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Quranic treasures hidden in Allah's Beautiful Names ('Asmaaa-'ul-Husnaa)
(Holy Quran 59:22-24)

The following three verses of the Holy Qur'an1 list some of the Divine names of Allah and the concept of beautiful names of Allah. Each Divine name has its own luminosity, power, blessing and ta'id (spiritual help) for believers.

Transliteration
English Translation
A'uzu billahi minashaitanir rajim I seek refuge in Allah from the outcast Satan
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Huwallaa-hullazi Laaa-'illaaha 'illaa Huu: -'Aalimul-gaybi wash-shahaadah; Huwar-Rahmaanur-Rahiim. (59:22) He is Allah, than Whom there is no other Allah, the Knower of the Invisible and the Visible. He is the Beneficent, Merciful. (59:22)
Huwallaa hullazii Laaa 'illaaha 'illaa Huu: Al-Malikul Qudduusus Salaamul Mu'minul Muhay-minul 'Aziizul Jabbaarul Mutakabbir: Subhaanallaahi 'ammaa yushrikuun. (59:23) He is Allah, than Whom there is no other Allah, the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One, Peace, the Keeper of Faith, the Guardian, the Majestic, the Compeller, the Superb. Glorified be Allah from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him). (59:23)
Huwal laahul Khaaliqul Baari 'ul Musawwiru lahul 'Asmaa-'ul-Husnaa: yusabbihu lahuu maa fis-samaawaati wal-'arz: wa Huwal-'Aziizul-Hakim. (59:24) He is Allah, the Creator, the Shaper out of naught, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifieth Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise. (59:24)
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In addition to this, the Holy Prophet has encouraged Muslims to recite beautiful names of Allah according to the following hadith2:

"Abu Huraira reported God's messenger as saying, "God, the Most High, has ninety-nine names. He who retains them in his memory will enter paradise. He is God than whom there is no God, the Compassionate (Ar-Rahmaan), the Merciful (Ar-Rahim), the King (Al-Malik), the Holy (Al-Quddus), the source of Peace (As-Salaam), the Preserver of security (Al-Mu'min), the Protector (Al-Muhaymin), the Mighty (Al-'Aziz), the Overpowering (Al-Jabbaar),

the Great in Majesty (Al-Mutakabbir), the Creator (Al-Khaaliq), the Maker (Al-Baari'), the Fashioner (Al-Musawwir), the Forgiver (Al-Ghaffaar), the Dominant (Al-Qahhaar), the Bestower (Al-Wahhaab), the Provider (Ar-Razzaaq), the Decider (Al-Fattaah), the Knower (Al-'Alim),

the Withholder (Al-Qaabid), the Plentiful Giver (Al-Baasit), the Abaser (Al-Khaafid), the Exalter (Ar-Raafi'), the Honourer (Al-Mu'izz), the Humiliator (Al-Muzill), the Hearer (As-Sami), the Seer (Al-Basir), the Judge (Al-Hakam), the Just (Al-'Adl), the Gracious (Al-Latif), the Informed (Al-Khabir), the Clement (Al-Halim), the Incomparably Great (Al-'Azim), the Forgiving (Al-Ghafuur), the Rewarder (Ash-Shakuur), the Most High (Al-'Ali), the most Great (Al-Kabir), the Preserver (Al-Hafiz), the Sustainer (Al-Muqit),

the Reckoner (Al-Hasib), the Majestic (Aj-Jalil), the Generous (Al-Karim), the Watcher (Ar-Raqib), the Answerer (Al-Mujib), the Liberal (Al-Waasi'), the Wise (Al-Hakim), the Loving (Al-Waduud), the Glorious (Al-Majid), the Raiser (Al-Baa'ith), the Witness (Ash-Shahid),

the Real (Al-Haqq), the Trustee (Al-Wakil), the Strong (Al-Qawi), the Firm (Al-Matin), the Patron (Al-Wali), the Praiseworthy (Al-Hamid), the All-knowing (Al-Muhsi), the Originator (Al-Mubdi'), the Restorer to life (Al-Mu'id), the Giver of life (Al-Muhyi), the Giver of death ( Al-Mumit), the Living (Al-Hayy), the Eternal (Al-Qayyuum),

the Self-sufficent (Al-Waajid), the Grand (Al-Maajid), the One (Al-Waahid), the Single (Al-Ahad), He to whom men repair (As-Samad), the Powerful (Al-Qaadir), the Prevailing (Al-Muqtadir), the Advancer (Al-Muqaddim), The Delayer (Al-Mu'akhkhir), the First (Al-Awwal), the Last (Al-Akhir),

the Outward (Az-Zaahir), the Inward (Al-Baatin), the Governor (Al-Waali), the Sublime (Al-Muta'ali), the Ample Beneficent (Al-Barr), the Acceptor of Repentance (At-Tawwaab), the Avenger (Al-Muntaqim), the Pardoner (Al-'Afuw), the Kindly (Ar-Ra'uf), the Ruler of Kingdom (Malik-ul-Mulk), the Lord of majesty and Splendor (Dhul-Jalaali-wal-Ikram),

the Equitable (Al-Muqsit), the Gatherer (Aj-Jaami'), the Independent (Al-Ghani), the Enricher (Al-Mughni), The Depriver (Al-Maani'), the Harmer (Ad-Daarr),

the Benefiter (An-Naafi'), the Light (An-Nur), the Guide (Al-Haadi), the First Cause (Al-Badi'), the Enduring (Al-Baaqi),

the Inheritor (Al-Waarith), the Director (Ar-Rashid), the Patient (As-Sabuur)."

Let us now recite Allah's beautiful names with humility, courage and conviction by listening to a real audio stream. The lyrics are presented below:

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

La ilaha illallah, Ar-Rahman, Ar-Rahim, Al-Malik, Al-Quddus, As-Salam, Al-Mu'min, Al-Muhaymin, Al-'Aziz,

Al-Jabbar, Al-Mutakabbir, Al-Khaliq, Al-Bari', Al-Musawwir, Al-Ghaffar, Al-Qahhar, Al-Wahhab, Ar-Razzaq, Al-Fattah, Al-'Alim,

Al-Qabid, Al-Basit, Al-Khafid, Ar-Rafi', Al-Mu'izz, Al-Muzill, As-Sami', Al-Basir, Al-Hakam, Al-'Adl, Al-Latif, Al-Khabir, Al-Halim, Al-'Azim, Al-Ghafur, Ash-Shakur, Al-'Ali, Al-Kabir, Al-Hafiz, Al-Muqit,

Al-Hasib, Aj-Jalil, Al-Karim, Ar-Raqib, Al-Mujib, Al-Wasi', Al-Hakim, Al-Wadud, Al-Majid, Al-Ba'ith, Ash-Shahid,

Al-Haqq, Al-Wakil, Al-Qawi, Al-Matin, Al-Wali, Al-Hamid, Al-Muhsi, Al-Mubdi', Al-Mu'id, Al-Muhyi, Al-Mumit, Al-Hayy, Al-Qayyum,

Al-Wajid, Al-Majid, Al-Wahid, Al-Ahad, As-Samad, Al-Qadir, Al-Muqtadir, Al-Muqaddim, Al-Mu'akhkhir, Al-Awwal, Al-Akhir,

Az-Zahir, Al-Batin, Al-Wali, Al-Muta'ali, Al-Barr, At-Tawwab, Al-Muntaqim, Al-'Afuw, Ar-Ra'uf, Malik-ul-Mulk, Dhul-Jalali-wal-Ikram,

Al-Muqsit, Aj-Jami', Al-Ghani, Al-Mughni, Al-Mani', Ad-Daarr,

An-Nafi', An-Nur, Al-Hadi, Al-Badi', Al-Baqi,

Al-Warith, Ar-Rashid, As-Sabur.

Each beautiful name of Allah has its own blessing, bounty and luminosity. These beautiful names of Allah can also be invoked as tasbis. Please follow the hyperlinks below to recite a tasbi derived from each beautiful name of Allah.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Rahim, Al-Malik, Al-Quddus, As-Salaam, Al-Mu'min, Al-Muhaymin, Al-'Aziz, Al-Jabbaar,

Al-Mutakabbir, Al-Khaaliq, Al-Baari', Al-Musawwir, Al-Ghaffaar, Al-Qahhaar, Al-Wahhaab, Ar-Razzaaq, Al-Fattaah, Al-'Alim,

Al-Qaabid, Al-Baasit, Al-Khaafid, Ar-Raafi', Al-Mu'izz, Al-Muzill, As-Sami, Al-Basir, Al-Hakam, Al-'Adl, Al-Latif, Al-Khabir, Al-Halim, Al-'Azim, Al-Ghafuur, Ash-Shakuur, Al-'Ali, Al-Kabir, Al-Hafiz, Al-Muqit,

Al-Hasib, Aj-Jalil, Al-Karim, Ar-Raqib, Al-Mujib, Al-Waasi', Al-Hakim, Al-Waduud, Al-Majid, Al-Baa'ith, Ash-Shahid,

Al-Haqq, Al-Wakil, Al-Qawi, Al-Matin, Al-Wali, Al-Hamid, Al-Muhsi, Al-Mubdi', Al-Mu'id, Al-Muhyi, Al-Mumit, Al-Hayy, Al-Qayyuum,

Al-Waajid, Al-Maajid, Al-Waahid, Al-Ahad, As-Samad, Al-Qaadir, Al-Muqtadir, Al-Muqaddim, Al-Mu'akhkhir, Al-Awwal, Al-Akhir,

Az-Zaahir, Al-Baatin, Al-Waali, Al-Muta'ali, Al-Barr, At-Tawwaab, Al-Muntaqim, Al-'Afuw, Ar-Ra'uf, Malik-ul-Mulk, Dhul-Jalaali-wal-Ikram,

Al-Muqsit, Aj-Jaami', Al-Ghani, Al-Mughni, Al-Maani', Ad-Daarr,

An-Naafi', An-Nur, Al-Haadi, Al-Badi', Al-Baaqi,

Al-Waarith, Ar-Rashid, As-Sabuur

The following resources have been developed for the recitation of the 99 Divine Names and derived tasbis::

  1. Quranic treasures hidden in Allah's Beautiful Names ('Asmaaa-'ul-Husnaa)(Holy Quran 59:22-24)
     
  2. Prayers Derived From Allah's Beautiful Names ('Asmaaa-'ul-Husnaa). This will take you to the first tasbi. Please follow hyperlinks for the remaining Divine Names.
     
  3. List of Divine Names and Derived Prayers with a brief explanation of each Divine Name
     
  4. List of Divine Names and Derived Prayers with a brief explanation of each Divine Name. Download PDF document (6 pages)
     
  5. List of Divine Names and Derived Prayers. This document does not have a brief explanation of each Divine Name. It is specifically designed to be carried in a purse or a jacket pocket. In this way, you have a list of these tasbis wherever you go. Download PDF document (2 pages)
     
  6. Audio resource: Chanted Recital of Allah's Beautiful Names ('Asmaaa-'ul-Husnaa) from our website. You will need real player software on your computer. Click on the sound clip hyperlinks and follow the lyrics by reading the text on the page.

The recitations of selected aya(t) of Holy Qur'an in Tarteel tune are by Shiekh Abdul Bassit Abdul Sumed and have been reproduced on this site with permission from MECAH Enterprises.

The chanted recital of the 99 names of Allah from a CD titled 'The Most Beautiful Names of God' by Jama'a Majhula has been reproduced on this site with permission from Al-Baz Publishing, Inc., Hollywood, FL, USA. E-mail: albaz@bellsouth.net.

End Notes

  1. Pickthall, M. M. The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, 394-395.
  2. Robson, J., Book X. God's Names. Chapter I. In: Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), 483.

References

  1. Pickthall, M. M. The Meaning of the Glorious Koran. The New American Library, 12th. Edition.
  2. Robson, J. Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, Lahore, r1990.

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