Who is Allah and what is His Message?

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem In the name of Allah, The Most Merciful, the Most Kind.

Allah is our Magnificent Creator. He is the Creator of all that is in the heavens and earth and all that is between them. “He is Allah, Al-Khaliq (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 59:24)

He is One. There is no other god but Allah. He is my God, he is your God. Allah’s message was sent down to us through all of the Prophets including Adam, Noah (Nuh), Abraham (Ibrahim), Moses (Musa), Jesus (Isa), and Muhammad (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon them all). His final message was sent down, through the Angel Gabriel (Jibreel) to the final Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasalaam, May the Peace of Allah be upon Him).

This message, in its entirety, is found in the Qur’an. The Qur’an is the word of Allah alone. No human voice is in the Qur’an. It is a book of guidance for all of humanity. The Qur’an was revealed through Jibreel (Alaihis salaam, Peace be upon him). After each verse was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), he taught it to his companions. It was written down and has been preserved with no additons or removals, to this day. There are many translations of the Qur’an in different languages, by different scholars, however the Qur’an itself is only in Arabic. It is very difficult to grasp the full meaning, if not read and understood in Arabic.

However, for those of us who are not fluent in Arabic, a translation will be sufficient. We must, however refer to the meaning of each verse explained further and the historical context of each verse. In the second chapter of the Qur’an, Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala (SWT), the Most Glorified, the Most High) confirmed the truth of the Qur’an:

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“This is the Scripture in which there is no doubt, containing guidance for those who are mindful of Allah, who believe in the unseen, keep up the prayer, and give out of what We have provided for them; Those who believe in the revelation send down to you (Muhammad), and in what was send before you, those who have firm faith in the Hereafter)” (Qur’an 2:2-4). 

In the third chapter of the Qur’an, Allah SWT, addresses this again:

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“Allah: there is no god but Him, the Ever Living, the Ever Watchful. Step by step, He has send the Scripture down to you (Muhammad) with the Truth, confirming what went before; He send down the Torah and the Gospel earlier as a guide for people and He has send down the distinction between right and wrong. Those who deny Allah’s revelations will suffer sever torment; Allah is Almighty and capable of retribution. Nothing on earth or in heaven is hidden from Allah: it is He who shapes you all in the womb as He pleases. There is no god but Him, The Mighty, The Wise” (Qur’an: 3-2-6)

His message is a very simple message. The message is to Worship Him alone, to not associate any partners with Him. Seek His Guidance, seek His Mercy and Forgiveness. It is through our worship of Allah SWT, that we attain the rewards of Paradise (Jannah) in the Hereafter. It is through our denial of our Creator, that we attain the punishment of the hellfire. 

In the same chapter of the Qur’an, Allah tells the story of Jesus (Isa) confirming this:

“And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you with a proof from your Lord. So fear Allah and obey me. Truly! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worhip Him (Alone). This is the Straight Path ” (Qur’an: 3:50-51)

As you can see from the above verse, Jesus (Isa, AS) is also confirming that he is not Allah (God). He is confirming that Allah is your God and my God. Your God and his God. One and the same. The rewards of Jannah cannot be explained fully as we do not have the ability to understand the full reward. In simple terms, Jannah is the most beautiful place in eternity that one can only imagine. Anything and everything that we want, everything of beauty is found in Jannah. There is no filth, there is no poverty, there is no sin, there is no hunger, there is no pain.

Think of the beauty of this world, the mountains, the streams, the creations…then imagine how much more beauty one will find in Jannah. The punishment of the Hellfire (Jahannam) cannot be fully explained as well, but there are many descriptions and the descriptions are so very frightening. The Hellfire is torment for eternity. Fire, intense burning, intense pain. Agony! Allah SWT gave us free will to choose either path. The path of belief that will lead to Jannah, or the path of disbelief, which will lead to the Hellfire. 

Which do you choose?

I have been told that the best way to learn of Allah’s Magnificence is to learn about Him through is beautiful names (Asmal Al-Husna) and attributes. The list of 99 names of Allah are below. I would suggest that you research these names so that you begin to understand His Glory and Magnificence. 

99 Beautiful Names of Allah (SWT)

Ar-Rahman: The Exceedlngly Compassionate, The Exceedingly Beneficient, The Exceedingly Gracious
Ar-Rahim: The Exceedingly Merciful
Al-Malik: The King
Al-Quddus: The Holy, The Pure, The Perfect
As-Salaam: The Source of Peace and Safety, The Savior
Al-Mu’min: The Guarantor, The Affirming
Al-Muhaymin: The Guardian
Al-Aziz: The Almighty, The Invulnerable, The Honorable
Al-Jabbar: The Irresistable, The Compeller, The Lofty
Al-Mutakabbir: The Majestic, The Supreme
Al-Khaliq: The Creator
Al-Bari: The Evolver, The Fashioner, The Designer
Al-Musawwir: The Fashioner of Forms
Al-Ghaffar: The Repeatedly Forgiving
Al-Qahhar: The Subduer
Al-Wahhab: The Bestower
Al-Razzaq: The Provider
Al-Fattah: The Opener, The Victory Giver
Al-Aleem: The All Knowing, The Omniscient
Al-Qabid: The Restrainer, The Straightener
Al-Basit: The Extender, The Expander
Al-Khafid: The Abaser
Ar-Rafi: The Exalter
Al-Mu’izz: The Giver of Honor
Al-Mudhill: The Give of Dishonor
As-Sami: The All Hearer
Al-Basir: The All Seeing
Al-Hakam: The Judge, The Arbitrator

Al-‘Adl: The Utterly Just
Al-Latif: The Gentle, The Subtly Kind
Al-Khabeer: The All Aware
Al-Haleem: The Forebearing
Al-“Azeem: The Magnificent
Al-Ghafur: The Much Forgiving
Ash-Shakur: The Greatful
Al-‘Aliy: The Subliime
Al-Kabir: The Great
Al-Hafeez: The Preserver
Al-Muqeet: The Nourisher
Al-Haseeb: The Bringer of Judgment
Al-Jalil: The Majestic
Al-Karim: The Bountiful, The Generous
Ar-Raqib: The Watchful
Al-Mujib: The Responsive, The Answer
Al-Wasi’: The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Omnipresent, The Boundless
Al-Hakim: The Wise
Al-Wadud: The Loving
Al-Majid: All-Glorious, The Majestic
Al-Ba’ith: The Resurrecter
Ash-Shahid: The Witness
Al-Haqq: The Truth, The Real
Al-Wakil: The Trustee, The Dependable, The Advocate
Al-Qawwiy: The Strong
Al-Matin: The Firm, The Steadfast
Al-Waliy: The Friend, Patron, Helper
Al-Hamid: The All Praiseworthy
Al-Muhsiy: The Accounter, The Numberer of All
Al-Mubdi’: The Originator, The Producer, The Initiator
Al-Mu’id: The Restorer, The Reinstater Who Brings Back All
Al-Muhyiy: The Giver of Life
Al-Mumit: The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death
Al-Hayy: The Living
Al-Qayyum: The Subsisting, The Guardina
Al-Wajid: The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing

Al-Majid: The Illustrious, The Magnificent
Al-Wahid: The One, The Unique
Al-Ahad: The Unity, The Indivisible
As-Samad: The Eternal, The Absolute, The Self-Sufficient
Al-Qadir: The Omnipotent, The All Able
Al-Muqtadir: The Determiner, The Dominant
Al-Muqaddim: The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward
Al-Mu’akhkhir: The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away
Al-‘Awwal: The First, The Beginning-less
Al-‘Akhir: The Last, Then Endless
Az-Zahir: The Manifest, The Evident, The Outer
Al-Batin: The Hidden, The Unmanifest, The Inner
Al-Waliy:: The Patron, The Protecting Friend, The Friendly Lord
Al-Muta’aliy: The Supremely Exalted, The Most High
Al-Barr: The Good
At-Tawwab: The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting
Al-Muntaqum: The Avenger
Al-‘Afuw: The Pardoner, The Effacer, The Forgiver
Ar0Ra’uf: The Kind, The Pitying
Malik-Ul-Mulk: The Owner of all Sovereignty
Dhu’l’Jalali wa-l-Ikram: The Lord of Majesty and Generosity

Al-Muqsit: The Equitable, The Requiter
Al-Jami: The Gatherer, The Unifer
Al-Ghaniy: The Rich, The Independent
Al-Mughniy:The Enricher, The Emancipator
Al-Mani’: The Withholder, The Shielder, The Defender
Ad-Darr: The Distressor, The Harmer, The Afflicter
An-Nafi’: The Prpitious, The Benefactor, The Source of Good
An-Nur: The Light
Al-Hadiy: The Guide, The Way
Al-Badi’: The Incomparable, The Unattainable
Al-Baqiy: The Immutable, The Infinite, The Everlasting
Al-Warith: The Heir, The inheritor of All
Ar-Rashid: The Guide to the Right Path
As-Sabur: The Timeless, The Patient