Allah’s names are of two kinds:
1) أسماء جمال
E.g. Ar-Rahman, Al-Lateef, Al-Wadood, Ar-Raheem.
These names bring love in the heart of the person towards Allah.
2) أسماء جلال
E.g. Al-‘Azeez, Al-Jabbar, Al-Qawiy, Al-‘Adheem
These names bring fear and magnification of Allah in the heart of the person.
Surat Al-Baqarah, Verse 209:
فإن زللتم من بعد ما جاءتكم البينات فاعلموا أن الله عزيز حكيم
But if you deviate after clear proofs have come to you, then know that Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.
وإذ قال إبراهيم رب أرني كيف تحيي الموتى قال أولم تؤمن قال بلى ولكن ليطمئن قلبي قال فخذ اربعة من الطير فصرهن إليك ثم اجعل على كل جبل منهن جزءا ثم ادعهن ياتينك سعيا واعلم أن الله عزيز حكيم
And [mention] when Abraham said, “My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead.” [ Allah ] said, “Have you not believed?” He said, “Yes, but [I ask] only that my heart may be satisfied.” [ Allah ] said, “Take four birds and commit them to yourself. Then [after slaughtering them] put on each hill a portion of them; then call them – they will come [flying] to you in haste. And know that Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.”
These are clear evidences that it’s obligatory to learn that Allah is Al-‘Azeez. We need this knowledge in our lives more than we need food and drink. And by learning this name, we are acting upon these commands.
Surat An-Naml, Verse 9:
يا موسى إنه أنا الله العزيز الحكيم
O Moses, indeed it is I – Allah , the Exalted in Might, the Wise.”
If you study the story of Musa, you will witness the impact of all the different types of Allah’s ‘Iza clearly.
Learning the name of Allah, Al-‘Azeez, corrects our Tawheed. This name is mentioned three times in Surat Al-Imran along with Laa ‘Ilaaha illa Allah. Allah emphasizes that no one deserves our hearts’ attachment except Him, Al-‘Azeez. When we know this name, our hearts will not be distracted by or attached to the people.
Allah mentioned this name 92 times in the Qur’an, and when Allah mentions a name frequently, it means we are in dire need of it. We live our lives under the shade of this name of Allah, Al-‘Azeez.
The name Al-‘Azeez has four meanings with regards to Allah:
1) القوي – The Strong
2) القاهر، الغالب – The Most Dominant
3) المنيع، الممتنع – The Invincible. It is impossible to overcome or defeat Allah. His supremacy is immune, no one can touch it with harm.
4) Unique in His attributes.
The attribute that this name implies is عزة (‘Iza).
The Relation between UnBeneficial Knowledge, An Unfearful Heart, An Unsatisfied Soul and A Supplication that is not Answered- 8th November 2015
In the Qur’an, Allah mentions knowledge with praise, and other times with dispraise. The praised knowledge is beneficial knowledge, whereas the blameworthy knowledge is knowledge void of benefit.
An example of the first kind can be found in Surat Az-Zumar Verse 9:
امن هو قانت اناء الليل ساجدا وقائما يحذر الاخرة ويرجو رحمة ربه قل هل يستوي الذين يعلمون والذين لا يعلمون انما يتذكر اولو الالباب
Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.
Lingusitic meaning of the name Al-Azeez
The name العزيز Al-‘Azeez is derived from the word عز ‘Iz which basically means:
Strength, Power (Ability), (Pure) Dominance (Upper hand) (Supremacy)
العزة Al-‘Izah: Glory, Eminence, Exaltedness, Might, الامتناع (Prevention of any one overpowering Him, harming him etc.) To Allah belongs all might, power, supremacy, over everything.
رجل عزيز : A man described as ‘azeez is said to be Immune , unattackable, fortified. No one can overpower him nor can he be defeated.
عززني فلان: So-and-so overpowered me
عززنا بثالث: We reinforced them with a third (or strengthened)
عزيز: Also means very rare, unique, singular.
[Source: Al-Lisan by Ibn Mundher]