Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Meaning and Details of the 99 Names of Allah: Ar-Rehmaan and Ar-Raheem

Say, "He is Allah, [who is] One,

Allah, the Eternal Refuge.
He neither begets nor is born,

Nor is there to Him any equivalent." (112:1-4)

Allah says about Himself in the Quran that there is no one like Him, nothing similar to Him, so it is difficult to know Him. Therefore when we want to know something, we compare our previous knowledge with the new knowledge. 

We know the existence of Allah, but we don't have the deep, intimate knowledge of Allah. We know His attributes, but we don't know who He really is. It is like explaining color to a blind man, we can list the attributes and qualities, but we can't explain the actual thing.

When we know the ninety-nine names of Allah, we can know just a bit more about Allah SWT and earn Paradise!

“Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.” (Bukhari)

We should strive to know the names of Allah, differentiate between their meanings, use the names in our supplications and believe that Allah's names are limitless, that His traits are not limited to ninety-nine. 


The root word of Ar-Rehmaan is rehma, meaning softness. Ar-Rehmaan is usually translated as Most-Kind, Beneficent, and Most-Merciful. 

Ar-Rehmaan is the name that is the essence and identity of Allah, it is the zaat of Allah. It is innate. Allah is Ar-Rehmaan even in the absence of creation. 

Rehmaan means when He is asked, He gives. Rahmaan is general, it is for the believing and unbelieving. It is like rain and does not discriminate between who it is being bestowed upon. 

Ar-Rehmaan is the name that is exclusive to Allah and cannot be shared. The word Ar-Rehmaan comes fifty-seven times in the Quran. 


Similar to Ar-Rehmaan, Ar-Raheem is from the root word rehma and comes from softness. Ar-Raheem is usually translated as The Most Compassionate. 

Ar-Raheem is a trait of Allah, which needs to be manifested, it needs an object to be seen. For Allah to be Ar-Raheem, there is a need for creation so Allah can be Raheem on someone. There needs to be an object for His mercy. 

Raheem means when He is not asked, He becomes angry. Raheem is exclusive for those who believe, it is for the believer and his entry into Jannah. 

Raheem is mentioned hundred and fourteen times in the Quran.