Knowledge. Knowledge. Knowledge. Knowledge about this, knowledge about that. Knowledge that benefits us, knowledge which does not. Knowledge at the start, knowledge at the end. You’ve become so knowledgeable! But have you forgotten the most important knowledge?
You see there’s not really such thing as an un-knowledgeable person, every human being would have some sort of knowledge. Some may have more than others and some may differ in the type of knowledge. The point is, that from a very young age we’re all searching for knowledge. We want to know the names of people and places. Most of the population spends the majority of their week educating themselves. Whether it’s school, university, work, courses or research.
As humans, we’re always trying to learn more. It may be science, celebrities or our religion. But the bottom line is, a lot of our energy and time is directed in gaining knowledge.
However, we have an issue with regards to gaining knowledge about Allah. We spend a lot of time gaining knowledge for His sake but not really about Him. I believe that the main reason behind this is most likely because of the fact that we can’t see Allah, or due to the fact that some may think that we don’t have many sources to gain knowledge of Him. Well I’m here to show you that we can very easily over come these barriers and learn a great amount about our Lord, bith’nillah.
Attaining knowledge of Allah is quite simple. There are two main things that really stood out for me, and helped me gain a good understanding of Allah, which eventually brought me closer to Him. These are resources given to us by Allah Himself, so that we may know about Him and know what He requires from us. After all, Allah knows us best, and therefore He has given us exactly what we need.
The first thing is the 99 beautiful attributes of Allah. Allah describes Him self in 99 names! This is a direct example of knowing more of Him. 99 names that could have a huge impact, if only we pondered…
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, “Allah has ninety-nine Names. Whoever memorizes (and acts upon) them will enter Paradise.” [1. Sahih Muslim, Book 35, Number 6476]
The issue with the 99 names of Allah is that many of us know them, or may have even memorized them but they still don’t have much of an impact on us. Why? Because we need to beyond the word. After learning Allah’s 99 names, we will see that everything, anything, and anywhere relates directly back to Allah as we will be able to find a name to apply to every situation.
When we love someone, everything we do and see reminds us of him or her, am I right? Well applying Allah to everything and being reminded of His bounty every time we look, hear, touch or taste something will allow us to gain closeness to Him as it will mean that He is constantly on our mind. How do we go beyond the word though? How do we look into the deeper meaning? How can we start relating everything to Allah? Firstly, I am Alima have done a lot of work with regards to the attributes of Allah. And there is an e-book as well as some videos so I advise you all to check them out, as they shall be of great benefit to you all inshaAllah, as they were to me. However, I’m just going to give you a simple example of Allah’s names and how we can look beyond the meaning and apply to our lives here too.
Lets look at a few different examples and relate Allah’s attributes to them.
- ‘Allah’ is a simple reminder to us that He is only one to be worshipped and shown servitude.
- For those times when someone or something happens that amazes you, Allah reminds us that He is Al-Baaree – The originator, everything comes about only by His will.
- He is the most generous, kind, forgiving and merciful but at the same time, He is the Judge, the strong, the great, the supreme and the firm.
- “Everything happens for a reason”? Of course! As He is Al’Hakeem – the all wise. Not a single thing is left to happen without there being wisdom in it.
- I ask you to go and look at the design on a leaf, the simplicity of this creation and the beauty of it’s texture and remember that He is Al-Masawwir the shaper. The most outstanding shaper, perfecting everything He shapes.
- When you feel lost, saddened or alone, then know that He is Al-Hafiz – Protector, and Al-Waliyy the close friend. One, who, unlike humans, will NEVER let you down.
These are just small examples of using these beautiful names of Allah and understanding them. However, I can only give you examples, and explain to you it’s importance. As for the actual gaining knowledge and having an impact on your heart, that is only something you can do. I advise you all to learn the in-depth meaning of Allah’s 99 names and use them as a means of remembering Him, and growing closer to Him.
InshaAllah in the next article of our series I shall outline the second main step to be taken in gaining knowledge of Allah and how that too will bring us closer to Him. Until then, focus your time during this holy month getting to know Allah through His beautiful names and I pray it is of benefit. Remember to make dua and purify your intentions before starting!
May Allah allow us to utilize more of our time gaining knowledge about Him and for Him. And in that process may He bring us closer to Him. Ameen.
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