Category Archives: Allah’s Names and Attributes
One of the impacts of believing in Allaah’s Name الملك -is that He is the Owner of the means (مالك الأسباب). Allaah created the universe based on means. If we want to acquire anything in life, we should take the means to achieve it. And Allaah owns these means, so do not think that if you take the means they will surely benefit you and you will get what you want without the permission of Allaah. This is a misconception people fall into. They believe that as long as they have the means, they will attain what they want.
We have three types of real means:
a) Legal Means
b) Universal Means
c) Legal Universal Means
Our problem is that when Allaah gives us the means, we feel self-sufficient. We think that the means can act independently from Allaah, and we do not realize we are failing the test.
E.g. A woman is an excellent cook. She may rely on her experience, and because of that she enters the kitchen and fails to cook a delicious meal. She blames her failure on the evil eye, not realizing that Allaah made her fail because she relied on herself and on the means. Read the rest of this entry
Allaah is Maalik Al-Mulk (The Owner of the Dominion), He is Maalik Al-Asbaab (The Owner of the Means)
Allaah rules and judges His creation with universal commands, legal commands, and recompense.
Allaah created the universe based on means. He created means in order to attain every good and to be protected from every harm. This is سنة الله (the way of Allaah) in the universe; everything is attained by means. Accordingly, our test in the world revolves around the means.
If you ask a believer how one can attain Paradise, he will say that you have to believe and perform good deeds. These are means. If you want to acquire knowledge you have to take the means, and the means is to learn. The Prophet (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: in-nama al ‘ilmu bit-ta’leem – إنما العلم بالتعلم
There are two types of means: Read the rest of this entry
This post is an extension to the previously posted article under the same title, in which we explained what makes people commit shirk today and how does one go about refuting the claims of those who call unto righteous people, saying that they call unto them because they have a high special status with Allaah.
As for this very post, we will begin with verses from surat an-Saba [34:22-23]:
“Say: [O Muhammad ﷺ to those polytheists, pagans, etc.] “Call upon those whom you assert (to be associate gods) besides Allaah, they possess not even the weight of an atom (or a small ant), either in the heavens or on the earth, nor have they any share in either, nor is there for Him any supporter from among them.”
“Intercession with Him profits not, except for him whom He permits. Until when fear is banished from their (angels) hearts, they (angels) say: ‘What is it that your Lord has said?’ They say: ‘The truth.’ And He is the Most High, the Most Great.”
Allaah mentions four characteristics of those whom they call besides Allaah: Read the rest of this entry
Impact no. 5- Knowing the Name of Allaah Al-Malik should make us correct our Tawheed.
Our attachment to Allaah should be strong, since He is Al-Malik Al-Mulk, to Whom belongs the whole dominion. Those other than Him do not own anything – not even a Qitmir (thin membrane over the date stone) or an atom – so only He deserves to be loved, magnified, and called unto. To Allaah belongs the true kingship and none else. Anyone who possesses anything, then what is in their possession is from Allaah.
Allaah, Al-Malik, is the One disposing the affairs of His Dominion with justice, benevolence, benefit, mercy, and wisdom. Part of knowing the Names of Allaah is to know the impact of the Attribute the Name implies.
We have written about the first three impacts of the Name, Al-Malik here.
Impact No. 4 – Singling Allaah out with Worship
Impact No. 3 – As Shaikh ‘Abdur-Razzaq Al-Badr mentioned:
و من معاني ملكه: إنزاله كتبه، و إرسال رسله، و هداية العالمين، و إرشاد الضالين، و إقامة الحجة و المعذرة على المعاندين المكابرين، ووضع الثواب و العقاب مواضعها، و تنزيل الأمور منازلها إلى غير ذالك من التدبير و التصرف في مملكته بما شاء سبحانه
And from the meanings of His Mulk: Revealing Books, sending Messengers, guiding the ‘Alameen (all of mankind, Jinn, and all that exists), showing the way to the astray, establishing the proofs and excuses against the stubborn, arrogant (opponents), setting reward and punishment in their right places, and placing all matters in their places, and so forth of matters of management and disposal in His kingdom with what He wills.
Allaah’s disposal is in accordance to what He wills, which is based on His Knowledge and Wisdom. Out of Allaah’s Mercy, He sent Books and Messengers and established signs to guide the people. He sends decrees to the heedless to awaken them from their deep heedlessness. We’ve all heard about experiences some people had who were heedless and astray, and then a calamity befell them and woke them up. Then, it’s perceivable that a person’s calamity can be the cause for his righteousness.
Of Allaah’s Mercy is that He exposes the falsehood of the disbelievers. How many were non-Muslims, then Allaah showed them their falsehood, and this made them convert to Islam? Allaah casts certainty in the hearts of the believers and His Beneficence descends upon them continuously.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
إِنَّ لِلَّهِ تِسْعَةً وَتِسْعِينَ اسْمَا مِائَةً إِلاَّ وَاحِدًا مَنْ أَحْصَاهَا دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ
“Allaah has ninety nine Names, one hundred minus one, whoever أحصاها will enter Paradise.” [Agreed upon]
Who does not want to live eternally in Paradise?
In order to be of the people mentioned in the aforementioned Hadeeth, we should:
a) Know the meaning of every Name of Allaah
b) Know the impact of the Attribute the Name implies
c) Worship Allaah by the Name
d) Memorize the Name
Part 2 of the Name of Allaah, Al Malik explains three matters that should come to our minds when we hear the Name of Allaah – Al Malik.
Impacts of Believing in the Name الملك (Al-Malik)
The Name Al Malik Al Mulk is derived from the word “ملك”, “يمْلك”, “مِلْك” (To possess a thing and have full authority over its disposal). The name Al-Malik is mentioned in the Qur’an in five positions in the Qur’an which were explained in part 1 of this article.
Part 2 picks off from the Meaning of the name Al- Malik, Al Maleek with regards to Allaah.
Shaikh ‘Abdur-Razzaq Al-Badr said in his book “Fiqh Al-Asmaa”:
و هذان الإسمان دالان على أن الله سبحانه ذوالملك، أي المالك لجميع الأشياء المتصرف فيها بلا ممانعة و لا مدافعة،
These two Names (Al-Malik, Al-Maleek) indicate that Allaah is the Owner of the whole dominion; i.e. the Owner of all things Who has full power over them without resistance or hindrance.
و الملك يرجع إلى أمور ثلاثة:
And His Kingship goes back to three matters:
Whenever you hear Allaah Al-Malik, remember that is related to the following three matters:
1) Matters related to His Attributes
2) Matters related to those whom He Owns
3) His relationship and dealings with those whom He Owns Read the rest of this entry