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Allah
The Names of Allah

The 99 Names of Allah, also known as The 99 Most Beautiful Names of God (Arabic: أسماء الله الحسنى transliteration: Asma’ Allah al-Ḥusná), are the names of God which Muslims believe are revealed in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

There is, according to Hadith, a special group of 99 names but no enumeration of them. Thus the exact list is not agreed upon, and the names of God (as adjectives, word constructs, or otherwise) exceed 99 in the Qur'an and Sunnah.

In one Islamic tradition, the Islamic prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to call God by all His Names: :"اللهم إني ادعوك بأسمائك الحسنى كلها"
"O God, I invoke You with all of Your Beautiful Names." (Narrated by Ibn Majah, book of Du`a; and by Imam Malik in his Muwatta', Kitab al-Shi`r)

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: "Verily, there are ninety-nine names of God, one hundred minus one. He who enumerates [and believes in them and the one God behind] them would get into Paradise."
Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, no. 1410

Of note is that this hadith does not say that there are only 99 names, but 99 names that are better than the others. This caused people to search them out in the Qur'an and Sunnah, and a list was compiled. Over time it became custom to recite the list in its entirety. While some Muslims believe that this list is mentioned by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ peace be upn him himself, the specialist Muslim scholars argue strongly that the list was just compiled by a Muslim scholar as an addendum to the actual hadith, (Al Waleed ibn Muslim).

Reciting the traditional names has developed into a ritual by some Muslims.

List of Names

The Qur'an refers to the attributes of God as God's “most beautiful names” (Arabic: al-asmāʾ al-ḥusnā) (see [Qur'an 7:180], [Qur'an 17:110], [Qur'an 20:8], [Qur'an 59:24])). According to Gerhard Böwering, "They are traditionally enumerated as 99 in number to which is added as the highest name (al-ism al-aʿẓam), the supreme name of God, Allāh. The locus classicus for listing the divine names in the literature of qurʾānic commentary is [Qur'an 17:110], “Call upon God, or call upon the merciful; whichsoever you call upon, to him belong the most beautiful names,” and also [Qur'an 59:22] q 59:22-4, which includes a cluster of more than a dozen divine epithets."

Islamic theology makes a distinction between the attributes of God and the divine essence.

The 99 Names

  1. Ar Rahmaan - The Beneficent
    One who recites this name 100 times will get sharp memory.

  2. Ya 'Adl - The Just
    One who eats the bread after writing this name Friday night, will obey his order.

  3. Ya 'Afuw - The Pardoner
    One who recites this name frequently, his sins will be pardoned.

  4. Ya Ahad - The One
    Recitation of this name 1000 times opens certain secrets.

  5. Ya Akhir - The Last
    One who recites this name frequently will lead a good life and have a good death.

  6. Ya-A'ali - The Most High
    Frequent recitation of this name helps in destiny and in traveling.

  7. Ya Alim - The All Knowing
    One who recites this name will become luminous and can be revealed by divine light (Noor).

  8. Ya Awwal - The First
    Recitation of this name, 1000 times for 40 Fridays will help in getting a child.

  9. Ya Azim - The Great One
    One who recites this name frequently will get respect from others.

  10. Ya 'Aziz - The Mighty
    Recite this name 40 times after fajr (morning) prayers for 40 days to be independent from need from others.

  11. Ya Baatin - The Hidden
    One who recites this name three times in a day will be able to see the truth in things.

  12. Ya Badi - The Incomparable
    One who recites this name 70 times will be free from all troubles.

  13. Ya Baa'is - The Resurrector
    One who recites this name will gain the fear of Allah.

  14. Ya Baqi - The Everlasting
    One who recites this name 100 times before sunrise will be saved from all disasters.

  15. Ya Barr - The Source of All Goodness
    One who recites this name for his child, the child will be free from misfortune.

  16. Ya Basir - The All Seeing
    One who recites this name 100 times after Friday prayers will get the esteem in the eyes of others

  17. Ya Basit - The Expander
    One who recites this name 10 times after morning prayers with open hands will get wealth.

  18. Ya Fattah - The Opener
    One who recites this name will face the victory.

  19. Ya Ghaffar - The Forgiver
    One who recites this name will have his sins forgiven.

  20. Ya Ghafur - The All Forgiving
    Recitation of this name helps in healing headaches, fever and depression.

  21. Ya Ghani - The Self Sufficient
    One who recites this name will be contented and not covetous.

  22. Ya Hadi - The Guide
    One who recites this name frequently will gain spiritual knowledge.

  23. Ya Hafiz - The Preserver
    One who recites this name 16 times each day will be protected against calamities.

  24. Ya Hakam - The Judge
    One who recites this name frequently at night, many secrets will be revealed to him / her.

  25. Ya Hakim - The Wise
    One who recites this name continuously will prevent him / her from the difficulties in work.

  26. Ya Halim - The Forbearing One
    Write this name on a piece of paper and put it where seeds are sown; this will prevent from any disaster or clamity.

  27. Ya Hamid - The Praiseworthy
    One who recites this name will be loved and praised.

  28. Ya Haqq - The Truth
    One who recites this name will find something they have lost.

  29. Ya Hasib - The Reckoner
    One who starts reciting this name 70 times beginning Thursday for seven days and nights and at the 71st time recites "Habiyallah ul Hasib", they will be free from fears of robbery and jealousy.

  30. Ya Hayy - The Alive
    One who recites this name will have long life.

  31. Ya Jaame - The Gatherer
    One who recites this name will find lost things.

  32. Ya Jabbar - The Compeller
    Recitation of this name helps to prevent from violence, severity or hardness.

  33. Ya Jalil - The Sublime One
    One who writes this name on a piece of paper with musk and saffron, washes it, and drinks the water from a ceramic container made of earth, will be revered among men.

  34. Ya Kabir - The Most Great
    One who recites this name 100 times will get esteem.

  35. Ya Karim - The Generous One
    One who recites this name will have esteem in this world.

  36. Ya Khabir - The Aware
    One who recites this name will be quickly freed from the bad habit.

  37. Ya Khafid - The Abaser
    Recitation of this name 70,000 times in a gathering after fasting for 3 days will safeguard a person from their enemy.

  38. Ya Khaliq - The Creator
    Recitation of this name at night will create an angel.

  39. Ya Bari - The Evolver
    Recitation of this name 21 times will help women during childbirth.

  40. Ya Mussawir - The Fashioner

  41. Ya Latif - The Subtle One
    One who recites this name 100 times after performing two rakats of Salah prayers will gets all his desires fulfilled.

  42. Ya Majeed - The Noble
    One who recites this name, his heart will be enlightened.

  43. Ya Majid - The Most Glorious One
    One who recites this name will gain glory.

  44. Ya Malik - The Sovereign Lord
    One who recites this name frequently will be respected and treated accordingly by others.

  45. Ya Malik-Al-Mulk - The Eternal Owner of Sovereignty
    One who recites this name will get esteem.

  46. Ya Maani - The Preventer
    One who recites this name will have a good family life.

  47. Ya Matin - The Firm One
    One who recites this name will be freed from any troubles.

  48. Ya Mu'akhkhir - The Delayer
    Reciting this name 100 times helps to create love only for Allah.

  49. Ya Mubdi - The Originator
    Recitation of this name on a pregnant woman will prevent her from miscarriage.

  50. Ya Mughni - The Enricher
    One who recites this name 10 times for 10 Fridays will become self sufficient.

  51. Ya Muhaymin - The Protector
    One who recites this name with complete ablution, their inner being will be luminous.

  52. Ya Muhsi - The Reckoner
    One who recites this name 1000 times will have easiness on the Day of Judgement.

  53. Ya Muhyi - The Giver of Life
    One who recites this name will be helped in heavy burden.

  54. Ya Mur'id - The Restorer
    Recitation of this name 70 times will help in the safe return of a missing person.

  55. Ya Mu'izz - The Honorer
    Reciting 140 times after Isha prayer will help in attaining dignity in the eyes of others.

  56. Ya Mujib - The Responsive
    Recitation of this name will help fulfill prayers.

  57. Ya Mu'min - The Guardian of Faith
    One who recites this name will be free from any harm.

  58. Ya Mumit - The Creator of Death
    One who recites this name will be protected from their enemy.

  59. Ya Muntaqim - The Avenger
    One who recites this name frequently will be victorious against his enemies.

  60. Ya Muqaddim - The Expediter
    Recitation of this name is helpful in the battlefield.

  61. Ya Muqit - The Maintainer
    One who recites this name on a glass of water and gives this water to bad mannered child, it will help the child in attaining good manners.

  62. Ya Muqsit - The Equitable
    One who recites this name will be free from the harm of the devil.

  63. Ya Muqtadir - The Powerful
    Recitation of this name helps to know the truth.

  64. Ya Muta'ali - The Most Exalted
    One who recites this name frequently will gain the benevolence of Allah.

  65. Ya Mutakabbir - The Majestic
    Recitation of this name before having intercourse will bless the couple with a righteous child.

  66. Ya Muzill - The Dishonorer
    One who recites this name 75 times will be prevented from jealousy.

  67. Ya Naafi - The Propitious
    One who recites this name continuously for four days will be prevented from any harm.

  68. Ya Nur - The Light
    One who recites this name will have inner light.

  69. Ya Qabiz - The Constrictor
    One who writes this name on 50 pieces of food (fruit, bread, etc) for 40 days will receive ample sustenance.

  70. Ya Qadir - The Able
    Recitation of this name helps in fulfilling one's desires.

  71. Ya Qahhar - The Subduer
    One who recites this name will be made free from the attractions of the world and gain inner peace.

  72. Ya Qawi - The Most Strong)
    One who recites this name with the intention of not being harmed, will be safe from his enemy.

  73. Ya Qayyum - The Self Subsisting
    One who recites this name will not fall into adversity.

  74. Ya Quddus - The Holy
    One who recites 100 times every day will be free from anxiety.

  75. Ya Raafi - The Exalter
    Reciting this name 100 times during day and night will make the person higher and rich.

  76. Ya Rahim - The Merciful
    One who recites this name seven times will be under Allah's protection.

  77. Ya Raqib - The Watchful
    One who recites this name seven times will be under Allah's protection.

  78. Ya Rashid - The Guide to the Right Path
    One who recites this name 1000 times between Maghrib and Isha prayers will be safe from troubles.

  79. Ya Ra'uf - The Compassionate
    Recitation of this name gives the blessing of Allah.

  80. Ya Razzaq - The Provider
    One who recites this name will be provided with sustenance from Allah.

  81. Ya Sabur - The Patient
    One who recites this name 3000 times will be rescued from any difficulty.

  82. Ya Salaam - The Source of Peace
    One who recites this name 160 times to a sick person will regain health.

  83. Ya Samd - The Eternal
    One who recites this name frequently will be helped in need.

  84. Ya Samii - The All Hearing
    One who recites this name 100 times without speaking to anyone on thursday after the Zuhr prayer, Allah will bestow on him/her any desire.

  85. Ya Shaahid - The Witness
    One who recites this name will get obedient children.

  86. Ya Shakur - The Appreciative
    Recitation 41 times will help in healing from depression.

  87. Ya Tawwab - The Acceptor of Repentance
    One who recites this name frequently, his repentance will be accepted.

  88. Ya Waali - The Governor
    One who recites this name and breathes it into his house, his house will be free from danger.

  89. Ya Wali - The Protecting Friend
    One who recites this name will be protected.

  90. Ya Wadud - The Loving
    Reciting this name 1000 times on food before eating will help in reaching a compromise between two persons.

  91. Ya Wahhab - The Bestower
    One who recites this name 100 times after two rakats of Salah prayers will get all their needs fulfilled.

  92. Ya Wahid - The Unique
    One who recites this name alone and in a quiet place will be free from fear and delusion.

  93. Ya Wajid - The Finder
    One who recites this name will have richness of heart.

  94. Ya Wakil - The Trustee
    One who recites this name will have long life.

  95. Ya Warris - The Supreme Inheritor
    One who recites this name will have long life.

  96. Ya Wasi - The All Embracing
    Recitation of this name will eradicate poverty.

  97. Ya Zaahir - The Manifest
    One who recites this name 15 times after Friday prayers will get divine light in his heart.

  98. Ya Zaarr - The Distresser
    One who recites this name will gain status.

  99. Ya Zul Jalal Wal Ikram - The Lord of Majesty and Bounty

Sources

  • Inter-Islam <www.inter-islam.org>
  • Wikipedia <www.wikipedia.org>

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