qur’an 6:17]
The Distressor, The Harmer, The Afflictor

92 An-Nafi’
[Qur’an 30:37]
The Propitious, The Benefactor, The Source of Good

93 An-Nūr
[Qur’an 24:35]
The Light

94 Al-Hadī
[Qur’an 22:54]
The Guide, The Way

95 Al-Badī’
[Qur’an 2:117, 6:101]
The Incomparable, The Unattainable

96 Al-Baqī
[Qur’an 55:27]
The Immutable, The Infinite, The Everlasting

97 Al-Warith
[Qur’an 15:23, 57:10]
The Heir, The Inheritor of All

98 Ar-Rashīd
[Qur’an 2:256, 72:10]
The Guide to the Right Path

99 As-Sabūr
[Qur’an 2:153, 3:200, 103:3]
The Timeless, The Patient


Our religion is a religion of LOVE….

“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,, 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)


Beautiful one liners….

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.