How to benefit from the 99 Names of Allaah

Posted on June 18, 2014


Shaikh Dr. ‘Abdur-Razaq al-badr حفظه الله:»

The Prophet said in a hadeeth reported in the two Saheehs’ from Aboo Hurairah

“Allaah has ninety-nine names, a hundred except one. Whoever memorises and is mindful of them (ahsaahaa) will enter Paradise.”

However, ‘… memorising and being mindful of them …’ (ihsaa), is not merely to take these Names upon a piece of paper and to recite them – as some people do.
In fact, the scholars have explained that ihsaa of the names comprises three levels.

1. The first of these is to memorise the names.

2. The second is to understand their meanings.

3. And the third is to call upon Allaah by these names and to act as they demand.

As an example of this, we may take from the names of Allaah that of (say), At-Tawwaab. We then understand that its meaning, ‘He who guides His servants to repent and accepts their repentance,’ is telling us that Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, accepts His servant’s repentance, guides them to repent and grants that to them. We also understand that He, the Most High, is the only One to grant forgiveness. Having understood all this, we act as the name demands by repenting to Allaah from all our sins.

This is the manner in which we must memorise and understand all the perfect names of Allaah. However, it is important that our understanding of them should be correct and far removed from such corrupt methodologies as ta’weel, which attempts to explain away the meanings of Allaah’s attributes by deviated and twisted understandings, or ta’teel, which denies both the attributes and that which they indicate – that which Allaah and His Messenger intended. No, our understanding is based upon the methodology of the Salaf of the Ummah.

{The Explanation of The Dua of Seeking Forgiveness (Sayyidul Istaghfar) – Shaikh Dr. ‘Abdur-Razaq al-badr حفظه الله}