42) Al Khabeer
This Name of Allah appears in Qur’an 6 times. For example Allah says:
Vision perceives Him not, but He perceives [all] vision; and He is the Subtle, the Acquainted. [al An’aam 6:103]
Khabeer comes from the root khabara which points to two main meanings. The first main meaning is to know, to be aware, and to understand the reality or inner nature of something. The second main meaning is to test, prove, and try by experience which results in inner knowledge.
He is the sublime al-Khabeer, meaning the one who has encompassed the innermost, and the hidden realities of things, and the outward realities of things [All] praise is [due] to Allah , to whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and to Him belongs [all] praise in the Hereafter. And He is the Wise, the Acquainted. [Saba 34:1]
Allah is the One whose knowledge encompasses all that is outward and hidden. He knows all things that occur, that have occurred, and that will occur of the affairs of the whole creation. There is nothing that is hidden from Him. Allah azza wa jall paired His attribute of being khabeer with His attribute of all-encompassing knowledge. Allah says:
Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and knows what is in the wombs. And no soul perceives what it will earn tomorrow, and no soul perceives in what land it will die. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. [al Luqman 31:34]
It is Allah who has knowledge of both the seen and unseen and it is He who can perceive our inner nature and intentions.
O Mankind! We have created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know each other. Verily, the most honourable of you in the Sight of Allah is the most God-Fearing of you. Indeed Allah is the All-Knower, the All-Aware. [al Hujuraat 49:13]
In the Qur’an, Allah‘s being Khabeer is most often combined with His attribute of wisdom (Al Hakeem), of seeing (Al Baseer), and subtleness (Al Lateef). The One who is Most Wise and who is all Seeing knows all the intimate details and realities of everything that happens.
Benefits we can learn from this Name
1. Be comforted by Al Khabeer. Allah Al Khabeer is the only one who is aware of all you do, say, hide, and want. Let this amazing fact comfort you in times of hardship, and in times of ease remind yourself to not get too attached to this world and its material benefits. Allah beautifully says:
Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted? [al Mulk 67:14]
2. Know that Al Khabeer will inform you. Not only is Allah acquainted with all your deeds, on the Day of Judgement He will inform you about all you used to do. Remember this each day and let it motivate you to do good deeds. When you slip, ask Him for forgiveness in this life so you will be saved from His punishment in the
He causes the night to enter the day, and He causes the day to enter the night and has subjected the sun and the moon – each running [its course] for a specified term. That is Allah, your Lord; to Him belongs sovereignty. And those whom you invoke other than Him do not possess [as much as] the membrane of a date seed
If you invoke them, they do not hear your supplication; and if they heard, they would not respond to you. And on the Day of Resurrection they will deny your association. And none can inform you like [one] Acquainted [with all matters]. [al Faatir 35:13-14]
3. Make sure to do hidden good deeds. Al-Khabeer says:
If you disclose your charitable expenditures, they are good; but if you conceal them and give them to the poor, it is better for you, and He will remove from you some of your misdeeds [thereby]. And Allah, with what you do, is [fully] Acquainted. [al Baqarah 2:271]
Be motivated to do good deeds not for the eye of the people but for Allah Al Khabeer. This means you will thoroughly enjoy those good deeds you can hide as you know you do them for Al Khabeer and the fact that only He knows about them will make you feel close to Him.
4. Adhere to the laws of Al Khabeer. In the Qur’an Allah azza wa jall mentions His attribute of being acquainted with all you do often after He has mentioned one of His laws. Follow the rules and laws Al Khabeer laid out for you in the Qur’an and through the Sunnah to your best ability.
43) Al Qawiyy
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an 9 times and the majority of the time it comes with the Name Al Azeez. For example Allah says:
We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice. And We sent down iron, wherein is great military might and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evident those who support Him and His messengers unseen. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might. [al Hadeed 57:25]
Strength – opposite of weak. Someone described with the ability to be able to do things. To prevail.
Al Qawiyy is the Ultimate in Strength; His Attribute of strength never decreases and never has to be followed by a period of rest. The perfect strength of Al Qawiyy is irresistible, and nothing and no one in the heavens and the earth can help but submit to it. Allah can never ever be defeated. He will always be supreme, mighty and powerful. He possesses all forms of Quwwa and His Quwwa never ends. The difference between Qudra (ability) and Quwwa (strength) is that a person that has strength to do something may not have the ability to carry it out but Allah has both Quwwa and Qudra.
Benefits we can learn from this Name
1. Remember that Allah is severe in punishment. Every form of punishment has power, strength. We should not think that Allah cannot carry out a punishment.
2. Quwwa of Allah is so great, comes in all forms. Allah shakes the earth from His Quwwa, the earth becomes a Jund (soldier) of Allah. The wind, the rain etc. All creation of Allah is Quwwa of Allah. Destruction of past nations showed His Quwwa. Al Qawee, Al Azeez, Al Shadeedul Iqab, He has the ability to do whatever He
wants. Allah says:
As for ‘Aad, they were arrogant upon the earth without right and said, “Who is greater than us in strength?” Did they not consider that Allah who created them was greater than them in strength? But they were rejecting Our signs. [Fussilat 41:15]
3. Be a strong believer. Just as Allah is The All Knowing and loves to see you knowledgeable, and just as and He is The Just and loves to see you being just, Allah azza wajal loves to see the quality of quwwa in you as a believer. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam said:
A strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than a weak believer, though both are good. Hasten to what benefits you, seeking Allah‘s help, and do not feel defeated. If some misfortune befalls you, do not say: If only I had done such-and-such… but say: It is what Allah decreed, and He does as He wills. The words If only… open the doors for Satan‘s machinations. [Muslim] Have quwwa in your faith, in your determination to enjoin good and forbid evil, in your war against shaytan, in your character and in your will to seek knowledge.
4. Strive for justice and rest assured against the unjust. Al Qawiyy detests strength based on tyranny and injustice. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
No nation is blessed unless its weakest members can demand their rights without hesitation. [Sunan Ibn Maajah].
Rest assured in the promise of Al-Qawiyy to those who support His cause:
[They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right – only because they say, “Our Lord is Allah.” And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the Name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might. [al Hajj, 22: 40]
5. Fear Al Qawiyy. Al Qawiyy gave one angel the strength to overturn a whole city or uproot a mountain, and this angel and all others, despite their enormous strength, tremble out of awe and fear of His greatness. So what about us which powers do we have? Fear Al Qawiyy and recall His strength to motivate yourself when you‘re about to do something wrong.
6. Reflect on the creation of Al Qawiyy. Look at the strength of the heat of the sun: in hours it can melt huge ice surfaces which could not be demolished by mankind‘s strongest machines. Reflect on the power of the wind, which can lift up whole villages and blow them in the air like a feather. Contemplate the might of the oceans, swallowing complete countries. Reflecting on creation will help you understand the greatness and mind-blowing strength of the Creator. Contemplate the signs of Al Qawiyy and act upon them by obeying His commands and staying away from His prohibitions.
7. Take comfort in Al Qawiyy. Despite His enormous might and strength, Allah azza wajal is extremely gentle and subtle with His servants.
Allah is Subtle with His servants; He gives provisions to whom He wills. And He is the Powerful, the Exalted in Might. [ash Shuraa 42:19].
Take comfort in Him, your protector, your perfect beloved, in times when you feel weak and overcome by worries and difficulties.
Al Qawiyy and other Names
Al Jabbaar, Al Qahhaar, Al Azeez, and Al Qawiyy are all Names of power, strength, and dominance. Allah‘s Name Al Qawiyy is most often paired with His beautiful Name Al Azeez, The All-Mighty. Strength is not suited except to those who are honourable; Al Qawiyy uses His Strength in the most honourable ways to show His perfect might. This combination is used in the context of Allah azza wajal using His strength to support the believers against the tyrants and unjust, while using His might to punish them.
44) Al Mateen
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an once. Allah says:
Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength.
[adh Dhariyaat 51:58]
Al Mateen is similar to Al Qawiyy.
shadeed in power, so great, strong and stable. Exaggerated form of quwwa, severely powerful and strong, so much so that it cannot be comprehended.
Allah is severely powerful and possesses inexhaustible strength and He is able to do whatever He wants to do, and His power will never be cut from Him. Al Qawiyy is the One who possesses the attribute of inexhaustible strength, whereas Al Mateen is the One whose nature it is to be firm, steadfast, and determined. He is the One who can easily overcome anything through supreme firmness and strength of determination.
Benefits that we can learn from this Name
Same as Al Qawiyy and Al ‗Azeez.
1. Be firm in following the right path. Let the attribute of firmness inspire you to stick to your Deen at all times and be determined to follow the straight path with understanding. The means to staying firm on Islam are: to hold on tight to the Qur’an and strive to understand what you read so you can apply the orders and prohibitions and motivations in your daily life, and; to do as many good deeds as you can; to study the lives of the prophets, peace be upon them, follow their examples, and think about the delights of Paradise, the torture of Hellfire and the agony of death. Al-Mateen says:
Allah keeps firm those who believe, with the firm word that in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. And Allah sends astray the wrongdoers, and Allah does what He wills. [Ibraheem 14:27]
2. Call others to Al Mateen. The soul that is not active will stagnate. Giving da‘wah can save you from punishment and cause Al Mateen to make you stand firm yourself.
So to that [religion of Allah] invite, [O Muhammad], and remain on a right course as you are commanded and do not follow their inclinations but say, “I have believed in what Allah has revealed of the Qur’an, and I have been commanded to do justice among you. Allah is our Lord and your Lord. For us are our deeds, and for you your deeds. There is no [need for] argument between us and you. Allah will bring us together, and to Him is the [final] destination.” [ash Shuraa 42:15]
3. Study the seerah for strength. To strengthen your Islamic identity, follow your roots: study the seerah. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
Among the people who came before you, there was a man who was taken and put into a hole dug for him in the earth, then a saw was put on his head and he was cut into two pieces, and an iron comb was used to tear the flesh from his bones, but this still did not turn him away from his religion. [Al-Bukhari]
4. Be confident in the plan of Al Mateen. Allah‘s plan is mateen – know that nothing or no one can defeat His plan. Even though people might plot against you, the reality is Al Mateen will support the believers as long as they are sincere and the ultimate victory will be theirs. So trust in Al Mateen and strive for sincerity in each deed you do. Al Mateen says:
And their words were not but that they said, “Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
So Allah gave them the reward of this world and the good reward of the Hereafter. And Allah loves the doers of good. [ale Imran 3:147-148]
5. Keep close to firm people. Surround yourself with people who are firm upon Islam, seek their advice and be someone who inspires others to stay firm too.
6. Ask Al Mateen. Being able to be steadfast in good and bad times should be one of your daily adiyah (plural of dua) The Prophet salallahu ‗alayhi wa sallam said about your heart:
It changes more than a pot of rapidly boiling water. [Ahmad, al-Hakim] Memorise this dua the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam made and ask Al Mateen from the bottom of your heart:
Oh Turner of hearts, make my heart firm upon Your religion. Be determined to get into Paradise and keep reminding yourself this world is only temporary.
Al Mateen and other Names
Ar Razzaq, Al Qawiyy and Al Mateen are mentioned together. Allah is shadeed in Mateen, and so from His rizq He can give you anything. He is severe in His strength and excessive. It highlights the power of Allah, and His ownership of kingdom.