Importance of knowing Allah’s Names: Sunday 6th Jumada Al-Akhir 1435 (6th April 2014)
Posted by Enlightenment into Islam Center
THE NAME OF ALLAH الرحمن الرحيم
There are three names which the rest of the names fall under: الله، الرب، الرحمن
Every name of Allah implies an attribute. Both the names الرحمن and الرحيم imply the attribute of رحمه. What is the difference between the رحمه ofالرحمن and الرحيم?
It is صفه ذاتيه which is an attribute of Allah that never ends.
ArRahman’s Mercy is general, it is for everyone.
ArRaheem is a practical attribute. Allah shows this mercy to specific Slaves, those who take the means to attain this mercy.
Allah mentions the means in the Qur’an. From the impact of Allah’s Mercy is that there is no good or benefit that we see in this world except that it is from Allah الرحمن. If evil has been averted from you, it is from Allah’s mercy. He is ارحم الراحمين, the most merciful of those who show mercy. His Mercy precedes His Anger. Allah’s mercy is shown in His creation, decree and laws.
Creation: Allah created us with His mercy and created us by His mercy.
In Surah Nahl Verse 5:
وَالْأَنْعَامَ خَلَقَهَا ۗ لَكُمْ فِيهَا دِفْءٌ وَمَنَافِعُ وَمِنْهَا تَأْكُلُونَ
In the previous verses (Verse 3 & 4):
خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ بِالْحَقِّ ۚ تَعَالَىٰ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ
خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِن نُّطْفَةٍ فَإِذَا هُوَ خَصِيمٌ مُّبِينٌ
He has created the heavens and the earth with truth. High be He Exalted above all they associate as partners with Him
Allah first talks about the creation of the heavens and the earth. Then He talks about the creation of man. The heavens and the earth are the greatest creation. After creating humans, Allah mentions what He created for us out of His Mercy:
1) Verse 5:
The Cattle –
“لكم” (For You)
Whenever you feel cold, remember that Allah created the cattle and sheep and from their coverings they form jackets and clothes. How many times do we remember Allah’s mercy when we cover ourselves?
We eat from these animals.
When we see animals they are an enjoyment for us. When we go to the zoo we enjoy ourselves.
If they didn’t have animals the people would not be able to carry the loads.
By the time they reach the end half of themselves will be lost. We will lose our selves and bodies if we carry our load without the animals. Have we thanked Allah?
وَلَكُمْ فِيهَا جَمَالٌ حِينَ تُرِيحُونَ وَحِينَ تَسْرَحُونَ
And wherein is beauty for you, when you bring them home in the evening, and as you lead them forth to pasture in the morning.
Allah created the donkeys and horses to ride. We may say we have cars and air planes etc. to ride, so we don’t need the animals. Allah said in the end of the verse: و يخلق ما لاتعلمون . The cars and trains are considered Allah’s creation. Who gave man the mind, strength and iron to build these?
There is a mercy for every creation Allah created. In the rest of the verses, Allah is talking about His Mercy with humans. He created us and everything for our sake.
(قدر) Decree: Allah created us out of dust. It was said that when Allah wanted to create Adam, Angel Jibreel took sand from different places of earth and created Adam. The offspring of Adam were created with different characteristics, colours etc.
After Allah created us with different characteristics, He decreed the Aqdar for everyone according to their character. If this decree went to someone else they may not pass, it is for you only.
If the person behaves in these Qadar as Allah is pleased with, then he will win and succeed with Allah.
At times of prosperity he gives thanks and at times of adversity he shows patience.
Only those who have strong Eeman in Allah الرحمن الرحيم see every Qadr of Allah as a mercy.
The believer has trust. He knows that Allah is ارحم الراحمين. He has more mercy for you than your mother. If you believe it in this way, see how Allah will open the doors of you after tests and trials.
You will teach your children that this is رزق, from Allah.
Why don’t we see the mercy of Allah in our Qadr? Because our Eeman is weak. Although we repeat in our prayer, ArRahmaan ArRaheem, where is the impact of that on our hearts and behaviour?
If you want to know what is established in your heart then look at your calamities. Your test surrounds what is in your heart. If you want to know what is in your heart check your tests.
Allah’s Qadr is based on His mercy. Tell yourself that Allah is الرحمن الرحيم. If you accept it then Allah will open good for you sooner or later.