“Indeed Allah has 99 names save one, whoever counts them will enter Paradise.”
The word أحصاها (root word حَصَى) means :
1. To count;
2. To protect;
3. To memorize;
4. To understand, learn and teach.
So really أحصاها here would mean to understand the names and attributes of Allaah, memorise them and teach them. Understanding the attributes would entail establishing a relationship with Allaah through those attributes. And by securing that bond with Allaah, by pleasing Him, we secure our aakhirah.
There are narrations that indicate that there exists more than 99 names and attributes of Allaah. Ibn Haajar al-Asqalaani narrated from Sufyaan Ibn Uyaynah and other sahaabah that there are more than 99 names of Allaah mentioned in various ahadeeth. Some scholars have actually collected around 200 names according to another narration.
But anyway, here I’ll mention those that are generally known to us and hope that it will encourage myself and others to memorize them solely to seek Allaah’s pleasure. I ask Allaah to make it of some benefit to not just those who reads them but to myself as well.
الرَّحْمَنُ – The most Merciful; that there is no higher degree of Mercy that this.
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“..and My Mercy embraces all things..” Soorah al-A`raaf; 156
Recall this aayah? Amazing isn’t it? Subhaan’Allaah and the hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurayrah (radiyAllaahu `anhu) that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said:
“Allaah has one hundred parts of mercy, of which He sent down one between the jinn, mankind, the animals and the insects, by means of which they are compassionate and merciful to one another, and by means of which wild animals are kind to their offspring. And Allaah has kept back ninety-nine parts of mercy with which to be merciful to His slaves of the Day of Resurrection. “
It was narrated that Umar ibn al-Khattaab said: Some prisoners were brought to the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), and there was a woman among the prisoners who was searching (for her child). When she found her child she embraced him and put him to her breast. The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to us: “Do you think that this woman would throw her child in the fire?” We said: “No, by Allaah, not if she is able not to.” The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Allaah is more merciful to His slaves than this woman is to her child”.
[Agreed upon. Al-Bukhaari, 5653; Muslim, 6912.]
Imagine the status of the one who is loved by someone with a love stronger and higher than the love of a mother for her child? How can that person be sad or at a loss when he or she is shown love and affection in so much abundancy?
If Allaah loves us so much, shouldn’t we be loving Him more than every other person in our life? More than our parents, our siblings, our spouses and our children? After knowing and learning about His infinite Mercy towards us, should we not disregard every obstacle that we may come across in our path towards attaining Allaah’s pleasure and only seek that which He wants for us?
…to be continued..