Monday, August 5, 2013

Tohfa'ae Saadat by Molana Masood Azhar

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: 'To God belongs 99 names, 100 minus 1, anyone who memorizes them will enter Paradise; He (God) is odd (odd number, he is the Only One), and He loves odd numbers (such as 99)'.

Hafeez sheikh is a very creative painter whose expertise lies in Islamic art. The beautiful array of his work can be seen on his website. His paintings are unique among his contemporaries. Most of his paintings manifest his love for Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala (English: “Glorious and exalted is He." In short: SWT) and his messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him, In short: PBUH).

In Arabic, the word Allah (See Art: 99 Names of Allah & The Word Allah) means ‘The God’. It is derived from the union of the word ‘Al’ meaning ‘The’ and ‘Ilah’ Meaning ‘God’ (See Art: God in other languages). The word Allah is the supreme and all-comprehensive divine name. The name Allah is unique and unmatched and indicates the existence of one creator of the universe who is omnipotent and all-powerful. To test what Allah can be, he has given an acid test in his book as he speaks to his servant (Prophet Mohammad) in The Holy Quran.

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
[Surah At-Tauhid (The Unity) 112]
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only!
Allah, the eternal, Absolute!
He begets not, nor was he begotten.
And there is none comparable unto Him.

There are many other names of Allah mentioned in the Holy Quran, but these other names are attributes of the creator. Allah is the best and the most suited name for God. It’s a common misconception that Allah is only the God of Muslims or people from the desert. In reality you will find Arab Jews and Christians calling upon Allah in their prayer, and even a Chinese Muslim will call upon Allah in his prayer.

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