Category Archives: Importance of Studying the Names of Allah
The Prophet ﷺ said:
قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَجَبَتْ مَحَبَّتِي لِلْمُتَحَابِّينَ فِيَّ وَالْمُتَجَالِسِينَ فِيَّ وَالْمُتَزَاوِرِينَ فِيَّ وَالْمُتَبَاذِلِينَ فِيَّ
Allah Almighty said: My love is assured for those who love each other for my sake, who sit together for my sake, who visit each other for my sake, and who spend on each other for my sake [Musnad Ahmad #21525; Graded Saheeh by An-Nawawi]
If Allah loves you, your life will be a good life.
Of the goals we seek to attain is to increase in our knowledge about Allah day by day, and then accordingly, to increase in certainty. All of us have faith in Allah, the Angels, the Day of Judgment, but we lack the faith in certainty. This is what differentiates us from one another. There are some people whose level of certainty is more than others, and this certainty motivates them to take the correct actions; actions which please Allah. We have to ask ourselves, ‘has the knowledge we acquired allowed us to reach the degree of certainty, such that we have no doubt, and so that it motivates us to take the correct actions?’ Read the rest of this entry →
In Surat at-Talaq [65:12], Allah says:
“It is Allah Who has created seven heavens, and of the earth the like thereof (i.e. seven). His Command descends between them (heavens and earth), that you may know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah surrounds (comprehends) all things in (His) Knowledge.”
Allah created the heavens and earth and sent down His Command for the purpose of Tawheed; for the creation to know their Lord.
And in Surat adh-Dhariyat [51:56], Allah says:
“And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except that they should worship Me (Alone).”
These two verses in the Qur’an tell us that if we know Allah, we will worship Him; and when we worship Him we will be fulfilling our purpose on earth. Read the rest of this entry →
Allah sets forth a parable in Surat an Nur [24:35] for the light of faith in the heart of the believer:
“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp, the lamp is in glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it. Light upon Light! Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. And Allah sets forth parables for mankind, and Allah is All-Knower of everything.”
مشكاة refers to a niche. In the niche is a مصباح (Lamp) “مثل نوره كمشكاة فيها مصباح”
The lamp is in a زجاجة (glass) “المصباح في زجاجة”
The glass is so clear and pure, it shines like a brilliant star. “الزجاجة كأنها كوكب دري”
This lamp is lit by the oil of the olive tree. This is olive oil. “يوقد من شجرة”
The description of this oil is:
1) “مباركة” – Blessed
2) “لا شرقية و لا غربية” – The tree is located where the sun always shines on it, from the east to the west.
3) “يكاد زيتها يضئ و لو لم تمسسه نار” – This oil is a very pure oil. It glows, even though no fire has touched it.
Light upon Light “نور على نور”
One of Allah’s Names is الرزاق (The Provider). Allah has two types of رزق (provision):
Of the special رزق – provision of Allah for His servants is beneficial knowledge. Allah is the One who grants the knowledge of Him to whomever He wills; not just anyone. We have to ask Allah to increase us in this special provision.
We are acquiring knowledge to establish Tawheed of Allah, which is the purpose behind our creation on earth.
Allah said in Surah Adh-Dhariyat [51:56]:
“And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone).”
The Scholars said that يعبدون means يوحدون (To single Allah out with Tawheed).
This is the goal that should occupy us day and night. There should be no moment in our lives free of worshiping Allah alone. This means that we should perpetually worship Allah with the actions of our heart.
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The Shaytan knows about the importance of knowledge very well, which is why he makes it very heavy on the heart of the believer. The Shaytan prefers a person to be an عابد (worshipper), not an عالم (knowledgeable person).
If knowledge is not purely sought for the sake of Allah, it will not benefit the person. Surah Al-Fatihah, which we recite in our prayers, teaches us the importance of seeking knowledge.
The Prophet ﷺ said,
“Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim…” [Ibn Majah]
Surat Al-Fatihah, which we recite everyday in our prayer, teaches us that seeking knowledge is an obligation.
How can you praise Allah, saying “الحمد لله الرب العالمين”, without knowing Him and His Perfect Attributes? You need to know Allah in order for the praise to truthfully come out of your tongue.
How can you say الرحمن الرحيم while you do not know the different aspects of the Mercy of Allah? Many people do not know the difference between الرحمن and الرحيم.
When we say ‘مالك يوم الدين’, we should know Allah’s Name Al Malik and the Day of Judgement in detail.
It is very important to purify our intentions, especially before attending an assembly of acquiring knowledge. Seeking knowledge is one of the most beloved deeds to Allah.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Allah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.” [Muslim]
If everyone understood the meaning of Al-Fatihah, which Allah opened the Qur’an – His Speech – with, and which He commanded us to recite in our obligatory prayers, they would know the importance of acquiring knowledge.
إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ
“You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).”
This verse calls the believers to acquire knowledge in many matters: