Al-Qāhir Al-Qahhār (The Vanquisher -the Superb Vanquisher)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

{And He is the Vanquisher over His servants. And He is the All-Wise, the All-Aware.}

[Surat al-An‘ām: 18]

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said:“Pharaoh fastened the hands and feet of his wife to four wedges. Whenever they were pulled away to make her suffer, the angels would cover her. Thereupon, she said: {...My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people.}[Surat at-Tahrīm: 11]”

[Narrated by Abu Ya‘la; Sahīh (authentic)]

From the room of the tyrant Pharaoh, one of the world’s best women did emerge; and from his palace Mūsa (Moses) (peace be upon him) came out.

That is the Pharaoh who said:

{...We will kill their sons and keep their women alive; and indeed, we are dominant over them.}

[Surat al-A‘rāf: 127]

In response, Allah, the Superb Vanquisher, vanquished this tyrant and made him a lesson and sign for the succeeding generations.

{So today We will save your body, so that you may be a sign to those who succeed you. And indeed, most people are heedless of Our signs.}

[Surat Yūnus: 92]

Allah Almighty praises His sublime essence saying:

{And He is the Vanquisher over His servants. And He is the All-Wise, the All-Aware.}

[Surat al-An‘ām: 18]

Our Lord is the Vanquisher by His might and power, and He is the Disposer of everything in the universe. Nothing can repel His will.

He vanquished tyrants and broke kings, and to Him everyone, all creatures, all faces, and every difficulty became humbly submissive and stood in humility before His pride and majesty.

It is our Lord, Exalted be He, to Whom all creatures yield and submit, and before Whose utmost power and might they stand in humiliation.

He is the Vanquisher of the entire universe, including the upper and the lower worlds. Nothing happens or remains still in this universe without His permission. Whatever He wills comes to pass, and whatever He does not will never happens. This is the meaning of the two names: Al-Qāhir and Al-Qahhār.

Being the Vanquisher entails being Ever-Living, All-Mighty, and Able.

The creation and creatures, on the other hand, are vanquished, dominated, and subject to Allah’s power and authority.

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