99 Names of Allah: Meaning & Benefits

AN EXPLANATION OF THE PERFECT NAMES AND ATTRIBUTES OF ALLAH

“He is Allah, the Creator, the Originator, The Fashioner, to Him belong the most beautiful names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, do declare His praises and glory. And He is the Exalted in Might, The Wise. (Quran 59:24) “The most beautiful names belong to God: so call on Him by them;…” (7:180)The Prophet (SAWS) said, “There are 99 names of Allah; he who commits them to memory would get into paradise.”I think it is very beneficial to learn the 99 Names of Allah. Not only do you learn the amazing characteristics of your Lord but you also get rewarded for knowing them! Subhaan Allah! My suggestion on learning them is to get 3×5 index cards. Cut them in half and then create flashcards with the name in Arabic transliteration on one side, and the English translation on the other. This way, they are small enough to keep with you at any time. When you have a free minute, you can take them out and review them. Another benefit is that several of these names can be found in different forms in the Qur’an so for those of you who aren’t arabic speakers (like myself), it can help with understanding more Qur’an. For instance, the name “Al-Baaqi” which means The Everlasting can be found in the form “abqaa” in Surah 87 (Al-Aala) Ayah 17, which states: While the hereafter is better and more lasting. As a matter of fact, another word in that same ayah, “Al-Aakhiratu” which means “The hereafter”, is also a form of one of the 99 names “Al-Aakhir” which means “The Last.” So as you can see, there are multiple benefits from learning the 99 names. I hope that my information is accurate and that this is of benefit to all those who read it insha’Allah. 

———————It is not possible to perfectly translate the names and attributes of Allah from their original Arabic into English. However, here are some fairly close explanations.

When adopting a particular name as Wazeefah (daily recital) add Yaa (Yaa) before the name and remove the al.png(Al).

For example, Ar-Rahmaan (Ar-Rahmaan) must be recited as Wazeefah Example of Yaa-Rahmaanu (Yaa-Rahmaanu) and NOT asIncorrect Wazeefah of Ar-Rahmaan (Yaa-Ar-Rahmaanu).

Allah 1. Allah (The Name of Allah)Allah, He who has the Godhood which is the power to create the entities.
Ar-Rahmaan 2. Ar-Rahmaan (The Compassionate)The Compassionate, The Beneficient, The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers and the blasphemers in this world and especially for the believers in the hereafter
Ar-Raheem 3. Ar-Raheem (The Most Merciful)The Merciful, The One who has plenty of mercy for the believers.
Al-Malik 4. Al-Malik (The Sovereign)The King, The Sovereign Lord, The One with the complete Dominion, the One Whose Dominion is clear from imperfection.
Al-Quddoos 5. Al-Quddoos (The Most Holy)The Holy, The One who is pure from any imperfection and clear from children and adversaries.
As-Salaam 6. As-Salaam (The Bestower of Peace)The Source of Peace, The One who is free from every imperfection.
Al-Mu'min 7. Al-Mu’min (The Granter of Security)Guardian of Faith, The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him.
Al-Muhaymin 8. Al-Muhaymin (The Protector)The Protector, The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures.
Al-'Azeez 9. Al-‘Azeez (The Mighty)The Mighty, The Strong, The Defeater who is not defeated.
Al-Jabbaar 10. Al-Jabbaar (The Compeller)The Compeller, The One that nothing happens in His Dominion except that which He willed.
Al-Mutakabbir 11. Al-Mutakabbir (The Majestic)The Majestic, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures and from resembling them.
Al-Khaaliq 12. Al-Khaaliq (The Creator)The Creator, The One who brings everything from non-existence to existence.
Al-Baari' 13. Al-Baari’ (The Maker)The Evolver, The Maker, The Creator who has the Power to turn the entities.
Al-Musawwir 14. Al-Musawwir (The Fashioner of Forms)The Fashioner, The One who forms His creatures in different pictures.
Al-Ghaffaar 15. Al-Ghaffaar (The Forgiver)The Great Forgiver, The Forgiver, The One who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.
Al-Qahhaar 16. Al-Qahhaar (The Subduer)The Subduer, The Dominant, The One who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.
Al-Wahhaab 17. Al-Wahhaab (The Bestower)The Bestower, The One who is Generous in giving plenty without any return. He is everything that benefits whether Halal or Haram.
Ar-Razzaaq 18. Ar-Razzaaq (The Provider)The Sustainer, The Provider.
Al-Fattaah 19. Al-Fattaah (The Opener)The Opener, The Reliever, The Judge, The One who opens for His slaves the closed worldy and religious matters.
Al-'Aleem 20. Al-‘Aleem (The All-Knowing)The All-knowing, The Knowledgeable; The One nothing is absent from His knowledge.
Al-Qaabid 21. Al-Qaabid (The Withholder)The Constricter, The Retainer, The Withholder, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdomand expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.
Al-Baasit 22. Al-Baasit (The Expander)The Expander, The Englarger, The One who constricts the sustenance by His wisdomand expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.
Al-Khaafid 23. Al-Khaafid (The Abaser)The Abaser, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.
Ar-Raafi' 24. Ar-Raafi’ (The Exalter)The Exalter, The Elevator, The One who lowers whoever He willed by His Destruction and raises whoever He willed by His Endowment.
Al-Mu'iz 25. Al-Mu’iz (The Bestower of Honor)The Honorer, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.
Al-Mudhil 26. Al-Mudhil (The Humiliator)The Dishonorer, The Humiliator, He gives esteem to whoever He willed, hence there is no one to degrade Him; And He degrades whoever He willed, hence there is no one to give Him esteem.
As-Sami' 27. As-Sami’ (The All-Hearing)The All-Hearing, The Hearer, The One who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument or organ.
Al-Baseer 28. Al-Baseer (The All-Seeing)The All-Seeing, The One who Sees all things that are seen by His Eternal Seeing without a pupil or any other instrument.
Al-Hakam 29. Al-Hakam (The Judge)The Judge, He is the Ruler and His judgment is His Word.
Al-'Adl 30. Al-‘Adl (The Just)The Just, The One who is entitled to do what He does.
Al-Lateef 31. Al-Lateef (The Most Affectionate, The Knower of Subtleties)The Subtle One, The Gracious, The One who is kind to His slaves and endows upon them.
Al-Khabeer 32. Al-Khabeer (The All-Aware)The Aware, The One who knows the truth of things.
Al-Haleem 33. Al-Haleem (The Forbearing)The Forebearing, The Clement, The One who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.
Al-'Azeem 34. Al-‘Azeem (The Magnificient)The Great One, The Mighty, The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolement,and Purity from all imperfection.
Al-Ghafoor 35. Al-Ghafoor (The Forgiving)The All-Forgiving, The Forgiving, The One who forgives a lot.
Ash-Shakoor 36. Ash-Shakoor (The Grateful)The Grateful, The Appreciative, The One who gives a lot of reward for a little obedience.
Al-'Aliyy 37. Al-‘Aliyy (The Highest)The Most High, The Sublime, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures.
Al-Kabeer 38. Al-Kabeer (The Greatest)The Most Great, The Great, The One who is greater than everything in status.
Al-Hafeez 39. Al-Hafeez (The Preserver)The Preserver, The Protector, The One who protects whatever and whoever He willed to protect.
Al-Muqeet 40. Al-Muqeet (The Sustainer)The Maintainer, The Guardian, The Feeder, The Sustainer, The One who has the Power.
Al-Haseeb 41. Al-Haseeb (The Reckoner)The Reckoner, The One who gives the satisfaction.
Al-Jaleel 42. Al-Jaleel (The Exalted)The Sublime One, The Beneficent, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.
Al-Kareem 43. Al-Kareem (The Generous)The Generous One, The Bountiful, The Gracious, The One who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.
Ar-Raqeeb 44. Ar-Raqeeb (The Watchful)The Watcher, The Watchful, The One that nothing is absent from Him. Hence it’s meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.
Al-Mujeeb 45. Al-Mujeeb (The Responsive)The Responsive, The Hearkener, The One who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.
Al-Waasi' 46. Al-Waasi’ (The All-Encompassing)The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Knowledgeable.
Al-Hakeem 47. Al-Hakeem (The Wise)The Wise, The Judge of Judges, The One who is correct in His doings.
Al-Wadood 48. Al-Wadood (The Most Loving)The Loving, The One who loves His believing slaves and His believing slaves love Him. His love to His slaves is His Will to be merciful to them and praise them:Hence it’s meaning is related to the attributes of the Will and Kalam (His attribute with which He orders and forbids and spoke to Muhammad and Musa -peace be upon them- . It is not a sound nor a language nor a letter.)
Al-Majeed 49. Al-Majeed (The Most Glorious)The Most Glorious One, The Glorious, The One who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity and Kindness.
Al-Baa'ith 50. Al-Baa’ith (The Resurrector)The Reserrector, The Raiser (from death), The One who resurrects His slaves after death for reward and/or punishment.
Ash-Shaheed 51. Ash-Shaheed (The Witness)The Witness, The One who nothing is absent from Him.
Al-Haqq 52. Al-Haqq (The Truth)The Truth, The True, The One who truly exists.
Al-Wakeel 53. Al-Wakeel (The Trustee)The Trustee, The One who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.
Al-Qawiyy 54. Al-Qawiyy (The Most Strong)The Most Strong, The Strong, The One with the complete Power.
Al-Mateen 55. Al-Mateen (The Firm)The Firm One, The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.
Al-Waliyy 56. Al-Waliyy (The Patron)The Protecting Friend, The Supporter.
Al-Hameed 57. Al-Hameed (The Praiseworthy)The Praiseworthy, The praised One who deserves to be praised.
Al-Muhsee 58. Al-Muhsee (The Reckoner)The Counter, The Reckoner, The One who the count of things are known to him.
Al-Mubdi' 59. Al-Mubdi’ (The Originator)The Originator, The One who started the human being. That is, He created him.
Al-Mu'eed 60. Al-Mu’eed (The Restorer)The Reproducer, The One who brings back the creatures after death.
Al-Muhyee 61. Al-Muhyee (The Giver of Life)The Restorer, The Giver of Life, The One who took out a living human from semen that does not have a soul. He gives life by giving the souls back to the worn out bodies on the resurrection day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.
Al-Mumeet 62. Al-Mumeet (The Giver of Death)The Creator of Death, The Destroyer, The One who renders the living dead.
Al-Hayy 63. Al-Hayy (The Ever-Living)The Alive, The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh or blood.
Al-Qayyoom 64. Al-Qayyoom (The Self-Subsisting Sustainer of All)The Self-Subsisting, The One who remains and does not end.
Al-Waajid 65. Al-Waajid (The Finder)The Perceiver, The Finder, The Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.
Al-Maajid 66. Al-Maajid (The Glorious)The One who is with perfect power, high status, compassion, generosity, and kindness.
Al-Waahid/Al-Ahad 67. Al-Waahid/Al-Ahad (The One)The Unique, The One, The One without a partner.
As-Samad 68. As-Samad (The Eternally Besought)The Eternal, The Independent, The Master who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in ones needs.
Al-Qaadir 69. Al-Qaadir (The Omnipotent)The Able, The Capable, The One attributed with Power.
Al-Muqtadir 70. Al-Muqtadir (The Powerful)The Powerful, The Dominant, The One with the perfect Power that nothing is withheld from Him.
Al-Muqaddim 71. Al-Muqaddim (The Expediter)The Expediter, The Promoter, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.
Al-Mu'akhkhir 72. Al-Mu’akhkhir (The Delayer)The Delayer, the Retarder, The One who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead what He wills and delays what He wills.
Al-Awwal 73. Al-Awwal (The First)The First, The One whose Existence is without a beginning.
Al-Aakhir 74. Al-Aakhir (The Last)The Last, The One whose Existence is without an end.
Az-Zaahir 75. Az-Zaahir (The Manifest)The Manifest, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.
Al-Baatin 76. Al-Baatin (The Hidden)The Hidden, The One that nothing is above Him and nothing is underneath Him, hence He exists without a place. He, The Exalted, His Existence is obvious by proofs and He is clear from the delusions of attributes of bodies.
Al-Waalee 77. Al-Waalee (The Governer)The Governor, The One who owns things and manages them.
Al-Muta'aalee 78. Al-Muta’aalee (The Most Exalted)The Most Exalted, The High Exalted, The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.
Al-Barr 79. Al-Barr (The Source of All Goodness)The Source of All Goodness, The Righteous, The One who is kind to His creatures, who covered them with His sustenance and specified whoever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.
At-Tawwaab 80. At-Tawwaab (The Acceptor of Repentance)The Acceptor of Repentance, The Relenting, The One who grants repentance to whoever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.
Al-Muntaqim 81. Al-Muntaqim (The Avenger)The Avenger, The One who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One who destroys them.
Al-'Afuww 82. Al-‘Afuww (The Pardoner)The Pardoner, The Forgiver, The One with wide forgiveness.
Ar-Ra'oof 83. Ar-Ra’oof (The Most Kind)The Compassionate, The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His will to endow upon whoever He willed among His creatures.
Maalik-ul-Mulk 84. Maalik-ul-Mulk (The Owner of Sovereignity)The Eternal Owner of Sovereignty, The One who controls the Dominion and gives dominion to whoever He willed.
Dhul-Jalaali Wal-Ikraam 85. Dhul-Jalaali Wal-Ikraam (Majestic and Benevolent)The Lord of Majesty and Bounty, The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.
Al-Muqsit 86. Al-Muqsit (The Just)The Lord of Majesty and Bounty, The One who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.
Al-Jaami' 87. Al-Jaami’ (The Gatherer)The Gatherer, The One who gathers the creatures on a day that there is no doubt about, that is the Day of Judgment.
Al-Ghaniyy 88. Al-Ghaniyy (The Self-Sufficient)The Self-Sufficient, The One who does not need the creation.
Al-Mughnee 89. Al-Mughnee (The Enricher)The Enricher, The One who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.
Al-Maani' 90. Al-Maani’ (The Preventer of Harm)The Preventer, The Withholder.
Ad-Daar 91. Ad-Daar (The Distresser)The Distresser, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
An-Naafi' 92. An-Naafi’ (The Propitious)The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
An-Noor 93. An-Noor (The Light)The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
Al-Haadee 94. Al-Haadee (The Guide)The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
Al-Badee' 95. Al-Badee’ (The Originator)The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
Al-Baaqee 96. Al-Baaqee (The Everlasting)The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
Al-Waarith 97. Al-Waarith (The Ultimate Inheritor)The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
Ar-Rasheed 98. Ar-Rasheed (The Guide to the Right Path)The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.
As-Saboor 99. As-Saboor (The Patient One)The Propitious, The One who makes harm reach to whoever He willed and benefit to whoever He willed.

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