The Names of Allah

Mohamedarif Suleman (Nairobi, Kenya)

Allah: Asmaa ul Husna, as we commonly know them, have various benefits.  This week, let us look at a few and the benefits attached to them upon recitation.  Material for this edition has been sourced from various primary and secondary materials but most prominently from the book “The Beautiful Names of Allah” by Mohamedhussein G Somji.

“Allah” is the first of these beautiful names.  It is the Name Proper, if you may.  If recited 66 times at the time of Asr prayers or at the time of the setting of the sun prayers will be granted and legitimate desires will be fulfilled.  It is said that this name has been repeated 2,607 times in the Holy Qur’an.  Also, if it is recited 200 times on Fridays in the state of ablution the Almighty will fulfill one’s legitimate desires.  And if recited 1,000 times daily, a person will become pious and the worldly love will vanish from the heart of the reciter, and the cognizance of Allah (SWT) will be achieved.

“Ahad” is another name.  It means “the Unique”.  If this is recited 1,000 times in solitude, it will be felt that angels are with the reciter.  If recited 100 times, it is useful to combat snake bites.  If recited many times, one will develop love and friendship for others.

“Awwalu”, or the “Foremost” is third in line.  If this is recited before any task beforehand, it will assist the reciter in completing it nicely with the blessings of the Almighty.  If recited regularly, people will be kind to the person and will reunite with departed and separated persons and relatives through dreams.

“Aakihiru” means “Everlasting”.  if this is recited regularly, there will be everlasting success in all works undertaken.  The person will be loved by all and respected in all aspects of life.  It will also help attain success in unfinished or hopeless missions.

“Aliyyu” (The Highest).  When recited frequently, the person will be respected and honoured by all, and will be promoted in rank.  If kept with oneself in writing, one becomes prosperous.

“Aleemu”.  This means “all-knowing”.  If recited 6 times after the obligatory prayer, the person will be aware of the secrets of nature.  If recited frequently, the person will recognise the Almighty.  If recited 21 times daily, the person will become a learned man.

“Azeezu” or “Predominant” is yet another of these glorious names.  If recited 13 times every day, a person will acquire great wealth.  If recited 94 times, it will be useful to gain knowledge of alchemy or chemistry.  If recited in infinite numbers, a person will gain spiritual powers.

“Aadilu” is of course “Equitable”.  When recited regularly, a person will do justice in all cases.  Also reciting this name reveals secrets.

“Afuwwu” (Forgiver).  This is useful for removing and avoiding of sins and achieving the blessings of the Almighty.

“Akramu” or the Gracious, is instrumental in attaining grandeur.  It should be recited after every obligatory prayer and at bedtime.  If recited a great number of times at the time of sleeping, angels will be detailed by Allah, who will ask for pardon for the person throughout the night.

An important observation is the exclusion of intentional sinning for any such mystical forces to positively act upon a person.  It is evident that when in deep agony or dire distress, we tend to remember the only Being who can free us from the chains of trouble.  Very few people form the routine habit of reciting these names so that they become a part of one’s daily life.  Understanding and believing in the meaning of each of His names is paramount before any results can be expected, for if one doesn’t believe in His justice, merely chanting the name is wasteful.

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About the author

Mohamedarif is a marketing professional and educationalist with a penchant for writing as a hobby since childhood. As he experimented writing about sporting events at first and then current affairs, he quickly developed a skill for observation of his environment and began to write on reform topics, especially in connection with the community. To further feed his pursuit of writing, he founded several newsletters and bulletins at his school and at the Husayni Madrasah in the 1980's, all the time learning from others already in the field not just about writing, but also about pre-press and production processes. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Knowledge Magazine in 1995–1996. A decade later, importing a flurry of ideas into his new home, Nairobi, he first founded a two page community newspaper then became a regular writer of the Friday Faculty before establishing the Community on Friday, a fully fledged Madrasah magazine in 1996. And while his writing at the community continued, he simultaneously started writing for a business weekly, pairing in with his newfound role as a marketing professional. During his time in Nairobi, he wrote several speeches for sitting chairmen and presidents while also giving some himself, developing his concurrent role as a public speaker and trainer.

With changing times and a decrease in advertising sponsorship, as well as a fall in overall readership, Mohamedarif transformed this publication into an electronic blog. Thus was born the Community on Friday in its present format.

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