The Beautiful Names of God (Asma'ul Husna)
The 99 Beautiful Names of Allah
"All the names of God are beautiful, so call Him by them; and leave those alone who act profanely towards His names: They will be retributed for their deeds."
(The Quran Surah Al-A'raf (The Heights) Verse 180)
1. Allah: It is His personal name, which encompasses the meanings of all His Names. He is only One Allah, besides whom there is no ilâh.
This sacred name is His special name. In this respect, it comprehends all beautiful qualities and Divine attributes contained in His other Names. However, the other Names refer only to the meanings they themselves have. For this reason, not any other Name can substitute for the Name “Allah.” This name cannot be given, even in the figurative sense, to anyone else other than Allah. But it is permissible to give people some of the other Names of His.
2. Ar-Rahmân: In this world, He is the One who is compassionate, merciful, and giver of favors to all beings.
3. Ar-Rahîm: In the Hereafter, He is the One who pities and shows mercy to the Believers only.
4. Al-Malik: He is the One who is the owner of all things and the universe and the One whose dominion and sovereignty are permanent.
5. Al-Quddûs: He is the One who is free from all defects and who is worthy of all praise and holiness.
6. As-Salâm: He is the One who delivers His servants from all danger and the One who greets His fortunate servants in Paradise.
7. Al-Mu’min: He is the One who bestows security and serenity, who protects His creatures, and who gives the light of îmân.
8. Al-Muhaymin: He is the One who watches over and protects His creation and the One who knows everything that every being does.
9. Al-‘Azîz: He is the One who is honorable, who is victorious over everything, and who is irresistible.
10. Al-Jabbâr: He is the One who is supremely great and mighty. He does whatever He wills and makes His creatures do whatever He wills. He is the One whose will cannot be resisted.
11. Al-Mutakabbir: He is the One who is unequalled in greatness.
12. Al-Khâliq: He is the Creator, who creates from nothing. He decrees the states that all beings will undergo.
13. Al-Bâri’: He is the One who creates everything in a perfect manner and in proportion.
14. Al-Musawwir: He is the One who gives shapes to creatures and who creates them with distinctive features.
15. Al-Ghaffâr: He is the One who covers sins, who forgives much, and who protects whomever He wills from sins.
16. Al-Qahhâr: He is the Subduer, the Conquering; He is the One who is mighty in a way that He can do whatever He wants.
17. Al-Wahhâb: He is the One who gives His blessings without charge and who distributes His favors bountifully.
18. Ar-Razzâq: He is the One who provides His creatures with sustenance and who meets their needs.
19. Al-Fattâh: He is the One who removes all kinds of troubles.
20. Al-‘Alîm: He is the One who knows everything, hidden and manifest, which took place and will take place, in the most perfect manner with His eternal and everlasting knowledge.
21. Al-Qâbid: He is the One who restricts the sustenance of whomever He wishes and who takes the souls.
22. Al-Bâsit: He is the One who increases the sustenance of whomever He wishes and who gives the souls.
23. Al-Khâfid: He is the One who lowers disbelievers and sinners.
24. Ar-Râfi’: He is the One who raises in honor and exalts.
25. Al-Mu‘iz: He is the One who gives dignity to whomever He wills.
26. Al-Mudhil: He is the One who makes worthless, despicable, and contemptible whomever He wishes.
27. As-Sami’: He is the One who hears everything best and who accepts supplications.
28. Al-Basîr: He is the One who sees everything best, whether it is revealed or hidden from sight.
29. Al-Hakam: He is the One who is the Absolute Ruler, who judges and reveals the truth, and who is the Owner of Hikmah.
30. Al-‘Adl: He is the One who is All-Just and who does everything properly in all respect.
31. Al-Latîf: He is the One who knows everything and who gives favors.
32. Al-Khabîr: He is the One who knows everything and the hidden aspects in all things.
33. Al-Halîm: He is the One who does not hasten to inflict punishment on those who deserve, the One who treats mildly and the One who has clemency.
34. Al-‘Azîm: He is the One who is unique in greatness. He is the Most High.
35. Al-Ghafûr: He is the One who is the Most Forgiving.
36. Ash-Shakûr: He is the One who gives much thawâb in return for a few good deeds.
37. Al-‘Aliyy: The Highest; the Sublime
38. Al-Kabîr: The Greatest.
39. Al-Hafîz: He is the One who is the Protector of all things.
40. Al-Muqît: He is the Creator of sustenance.
41. Al-Hasîb: He is the One who takes the accounts of His servants best.
42. Al-Jalîl: He is the One who has majesty and grandeur.
43. Al-Karîm: He is the One whose grace, favors, and blessings are bountiful; the One who gives without charge; the One who distributes generously.
44. Ar-Raqîb: He is the One who watches every being and every action at every moment; the One who keeps all actions under His control.
45. Al-Mujîb: He is the One who responds to supplications and wishes.
46. Al-Vâsi’: He is the One who is compassionate and mighty and the One who surrounds everything with His knowledge.
47. Al-Hakîm: He is the One who has hikmah in His every deed and the One who creates everything with hikmah.
48. Al-Wadûd: He is the One who loves goodness, the One who repays those who do good deeds, and the One who is worthy of love.
49. Al-Majîd: He is the One whose blessings and favors are infinite, the One who is the Most Glorious and the One who is worthy of all praise.
50. Al-Bâ‘ith: He is the Resurrector of the dead and the Sender of prophets.
51. Ash-Shahîd: He is the One who is present [exists] and sees all the time and everywhere. But His being present and His seeing are without time and without place, that is, without Him being at any place.
52. Al-Haqq: He is the One whose Being is in existence without ever changing, the One who exists, and the One who reveals the truth.
53. Al-Wakîl: He is the One who brings the deeds of His servants to completion and the One who finalizes in the best way the affairs of those who put their trust in Him.
54. Al-Qawiyy: He is the One who is the Most Powerful and His power never dwindles.
55. Al-Matîn: The Omnipotent.
56. Al-Waliyy: He is the One who is the Friend of Muslims and the One who loves and helps them.
57. Al-Hamîd: The Praiseworthy.
58. Al-Muhsî: He is the One who knows the number of all creatures He created and will create.
59. Al-Mubdi’: He is the One who creates without material or model.
60. Al-Mu‘îd: He is the One who will annihilate the beings He created and the One who will resurrect them again.
61. Al-Muhyî: He is the One who recreates and the One who gives life to His creatures.
62. Al-Mumît: He is the One who has all who are alive taste death.
63. Al-Hayy: He is the One who is alive with a life that has no beginning or end.
64. Al-Qayyûm: He is the One who keeps the creatures in existence and the One who exists with His Dhât [Person].
65. Al-Wâjid: He is the One from whom nothing is hidden and the One who does not need anything.
66. Al-Mâjid: He is the Glorious and the Bountiful.
67. Al-Wâhid: He is the One who has no partner or equal in His Person, in His Attributes, and in His actions; the Unique.
68. As-Samad: He is the One who does not need anything and the One whom all beings are in dire need of.
69. Al-Qâdir: He is the One who is so omnipotent that He does what He wills the way He wills.
70. Al-Muqtadir: He is the One who governs as He wills and the Almighty who creates everything easily.
71. Al-Muqaddim: He is the One who advances and brings forward whomever He wills.
72. Al-Mu’akhkhir: He is the One who degrades, defers, and leaves behind whomever He wills.
73. Al-Awwal: He is the One who is eternal in the past and the One who has no beginning.
74. Al-Âkhir: He is the One who is eternal in the future and the One who has no end.
75. Az-Zâhir: He is the One whose existence is evident and manifest through His creatures and the One who is known with positive proofs.
76. Al-Bâtin: He is the One who is hidden from the image and idea formed by the mind.
77. Al-Wâlî: He is the One who governs the entire universe and the One who regulates the affairs of the created ones.
78. Al-Muta‘âlî: The Most Exalted.
79. Al-Barr: He is the One whose favors and gifts are profuse.
80. At-Tawwâb: He is the One who accepts repentance and who forgives sins.
81. Al-Muntaqim: He is the One who punishes sinners and oppressors.
82. Al-‘Afuww: The Forgiving; the Pardoner of sins.
83. Ar-Ra’ûf: He is the One who is merciful and all-clement.
84. Mâlik-ul Mulk: The Owner of all that exists.
85. Dhul-Jalâli wal Ikrâm: The Lord of majesty, grandeur, glory, perfection, and bounty.
86. Al-Muqsit: He is the One who returns the rights of oppressed people, the One who rules with justice and the One who does everything harmoniously.
87. Al-Jâmi’: He is the One who keeps two opposites together; the One who will gather all creatures together on the Day of Resurrection.
88. Al-Ghaniyy: He is the One who does not need anything, but the One whom all creatures need.
89. Al-Mughnî: He is the One who meets the needs and the One who gives wealth.
90. Al-Mâni’: He is the One who prevents the things He does not will.
91. Ad-Dârr: He is the One who creates harmful, deleterious things.
92. An-Nâfi’: He is the One who creates beneficial things.
93. An-Nûr: He is the One who enlightens the worlds spiritually and the One who gives spiritual enlightenment to whomever He wishes.
94. Al-Hâdî: He is the One who gives hidâyah.
95. Al-Badî’: He is the One who creates wonders without a model or an example. (He is the One who does not have a partner or a likeness.)
96. Al-Bâqî: He is the One who exists forever and has no end.
97. Al-Wârith: He is the One who is the Real Owner of all things.
98. Ar-Rashîd: He is the One who does not need guidance; the One who shows the right way.
99. As-Sabûr: He is the One who does not hasten to mete out punishments.