The largest concentration of Names in the Qur’an can be found on the last page of Suratul-Hashr:
هُوَ اللهُ الَّذِىْ لَاۤ اِلهَ اِلَّا هُوَج عٰلِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ ج هُوَ الرَّحْمٰنُ الرَّحِيْمُ
He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
هُوَ اللهُ الَّذِىْ لَاۤ اِلهَ اِلَّا هُوَج اَلْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوْسُ السَّلٰمُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيْزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُط سُبْحٰنَ اللهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُوْنَ
He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him.
هُوَ اللهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ لَهُ الْاَسْمَآءُ الْحُسْنٰى ط يُسَبِّحُ لَهٗ مَا فِى السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالْاَرْضِ ج وَهُوَ الْعَزِيْزُ الْحَكِيْمُ
He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [Qur’an, 22-24]
But did you notice that Allah, the All-Wise, instructs us before this, in Ayah 19:
وَلَا تَكُوْنُوْا كَالَّذِيْنَ نَسُوا اللهَ فَاَنْسٰىهُمْ اَنْفُسَهُمْ ط اُولٰٓئِكَ هُمُ الْفٰسِقُوْنَ
And be not like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves. Those are the defiantly disobedient.
In the above Aayaat He reminds us who He is and for us to know His Names and Attributes so will not be like those who forgot who He is.
Whenever you read the Qur’an from now on; don’t just read past these beautiful Names and Attributes: let them remind you truly of who He is to you. Supplicating to Him is the backbone, or essence of worship and one of the things to not only memorize but also act upon His Names, is to make Dua’ by using His Beautiful Names and Attributes.
And isn’t this amazing: Allah, Al-Mujeeb, the One who Responds, never gets tired of us asking and of giving us what we need. What about this: He, the Most High, even rewards you for asking! Isn’t that Mercy?
Let’s reflect on three supplications from the Qur’an using Allah’s Beautiful Names and discover daily life action points. This means you’ll be rewarded for reading Aayaat from the Qur’an, supplicating to Allah, the Most High, supplicating using His Names and for learning, memorizing and aiming to live by these Names, insha’Allah.
1. Ask for grace.
We live in a time of widespread transgression and disgrace. Allah, the Most High, tells us a beautiful Qur’anic supplication:
رَبَّنَاۤ اَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُوْرَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ج اِنَّكَ عَلٰى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيْرٌ
(Rabbanaaa atmim lanaa nooranaa waghfir lanaa innaka ‘alaa kulli shay’in qadeer) Our Lord! Keep perfect our light for us and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things. [Quran, 66:8]
This Dua’ is made by the believers on the Day of Judgement; on this day Allah will not disgrace those who believed in the Prophet ﷺ. Ask Allah, Al-Qadeer (the Capable, All-Powerful) to make you stick to the Sunnah until death!
Allah, the Most High, says: نُوْرُهُمْ يَسْعٰى بَيْنَ اَيْدِيْهِمْ وَبِاَيْمَانِهِمْ Their light will run forward before them and in their right hands. Then they will say above supplication. Beg Allah to be of those who say this Dua’.
Mujahid, Ad-Dahhaak and Al-Hasan Al-Basri and others said: This is the statement that the believers will say on the Day of Resurrection, when they witness the light of the hypocrites being extinguished. [Tafsir Ibn Kathir]
Say this Prophetic Dua’ against disgrace. Imam Ahmad recorded that a man from the tribe of Banu Kinanah said: I prayed behind the Messenger of Allah during the year of the Conquest (of Makkah) and heard him say: اللْهُمَّ لَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَة (Allahumma laa tukhzinee yawmal qiyaamah) “O Allah! Please, do not disgrace me on the Day of Resurrection.” [Tafsir Ibn Kathir] Memorize and use it, by His Will.
2. Supplicate for two soul-savers: guidance and mercy.
Whatever we think we have or can achieve; we will be lost without guidance and mercy of Allah, the Most High:
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوْبَنَا بَعْدَ اِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِنْ لَّدُنْكَ رَحْمَةً ج اِنَّكَ اَنْتَ الْوَهَّابُ
(Rabbanaa laa tuzigh quloobanaa ba’da idh hadaytanaa wa hab lanaa mil ladunka rahmah; innaka antal Wahhaab) Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower. [Qur’an, 3:8]
In one Dua’ you are asking for the two most important things in life; guidance (Hidaayah) and mercy!
Reflect that whatever you do or try, the tools and resources you use, your Ramadan or any endeavor, will only be successful by the mercy and guidance of Allah! Do your bit but realize it’s all from Allah, Al-Wahhaab (the Most Liberal Bestower) in the end.
3. Plead for peace.
You might be enjoying your ‘ibadah (worship); praying, reading Qur’an, fasting, remembering Allah, but there’s something still in your heart. Something that holds you back from fully experiencing peace inside. When you look deep in yourself – do you hold resentment or ill-feelings towards any other believers? That one thing someone said to you last month? That argument weeks or even years ago? It’s so hard to get rid of these feelings right- you know it will make you feel much better, but how?
رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا وَلِاِخْوَانِنَا الَّذِيْنَ سَبَقُوْنَا بِالْاِيْمَانِ وَلَا تَجْعَلْ فِىْ قُلُوْبِنَا غِلًّا لِّلَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْا رَبَّنَاۤ اِنَّكَ رَءُوْفٌ رَّحِيْمٌ
(Rabbanagh fir lanaa wa li ikhwaani nal ladheena sabqoonaa bil eemaani wa laa taj’al fee quloobinaa ghillal-lil ladheena aamanoo rabbannaaa innaka Ra’oofur Raheem) Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in faith and put not in our hearts [any] resentment toward those who have believed. Our Lord, indeed You are Kind and Merciful. [Qur’an, 59:10]
Beg Allah, Ar-Ra’oof (the Kind), with this supplication to give you the peace that comes with clearing your heart from resentment. For it is only Allah who can give you this ability and the peace this brings. Because He is the Kind and Merciful.
Remind yourself of the beauty of Allah’s attribute of Ra’fah. Ar-Ra’oof is the One who bestows mercy with the utmost tenderness. He has beautiful pity on us, with which He gently warns us, withholds from us and instructs us to all that is good.
Let it motivate you to handle people’s feelings with tenderness, but also be proactive in forbidding evil and enjoining good with wisdom and tact. This is a duty upon you; how seriously do you take it?
Ask Allah, Ar-Ra’oof, to make your heart tender for His reminder, the Quran and to fill your heart with mercy using beautiful supplications from the Qur’an and Sunnah.
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Khawlah b. Yahya – United Kingdom
Khawlah b. Yahya founded SISTERS’ PROJECT in 2008, a United Kingdom based women’s support organization, the creative community lead in an art gallery and is a writer for different Islamic organizations and academies. She authored the renown How to Live by the Names of Allah Series, published by the Understand Qur’an Academy, as well as the internationally shared Revive a Sunnah Series. She focuses most of her work on how to translate classic Islamic Knowledge to daily life action. She recently released Personal Lessons from the Qur’an, in which daily life action points are based on Qur’anic Ayaat in a way that’s never seen before. You can purchase the E-book on: understandquran.com/product/personal-lessons-from-the-quran/