Asmaa Al-Husna ~ The 99 Beautiful Names of Allah (SWT)

22 July 2006 at 9:21 pm 30 comments

  

  

AN EXPLANATION OF THE PERFECT NAMES AND ATTRIBUTES OF ALLAH

“He is Allah, the Creator, the Originator, The Fashioner, to Him belong the most beautiful names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, do declare His praises and glory. And He is the Exalted in Might, The Wise. (Quran 59:24) “The most beautiful names belong to God: so call on Him by them;…” (7:180)The Prophet (SAWS) said, “There are 99 names of Allah; he who commits them to memory would get into paradise.”I think it is very beneficial to learn the 99 Names of Allah. Not only do you learn the amazing characteristics of your Lord but you also get rewarded for knowing them! Subhaan Allah!My suggestion on learning them is to get 3×5 index cards. Cut them in half and then create flashcards with the name in Arabic transliteration on one side, and the English translation on the other. This way, they are small enough to keep with you at any time. When you have a free minute, you can take them out and review them. Another benefit is that several of these names can be found in different forms in the Qur’an so for those of you who aren’t arabic speakers (like myself), it can help with understanding more Qur’an. For instance, the name “Al-Baaqi” which means The Everlasting can be found in the form “abqaa” in Surah 87 (Al-Aala) Ayah 17, which states: While the hereafter is better and more lasting. As a matter of fact, another word in that same ayah, “Al-Aakhiratu” which means “The hereafter”, is also a form of one of the 99 names “Al-Aakhir” which means “The Last.” So as you can see, there are multiple benefits from learning the 99 names. I hope that my information is accurate and that this is of benefit to all those who read it insha’Allah. ———————It is not possible to perfectly translate the names and attributes of Allah from their original Arabic into English. However, here are some fairly close explanations.^= letter ain of arabic ‘= letter hamza of arabic

  1. Allah
    • Allah, He who has the Godhood which is the power to create the entities.
  2. Ar-Rahmaan
    • The Compassionate, The Beneficient, The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers and the blasphemers in this world and especially for the believers in the hereafter.
  3. Ar-Raheem
    • The Merciful, The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers.
  4. Al-Malik
    • The King, The Sovereign Lord, The One with the complete Dominion, the One Whose Dominion is clear from imperfection.
  5. Al-Quddoos
    • The Holy, The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries.
  6. As-Salaam
    • The Source of Peace, The One who is free from every imperfection.
  7. Al-Mu’min
    • Guardian of Faith, The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him.
  8. Al-Muhaimin
    • The Protector, The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures.
  9. Al-^Azeez
    • The Mighty, The Strong, The Defeater who is not defeated.
  10. Al-Jabbaar
    • The Compeller, The One that nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He willed.
  11. Al-Mutakabbir
    • The Majestic, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures and from resembling them.
  12. Al-Khaaliq
    • The Creator, The One who brings everything from non-existence to existence.
  13. Al-Bari’
    • The Evolver, The Maker, The Creator who has the Power to turn the entities.
  14. Al-Musawwir
    • The Fashioner, The One who forms His creatures in different pictures.
  15. Al-Ghaffaar
    • The Great Forgiver, The Forgiver, The One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.
  16. Al-Qahhaar
    • The Subduer, The Dominant, The One who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.
  17. Al-Wahhaab
    • The Bestower, The One who is Generous in giving plenty without any return. He is everything that benefits whether Halal or Haram.
  18. Al-Razzaaq
    • The Sustainer, The Provider.
  19. Al-Fattaah
    • The Opener, The Reliever, The Judge, The One who opens for His slaves the closed worldy and religious matters.
  20. Al-^Aleem
    • The All-knowing, The Knowledgeable; The One nothing is absent from His knowledge.
  21. Al-Qaabid
    • The Constricter, The Retainer, The Withholder, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdomand expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.
  22. Al-Baasit
    • The Expander, The Englarger, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdomand expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.
  23. Al-Khaafid
    • The Abaser, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.
  24. Ar-Raafi^
    • The Exalter, The Elevator, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.
  25. Al-Mu^iz
    • The Honorer, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.
  26. Al-Muthil
    • The Dishonorer, The Humiliator, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.
  27. As-Samee^
    • The All-Hearing, The Hearer, The One who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument or organ.
  28. Al-Baseer
    • The All-Seeing, The One who Sees all things that are seen by His Eternal Seeing without a pupil or any other instrument.
  29. Al-Hakam
    • The Judge, He is the Ruler and His judgment is His Word.
  30. Al-^Adl
    • The Just, The One who is entitled to do what He does.
  31. Al-Lateef
    • The Subtle One, The Gracious, The One who is kind to His slaves and endows upon them.
  32. Al-Khabeer
    • The Aware, The One who knows the truth of things.
  33. Al-Haleem
    • The Forebearing, The Clement, The One who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.
  34. Al-^Azeem
    • The Great One, The Mighty, The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolement,and Purity from all imperfection.
  35. Al-Ghafoor
    • The All-Forgiving, The Forgiving, The One who forgives a lot.
  36. Ash-Shakoor
    • The Grateful, The Appreciative, The One who gives a lot of reward for a little obedience.
  37. Al-^Aliyy
    • The Most High, The Sublime, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures.
  38. Al-Kabeer
    • The Most Great, The Great, The One who is greater than everything in status.
  39. Al-Hafeez
    • The Preserver, The Protector, The One who protects whatever and whoever He willed to protect.
  40. Al-Muqeet
    • The Maintainer, The Guardian, The Feeder, The Sustainer, The One who has the Power.
  41. Al-Haseeb
    • The Reckoner, The One who gives the satisfaction.
  42. Aj-Jaleel
    • The Sublime One, The Beneficent, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.
  43. Al-Kareem
    • The Generous One, The Bountiful, The Gracious, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.
  44. Ar-Raqeeb
    • The Watcher, The Watchful, The One that nothing is absent from Him. Hence it’s meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.
  45. Al-Mujeeb
    • The Responsive, The Hearkener, The One who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.
  46. Al-Wasi^
    • The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Knowledgeable.
  47. Al-Hakeem
    • The Wise, The Judge of Judges, The One who is correct in His doings.
  48. Al-Wadood
    • The Loving, The One who loves His believing slaves and His believing slaves love Him. His love to His slaves is His Will to be merciful to them and praise them:Hence it’s meaning is related to the attributes of the Will and Kalam (His attribute with which He orders and forbids and spoke to Muhammad and Musa -peace be upon them- . It is not a sound nor a language nor a letter.).
  49. Al-Majeed
    • The Most Glorious One, The Glorious, The One who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity and Kindness.
  50. Al-Ba^ith
    • The Reserrector, The Raiser (from death), The One who resurrects His slaves after death for reward and/or punishment.
  51. Ash-Shaheed
    • The Witness, The One who nothing is absent from Him.
  52. Al-Haqq
    • The Truth, The True, The One who truly exists.
  53. Al-Wakeel
    • The Trustee, The One who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.
  54. Al-Qawiyy
    • The Most Strong, The Strong, The One with the complete Power.
  55. Al-Mateen
    • The Firm One, The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.
  56. Al-Waliyy
    • The Protecting Friend, The Supporter.
  57. Al-Hameed
    • The Praiseworthy, The praised One who deserves to be praised.
  58. Al-Muhsee
    • The Counter, The Reckoner, The One who the count of things are known to him.
  59. Al-Mubdi’
    • The Originator, The One who started the human being. That is, He created him.
  60. Al-Mu^eed
    • The Reproducer, The One who brings back the creatures after death.
  61. Al-Muhyi
    • The Restorer, The Giver of Life, The One who took out a living human from semen that does not have a soul. He gives life by giving the souls back to the worn out bodies on the resurrection day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.
  62. Al-Mumeet
    • The Creator of Death, The Destroyer, The One who renders the living dead.
  63. Al-Hayy
    • The Alive, The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh or blood.
  64. Al-Qayyoom
    • The Self-Subsisting, The One who remains and does not end.
  65. Al-Waajid
    • The Perceiver, The Finder, The Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.
  66. Al-Waahid
    • The Unique, The One, The One without a partner.
  67. Al-Ahad
    • The One.
  68. As-Samad
    • The Eternal, The Independent, The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.
  69. Al-Qaadir
    • The Able, The Capable, The One attributed with Power.
  70. Al-Muqtadir
    • The Powerful, The Dominant, The One with the perfect Power that nothing is withheld from Him.
  71. Al-Muqaddim
    • The Expediter, The Promoter, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.
  72. Al-Mu’akh-khir
    • The Delayer, the Retarder, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.
  73. Al-’Awwal
    • The First, The One whose Existence is without a beginning.
  74. Al-’Akhir
    • The Last, The One whose Existence is without an end.
  75. Az-Zaahir
    • The Manifest, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.
  76. Al-Baatin
    • The Hidden, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.
  77. Al-Walee
    • The Governor, The One who owns things and manages them.
  78. Al-Muta^ali
    • The Most Exalted, The High Exalted, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.
  79. Al-Barr
    • The Source of All Goodness, The Righteous, The One who is kind to His creatures, who covered them with His sustenance and specified whoever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.
  80. At-Tawwaab
    • The Acceptor of Repentance, The Relenting, The One who grants repentance to whoever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.
  81. Al-Muntaqim
    • The Avenger, The One who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One who destroys them.
  82. Al-^Afuww
    • The Pardoner, The Forgiver, The One with wide forgiveness.
  83. Ar-Ra’uf
    • The Compassionate, The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His will to endow upon whoever He willed among His creatures.
  84. Malik Al-Mulk
    • The Eternal Owner of Sovereignty, The One who controls the Dominion and gives dominion to whoever He willed.
  85. Thul-Jalali wal-Ikram
    • The Lord of Majesty and Bounty, The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.
  86. Al-Muqsit
    • The Equitable, The One who is Just in His judgment.
  87. Aj-Jaami^
    • The Gatherer, The One who gathers the creatures on a day that there is no doubt about, that is the Day of Judgment.
  88. Al-Ghaniyy
    • The Self-Sufficient, The One who does not need the creation.
  89. Al-Mughni
    • The Enricher, The One who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.
  90. Al-Maani^
    • The Preventer, The Withholder.
  91. Ad-Daarr
    • The Distresser, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
  92. An-Nafi^
    • The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
  93. An-Noor
    • The Light, The One who guides.
  94. Al-Haadi
    • The Guide, The One whom with His Guidance His belivers were guided, and with His Guidance the living beings have been guided to what is beneficial for them and protected from what is harmful to them.
  95. Al-Badi^
    • The Incomparable, The One who created the creation and formed it without any preceding example.
  96. Al-Baaqi
    • The Everlasting, The One that the state of non-existence is impossible for Him.
  97. Al-Waarith
    • The Supreme Inheritor, The Heir, The One whose Existence remains.
  98. Ar-Rasheed
    • The Guide to the Right Path, The One who guides.
  99. As-Saboor
    • The Patient, The One who does not quickly punish the sinners.”…There is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees (all things). Qur’an [42:11]
      (Arabic transliteration: Laysa Kamithlihi Shayun Wa Huwa As-Sami’ ul-Basir)

NOTE:
I found many different versions of the 99 names. The above 99 are on a poster I have. Another list includes Al-Mu’tiy – The Bestower, The Giver and does not have Al-Ahad - The One. Another list did not have Al-Razzaaq -The Sustainer, The Provider but did have Al-Maajid The Noble, The One who is Majid.Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala)’s names are not limited to 99, which is a common misconception. There are a couple of evidences, one is the du`aa where one calls upon Allah by the names He (subhanahu wa ta`ala) has kept to Himself (obviously not taking these names since Allah has not revealed them to us); another is the fact that in the narrations of the famous ninety nine names hadith that do contain 99 names, the names are not consistent between narrations (for example, imam al-bayhaqi reports two versions of this hadith, with different 99 names in each). It is suggested by one commentator that the names were not explicitly stated by the rasul (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam).

(http://www.jannah.org/articles/names.html)

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  • 1. seeker94  |  23 July 2006 at 1:57 am

    Assalamu ‘alaikum!
    Thanks for the above post. I’ve been wanting to commit the 99 names to memory. However, so far, I have 4 different versions, 5 including your list above. I’m still in the process of trying to sort out the differences – so confusing!
    Salaam!

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  • 2. Irving Karchmar  |  25 July 2006 at 6:33 pm

    An excellent post. The beautiful names contain both warning and hope for those that have ears. May Allah enlighten our hearts to the essence of His names.

    Ya Haqq!

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  • 3. Abu Sahajj  |  29 July 2006 at 6:21 am

    Asalaamu alaikum,

    I would like to invite you to participate in “The Carnival of Islam in The West“. Please visit the link to find out the details.

    Also, if you wish to host the carnival on your blog. Email me the month you would like to host, as I am trying to schedule hosts for the rest of 2006 and 2007.

    wasalaam.

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  • 4. Dr. Peter Kliemann  |  21 August 2006 at 1:58 pm

    Dear Sir!

    Discovering your beautiful picture of the 99 holy names of Allah I regret very much, that the right side is cut off …

    Could you send me the complete picture please?

    Thank you so much in advance for your kindness and best wishes from Germany!

    Peter Kliemann, Tübingen

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  • 5. Abu Safiyah  |  18 September 2006 at 8:50 am

    The Tawheed on Asma was Sifaar (Names and Attributes of Allaah) is the best branch of Tawheed that one can begin to learn from.

    It brings in awe and inspires love for our Creator. Everyone of us has some of those favourite names and we keep asking Allaah from these names.

    In Arabic, if someone is highly regarded and honoured, he is reffered to as with more names. So you will find our noble Quran or Prophet called with different names.

    Thus the One most deserving of our love has to have beautiful names and attributes and it is a Muslim’s role to commit them to his memory.

    Ways to memorise: As pointed in the post, is to keep flash cards

    Another way i find useful is listen to some nasheed (song) where the rhythm help one memorise.

    Souce: I too was so confused with the list of names but alhamdulilllah have found and excellent book titled “Allaah’s Names and Attributes by Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-’Uthaimeen”.

    you will find a comprehensive list at the end of the book.

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  • 6. imtiaz umari  |  23 November 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Dear Brother Assalamu alaikum
    send me the important urls and messeages, whether it can be the ebooks.
    imtiaz umari

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  • 7. Hafeez  |  9 December 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Salaam,
    I was looking at your web page at blogger and
    I thought you might be interested in 99 names of Allah
    in a diffrent way of creating it,
    these are my original work and I hope you like it ,
    Please feel free to use them on your site.
    They can be viewed at

    http://www.arthafez.com

    Waslaam

    Hafez from NYC

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  • 8. Mohammad  |  5 February 2007 at 9:19 am

    jazakallah

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  • 9. Sadath ali  |  2 May 2007 at 6:21 am

    please update 99 names of mohammed (awas) with benitis

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  • 10. bakary Manneh  |  2 August 2007 at 4:39 pm

    thank you very much. I benefit from your source. Can we be friends

    Reply
  • 11. Lee  |  20 August 2007 at 3:37 am

    I am working on a novel and want to use the name “Ar-Rasheed” as the name of an organization. Considering this is one of the names of Allah, would this be disrespectful to Muslims?

    Mahalo (thanks in Hawaiian)

    Lee

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  • 12. Muhammad Bilal Bhatti  |  29 October 2007 at 12:19 am

    These beautiful 99 names actually reflect the majesty of Allah.It is f

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  • 13. sadaf  |  22 November 2007 at 10:34 am

    this is very—————beautiful and i gave my e_mail kindly send islamic things 4 increasing my knowledge

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  • 14. salman amjad  |  6 December 2007 at 1:26 am

    Very very nice site is this……………………

    Allah tala aap ko is ka ajar day

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  • 15. M  |  5 September 2008 at 5:53 am

    Mashalllah, thank your for this beautiful post.
    Here’s a page where you can learn to memorize the 99 names, inshallah:

    http://everybreatheverysecond.com/learning/99namesofallah/asmaalhusna/1/

    I fount it very helpful.

    JazakAllah!

    Reply
  • 16. kiran  |  3 February 2009 at 11:29 pm

    This is such an inspirational site i’m 12 and when i heard the names and what they meant i started crying@ i hope allah forgives us believers and may we all find peace in heaven hopefully!

    Reply
  • 17. Junnut  |  21 February 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Can you right them at a time and in clear arabic i really need to learn them

    Reply
  • 18. Zarina  |  22 February 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Salam…thank you for this post. I was getting so confused because 2 of the nasyids I use to learn the names have different sets of names in it. And I thought there was only one.

    Try the nasyids by Kamal Uddin. It’s really beautiful.

    Reply
  • 19. amatullah4ever  |  14 May 2009 at 8:48 am

    Jazakallahu khayr!!!

    Reply
  • 20. luqmaan  |  19 July 2009 at 1:33 am

    assalamouialaiykoum, i’m using al mutaquim n al was sir

    Reply
  • 21. maryam  |  30 July 2009 at 2:14 am

    its nice but i wish you show it english and arabic ,,, but its okay

    Reply
  • 22. maryam  |  30 July 2009 at 2:16 am

    can you send me the explaination of asma allah alhusna in arabic please.?
    thank you

    Reply
  • 23. Mohammad  |  23 November 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Salam..thank you for posting this, i hope many of our bro&sis in islam will see this..i’m also confuse, it has different version of list of the 99 names of ALLAH, but Alhamdullilah i already memorize like 90% of it..my dad owns a book entitled “Ninety-Nine Names of ALLAH” by Shems Friedlander with al-Hajj Shaikh Muzaffereddin..In sha’ Allah everyone in islam will get to memorize the beautiful 99 holy names of Allah subhana wa ta’ala..Jazakallah Khair..keep posting!!Assalamu-alaikum-warahmatullahi-wa-barakatuhu.!

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  • 24. daaiyah  |  25 November 2009 at 12:26 am

    beautiful

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    i love it

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  • 29. sania zubair  |  12 May 2011 at 5:18 pm

    there should be an explanation of 99 names of hazrat muhammad(p.b.u.h)…

    Reply
  • 30. Casy  |  9 July 2011 at 7:46 pm

    In my search for printable Islamic posters, I found this version of the attribute of Allah, which looks well presented:

    http://www.islamicposters.co.uk/images/posters/fde533618881f42d5423e4c848fde219.jpg

    Reply

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1. Reciting the Qur’aan while pondering over its meanings and what is meant by it. 2. Getting closer to Allah by performing voluntary deeds after completing obligatory deeds. This is as is stated in a Hadeeth Qudsi: “My slave continues getting closer to Me by performing voluntary deeds until I love him.” [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree] 3. Continual remembrance of Allah under all circumstances, with one’s tongue, heart and actions. The extent of one’s love of Allah is determined by this. 4. Giving precedence to what He loves over what you love when you are overtaken by your desires. 5. The heart being avid of Allah’s Names, and Attributes and the heart roaming in that garden of knowledge. 6. observing Allah’s kindness, goodness and bounties, both hidden and open. 7. And this is the most wonderful, the heart being soft, subdued and meek before Allah. 8. Being alone with Allah during the time when the Lord descends during the last portion of the night while reading His Book and ending that by asking for forgiveness and repenting. 9. Sitting with the beloved and sincere, benefiting from the most fruitful of their speech. And not to speak unless speaking is more beneficial and you know that it will improve your state and be beneficial to others. 10. Remaining away from every cause that comes between the heart and Allah. These ten causes take the lovers to the station of true love and bring them to their Beloved.

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