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 tenth 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 Tenth Week Summary, we studied the names of Allah, Al-Qayyum, Al-Wajid, Al-Maajid, Al-Wahid, Al-Ahad, As-Samad, Al-Qadir. 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 64: Al-Qayyum
Meaning: The Sustainer
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Qayyum (in Arabic: ٱلْقَيُّومُ), His essence/nature is to exist being utterly free from dependence on anything or anyone. Al-Qayyum is the one through whom all things arise. He is Ever-Living and Self-Sustaining. Everything else in existence depends on Al-Qayyum.
Anas bin Malik said: “Whenever a matter would distress him, the Prophet (ﷺ) would say: ‘O Living, O Self-Sustaining Sustainer! In Your Mercy do I seek relief (Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum birahmatika astagheeth) (يا حي يا قيوم برحمتك أستغيث).” And with this chain, that he said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘Be constant with: “O Possessor of Majesty and Honor (Ya Dhal-Jalali wal-Ikram) (يا ذا الجلال والإكرام).’” at-Tirmidhi 3524 In-book reference : Book 48, Hadith 155
From this hadith we can see the Prophet’s (pbuh) clear message for Muslims. For those looking for some type of relief, either from feeling distressed from natural disasters & news, work, a relationship, or school… Whatever it may be you can ask Allah for relief by reciting the dua!
Let’s read the article below in order to understand better the meaning of the beautiful name al-Qayyum!
Let’s watch the video below in order to understand better the meaning of the beautiful name al-Qayyum!
Day 65: Al-Wajid
Meaning: The Perceiver
The Resourceful; The Unfailing, The Finder.
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Wajid (in Arabic: ٱلْوَاجِدُ), the one who does not need or lacks anything. He is the most resourceful and finds whatever He wills.
The believer benefits from understanding that Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Wajid. We further realize that Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is free from all wants and all needs. Not in a reclusive way, but completely selfless with an open hand to those who seek Him and ask for His help. He is full in every sense of that word; we should not fear turning to Him and asking for all that is good for us. Find sufficiency in Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ for what we seek is Him in all matters. This is unlike the condition that develops from dealing with people who require reciprocity (i.e., favors in return). We’re incapable of giving as freely as Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ because we’re limited, we have finite resources (both in time and money), and in giving we deplete one of these reserves. We can try to make ourselves more resourceful, but it will always be relative. We can never be the absolutely resourceful one. Although we need to try to apply the beautiful names of Allah in our daily lives.
Ask yourself open-ended questions and be curious, “how could that time be better spent and what impact would that have in my life and for those around me?” It’s a question worth exploring, and each person’s answer will differ. Being resourceful means eliminating excess and needing less. Imam Zarruq, in his book the loftiest goal in elucidating Allah’s most beautiful names, says, “Fortifying the heart: That is granted to the one who recites it over every morsel of his food, and Allah knows best.”
As He is the Pointing One, as He is the Resourceful let’s read the article below which explains why we should reclaim our history and try to connect the article with the meaning of the beautiful name Al-Wajid!
Let’s watch the video below which explains the meaning of the name Al-Wajid!
Day 66: Al-Maajid
Meaning: The Illustrious
The Noble, The Sovereign, The Glorious.
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Maajid (in Arabic: ٱلْمَاجِدُ), the most noble, magnificent, and generous. Majid is very close to the meaning of Jalal (majesty and greatness) and Kareem (full of bounty and honor). He is the one who consistently gives, for His wealth is endless. Truly Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is the most glorious and highly esteemed.
Make the dua below and reflect on the meaning of the beautiful name Al-Majid!
Oh Allah, Al-Majeed, we know that You are vast in Greatness, Might and Honour. Help us in reciting, understanding and acting upon Your glorious Book and make us of the dhaakireen, those who remember You continuously with a beautiful glory and praise. Make us respectful to others and in others eyes and inspire us to reflect upon Your signs, keep granting us honor through Islam and bestow upon us the honor of gazing upon Your Countenance in Paradise!
Let’s read the article below and get to learn the unique storytelling of the Glory Allah!
Let’s watch the video below and understand better the meaning of the name Al-Majid!
Day 67: Al-Wahid
Meaning: The One
The Unique, The Single, The Only One.
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Waahid (in Arabic: ٱلْوَٰحِدُ), the One and only God. There is no alternative. He is the sole originator from which all has arisen. He has no partners or relationships. None is equal to Him.
Make the dua below mentioned in the hadith and reflect deeply on the meaning of the name al-Wahid!
Ibn ‘Abbas reported that Allah’s Apostle ﷺ used to supplicate during the time of trouble (in these words): “There is no god but Allah, the Great, the Tolerant, there is no god but Allah, the Lord of the Magnificent Throne There is no god but Allah, the Lord of the Heaven and the earth, the Lord of the Edifying Throne.”
Narrated Mu’adh bin Jabal: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ as saying: If anyone’s last words are “There is no god but Allah” he will enter Paradise.
Let’s read the article below which is related to acceptance of the Unity of Allah and think about it from the perspective of the name al-Wahid!
Let’s watch the video below in order to understand better the meaning of the name al-Wahid!
Day 68: Al-Ahad
Meaning: The Unique
The Sole One, The Incomparable.
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Ahad (in Arabic: ٱلْأَحَد), He is incomparable, unequaled, and indivisible. Al-Ahad is the One who was, is, and will ever remain alone. No one can ever be equal to Him in the essence of all His beautiful attributes.
قُلۡ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ
Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One
Surah Ikhlas Ayat 1 (112:1 Quran)
Let’s make the dua below and remember mentioning the needy in our duas!
“Oh Allah, Al-Ahad we know that You are the Only. Bless us with pure intentions and help us to do those deeds most pleasing to You. Guide us to understand, live, and die by the shahada so the fire cannot touch us, and we will enter Your everlasting gardens!”
We wanted to share the article below again for us to remember the Greatness and Uniqueness of Allah which is related to today’s name Al-Ahad. Let’s read it together!
Let’s watch the videos below for understanding better the meaning of the name Al-Ahad!
Day 69: As-Samad
Meaning: The Eternal
The Everlasting, The Master, The Self-Sufficient.
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is As-Samad (in Arabic: ٱلْصَّمَدُ), meaning He is the one whom refuge is sought in times of adversity. He is eternal, whole and complete. There is no emptiness.
Abdullah bin Buraidah Al Aslami narrated from his father, who said: “The Prophet ﷺ heard a man supplicating, and he was saying: ‘O Allah, indeed, I ask you by my testifying that You are Allah, there is none worthy of worship except You, the One, As-Samad, the one who does not beget, nor was begotten, and there is none who is like Him (Allahumma inni as’aluka bi annī ashhadu annaka antallāh, la ilaha illa ant, al-ahadus-samad, alladhi lam yalid wa lam yūlad, wa lam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad).” He said: “So he said: ‘By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, he has asked Allah by His Greatest Name, the one which if He is called upon by it, He responds, and when He is asked by it, He gives.'”
Let’s read the articles below in order to understand better the meaning of the name As-Samad!
Let’s watch the video below and listen to the quick explanation of the name As-Samad!
Day 69: Al-Qadir
Meaning :The All-Powerful
The Able, The All Capable
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Qaadir (in Arabic: الْقَادِرُ), the most powerful with the ability to measure out everything. Whenever He decrees a thing, it is. Nothing can interrupt or disturb the will of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ. He is the most capable without any limitations.
قُلِ ٱللَّهُمَّ مَـٰلِكَ ٱلْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِى ٱلْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَآءُ وَتَنزِعُ ٱلْمُلْكَ مِمَّن تَشَآءُ
وَتُعِزُّ مَن تَشَآءُ وَتُذِلُّ مَن تَشَآءُ ۖ بِيَدِكَ ٱلْخَيْرُ ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍۢ قَدِيرٌۭ
“Say, ‘O Allah, Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will. You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will. In Your hand is [all] good. Indeed, You are over all things competent.'”
( Qur’an 3:26 )
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ gives without measure and is able to overcome every obstacle. The believer benefits from knowing Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Qadir. Just as when you need help moving, you call on friends or family that are able to help. You don’t call on people who are not reliable, unavailable, or overseas. Similarly, Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Qadir – the all-powerful, the all-able, the one who can assist you no matter the circumstance. Sometimes we say Insha-Allah, but we don’t believe it. We don’t have enough conviction. Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ knows no limitations, but perhaps He may limit us based on the ones we self-impose. By setting the bar too low, He may fulfill our du’a, so we miss out on all the other gifts He could’ve given us.
After the battle of Uhud, which was a great loss, the believers weaker in faith had begun questioning how they could lose when Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ and His Messenger ﷺ were on their side. They asked, “From where is this?” and Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ responded, “It is from yourselves.” This reminds us that we must move towards certain things we’ve asked for. We have to take some responsibility in our du’a. Otherwise, we may fall victim to the same tragedy that occurred on the battlefield. The loss of Uhud was due to impatience. They were not disciplined, lured by material wealth, and abandoned their stations. And so, just as Al-Qadir has the power to make them victorious, He also has the power to bring about their defeat. He can do anything He wishes. The implied lesson is if you make du’a for knowledge, Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ may give you the cognitive mental ability. He may make the teachers and books accessible, but if your pride or laziness prevents you from learning from them, “It is from yourselves.”
Let’s take a look at the e-book below in order to learn prophetic prayers and do not forget the infinite power of Allah and always ask for the best!
Let’s watch the video below to understand better the meaning of the Al-Qadir!
Day 70: Al-Muqtadir
Meaning: The All-Determiner
Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Muqtadir (in Arabic: ٱلْمُقْتَدِرُ), the all-powerful who delivers a suitable measure of all things. He has absolute strength, power, and mastery. Nothing is beyond his power.
The decree of Al-Muqtadir comes from perfect knowledge and power and it controls our daily life. You are making hundreds of choices each day responding to many different situations, and each time you have the choice: do I turn to Allah or do I turn away from Him? You can get angry, or try to have patience. You can swear or remain quiet, you can backbite or you can talk good about others. Al-Muqtadir says: Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest [Quran, 13:28]
Al-Muqtadir gives money, power, intelligence and beauty to people, but He decrees true peace of mind to His believers only. So with every choice you make throughout your day, try to remember Allah and do the right thing. Let’s do the dua below together!
“Oh Allah, Al-Muqtadir, we know that Your power enforces all decrees. Guide us to practice our belief in your All-ability and capability, make us grateful for all aspects of your decree for us, save us from arrogance and adorn us with tranquil hearts who remember you abundantly!”
Let’s read the text below which explains the difference between the names Al-Qadir and Al-Muqtadir and reflect on the meaning of the beautiful name Al-Muqtadir!
The names Al-Qadir (The All-Powerful) and Al-Muqtadir (The All-Determiner) both refer to Allah’s attribute of possessing power or being capable. But as Imam al-Ghazali mentions, “All-Determiner is more emphatic. Power is equivalent to the intention by which a thing comes into existence according to a determinate plan of will and knowledge, and in conformity with both of them.”
So, both names establish Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ as having power, but Al-Muqtadir exercises His power over everything. The example al-Ghazali gives how Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ has determined a day for resurrection. In this sense, He’s the All-Determiner, The Enforcer. But if He wished, he could bring about the day of judgment today – but He chooses not to. Everything is done according to His knowledge; the reason for not doing so is up to Him. He’s fixed an appointed time, and nothing can resist His plan (similar to Al-Qahhar – the irresistible).
Let’s watch the video below which explains quickly the meaning of the name Al-Muqtadir!