Understanding Islam : Attributes of God 

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To worship something that one has created with his own hands or to worship a fellow human being can never bring peace to the soul, yet the need to worship or revere is deep within every human.

In Islam we choose to worship one God, Allah and in His wisdom He has chosen to inform us of some of His names and attributes, so that we may understand Him better. Here are some examples of some of His attributes:

Allah is the Creator of all, the Sustainer of all that He has created, the All-Hearing, All-Seeing and All-Knowing. His knowledge is all perfect, including that which is in the past, the present and the future, whether a secret or not; He is the Most Gracious, Most Merciful and Most Beneficent. He is the Self Existing One and the Ever Living One, He never needs sleep or takes any rest. He has no partners, sons or parents and all worship must be directed to Him alone.

He is the Shaper of Beauty, the Creator of Good and He is the Light and the Guide. “He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (Qur’an 59: 23-24)

AR-RAZZAAQ (The Provider) ”Say: ‘Come I will recite what your Lord has prohibited to you. [He commands] that you not associate anything with Him, and to parents, good treatment, and do not kill your children out of poverty; We will provide for you and them…’” (Qur’an 6: 151)

AL-GHAFOOR (The Forgiving) ”But indeed, I am the Perpetual Forgiver of whoever repents and believes, and does righteousness and then continues in guidance.” (Qur’an 20, 82)

AL-QAYYUM (The Sustainer) ”Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence.” (Qur’an 3, 2)

Author : Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, Qatar

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