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56. Food for the Soul - 99 Beautiful names of Allah


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Pearls of Wisdom: No.56

“Food for the Soul”



Allah, The Most Exalted, says:

“The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on Him by them." (Qur'an 7:180)

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said; 

 “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Jannah (Paradise).” (Hadith Bukhari)


Note:   We should carefully, ponder over, memorize and learn the Names of Allah, so that we can benefit from its great meanings, gain Khushu` (the heart being submissively attuned to the act of worship), obey Allah and fulfil our duty towards Him (Glorified and Exalted be He). Knowledge of the beautiful names and perfect attributes of Allah must be the beginning point for anyone who desires to learn about his or her Creator.

These beautiful names are the supreme source from which the ethical virtues of Islam are derived, as every virtue is merely a reflection of the names and attributes of Allah. When this is understood, then every Muslim must learn the names of Allah and their implications for our behaviour. This will indeed guide a person towards virtue and will inspire him or her to refrain from evil. Whoever takes care to learn, understand and implement the ninety nine names of Allah will enter Jannah (Paradise).


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