Names of Allah

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In the Quran, Allah uses dozens of different names or attributes to describe Himself to his followers. These names help us to understand God's nature in terms that we can understand. These names are known as Asmaa al-Husna: The Most Beautiful Names.

Some Muslims believe there are 99 such names for God, based on one statement of the Prophet Muhammad. However, the published lists of names are not consistent; some names appear on some lists but not on others. There is not a single agreed-upon list that includes only 99 names, and many scholars feel that such a list was never explicitly given by the Prophet Muhammad.

Names of Allah in the Hadith

As it is written in the Quran (17:110): "Call Upon Allah, or call upon Rahman: By whatever name you call upon Him, (it is well): For to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names."

The following list consists of the most common and agreed-upon names of Allah, which were explicitly stated in the Quran or hadith:

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  • Ar-Rahman - The Compassionate, The Beneficent
  • Ar-Raheem - The Merciful
  • Al-Malik - The King, The Sovereign Lord
  • Al-Quddoos - The Holy
  • As-Salaam - The Source of Peace
  • Al-Mu'min - The Guardian of Faith
  • Al-Muhaimin - The Protector
  • Al-'Aziz - The Mighty, The Strong
  • Al-Jabbaar - The Compeller
  • Al-Mutakabbir - The Majestic
  • Al-Khaaliq - The Creator
  • Al-Bari' - The Evolver, The Maker
  • Al-Musawwir - The Fashioner
  • Al-Ghaffaar - The Great Forgiver
  • Al-Qahhaar - The Subduer, The Dominant
  • Al-Wahhaab - The Bestower
  • Al-Razzaaq - The Sustainer, The Provider
  • Al-Fattaah - The Opener, The Reliever
  • Al-'Aleem - The All-Knowing
  • Al-Qaabid - The Retainer
  • Al-Baasit - The Expander
  • Al-Khaafid - The Abaser
  • Al-Raafi' - The Exalter
  • Al-Mu'iz - The Honorer
  • Al-Muthil - The Humiliator
  • As-Samee' - The All-Hearing
  • Al-Baseer - The All-Seeing
  • Al-Hakam - The Judge
  • Al-'Adl - The Just
  • Al-Lateef - The Subtle One
  • Al-Khabeer - The Aware
  • Al-Haleem - The Forebearing
  • Al-'Azeem - The Great One
  • Al-Ghafoor - The All-Forgiving
  • Ash-Shakoor - The Grateful
  • Al-'Aliyy - The Most High
  • Al-Kabeer - The Great
  • Al-Hafeez - The Preserver
  • Al-Muqeet - The Maintainer
  • Al-Haseeb - The Reckoner
  • Al-Jaleel - The Sublime One
  • Al-Kareem - The Generous
  • Ar-Raqeeb - The Watcher
  • Al-Mujeeb - The Responsive
  • Al-Wasi' - The Vast
  • Al-Hakeem - The Wise
  • Al-Wadood - The Loving
  • Al-Majeed - The Glorious
  • Al-Ba'ith - The Resurrector
  • Ash-Shaheed - The Witness
  • Al-Haqq - The Truth
  • Al-Wakeel - The Trustee
  • Al-Qawiyy - The Strong
  • Al-Mateen - The Firm One
  • Al-Waliyy - The Supporter
  • Al-Hameed - The Praiseworthy
  • Al-Muhsee - The Counter
  • Al-Mubdi' - The Originator
  • Al-Mu'eed - The Reproducer
  • Al-Muhyi - The Restorer
  • Al-Mumeet - The Destroyer
  • Al-Hayy - The Alive
  • Al-Qayyoom - The Self-Subsisting
  • Al-Waajid - The Perceiver
  • Al-Waahid - The Unique
  • Al-Ahad - The One
  • As-Samad - The Eternal
  • Al-Qaadir - The Able
  • Al-Muqtadir - The Powerful
  • Al-Muqaddim - The Expediter
  • Al-Mu'akh-khir - The Delayer
  • Al-'Awwal - The First
  • Al-'Akhir - The Last
  • Az-Zaahir - The Manifest
  • Al-Baatin - The Hidden
  • Al-Walee - The Governor
  • Al-Muta'ali - The Most Exalted
  • Al-Barr - The Source of All Goodness
  • At-Tawwaab - The Acceptor of Repentance
  • Al-Muntaqim - The Avenger
  • Al-'Afuww - The Pardoner
  • Ar-Ra'uf - The Compassionate
  • Malik Al-Mulk - The King of Kings
  • Thul-Jalali wal-Ikram - The Lord of Majesty and Bounty
  • Al-Muqsit - The Equitable
  • Al-Jaami' - The Gatherer
  • Al-Ghaniyy - The Self-Sufficient
  • Al-Mughni - The Enricher
  • Al-Maani' - The Preventer
  • Ad-Daarr - The Distresser
  • An-Nafi' - The Propitious
  • An-Noor - The Light
  • Al-Haadi - The Guide
  • Al-Badi' - The Incomparable
  • Al-Baaqi - The Everlasting
  • Al-Waarith - The Inheritor
  • Ar-Rasheed - The Guide to the Right Path
  • As-Saboor - The Patient
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