(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

And, Allah, (The One to be Remembered) said:


 "And if My Servants ask about Me -


Behold I am near!



I respond to the person who calls unto Me,


whenever he calls unto Me.


Let them respond unto Me then,


and Believe in Me,


so that you follow The Right Path.




"Believe in what" I 


"bestowed from on High"


"and worship Me alone"


"confirming the Truth."




And, "of Me, 


of Me, be conscious."


Remember Me, and I will remember you,


and be thankful unto Me,


and do not reject Faith."


 
(Quran: 2:186, 2:91, 20:14, 2:41 and 2:152)

A. J. Janan





(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)



  

So, "Remember" Him "at the Holy Place" and
 

"Remember the blessings of Mine with which I graced you."


 

"Remember Him as the One who Guided you after you
 

had indeed been lost on your way...."
 


"Remember your Lord much,
 

and exalt Him in the night and the morning,"
 

for "unto Him is due all praise in the heavens and on earth."
 


(Qur'an 2:47, 2:198 3:41, 30:18)

A. J. Janan



About Dhikr - science of invocation

Sayyahun angels

They "look for assemblies of invocation (dhikr).  


"The rover angels gather around these assemblies and hear the words,


"O remember ye God and give warning to one another."


The Prophet said on the authority of his God,


"The servant will continue to draw near unto Me with supererogatory works and meritorious deeds until He wins My favour, at which time I shall be his ears and eyes.



(Al Ghazali  Book of Knowledge 87, 190)



A Heart Blessed

(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)


“Those who believe,”
 

their “hearts will find rest in the remembrance of God.”

 

For, His comfort is Great,
 

and His Compassion and Mercy is overflowing.



And, God Grants to the believers
 

“good in this world, and in the world to come.”

 


He is Ever The Most Giving,
 

The Most Generous to those who believe in Him alone.



Indeed, “those who are conscious of God
 

will find themselves amidst gardens and springs.”



His Light and Eternal Glory
 

alights the hearts of those who believe,
 

giving them comfort.


Verily, “unto God do we turn for hope."


And, in His remembrance, “hearts will find rest,"


being blessed “by Our Sustainer with inner peace.”

 

(Qur’an 13:28, 16:122, 15:45, 9:59, 2:248)

 A. J. Janan

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The Glorious

(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

  

Praise and Blessings are to Allah alone,
 

The Most Great,
 

The Most Glorious!
 

For He is the One "who upholds the planets in their celestial abode,"
 

and "holds the birds aloft in the sky."
 

'Even the birds sing Praise of Him,"
 

as do the angels in Heaven.


 

And, He is the One "who causes the sun to rise in the West,
 

and to set in the West,"
 

and is the Lord of them, and the Lord of us,


"The Lord of Everything!"
 


"Glorified is Allah and Praised is He,
 

Glorified is Allah, The Most Great,"
 

"The Most Glorious."


 

(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

A. J. Janan
 



Al Ghazali stated:  "Al-Majid - The All-Glorious- is the one who is noble

in essence, beautiful in actions, and bountiful in gifts and in favours… It is as if it combines the meaning of the Majestic, the Bestower, and the Generous." 


 (99 Names of Allah, Ghazali, p.120.)

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Place Thy Trust in Him

(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)


"Unto God belongs the heavens and the earth."

"In Him, let the Believers place their trust."

"For none is as worthy as Him,"

and, "He Loves those who place their trust in Him."


(select Qur'anic verses by A. J. Janan)


"The Trustee -- is one who has matters entrusted to him.  But those so entrusted may be distinguished into one entrusted with some things (and that one is deficient) or to one to whom everything is entrusted, and this is none but God - may He be praised and exalted." 


(Ghazali, The 99 Beautiful Names of God, p. 126)

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(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

  

"Limitless in His Glory is my Sustainer."
 

"The seven heavens extol His Limitless Glory, and the earth,
 

and all they contain,"
 

for He alone is "Lord of The Seven Heavens,"
 

"Lord of the heavens and the earth."
 

"The thunder extols His Limitless Glory and praises Him,
 

and the angels in awe of Him."


 (17:93, 23:86, 13:13)


  

(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)


Praise is to God alone, 


"Lord God" of all creation,
 

"creator of all things."
 

"Lord of the heavens and the earth."
 

Blessed is He, Most High, Most Great.

 


 



 

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Salaam Alaikum - Peace be upon you - Peace be with you

Who is God?

Have you ever looked up into the stars in the sky and wonder who created them?  


In Islam, His favorite name is Allah, "Lord of the Heavens and the earth" and everything in between them.  (Qur'an 13:16)  "Lord of Sirius" (Qur'an 53:49)


"Allah!  There is none worthy of worship but He, The Living, The Self-Sustaining...To Him belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth." (Qur'an 2:255)


He is the god of Abrahim, peace be upon him.  "It is He who is the only deity in the heavens and the earth..." (Qur'an 43:84)


"He is Allah, other than whom none has the right to be worshipped.  The King, The Holy, as-Salam, The Giver of Security, the Ever-Watcher, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Supreme.  Glory be to Allah!  Above all they associate as partners with Him."  (Qur'an 59:23)


Importance of worshipping Him alone

Shirk


The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, told us the importance of worshiping God alone, and giving him Praise alone.  He said "Till a man loves Allah and His Prophet more than anything else he has not the right faith."  (Hamid Ghazali, Alchemy of Happiness, p. 27.)


Love for God should be pure of heart, without giving Him partners, or associating anyone with Him.  And, never set anyone above Him for there isn't any.

"Love of Allah should conquer a man's heart and possess it wholly, and even if it does not possess it wholly it should predominate in the heart over the love of all other things."  (Ghazali, Alchemy of Happiness, p. 27)


Shirk is considered one of the worst sins in Islam, as is hypocrisy, and should be avoided for the pleasure of Allahwatallah.  


Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him said, "O Allah, grant me to love Thee and to love those who love Thee, and whatsoever brings me nearer to Thy love, and make Thy love more precious to me than cold water to the thirsty." p.27


 Challenges to your love for God may be perceived as polytheism,

 or loving an additional God, 

which is unacceptable to Him.  This includes love for oneself.

 He is The Unique, The Loving, The Incomparable, Praised and Exalted.

 


(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)


"There is nothing like unto Him."  (42:11)


"There is no one equal to or comparable to Him.  (112:4)


"Then do not set up rivals to Allah.  (2:22)


(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)


"He is so far removed from any defect just as He is far removed from

anything resembling Him or coming close to resembling Him in any of His attributes of perfection."   Shayk Nasir as-Sa'di (1307-d1376H)


Yahya ibn Mu'adh said, "Monotheism (tawhid) brings forth light 

and polytheism (shirk) fire.  (Book of knowledge on shirk, p. 192)

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Photo courtesy estate of E.V. McCaughey, Jr.
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Bismillahirahmanirahim

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful

No one really explained this to me quite like his holiness M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, may Allah have mercy of him, in his book Asma'ul Husna, p.190:


"In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate.  Bismillah:  Allah is the first and the last.  The One with beginning and the One without beginning.  He is the One who is the cause for creation and for the absence of creation, the cause for the beginning and for the beginningless.  Ar-Rahman:  He is the King.  He is the Nourisher, the One who gives food.  He is the Compassionate One.  He is the One who protects his creations.  He is the Beneficent One.  Ar-Raheem:  He is the One who redeems; the One who protects from evil, who preserves and who confers eternal bliss; the Savior.  On the day of judgment and on the day of inquiry and on all days from the day of the beginning, He protects and brings His creations back to himself."


It is used respectfully at the beginning of reading passages in the Qur'an at the beginning, and according to the shayks, to also end with it also.  We also used it when we begin to eat, or start any religious journey or act.


"After shunning all the items forbidden in kind or degree, the Muslim is invited by God too enjoy His gracious provisions and to experience gratitude to the Merciful Provider."  (2:168, 172, 5:90-1)  Abd al 'Ati p. 107 Islam in Focus.

The Merciful Provider


 

"Allah is One,"
 

Our "Creator," Our "Sustainer."
 

The God of all being, all creation.
 

The True God of the One "Ever True Faith."
 

"There is none like unto" Al Ahad,
 

who creates us, and sustains us.
 

The One to whom we all return. 


(In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

A.J. Janan