The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on Him by them – (Qur’an, 7:180).
Did you know that Allah has 99 beautiful Names? Each name reflects an attribute of Allah that belongs only to Him. Belief in Allah is the first of our Pillars of Imaan, and understanding His Names is an important part of this. We learn His Names to know and describe Him.
Join us as we learn all the Names of Allah and their meaning.
The 99 Names of Allah
1. Ar-Rahmaan: The Beneficient. Allah is compassionate and gracious.
2. Ar-Raheem: The Most Merciful. Allah shows mercy to His creations.
3. al-Maalik: The Eternal Lord, or the King. Allah is the ruler of the heavens and earth.
4. al-Quddus: The Holy, or the Most Sacred. Allah has no imperfections or shortcomings.
5. As-Salaam: The embodiment of Peace, or All-Calm. Allah is the only source of inner peace.
6. al-Mu’min: The Granter of Security, or the Infuser of Faith. Allah has witnessed that only He is God.
7. al-Muhaymin: Guardian over All, or the Preserver of Safety. Allah protects His creations.
8. al-Aziz: The Exalted in Might and Power. Allah is the strongest and cannot be harmed.
9. al-Jabbar: The Omnipotent, or the Restorer. Allah helps us to achieve our goals and something will happen if it is what He wills.
10. al-Mutakabbir: The Majestic, or the Supreme. There is no deity other than Allah and His greatness is revealed in everything.
11. al-Khaaliq: The Creator, or Absolute Author. Allah created everything from nothing.
12. al-Baari: The Inventor, or Eternal Spirit Worshipped by All. Allah is the originator of everything. It is He who gave characteristics to His creations.
13. al-Musawwir: Designer, or Artist. Allah formed everything in creation and granted his creations’ desires and inclinations.
14. al-Ghaffar: The One who is ready to Pardon and Forgive. Allah’s compassion is endless and He forgives sinners.
15. al-Qahhar: The All-Prevailing One, or Conqueror. The whole of creation is submissive before Him.
16. al-Wahhaab: The Absolute Bestower. Allah provides blessings and gifts to His creation.
17. al-Razzaaq: The Provider, or the Sustainer. Allah provides all that life requires to survive and sustain itself.
18. al-Fattah: The Victory Giver, or Opener of the Gates of Profits. Allah can solve all problems and He provides us with clarity.
19. al-Aleem: The Omniscient. Allah knows all. His knowledge is not acquired through learning because he is already all-knowing.
20. al-Qaabid: The Restrainer. When it is good, Allah withholds sustenance, life and death.
21. al-Baasit: The Extender, or Generous Provider. When it is good, Allah extends sustenance, life and death.
22. al-Khaafidh: The Abaser. Allah humbles the arrogant and tyrannical.
23. ar-Raafi’: The Exalter. Allah’s wisdom selects those to be uplifted.
24. al-Mu’izz: The Bestower of Honour. Allah has the power to grant glory and dignity.
25. al-Muzil: The Giver of Dishonour. Allah decides who is dishonoured and He cannot be dishonoured.
26. As-Samee’: The All-Hearing. Allah is always listening and hears all voices and sounds.
27. al-Baseer: The All-Seeing, or Ever-Clairvoyant. Allah possesses the insight to see everything clearly, even the hidden.
28. al-Hakam: The Impartial Judge, or Arbiter. Allah is the one true judge who always delivers justice.
29. al-‘Adl: The Just. Allah is the embodiment of justice.
30. al-Lateef: The Gentle, or All-Subtle. Allah’s actions are often so subtle that we cannot understand them.
31. al-Khabeer: The All-Aware. Allah understands everything and the meaning of everything.
32. al-Haleem: The Forbearing. Allah blesses His creation, despite their errors and sins.
33. al-‘Azeem: The Most Great, or Supreme. Allah’s creation must glorify and exalt Him.
34. al-Ghafoor: The Ever-Forgiving. Allah forgives so that we may continue our lives.
35. Ash-Shakoor: The Grateful. Allah appreciates even small acts. He is appreciative at all times.
36. al-Ali: The Sublime. Allah exceeds everything.
37. al-Kabeer: The Great, or the All-Heedful and All-Protecting. Allah is the greatest in all His attributes.
38. al-Hafeedh: The Preserver. It is Allah who looks after the heavens and Earth.
39. al-Muqeet: The Nourisher, or Feeder of All. Allah takes care of His creation by providing sustenance.
40. al-Haseeb: The Reckoner, or Bringer of Judgement. Allah knows the actions of all so he can hold everyone to account.
41. al-Jaleel: The Majestic, or the Splendid. Allah has power and glory.
42. al-Kareem: The Noble, or the Most Generous. Allah is perfect and is generous in his actions.
43. Ar-Raqeeb: The Watchful. Allah is always observing His creation. He even knows unspoken intentions.
44. al-Mujeeb: The Responsive, or Answerer. Allah answers prayers and responds to those who call upon Him.
45. al-Waasi’: The Omnipresent, or the Boundless. Allah’s ability and attributes are limitless. There is no end to his authority.
46. al-Hakeem: The Wise or Endowed with Sound Judgement. Allah does not make mistakes.
47. al-Wadud: The Most Loving. Allah is the source of love and He is deserving of all love.
48. al-Majeed: The Glorious. Only Allah deserves all praise, love, and honour.
49. al-Ba’ith: The Resurrector. Allah chooses who will return to life.
50. Ash-Shaheed: The Witness, or Testifier. Allah has seen and heard everything so He will be a witness for all on Judgement Day.
51. al-Haqq: The Absolute Truth. Allah’s essence is the only reality.
52. al-Wakeel: The Trustee, or the Disposer of Affairs. Place absolute trust in Allah because he will resolve all situations.
53. al-Qawee: The Strong. Allah has no weakness and holds power over all His creation.
54. al-Mateen: The Firm, or the Steadfast. Allah holds all strength. His determination is unmatched.
55. al-Walee: The Friend. Allah is a guardian for those who turn to Him and love Him.
56. al-Hameed: The All-Praiseworthy. Allah deserves praise for all He has done.
57. al-Muhsee: The Numberer of All. Allah knows the most intricate details of all things and accounts for them all.
58. al-Mubdi: The Producer, or the Initiator. Allah began all creation.
59. al-Mueed: The Restorer, or the Reinstator Who Brings Back All.
60. al-Muhyi: The Giver of Life. Only Allah can bestow the gift of life.
61. al-Mumeet: The Bringer of Death. Allah gives life and also takes it away. Allah decides when a life ends.
62. al-Hayy: The Ever-Living. There is no end to Allah’s existence, and He has always existed.
63. al-Qayyoom: The Independent, or the Self-Subsisting. Allah needs no sustenance.
64. al-Waajid: The Perceiver. Allah can find whatever and whomever He wishes to find.
65. al-Maajid: The Illustrious. Allah is perfection and thus deserves praise and honour.
66. al-Wahid: The Unique. There is no equal to Allah.
67. al-Ahad: The One, or the Indivisible. Allah’s attributes cannot be replicated.
68. As-Samad: The Eternal. Allah depends on nothing, but everything depends on Allah.
69. al-Qadeer: He Who is Able to do Everything. Allah possesses complete power and ability.
70. al-Muqtadir: The Determiner, or the Dominant. Allah always prevails and wields unmatched power.
71. al-Muqaddim: The Expediter, or the One Who Brings Forward. Allah favours whomever He wishes.
72. al-Mu’akhkhir: The Delayer, or the One Who Puts Far Away. Allah holds back whomever He wishes. He does this with wisdom and goodness.
73. al-Awwal: The First, or the Beginningless. Allah came before everything.
74. al-Aakhir: The Last, or the Endless. After all else perishes, Allah will remain.
75. Az-Zaahir: The Manifest. Allah’s existence is proven in all He has created.
76. al-Baatin: The Hidden One, or Knower of the Hidden. Allah cannot be seen like His physical creation can be seen.
77. al-Waali: The Governor, or the Patron. Allah governs everything.
78. al-Muta’ail: The Self Exalted. Allah’s greatness is beyond anything in creation.
79. al-Barr: The Source of All Goodness. All goodness and all good deeds come from Allah.
80. At-Tawwaab: The Relenting. Allah grants repentance to whomever he wishes.
81. al-Muntaqim: The Avenger. Allah dislikes wrongdoers and punishes them.
82. al-‘Afou: The Pardoner. Allah forgives sinners and eliminates mistakes.
83. Ar-Ra’ouf: The Kind, or the Pitying. Allah’s kindness transcends our understanding.
84. Maalik ul-Mulk: Master of the Kingdom, or Owner of the Dominion. Allah has the authority to rule and command over all creation.
85. Dzhul-Jalaali aal-Ikraam: Lord of Majesty and Generosity. Allah owns all attributes of glory.
86. al-Muqsit: The Equitable, or the Requiter. Allah is fair and acts in a balanced way.
87. al-Jaami’: The Gatherer, or the Unifier. Allah arranges, composes, and connects.
88. al-Ghaani: The Wealthy. Allah needs nothing, but all need Him.
89. al-Mughni: The Enricher, or the Emancipator. Allah satisfies the needs of his creation.
90. al-Mani’: The Defender. Allah stops bad things from happening and hinders those who do wrong.
91. Adh-Dhaarr: The Distressor, or the Afflictor. Allah has the power to cause harm.
92. An-Nafi’: The Propitious, or the Benefactor. Allah creates all which bring goodness.
93. An-Nour: The Light. Allah illuminates the world and the hearts of those who love Him.
94. al-Haadi: The Guide. Allah sends messengers and prophets. He directs those who call on Him.
95. al-Badee’: The Incomparable Originator. Allah used to model or guide to create everything.
96. al-Baaqi: The Everlasting. Allah’s existence will never end.
97. al-Waarith: The Heir. When creation perishes, everything returns to Allah.
98. Ar-Rasheed: The Guide to the Right Path. Allah guides everyone in accordance with his plan and wisdom.
99. As-Saboor: The Timeless, or the Patient. Allah does not rush his actions.
An Important Aspect of Islam
When learning Allah’s Names we must not distort their meaning. Nor should we question His attributes, compare His attributes to those of His creations, or negate any of His attributes.
Learning the Names of Allah is a rewarding and enlightening experience. We hope that this has been an educating read and we wish you success in your studies.
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