The 99 Names of Allah

Although called "names", they are actually more attributes. One hadith of Muhammad is often cited:
"Verily, there are 99 names of God, 100 minus 1. He who enumerates [and believes in them and the one god behind] them would get into Paradise." [Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, no. 1410]

Some Muslims use a rosary (Tasbih), in order to recite the ninety-nine names. The use of the rosary was at the time of Mohammed not yet well-known. The rosary consists mostly of 33 beads (in 3 passages one pulls 99 beads) or 99 beads, according to the 99 invocation (name, designation, characteristic, attribute) of God. From Islamic view, the hundredth name of God is unpronounceable and unknown to humans. The first two names are used in the well-known formula Bismi llahi r-rahmani r-rahim ("In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful"), which constitutes the first verse of every in 113 of the 114 sura.

English List of The 99 Names

There is no "one" list of the 99 names: in the Qur'an, for example, "The Lord of Infinite Grace" is mentioned, but this name is not part of the traditional list of the 99 names of God.

It is not possible to perfectly translate the 99 names of Allah from their original Arabic into English. However, here are some fairly close explanations.

"He is Allah (God), the Creator, the Originator. The Fashioner; to Him belong the most beautiful names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, do declare His praises and Glory. And He is the Exalted in Might, The Wise. (Quran 59:24)

  1. The Most Gracious
  2. The Most Merciful
  3. The King, The Sovereign
  4. The Most Holy
  5. The Peace and Blessing
  6. The Guarantor
  7. The Guardian, The Preserver
  8. The Almighty, The Self Sufficient
  9. The Powerful, The Irresistible
  10. The Tremendous
  11. The Creator
  12. The Rightfull
  13. The Fashioner of Forms
  14. The Ever Forgiving
  15. The All Compelling Subduer
  16. The Bestower
  17. The Ever Providing
  18. The Opener, The Victory Giver
  19. The All Knowing, The Omniscient
  20. The Restrainer, The Straightener
  21. The Expander, The Munificent
  22. The Abaser
  23. The Exalter
  24. The Giver of Honour
  25. The Giver of Dishonour
  26. The All Hearing
  27. The All Seeing
  28. The Judge, The Arbitrator
  29. The Utterly Just
  30. The Subtly Kind
  31. The All Aware
  32. The Forbearing, The Indulgent
  33. The Magnificent, The Infinite
  34. The All Forgiving
  35. The Grateful
  36. The Sublimely Exalted
  37. The Great
  38. The Preserver
  39. The Nourisher
  40. The Reckoner
  41. The Majestic
  42. The Bountiful, The Generous
  43. The Watchful
  44. The Responsive, The Answerer
  45. The Vast, The All Encompassing
  46. The Wise
  47. The Loving, The Kind One
  48. The All Glorious
  49. The Raiser of The Dead
  50. The Witness
  1. The Truth, The Real
  2. The Trustee, The Dependable
  3. The Strong
  4. The Firm, The Steadfast
  5. The Protecting Friend, Patron and Helper
  6. The All Praiseworthy
  7. The Accounter, The Numberer of All
  8. The Producer, Originator, and Initiator of All
  9. The Reinstater Who Brings Back All
  10. The Giver of Life
  11. The Bringer of Death, The Destroyer
  12. The Ever Living
  13. The Self Subsisting Sustainer of All
  14. The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing
  15. The Illustrious, The Magnificent
  16. The One, The Unique, Manifestation of Unity
  17. The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible
  18. The Impregnable, The Eternally Besought of All, The Everlasting
  19. The All Able
  20. The All Determiner, The Dominant
  21. The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward
  22. The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away
  23. The First
  24. The Last
  25. The Manifest, The All Victorious
  26. The Hidden, The All Encompassing
  27. The Patron
  28. The Self Exalted
  29. The Most Kind and Righteous
  30. The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting
  31. The Avenger
  32. The Pardoner, The Effacer of Sins
  33. The Compassionate, The All Pitying
  34. The Owner of All Sovereignty
  35. The Lord of Majesty and Generosity
  36. The Equitable, The Requiter
  37. The Gatherer, The Unifier
  38. The All Rich, The Independent
  39. The Enricher, The Emancipator
  40. The Withholder, The Shielder, the Defender
  41. The Distressor, The Harmer (only be found in hadith)
  42. The Propitious, The Benefactor
  43. The Light
  44. The Guide
  45. The Incomparable, The Originator
  46. The Ever Enduring and Immutable
  47. The Heir, The Inheritor of All
  48. The Guide, Infallible Teacher and Knower
  49. The Patient, The Timeless.




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