Category Archives: The Name of Allaah: Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem

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 Names of Allaah: Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem – Sunday 19th January 2014

 Allah created us for a great benefit and that is going to Jannah. He is inviting us to the abode of safety.

والله يدعو إلى دار سلام

When Allah invited us He made it easy for us to attain Jannah. He placed the fitrah in us, created everything around us to direct us to Him. He also sent revelation in order to be a guide for us, such that if we act upon this book we will go to Jannah. Allah sent messengers to teach us what He loves and doesn’t love.

After all this, do we have any excuse with Allah on the day of judgment not to enter paradise? Read the rest of this entry

The Names of Allah: Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem – 5th January, 2014

The month of Rabi Al Awwal is six months before Ramadan. The Salaf used to start invoking Allah to make them reach the month of Ramadan, enable them to fast and establish its nights with Eeman and Ihtisaab. We have to follow their way if we hope to reach the month of Ramadan and be helped by Allah. Not everyone who reaches Ramadan will fast it the way Allah is pleased with. We have to prepare for this month with Eemaan. We need to increase our faith from now so that it will help us fast Ramadan.

One of the most important means of increasing one’s faith is knowing Allah. Your knowledge of Allah will help you abstain from committing sins during that month.

It is not by our might and strength, but Allah is the one who makes it easy to learn about Him. The noblest obligation on the Muslims is to know about Allah, if we know Him, we will worship Him. 

The names of Allah are categorized under three main names:

1) Allah

2) ArRabb

3) ArRahmaan Read the rest of this entry

Names of Allaah: Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem (8th December 2013)

Out of Allah’s mercy with His creation He sent them a Messenger and  a book in which Allah speaks to the creation guiding them to the means of their salvation in this Dunya and Aakhirah. The Qur’an is one of the impacts of Allah’s mercy.

One of the Salaf used to say “When I want to talk to Allah I pray, but when I want Allah (subhanaahu Wa Ta’ala) to talk to me I read the Quran.”

In order to encourage his creation to hold fast and study the Qur’an, Allah described it with many descriptions.

We are all journeying to Allah. We need guidance in order to reach Allah. The Qur’an teaches us what pleases Allah. We need the Qur’an as it is an essential matter in our lives.

Sometimes we need advice because we don’t know what decision to take. Allah says that the Qur’an is an advice. If we are seeking advice in any matter then read the Qur’an.

Some people only open the Qur’an during the special months. We should read it always.
The greatest matter which Allah teaches us in the Qur’an is about His noble self. He tells us about His names, attributes and actions from the beginning to the end of it. Read the rest of this entry

The Names of Allah: Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem – Part 5– Sunday 27th Muharram,1435 ( 1st December, 2013)

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) stated: Allaah has ninety nine names, one hundred minus one; and he who learns them all will enter Al-Jannah (the Garden Of Heaven), and Allah is “witr” (One) and loves the witr (i.e. odd numbers). [At-Tirmidhi]

Whoever knows Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) in this life will know how to deal with Him in the way that suits His majesty.

The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: None of you will enter Paradise by his good deeds, but rather by the Favour of Allaah and His Mercy. They said,Not even you O Messenger of Allaah?’. He (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Not even myself, unless Allaah encompasses me with His Favour and His Mercy.’ [ saheeh al-bukhaari and saheeh muslim]

Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) tells us about himself in the whole Qur’aan, about His names and attributes for a great purpose. He wants us to live according to these names and attributes. If we are going through any distress who will support you, help you, guide you? Will you run to the people or the creation to help you? Read the rest of this entry

Allah’s Names: Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem, 21st Muharram,1435 ( 24th November, 2013)‏

The most important thing that the Muslim should learn is about the belief in Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). It is to learn about his Creator’s names, attributes and actions and live according to it in his life.

If he lives his life knowing Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala,)he will be able to answer the questions in the grave. It is very important to correct our Tawheed. Nothing will correct our Tawheed except knowledge about Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). Every Muslim should know Him.

When you know Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) very well you will taste the sweetness of faith. You will love for Allaah’s sake (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala); hate, befriend and make enmity for His sake alone.

Only the believer who has baseerah (insight) will reach this state. Insight is to see the indications of the matters that indicate Allaah’s (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) attributes.

The people are of two categories the one who is blind and the one who sees. Read the rest of this entry

The Names of Allah: Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem – Part 1 – Sunday 29th Dhul-Hijjah,1434 ( 3rd November, 2013)

In the Qur’aan Allah mentions His names and attributes, after the Kalimat Tawheed, to teach us that it is knowing and understanding these names that will make our Tawheed strong. For example, in Ayatul Kursi, the first verse of Surah Aal Imran and the last three verses of Surah Hashr, Allah mentions the word  Tawheed and mentions many names after that. If we want to correct our Tawheed,  we have to take special care of understanding these names of Allah.  Ar-Rahmaan is a general mercy and Ar-Raheem is specific for the believers.

Ar-Rahmaan and ar-Raheem are two of the names of Allaah which refer to Allaah’s attribute of Mercy.

Ar-Rahmaan refers to the vastness of Allaah’s mercy, and Ar-Raheem refers to its effect on His creation. So Ar-Rahmaan is the Owner of vast Mercy, and Ar-Raheem is the Owner of Mercy that encompasses His creation.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (Rahimahullaah) said: “Ar-Rahmaan is the Owner of vast mercy, because the fa’laan form in Arabic indicates vastness and abundance, as it is said rajal ghadbaan (a very angry man) when he is filled with anger.

Ar-Raheem is a name which refers to the action, as the fa’eel form refers to the doer of an action. So the phrase Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem indicates that the mercy of Allaah is vast, as is understood from the name Ar-Rahmaan, and that it encompasses His creation, as is understood from the name Ar-Raheem. This is what some of them meant when they said that Ar-Rahmaan refers to mercy in a general sense and Ar-Raheem refers to mercy that is specifically for the believers. But what we have mentioned is more accurate.” [From Sharh al-‘Aqeedah al-Waasitiyyah, 1/22]

Ar-Rahman= Rahmatun Wasi’a

Ar-Raheem = Rahmatun Wasila

The Impact of Allah’s mercy:

1) The entire creation exists due to His mercy. Don’t wish for death, it is out of Allah’s mercy that you were created.

2) The creation has achieved excellence, many kinds of perfection and attained blessings because of Allah’s mercy. Every good we enjoy is out of Allah’s mercy.

3) We have been saved from all types of calamities by Allah’s mercy. When a calamity is driven away from us it is from Allah’s mercy. We live in safety because of Allah’s mercy.

4) One of His greatest mercy upon His creation is that He made His slaves know about Him. Allah chooses certain servants and teaches them about Him. Have we appreciated this blessing from Allah? This is the special mercy of Allah with us. This is the greatest mercy.

He sent messengers through which we came to know about Allah and revealed books upon them. Whoever learns about Allah and is aware of His mercy will worship Allah and no one else. How would our life be if we don’t know our Lord, who is forgiving and accepts repentance? We will despair and many might even commit suicide. But Allah says whatever sins we commit He will forgive.

What will be our life if we don’t know our Lord is As-Samad, the self-sufficient master who is sought for all our needs? We will be lost, going after people, humiliated and disgraced. But Allah made himself known such that we ask Him and He alone will give us. What will our state be if we don’t know that our Lord is severe in punishment? People will not be merciful to each other, they will transgress since there is no punishment. They will violate Allah’s prohibitions.

The Names of Allah: Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem – Part 3 – Sunday 14th Muharram,1435 ( 17th November, 2013)

Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala), by His Mercy, had created the entire creation and didn’t leave them without guidance.

Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) said in Surah Rahman Verse 1-2:

الرَّحْمَٰنُ

The Most Beneficent (Allah)!

عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ

Has taught (you mankind) the Quran (by His Mercy).

The first thing He said after His name Ar-Rahman is that He is the One, who out of His Mercy, taught His slaves the Qur’aan. Read the rest of this entry