Exploring 99 Names Of Allah Almighty And Their Meanings

Allah Almighty has lots of beautiful names. Like other things, I can’t describe how beautiful His names are, because I’m just a tiny creature and He is the Creator. I’m not even given this ability. But I can assure you that every name of Allah Almighty has its own beauty and portrays Allah’s Majesty. Allah Almighty Himself commands us in the Holy Quran to call Him by His beautiful names.

 

Here are a couple of verses from the Holy Quran:

There are lots of names of Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran and in the books of Hadith. Generally, we know Allah Almighty has 99 names, but it’s not true that Allah Almighty has more than 99 names. Now you can ask, “How many names does Allah Almighty have?” The simple answer is, “Allah Almighty knows best.”  But I can give you a Hadith on the importance of His 99 names.

Now, which 99 names are these? There is a Hadith in Jami` at-Tirmidhi,[⁴] where we can see a list of 99 names of Allah Almighty. I will provide you with the list below. But remember, this Hadith is a weak Hadith. There is no such authentic Hadith about these 99 names.

 

Among these 99 names, there are some names which are called “Greatest Names” which we find in Hadith with special importance from the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Some hadiths from there are mentioned here.

These Hadiths teach us how to make supplications to the Almighty Allah. They also show us some significant names of Allah Almighty which we should remember and we should make supplications using these names. May Allah Almighty grant all of us good deeds and forgive all of our mistakes. Ameen.

 

Meaning English Arabic
1. The Most Merciful Ar-Rahman ٱلرَّحْمَٰنُ
2. The Most Compassionate Ar-Rahim الرَّحِيمُ
3. The King, The Sovereign Al-Malik ٱلْمَلِكُ
4. The Most Sacred, The Most Holy Al-Quddus ٱلْقُدُّوسُ
5. The Source of Peace As-Salam ٱلسَّلَامُ
6. The Giver of Faith Al-Mu’min ٱلْمُؤْمِنُ
7. The Protector Al-Muhaymin ٱلْمُهَيْمِنُ
8. The Almighty, The Invincible Al-Aziz ٱلْعَزِيزُ
9. The Compeller Al-Jabbar ٱلْجَبَّارُ
10. The Supreme, The Majestic Al-Mutakabbir ٱلْمُتَكَبِّرُ
11. The Creator Al-Khaliq ٱلْخَالِقُ
12. The Evolver Al-Bari’ ٱلْبَارِئُ
13. The Fashioner Al-Musawwir ٱلْمُصَوِّرُ
14. The All-Forgiving Al-Ghaffar ٱلْغَفَّارُ
15. The Subduer, The Ever-Dominating Al-Qahhar ٱلْقَهَّارُ
16. The Giver of Gifts Al-Wahhab ٱلْوَهَّابُ
17. The Provider Ar-Razzaq ٱلرَّزَّاقُ
18. The Opener Al-Fattah ٱلْفَتَّاحُ
19. The All-Knowing Al-Alim ٱلْعَلِيمُ
20. The Withholder Al-Qabid ٱلْقَابِضُ
21. The Expander Al-Basit ٱلْبَاسِطُ
22. The Abaser Al-Khafid ٱلْخَافِضُ
23. The Exalter Ar-Rafi’ ٱلرَّافِعُ
24. The Bestower of Honor Al-Mu’izz ٱلْمُعِزُّ
25. The Humiliator Al-Mudhill ٱلْمُذِلُّ
26. The All-Hearing As-Sami’ ٱلسَّمِيعُ
27. The All-Seeing Al-Basir ٱلْبَصِيرُ
28. The Judge Al-Hakam ٱلْحَكَمُ
29. The Utterly Just Al-‘Adl ٱلْعَدْلُ
30. The Subtle One, The Kind Al-Latif ٱللَّطِيفُ
31. The All-Aware Al-Khabir ٱلْخَبِيرُ
32. The Forbearing, The Indulgent Al-Halim ٱلْحَلِيمُ
33. The Magnificent, The Supreme Al-‘Azim ٱلْعَظِيمُ
34. The All-Forgiving Al-Ghafur ٱلْغَفُورُ
35. The Most Appreciative Ash-Shakur ٱلشَّكُورُ
36. The Most High, The Exalted Al-‘Ali ٱلْعَلِيُّ
37. The Most Great Al-Kabir ٱلْكَبِيرُ
38. The Preserver Al-Hafiz ٱلْحَفِيظُ
39. The Sustainer Al-Muqit ٱلْمُقِيتُ
40. The Reckoner Al-Hasib ٱلْحَسِيبُ
41. The Majestic Al-Jalil ٱلْجَلِيلُ
42. The Generous Al-Karim ٱلْكَرِيمُ
43. The Watchful Ar-Raqib ٱلرَّقِيبُ
44. The Responsive One Al-Mujib ٱلْمُجِيبُ
45. The All-Encompassing, The Boundless Al-Wasi’ ٱلْوَاسِعُ
46. The All-Wise Al-Hakim ٱلْحَكِيمُ
47. The Most Loving Al-Wadud ٱلْوَدُودُ
48. The Glorious, The Most Honorable Al-Majid ٱلْمَجِيدُ
49. The Resurrector Al-Ba’ith ٱلْبَاعِثُ
50. The All-Observing Witnessing Ash-Shahid ٱلشَّهِيدُ
51. The Absolute Truth Al-Haqq ٱلْحَقُّ
52. The Trustee, The Disposer of Affairs Al-Wakil ٱلْوَكِيلُ
53. The All-Strong Al-Qawiyy ٱلْقَوِيُّ
54. The Firm, The Steadfast Al-Matin ٱلْمَتِينُ
55. The Protecting Associate Al-Waliyy ٱلْوَلِيُّ
56. The Praiseworthy Al-Hamid ٱلْحَمِيدُ
57. The All-Enumerating, The Counter Al-Muhsi ٱلْمُحْصِي
58. The Originator, The Initiator Al-Mubdi’ ٱلْمُبْدِئُ
59. The Restorer, The Reinstater Al-Mu’id ٱلْمُعِيدُ
60. The Giver of Life Al-Muhyi ٱلْمُحْيِي
61. The Creator of Death Al-Mumit ٱلْمُمِيتُ
62. The Ever-Living Al-Hayy ٱلْحَيُّ
63. The Sustainer, The Self-Subsisting Al-Qayyum ٱلْقَيُّومُ
64. The Perceiver Al-Wajid ٱلْوَاجِدُ
65. The Illustrious, The Magnificent Al-Majid ٱلْمَاجِدُ
66. The One  Al-Wahid ٱلْواحِدُ 
67. The Unique, The Only One  Al-Ahad ٱلْأَحَد 
68. The Eternal, The Absolute As-Samad ٱلصَّمَدُ
69. The Omnipotent Al-Qadir ٱلْقَادِرُ
70. The Determiner, The All-Powerful Al-Muqtadir ٱلْمُقْتَدِرُ
71. The Expediter, The Promoter Al-Muqaddim ٱلْمُقَدِّمُ
72. The Delayer Al-Mu’akhkhir ٱلْمُؤَخِّرُ
73. The First Al-Awwal ٱلأوَّلُ
74. The Last Al-Akhir ٱلآخِرُ
75. The Manifest Az-Zahir ٱلظَّاهِرُ
76. The Hidden Al-Batin ٱلْبَاطِنُ
77. The Sole Governor Al-Wali ٱلْوَالِي
78. The Self Exalted Al-Muta’ali ٱلْمُتَعَالِي
79. The Source of All Goodness Al-Barr ٱلْبَرُّ
80. The Ever-Pardoning At-Tawwab ٱلتَّوَّابُ
81. The Avenger Al-Muntaqim ٱلْمُنْتَقِمُ
82. The Pardoner Al-‘Afuw ٱلْعَفُوُّ
83. The Most Kind Ar-Ra’uf ٱلرَّؤُوفُ
84. Master of the Kingdom, Owner of the Dominion Malik-ul-Mulk مَالِكُ ٱلْمُلْكِ
85. Lord of Glory and Honor Dhul-Jalali wal-Ikram ذُوالْجَلَالِ وَٱلْإِكْرَامِ
86. The Just One Al-Muqsit ٱلْمُقْسِطُ
87. The Gatherer, The Uniter Al-Jami’ ٱلْجَامِعُ
88. The Self-Sufficient, The Wealthy Al-Ghaniyy ٱلْغَنيُّ
89. The Enricher Al-Mughni ٱلْمُغْنِي
90. The Withholder Al-Mani’ ٱلْمَانِعُ
91. The Creator of the Harmful Ad-Darr ٱلضَّارَ
92. The Creator of Good An-Nafi’ ٱلنَّافِعُ
93. The Light An-Nur ٱلنُّورُ
94. The Guide Al-Hadi ٱلْهَادِي
95. The Incomparable Originator Al-Badi’ ٱلْبَدِيعُ
96. The Ever-Surviving, The Everlasting Al-Baqi ٱلْبَاقِي
97. The Inheritor, The Heir Al-Warith ٱلْوَارِثُ
98. The Guide, Infallible Teacher Ar-Rashid ٱلرَّشِيدُ
99. The Forbearing, The Patient As-Sabur ٱلصَّبُورُ

FOOTNOTE

1. Surah Al-Isra’ ( Bani Israel) 17:110
2. Surah Al-A’raf 7:180
3. Sahih Sahih al-Bukhari, 2736 In-Book Reference: Book 54, Hadith 23 USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 3,Book 50, Hadith 894 (deprecated numbering scheme)
4. Jami` at-Tirmidhi, 3507 In-Book Reference: Book 48, Hadith 138 English Reference: Vol. 6, Book 45, Hadith 3507
5. Sahih (Al-Albani) Sunan Abi Dawud, 1495 In-Book Reference: Book 8, Hadith 80 English Reference: Book 8, Hadith 1490
6. Hasan (Al-Albani) Sunan Abi Dawud, 1496 In-Book Reference: Book 8, Hadith 81 English Reference: Book 8, Hadith 1491

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