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					                   "To gain everything except Allah is to gain nothing at all."*

                                          Asma ul Husna

                                        The essential name of the Almighty Creator, which is
confirmed by the religion of Islam, "Allah" has no dictionary meaning. With the exception of
this name, all other names that describe Allah in the Holy Quran are known as the Asma ul
Husna: "The most beautiful names belong to Him (Allah)." (Surah Al-Hashr, verse 24). The
phrase Asma ul Husna, made up of the word asma, the plural for "name", and husna, meaning
beautiful or most beautiful, means "Allah's most beautiful names." The names which are
attributes of Allah can be found in the Holy Quran and the sunnah.

Abu Bakr Ibn'ul Arabi lists the reasons why these attributes of Allah are revealed to us as

The Asma ul Husna awakens respect in servants toward Allah, connoting Allah's sublimity and

These names, when used in dhikr -praising Allah - and in supplication, lead to the acceptance of
prayers and result in the accumulation of good deeds.

These names fill the heart with a peace of mind and tranquility, as well as an awareness of
Allah's mercy and bounty, which affirms hope.

Because the value of knowledge is dependent on the value of those who possess knowledge and
the most honorable of those with knowledge is Allah, those who know the Asma ul Husna have
greater honor and virtue.

Because the Asma ul Husna comprise adjectives such as wajib, jaiz and mumtani ( that which is
true for Allah that which can or cannot be true for Allah and that which can never be associated
with Allah) they provide us with sufficient and correct information about Allah.

It is not possible to delineate the names of Allah or divide them into sections; like a circles that
have been linked together, they are all connected and related to one another.
The importance of learning the Asma ul Husna

First and foremost, for those who believe and want to worship Allah, the need to describe Him
with certain names is essential. It is not possible to worship that which is unknown. The
knowledge of the Asma ul Husna is important in that it allows servants to become acquainted
with Allah and it sheds light on the realm of the relationship between Allah and the world

The correct knowledge of Allah will release a person all worries and superstitions, as well as
groundless assumptions. A person who bases their knowledge of Allah on information that
emanates directly the Creator instead of their own assumptions will be able to attain mental and
spiritual clarity. A person will feel the need to make a connection and establish a relationship
with Him in their heart and not just with their mind. The role played by the Asma ul Husna is
very great in this respect. It has been observed that in the prayers that have been related through
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the Asma ul Husna are frequently mentioned. The human soul seeks
perfection. When it learns of the perfection of something, it is drawn there and experiences joy
parallel to the level of perfection found. Just as knowing Allah is possible through learning His
name and attributes, loving Him is only possible through knowing that all perfection lies with

In short, learning the Asma ul Husna will provide knowledge of Allah. The knowledge of Allah
is the seed of love for Allah. When a seed falls onto the heart, it sprouts, growing into a tree of
eagerness and love. The fruits of this tree appear and ripen in the heart, the soul, the hands, feet,
eyes and ears - in both our physical and spiritual existence. These fruit are sincere virtues, such
as respect for the Creator, mercy for creation, liberation bad habits, acquisition of good habits
and enduring all kinds of hardships in the way of Allah.

According to a hadith narrated in Bukhari and Muslim, Prophet Muhammad said the following
about the Asma ul Husna: "Allah has 99 names. Whoever memorizes and embraces (ihsa) these
qualities will enter heaven."

The meaning of the world ihsa is emphasized, with the view that this word means more than the
mere dictionary meaning of "counting, memorization and understanding". In this context the
word ihsa includes the meaning "Understanding Islam's belief in the Divine by resorting to
evidence holy verses, espousing these beliefs and attaining a level of spiritual perfection that is
befitting to this belief."

Ninety-three of the names that are mentioned in the hadiths are also in the Holy Quran, while the
meanings of the other six names have been attributed to Allah with different words. This list [of
names] has become popular in the Islamic world, and is read as a prayer and supplication; the
Asma ul Husna have also become a subject for Islamic calligraphy.

In one of his prayers to Allah Prophet Muhammad, while mentioning the level of appearance and
knowledge of the names of Allah, stated "...or your names which you left to the science of the
unknown and chose for yourself," thus informing us that there are other names belonging to
Allah which are not known or apparent to us.
The 99 names of the Asma ul Husna, if examined with love and respect, joy and sorrow, can be
its inability to be understood merely in terms of love and blessing . Nor would it be right to
describe the Almighty Creator, Who forms a part of the large mechanism that is visible in both
animate and inanimate nature and Who is in a constant state of action and reaction, in terms of
fear or sorrow.

The Asma ul Husna in the Quran

                                      The Asma ul Husna, the most beautiful names of Allah,
are mentioned in the Quran in Surah Al -A'raf, verse 180, Surah Al-Isra, verse 110; Surah At-
Taha, verse 8 and Surah Al-Hashr, verse 22-24. The Holy Quran tells us to pray to Allah by
using His most beautiful names in Surah Al-A'raf, verse 180 and Surah Al-Isra, verse 110.

The verse "The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on Him by them; but shun such
men as use profanity in His names: for what they do, they will soon be requited" (Surah Al-A'raf,
verse 180) warns us that attaching meanings that are not befitting to the Creator and comparing
other things with Allah or giving attributes which describe Him or His names to anything other
than Him is seen as "going down the wrong path with regard to the Asma ul Husna."

The names of Allah lead to the discovery of perceiving His existence. That is to say, only the
names which are mentioned in the verses of the Quran and hadiths can be used for Allah. One
can not randomly assign names to Him. Allah has given Himself His own names. A name other
than those found in the verses of the Holy Quran cannot be associated with Allah. For example,
it can be said that Allah is Al-Alim (All-Knowing); however, one cannot say that Allah is "Wise"
or "Knowledgeable", as these do not appear among the 99 names.

Some of the attributes of Allah found in the Holy Quran are names that consist of a single word,
whereas others are a combination of names. The one-worded names total 99 in number. These
names have been divided into three: the Jalal, Jamal and Kamal. The attributes of Allah that fall
under the name of Jalal are known to us through His infinite and divine Majesty which are
apparent through His creation throughout the universe. The attributes of Jamal, on the other
hand, become evident with their plentiful blessings, which we respond to with gratitude. The
Kamal names reveal works of art that have been d with perfection and wisdom and invite people
to contemplate on this.
Allah has hidden the Ismi Azam (the greatest of all His names) within His names. The wisdom
behind this is to maintain His servants' desire for the Asma ul Husna and allow prayer to be made
by using all of His names.

Islamic scholars hold differing opinions about which of Allah's name is the Ismi Azam the Asma
ul Husna. The opinion of most scholars is that if any name has the attribute of being the "greatest
name of all" this would have to be "Allah", due to the scope of its meaning.

According to a hadith, a person made the following supplication next to the Messenger of Allah:
"Oh Allah. You are Allah, of which there is no other worthy of worship. You are one, Samad.
You have not begotten, nor were you born. There is nothing equal or like you." Prophet
Muhammad, hearing this supplication said: "I swear on the entity Who holds my life in His
hands, this person asked Allah with the name of the Ismi Azam. Know that whoever prays with
the Ismi Azam, Allah will answer him. Whatever you request with it, Allah will certainly Grant
this wish." From this, we gather that the Ismi Azam is in fact in the Surah Al-Ikhlas.