An Explanation of the Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah part 7: Names 37-42

Amat Al-Kareem March 17, 2016 0

An Explanation of the Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah front pageAn Explanation of the Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah pt.7 Names 36-42

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem



36. Al ‘Aaalim,……………………………………..3

37. Al ‘Aleem……………………………………….4

38. An ‘Allamal Ghuyoob………………………5

39. Al Lateef………………………………………10

40. Al Hameed…………………………………..16

41. Al Majeed…………………………………….22

42. Al Khabeer…………………………………..25




Al ‘Aalim, Al ‘Aleem, ‘Allamal Ghuyoob

These Names are about Allah knowing about the creation.


36) Al ‘Aalim


This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qu’ran 13 times. For example Allah says:


They will make excuses to you when you have returned to them. Say, “Make no excuse – never will we believe you. Allah has already informed us of your news. And Allah will observe your deeds, and [so will] His Messenger; then you will be taken back to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do.” [at Tawbah 9:94] 


37) Al ‘Aleem


This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an 157 times. For example Allah says:


And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.” [al Baqarah 2:30]



When Allah wanted to prove that Adam and mankind were greater then the malaaika, He taught Adam knowledge [Surah Al Baqarah 2:31]. A person increases His rank in the sight of Allah through knowledge of Allah. The key to success in dunya and aakhirah is ‘ilm.


‘Aalim – someone who knows something

‘Aleem – someone who knows something in the exaggerated manner


38) Allaamul Ghuyoob

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This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an 4 times. For example Allah says:

 [Be warned of] the Day when Allah will assemble the messengers and say, “What was the response you received?” They will say, “We have no knowledge. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen” [al Maeda 5:109]


  • ·         Allaamul Ghuyoob is a greater form of exaggeration than Aleem. One who knows the intricate details of the Unseen.
  • ·         He Knows everything taking place and everything that’s being done, and everything about the consequences of actiosn. He Knows all the hidden matters.
  • ·         Contains ‘Aalim and ‘Aleem. The trunk is of knowledge and the branches is ‘Aalim and ‘Aleem.
  • ·         Together these 3 Names show the perfection of the knowledge of Allah.


Allah says:


And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record. [al An'aam 6:59]


The knowledge of Allah is vast. There is not a single thing that He doesn’t know about.



Benefits of Allah’s knowledge

1) Encompasses the entire creation. Allah’s knowledge reaches every single part of the creation.

2) Comprises of everything, and everything that comes out and goes into the heavens and earth.

3) Allah specified ghayb when talking about His Name ‘Allaamul Ghuyoob. Allah has the key to the unseen and so He possesses the knowledge. It is not possible for a person to sin if they know that Allah is looking at him. Sometimes we forget this but when we are aware and still sin knowingly, then it means our heart is close to dying.


5 things that only Allah knows about

1) ‘Ilm of the hour.

2) ‘Ilm of al ghayth – rain from the heavens.

3) ‘Ilm of what is in the womb

4) ‘Ilm of what every soul will earn tomorrow

5) ‘Ilm of where/what land one will die in.


Benefits we can learn from these Names

  1. Affirm that all types of unseen is known only to Allah and He hasn’t given this knowledge to anyone else. Allah’s knowledge can’t be compared to any other knowledge in the creation. Our knowledge is preceded by ignorance and we gain knowledge by learning and we also forget. Allah’s ‘ilm is neither acquired through learning nor preceded by ignorance; nothing in the heavens or on the Earth escapes His notice. Fear Allah. Al-‘Aleem says:

And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein. [Qaaf 50: 6]


If you know that He sees you while you’re alone and when you’re in the company of others, that He knows all of your secret thoughts and intentions, if you firmly believe that Allah ‘azza wa jall knows all things, then stick to His divine commands and know that they are the best for you. This will prevent one from sinning.


  1. Strive for the best of knowledge. There are different types and branches of knowledge; one example is that of things created by Allah, of which some are beneficial and others are not. Knowing all about the life of a certain pop star is an example of knowledge of no benefit to your life in this world and the next. Whereas knowledge of certain skills can be of benefit in this life to be able to practice a certain career. Another example of knowledge, which is the most honourable knowledge with most benefit, is the knowledge of the Creator Himself. So study His Names and Attributes with the intention to transform your life by them.


  1. 3.    Realise the virtue of seeking (beneficial) knowledge.



Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding. [az Zumar 39:9]



To which group do you want to belong? And the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wassalam said:


Whoever treads a path in search of knowledge, Allah makes easy for him a path to Paradise. [Muslim]


Keep reminding yourself of the importance of daily seeking Islamic knowledge, instil this eagerness in your children and start by asking Al ‘Allaam to increase you in knowledge which will benefit you in this life and the next by memorizing this beautiful Quranic supplication:
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My Lord! Increase me in Knowledge [Ta Ha 20:114].



  1. Convey knowledge. The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:


Convey from me even a single verse…[Al-Bukhari]

and he mentioned an amazing fact:


By Allah, were Allah to guide a single man through you it would be better for you than a herd of red camels. [Abu Dawood]


Make it a mission to share a piece of Islamic knowledge with someone every day inshaa’Allah.


  1. Have the desire to learn. Be eager to increase your knowledge, especially Islamic knowledge, since Allah loves knowledge and those who possess it just as He hates ignorance and those who are wilfully ignorant. Be patient and persevere in seeking beneficial knowledge, and recognise that learning is a form of worship; how else can you know what Allah wants from you? How else can you do what pleases Him and avoid what He dislikes? We need to know Allah in order to be able to worship Him how He wants to be worshipped and how he deserves to be worshipped. Allah Al ‘Aleem loves those who seek knowledge.


  1. Humility. Let Allah’s perfect and detailed knowledge humble you. This is why it is said: the one who knows the most about Allah fears Him the most. Knowledge is a quality that we naturally admire in people; let the amazing ‘ilm of your creator increase your love and admiration for Him.


  1. Accept what is decreed for you. Knowing Al ‘Aleem makes your heart able to accept what He decreed for you because you know He designed your destiny by His knowledge and wisdom. Whatever pain, stress, disappointment, and injustice you go through, Allah knows. Remind yourself of this to get closer to Him, especially during trials, be comforted and motivated. Let the all-encompassing knowledge of Al ‘Allaam of not only each leaf that falls, but also each of your thoughts and feelings, comfort you and tell yourself in times of hardship: Allah knows. At the same time, realise Al ‘Allaam knows of every move you make, even when no other human being is aware, and let this motivate you to not only watch your actions, but strive to show Him the best of you, each and every day He gives you.


  1. Leave a legacy of knowledge. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam said:


When the human being dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him [Muslim].


When you die, you can no longer do a single good deed and you never know when the Angel of Death comes for you. Out of His mercy, Allah taught you the three deeds mentioned in the hadith above which will keep counting for you, even when you die. An example isprinting a leaflet with Islamic knowledge, think of a project to leave a legacy of knowledge and ask Allah to give you the ability to make it happen.


  1. Do dhikr with this Name. The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: Anyone who says three times in the evening:

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In the Name of Allah, with whose Name nothing on earth or in the sky can harm. And He is the All-Hearing and All-Knowing-

nothing will harm them until the morning, and anyone who says it three times in the morning, nothing will harm them until the evening. [Ahmad]


  • ·        Allah mentions Al Aleem with Al Hakeem. The reason being is because His knowledge has wisdom. He knows everything and knows the wisdom behind everything.

Please download the pdf doc for the rest of the names to this part and share with others in shaa Allah. Try and Memorise the names and their meanings so you can custom make you du’a, using the related names of Allah for the particular thing you are asking. For example Y Rahmaan, have Mercy on me, Ya Aleem, I ask you for ilm and so on. Till next time in shaa Allah.

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