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Allah's names and attributes by Nayzak Allah's names and attributes by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],


:bulletred:Belief in One God:

The basis tenet of Islam is the belief in One Almighty God. Muslims believe there is only One Supreme God who creates and controls everything in the universe. In Islam, God is believed to be the Creator, the Sustainer, the Ruler, and the Judge. Muslims further recognize that a person who believes in the Creator comes to love Him, trust in Him, hope from Him, and fear disappointing Him. Strict monotheism in faith and worship is the cornerstone of the faith.

Among Muslims, Allah is the personal name used for this One Almighty God, a name that is not subject to plurality (“gods”) or gender (“goddess”). Therefore, even English-speaking Muslims prefer to use this personal name when referring to the Creator. Sometimes Allah is referred to as “He,” or may be quoted in the royal sense, “We.” These words do nothing more than expose the limits of human language. In Islam, Allah is beyond all human perception, and is not male, female, dual, Triune or plural. Allah is simply One.

“Allah” derives from an Arabic word that means “the God.” Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews often use the same name to refer to the Almighty. Muslims see it as the proper name of the One God, as it is the name used in the Qur'an.


Pure Monotheism:

The biggest sin in Islam, which is called shirk, is to associate other deities or beings with God. In fact, the Qur'an describes this as the one and only sin that God will not forgive.

All idols and attempts to reach God through others are strictly forbidden. Muslims do not believe that God came to earth in the form of any man or creature, and they reject all attempts to personalize the Almighty or place intermediaries between humans and God.

The Islamic belief in the pure Oneness of God is called tawhid, a word that derives from the Arabic word for the number one. The Qur'an instructs believers to “worship Allah, and join none with Him in worship”
Islamic scholars further refine this belief to include the following categories of tawhid:
- Tawhid Al-Rububiyah: (Oneness of Lordship) The belief that Allah Alone is the Lord of all things.
- Tawhid Al-Uluhiyah: (Oneness of Divinity) The belief that Allah Alone is to be worshiped.
- Tawhid Al-Asma' was-Sifat: (Oneness and Uniqueness of the Divine Attributes) The belief that Allah Alone has certain attributes or names that can be used to describe His perfection.


The Attributes of Allah:

As God is an unseen being, beyond our limited human perception, it is sometimes difficult for us to imagine His characteristics. The God offers is in his divine book, The Qur'an, his descriptions by using many different attributes or “names,” which help human beings understand the nature of God. The Qur'an says, for example, that He is the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious, the Beneficent, the All-Knowing, the Loving, the All-Wise, and so on...

One chapter of the Qur'an offers this description for example:
هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ ۖ هُوَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ الرَّحِيمُ
He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is Ar-Rahmaan (the Most Gracious), Ar-raheem (the Most Merciful).
هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ
He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, Al-Malik (the Sovereign), Al-Quddoos (the Pure and Holy one), As-Salaam (the Source of Peace and Perfection), Al-Mu'mun (the Bestower and Guardian of Faith), Al-Muhaymin (the Overseer and Preserver of Safety), Al-'azeez (the Majestic and Exalted in Might), Al-Jabbaar (the Compeller and Irresistible), Al-Mutakabbir (the Supreme and Superior), Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him.
هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
He is Allah , Al-Khaaliq (the Creator), Al-Baari' (the Shaper and Evolver), Al-Musawwir (the Fashioner); to Him belong the Most Beautiful names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

translation of 59:22-24

While Allah is fully transcendent and remains beyond all human attempts at understanding, Islam also teaches that Allah is near to us. The God fully sustains each and every thing and creature on earth, and He reaches out to us in mercy and compassion. The Qur'an describes God as saying (translation of verse 2:186), “When My people ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close to them. I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when he calls on Me. Let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me, that they may walk in the right way”. Allah knows everything about every grain of sand, every leaf, and the secret whisperings of each person's heart. One does not need any special devices or intermediaries to reach out directly to Allah...

from [link]

In sha'Allah [God willing], I am going to start a new series of articles. in each article, I present one of the beautiful names of the God Almighty. with a little reflection on its meaning. hoping that this will allow more people to learn more about our God.

I hope this was beneficial.


In The Drawing:
Different names of The God (In Arabic) form the Arabic word "Allah". all in the Thuluth Script. This really took a lot of time to make...


If I am right , it is from the God. If I am wrong, it is from myself
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MP97Y9 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
:')
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TsundereViolet-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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1melza1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
may Allah bless you for that wonderful work Clap  
i really liked how you wrote Allah names shining over dark background :)
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KonekoKunoichi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
this is so beautiful :') i wish i could just frame it and put it up on a wall in my room >3<
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Daughter-of-Shadow Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not a believer, at least not in any monotheistic religion, but this was rather interesting to read. I don't know where you are, but in my area of the US it isn't very often that we get to hear "unbiased" information about Islam. I might not believe in Allah, but to have him described by someone who isn't cursing all of Islam or trying to convert me was refreshing.
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dandandanao Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Artist
Wow Ma Sha'a Allah
It's really great work XD
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Allah is the Greatest.
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clevella Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
"While Allah is fully transcendent and remains beyond all human attempts at understanding."

So you worship a thing that by your own admission you cannot comprehend. This is not logical. How do you even know WHAT you are praying to, if it is beyond your comprehension?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Why you put a full stop where there is no full stop in the text. this is dishonest quoting. besides, the sentence you are quoting is incomplete.
The full sentence is "While Allah is fully transcendent and remains beyond all human attempts at understanding, Islam also teaches that Allah is near to us."

And if you read a little before, I wrote "As God is an unseen being, beyond our limited human perception, it is sometimes difficult for us to imagine His characteristics. The God offers is in his divine book, The Qur'an, his descriptions by using many different attributes or “names,” which help human beings understand the nature of God."
the answer to your question is already there.
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clevella Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Putting the entire sentence together does nothing to complete its meaning. It is as illogical as I have already pointed out. You are claiming to 'know' the 'unknowable'.
You assume that the Qur'an is indeed the direct word of god. If you accept that without question, then your investigation is complete.
I am skeptical. I am skeptical of all 'holy books'. They all claim to be the truth, the ultimate, truth, but they all have the same shortcomings, and internal inconsistencies.
At some point, one does have to leave reason and logic behind, and take a leap of 'faith'. There is no rational explanation for something like 'god' to exist. It requires a belief in, for lack of a better word, magic.
God needing 100 names is the same as god appearing in the form of thousands of different gods. Hindus have taken that very same concept to the extreme. The many deities are all aspects of the One. They represent the myriad incarnations of the divine, which is ultimately one thing, the unifying force of all creation. I'm not defending it, just pointing out the same thing happening in the Qur'an. You will find the same similarity in Jewish mysticism. They all try to break 'god' into smaller pieces so that the puny human mind (which god supposedly created) can comprehend him.
If god is truly the creator of all things, why not just create us with the mind to fully comprehend him, without needing 100 names, and all the other descriptions that religion offers? God created a creature with limited capacity for comprehension, but then expects our full obedience. In that light, we are no better than dogs. Maybe not even that good.

But more directly, why does god need 100 names? Why not three? Or one thousand? Don't we have many more descriptions for goodness in our respective languages for good things? Why stop at 100?
The answer to the question only creates more questions.
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