Allāh Al-ilāh (Allah; the God)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

We begin with the greatest and best name humanity has ever known. It is the best name and the most beautiful letters to be uttered by the tongue. It is close to our hearts and souls and gives us a feeli ng of comfort and tranquility.

This is the name “Allah”,

{...Do you know of any that is given His namesake?}

The name “Allah” exclusively belongs to Him, apart from all else. No one else is called as such or claims to have this name. Allah Almighty prevented people’s minds and tongues from using this name for anyone else.

Indeed, Allah Almighty is the Owner of majesty, beauty, grandeur, awe, and might.

No matter what we say to describe Your greatness, You are still far greater.

All Your attributes are holy, and we chant them in glorification of Your majesty

When the name “Allah” is mentioned, what is little increases, fear goes away, distress and anguish are relieved, need turns into opulence, the weak become strong, the humiliated become honorable, the poor get rich, and the defeated become victorious.

It is the name by which distress is removed, blessings are brought, supplications are answered, good things occur, evil things are averted, and errors are forgiven. Nothing is greater than the Almighty Lord! The name “Allah” comes from the word “ilāh”, which means deity. Allah Almighty says:

{O People of the Book, do not exceed the limits in your religion, and attribute to Allah nothing except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was only a Messenger of Allah, and His command that He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So, believe in Allah and in His Messengers, and do not say: “(Allah is a) trinity.” Give up this assertion; it would be better for you. Allah is indeed just one God. Far exalted is He from having a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on the earth. Allah is sufficient as aguardian.}  

[Surat an-Nisā’: 171]

Ibn ‘Abbās 

(may Allah be pleased with him and his father) 

said:“Allah is the God and Lord of all His servants.”Allah, Blessed and Exalted, is the Loved and Extolled One for Whom people’s souls yearn and they find tranquility and intimacy by remembering Him and drawing

Closer to Him.

{And among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who belie ve are stronger in love for Allah...}

[Surat al -Baqarah: 165]

He is the One Whose help is sought at the time of disasters and afflictions.

{And whatever you have of favor - it is from Allah. Then when adversity touches you, to Him you cry for help.}

[Surat an - Nahl: 53]

Minds and intellects get perplexed about Him and cannot grasp His essence, and His servants cannot encompass Him in knowledge.

{...But they do not encompass Him in knowledge.}

[Surat Tāha: 110]

Allah Almighty is the One Who is deified by people in love for Him and humiliation, fear, hope, glorification, and obedience.

He is the true God, and all beings worshiped apart from Him are nothing but false and helpless deities.

Allah Almighty is the Possessor of all divine attributes-the attributes of perfection, majesty, beauty,and greatness -and is far exalted above their opposites.

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