99 names of Allah will try to be understood 99 days before Ramadan through the project started by Jenny Molendyk Divleli with the hashtag #99namesproject2022. The goal of the project shared by Jenny Molendyk on her Instagram account is to understand, learn, and repeat one of the names of Allah each day until Ramadan. Showing the effort is so meaningful, both in terms of getting together as a family in such an event and teaching children the beautiful names of Allah.
Alhamdulillah, we have reached lots of people on this path and we have already completed the eleventh week of the process. We hope the week was beneficial for everyone. So, let’s look at what we did during the week.
99 Names of Allah in 99 Days Eleventh Week Summary, we studied the names of Allah, Al-Muqaddim, Al-Muakhkhir, Al-Awwal, Al-Akhir, Az-Zaahir, Al-Baatin, Al-Wali. For those who missed some days or want to repeat them, we have compiled the works that we have worked on this week. Then we can start.
Day 71: Al-Muqaddim
Meaning: The Expediter
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Muqaddim (in Arabic: ٱلْمُقَدِّمُ), The One who promotes or brings forward. This includes promoting His servants to higher ranks.
Umar bin Al-Khattab narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “If you were to rely upon Allah with the required reliance, then He would provide for you just as a bird is provided for, it goes out in the morning empty, and returns full.” at-Tirmidhi
Allah is the Muqaddim, He is the Provider and the Promoter. In the light of the hadith above reflect on the meaning of the name Al-Muqaddim and try to say it over 100 times today!
Today we want you to explore things around you that are related to Allah’s name Al-Muqaddim. We are sure you will do a great job! Let us give you an example; you were trying to learn a new language and today you have memorized 5 new vocabulary words in that language. That means you are five words better than yesterday, you have ranked. Allah allows you to understand, He extends your understanding and promotes you on even the little things you do in your daily life!
Let’s watch the video below which explains the meaning of the name Al-Muqaddim!
Day 72: Al-Muakhkhir
Meaning :The Delayer
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Mu’akhkhir (in Arabic: ٱلْمُؤَخِّرُ), The One who wisely delays or holds back. By His will, he can detain unbelievers and hold them back on the day of judgment.
Let’s read the article below in order to understand better the meaning of the beautiful name Al-Muakhkhir!
Let’s pay attention to what Nouman Ali Khan says “Put things in perspective.” In the video below he talks about patience. We think patience & procrastination are deeply related. While watching the video below, think about the relation between those two words!
Day 73: Al-Awwal
Meaning :The First
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Awwal (in Arabic: ٱلأَوَّلُ), He is The One whose existence is without beginning. He is truly the first, and nothing was before Him.
Let’s make the dua below and reflect on the meaning of the beautiful name Al-Awwal!
O Allah, Al-Awwal we know that You are the One without beginning nor end. Guide us to put You and seek Your pleasure first and foremost in our belief and our deeds. Help us to give priority to our prayers, adorn us with love and closeness to Your Book and make us of the sabiqoon!
Let’s read the article below in order to understand better how our view of God affects our faith and happiness!
Let’s watch the video below to listen to the quick explanation of the beautiful name Al-Awwal!
Day 74: Al-Akhir
Meaning :The Last
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Akhir (in Arabic: ٱلْآخِرُ), The One whose existence will extend past the end of this universe. He will be the last, just as He is the first.
ٱلَّذِينَ إِذَآ أَصَٰبَتۡهُم مُّصِيبَةٞ قَالُوٓاْ إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيۡهِ رَٰجِعُونَ
Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.”
Surah Al-baqarah Ayat 156 (2:156 Quran)
Let’s read a part of the hadith below related to the middle night of Sha’ban which is today!
So let’s practice the act mentioned in the hadith below. May Allah (swt) forgive us all in this beautiful and special night!
Suhail reported that Abu Salih used to command us (in these words): When any one of you intends to go to sleep, he should lie on the bed on his right side and then say: “O Allah. the Lord of the Heavens and the Lord of the Earth and Lord of the Magnificent Throne, our Lord, and the Lord of everything, the Splitter of the grain of corn and the datestone (or fruit kernal), the Revealer of Torah and Injil (Bible) and Criterion (the Holy Qur’an), I seek refuge in Thee from the evil of every – thing Thou art to seize by the forelock (Thou hast perfect control over it). O Allah, Thou art the First, there is naught before Thee, and Thou art the Last and there is naught after Thee, and Thou art Evident and there is nothing above Thee, and Thou art Innermost and there is nothing beyond Thee. Remove the burden of debt from us and relieve us from want.” Abu Salih used to narrate it from Abu Huraira who narrated it from Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ). (Sahih Muslim 2713a)
Let’s read the infographic below and learn more about the month before Ramadan, Sha’ban and its 15th night which is today! We still have a lot of time to make the most of it!
Day 75: Az-Zaahir
Meaning :The Manifest
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Az-Zaahir (in Arabic: ٱلْظَّاهِرُ), The One who is evident and conspicuous. He made himself evident without being visible. The very essence and attributes are shown through all His creations.
هُوَ ٱلۡأَوَّلُ وَٱلۡأٓخِرُ وَٱلظَّـٰهِرُ وَٱلۡبَاطِنُۖ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيۡءٍ عَلِيمٌ
He is the First and the Last, the Ascendant and the Intimate, and He is, of all things, Knowing.
Surah Hadid Ayat 3 (57:3 Quran)
The Prophet (pbuh) made this beautiful dua:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ لَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى وَجْهِكَ وَالشَّوْقَ إِلَى لِقَائِكَ
“O Allah, I ask You for the delight of gazing at Your Countenance and the eagerness of meeting You” [An-Nasaa’i]
Commit this supplication to memory and use it as much as you can from the bottom of your heart as you are asking for the greatest delight!
Let’s read the article below in order to discover the contributions to Islamic Scholarship!
Let’s watch the video below in order to get 30 habits in 30 days and acknowledge the meaning of the name Az-Zahir who sees everything you do and appreciate every good deed you’re doing!
Day 76: Al-Baatin
Meaning : The Hidden One
Allah is Al-Baatin سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ (in Arabic: ٱلْبَاطِنُ), The One who is hidden or secret. Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is unseen but His existence is known through signs. Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ immanent operating within all of creation. The one who is the secret inner companion.
وَذَرُواْ ظَٰهِرَ ٱلۡإِثۡمِ وَبَاطِنَهُۥٓۚ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يَكۡسِبُونَ ٱلۡإِثۡمَ سَيُجۡزَوۡنَ بِمَا كَانُواْ يَقۡتَرِفُونَ
_And leave what is apparent of sin and what is concealed thereof. Indeed, those who earn [blame for] sin will be recompensed for that which they used to commit._
Surah Al-an’am Ayat 120 (6:120 Quran)
The Prophet (pbuh) said: All of my Ummah will be forgiven except those who sin openly. It is a part of sinning openly when a man does something at night, then the following morning when Allah has concealed his sin, he says, ‘O so and so, I did such and such last night,’ when all night his Lord has concealed him and the next morning he uncovers what Allah had concealed [Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim]
Never ‘boast’ about your bad deeds to your friends, nor try to expose the bad deeds of other people who did not sin openly and tried to conceal them! Wallahu ta’alaa ‘alem.
“O Allah, Al-Baatin, we know that You are the Hidden and Knower of all that is hidden. Help us to purify our intentions, protect us from hypocrisy and make both our inward and outward pleasing to You. Aid us in reflecting Your revelations and signs You placed around us, conceal our sins and protect us from exposing our sins. Make us of those able to see You in Paradise each day!”
Let’s read the text below in order to learn more about the meaning of the name Al-Baatin and how to apply it in our lifes & hearts!
How come these people were locked out? What was their crime? They will say, “Yes, but you afflicted yourselves and awaited [misfortune for us] and doubted, and wishful thinking deluded you until there came the command of Allah . And the Deceiver deceived you concerning Allah [Quran, 57:14] These people pretended to be with those who truly believed and prayed with them, but they indulged themselves in all types of temptations, they had doubts about Allah’s power and they thought easy of their sins until death came to them. This is how shaytan deceived them. The meaning here is that the believers will answer the hypocrites by saying, “You were with us in bodies which were heartless and devoid of intentions. You were cast in doubt and suspicion. You were showing off for people and remembered Allah, little.” [Tafseer ibn Katheer]
Learn from this and carefully look at your intentions, beware of showing off and remember Allah in words and deeds so you will be of those on the right side of the wall, in Paradise!
Let’s watch the video below in order to understand better the meaning of the beautiful name Al-Baatin!
Day 77: Al-Wali
Meaning : The Holder of Supreme Authority
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Waali (in Arabic: ٱلْوَالِي), The One who is the sole planner and governor of all things. He is fully supportive, helpful, and a master of all. He manages and disposes of things at His will based on His judgment.
Let’s make the dua below and reflect on the meaning of the beautiful name al-Wali!
O Allah, Al-Wali, we know that You are the most loving Guardian. Make us of your awliyaa and guide us to complement our obligatory acts of worship with abundant voluntary deeds. Bless us with righteous friends, make us pious friends to other believers and assist us in turning to You and trusting in You only as our best Ally at all times!
The story of Prophet Yusuf draws many parallels to Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon them). Both were separated from their parents early in their childhood. They faced harm from the people closest to them. Yusuf (as) brothers thought about killing him, and Abu Lahab opposed protecting his nephew and used to publicly humiliate him by casting rocks and leaving excrement at his door. Those closest to them failed to provide support. Aziz, who cared for Yusus (as), acted out in his self-interest betraying Yusuf, leading to his arrest and imprisonment. And how did they respond? They turned to Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ, the only true friend a person needs. Yusuf (as) made the du’a Anta waliyyee fid dunyaa, “You are my protector in this world and in the Hereafter.” (Qur’an 12:101) They are not hurt by anyone or anything because they have no expectations of others. They believe all matters are in Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ care. If you turn to Him in pleasing ways, He will grant you care and protection. It may not be as you want it to be, but trust Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ knows best.
For a second, imagine what it would feel like to be part of an inner circle of a kind King or someone of immense worldly success; you would be grateful for being in such a lucky position. You wouldn’t want to break the trust and confidence that person has in you. Similarly, the believer benefits in knowing that Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Wali. He has not left any of His believers stranded. He is the best friend anyone could ask for. He’s the source of true success in this life and the next. We should engage in activities beloved by Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ that would raise our ranks within the inner circle of believers to try and grow nearer to Him.
Let’s watch the video below in order to better understand the meaning of the name Al-Wali!