The Name of Allah- Al-‘Azeez (PART III)- 15th November 2015

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. 

Verse 260:

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.

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The Name of Allaah: Al-‘Azeez (PART II) – 8th November 2015

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).

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The Relation between UnBeneficial Knowledge, An Unfearful Heart, An Unsatisfied Soul and A Supplication that is not Answered- 8th November 2015

The Importance of Studying Allah’s Names and Attributes – 1st 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.

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The Name of Allaah: Al-‘Azeez (PART I) – 1st November 2015

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]

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The Importance of Studying Allah’s Names and Attributes – 25th October 2015

In a hadith recorded in Saheeh Muslim, Zaid bin Alqam (Radhi Allahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) used to supplicate: “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from knowledge which does not benefit, from a heart that does not entertain the fear (of Allah), from a soul that is not satisfied and the supplication that is not answered.” 

The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)  used to ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and a submissive, humble heart. If knowledge is beneficial it would undoubtedly affect the heart. When your heart becomes submissive, it will have a positive effect on your actions, and they will in turn be accepted by Allah. If Allah accepts your deeds then He will grant you provision and make your life good.

He (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) also used to seek refuge from knowledge void of benefit. In the Qur’an, Allah warned us of being like the Jews, who acquired knowledge but didn’t benefit from it.

 Surat Al-Jumu’ah Verse 5:

مثل الذين حملوا التوراة ثم لم يحملوها كمثل الحمار يحمل اسفارا بئس مثل القوم الذين كذبوا بايات الله والله لا يهدي القوم الظالمين

The example of those who were entrusted with the Torah and then did not take it on is like that of a donkey who carries volumes [of books]. Wretched is the example of the people who deny the signs of Allah . And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.

They were entrusted with laws, obligations and commandments which were for their benefit but they didn’t act upon them. Allah taught them, but they denied it.

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The Importance of Studying Allah’s Names and Attributes – 18th October 2015

The only thing that Allah ordered the Prophet to ask for increase in is knowledge.

Surah Taha Verse 114:

فتعالى الله الملك الحق ولا تعجل بالقران من قبل ان يقضى اليك وحيه وقل رب زدني علما 

So high [above all] is Allah , the Sovereign, the Truth. And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Qur’an before its revelation is completed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.”

The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, exhorting the companions, “Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge from knowledge that doesn’t benefit” [Authenticated by Al-Albani] 

This Hadith emphasizes the virtue of acquiring knowledge. It also tells us that the sign of the truthful student of knowledge is that he asks Allah to grant him beneficial knowledge.

The most truthful amongst those who acquire knowledge is the one who asks Allah to make him understand the knowledge and benefit him with what he’s learning.

The Prophet also told us to seek refuge in Allah from knowledge that doesn’t benefit us as it is harmful.

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The Importance of Studying Allah’s Names and Attributes- 11th October 2015

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet ﷺ said: 
“… No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except tranquility descends upon them, mercy envelopes them, the angels surround them, and Allah makes mention of them amongst those who are with Him. Whosoever is slowed down by his actions will not be hastened forward by his lineage.”  [Muslim] 

It is out of Allah’s generosity and kindness that He mentions our names to those closest to Him. When Allah mentions your name it means He is praising you, and if He praises you it will have an effect on your life and heart.

Some of the other virtues of seeking knowledge are:

  • It is a means of forgiveness of sins

“No people sit together to remember Allah and then they disperse except that it is said to them, “Disperse (or get up) for you have been forgiven” {Reported in Ahmad}

This is one of the greatest goals we want to attain, to meet Allah having no sins.

  • Knowledge is a means of increasing one’s faith.

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