knowing Allah's names
This is a discussion on knowing Allah's names within the Islamic Theology and Ideology forums, part of the Islamic Knowledge category; assalam alaykum, i was a reading a book which said that the only way a person can obtain proper tazkiyah ...
- 30th November 2007 #1
knowing Allah's names
i was a reading a book which said that the only way a person can obtain proper tazkiyah and come closer to Allah is through knowing Him by His names and attributes. this is due to the fact that a person will not love, fear, want to come close to "someone/something" they do not know, so knowing Allah will automatically make us want to co know Him more etc...
my questions is: what is meant by knowing Allah through His names and attributes? i mean most of the sisters i know, what they do in halaqah's is that they give out the 99 names of Allah and memorise them and obviously it's supposed to help you know Allah more but is that it? the author also mentioned that pondering over the verses of the quran, especially those that end with Allah's names/attributes such as al-aziz al-hakim etc. and understanding the context they are in helps achieve this.
or does he mean perhaps studying aqeedah? if someone can help that would be great inshallah.
- 30th November 2007 #2
Wa 'alaykum usalaam.
My understanding of this is , Al Baseer the one who sees everything , as the one who sees everything, if we head towards a sin we remember that Allaah sees it all , and in remembering that, it should stop us.
The All Merciful we seek that mercy during the night alone , The Provider we turn to him to provide us with what we are asking , all of these things bring us closer to Allaah.Deeds are your money on the day of judgement , make sure you collect plenty now.
Say (O Muhammad SAW):"I am not a new thing among the Messengers (of Allâh) (i.e. I am not the first Messenger) nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I only follow that which is revealed to me, and I am but a plain warner." (Al-Ahqaf 46:9)
- 30th November 2007 #3And to Allaah belong the Most Beautiful Names, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do." [al-A'raaf: 180]
As Umm Ahmed said, I guess it would mean to apply the Names of Allaah `azza wa jall e.g. in your du'a (as mentioned in the ayah). Also, knowing the Names helps one achieve ihsaan because they'll be pondering over the attributes of Allaah which inevitably show through to a servant simply from the recollection of the Names of Allaah.
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) also said, “Indeed, Allaah Ta’aala has 99 Names, whoever recollects them enters Paradise” - interesting to note that the term 'ahsaaha' means to count as well as 'to understand'
Many scholars have written on this subject, giving explanations (shar7) on the Asmaa'allahi al-husna and you can find quite a lot of duroos/recorded halaqaat on islamway.com Also, yeah inevitably 'aqeedah would come into this as well Tawheedوَآخِرُ دَعْوَاهُمْ أَنِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
"... And the last of their call will be, "Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds." [10:10]
Imam Malik (rh): “Do not look to the sins of people as if you are Lords, but look to your own sins as if you are slaves. Have mercy on the people of affliction and praise Allah for your well-being, and never say, ‘This person is from the people of Hellfire, and this person is from the people of Paradise.’ Do not be arrogant over the sinners, but rather ask Allah to grant them hidayah and rashad (i.e. guidance).”
- 30th November 2007 #4
okay alhamdulilah, quite simple... i was hoping it wouldn't mean all these complex in-depth aqeedah studies some of the brothers discuss here (mashallah) lol.
fajr, any specific works on Allah's names/attributes that you recommend (arabic/english)?
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