Inspiration from Past & Present

October 22, 2013

Qur’an Unveils Allah

One of the secrets of the magnificent Qur’an is the way it throws light on and unveils the Lord of mankind through its discourse of His Attributes. Sometimes, therefore, the Lord is manifested through the verses of the Qur’an by the inducement of awe, majesty and sublimity, (which causes) heads to bow down, souls to quieten, voices to fade and pride to dissolve away like salt dissolves in water.

—Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751H/1350CE]

 

Al-Ashqar, Shaikh ’Umar Sulaiman, The Names and Attributes of Allah According to the doctrine of Ahl-us-Sunnah wal Jama’ah. (Ipswich: Jam’iat Ihyaa’ Minhaaj al-Sunnah, 1999), p. 28.

(Read on pg 35, Umm Abdurrahman Sakina Hirschfelder, Who Is Allah? His Names and Attributes and their Significance to the Individual. International Islamic Publishing House. Riyadh:2010.)

October 22, 2013

Benefits of Knowing Allah’s Names & Attributes

Knowledge of the Names and Attributes of Allah guards against error and stumbling, opens the door of hope, assists in patience and protects from laziness and apathy.

—Shaikh ‘Umar Sulaiman Al-Ashqar

 

Al-Ashqar, Shaikh ‘Umar Sulaiman, The Names and Attributes of Allah According to the doctrine of Ahl-us-Sunnah wal Jama’ah (Ipswich: Jam’iat Ihyaa’ Minhaaj al-Sunnah, 1999), p. 26.

(Read on pg 35, Umm Abdurrahman Sakina Hirschfelder, Who Is Allah? His Names and Attributes and their Significance to the Individual. International Islamic Publishing House. Riyadh:2010.)

October 22, 2013

Knowledge Precedes Action

Knowledge precedes expression and action. This is confirmed in the divine verse ‘Know therefore that there is no God but Allah, and then repent your sin.’ (47:19). God requires of us first knowledge and then action.

—Muhammad b. Ismaa’eel al-Bukhaaree

 

Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, Muhammad, Three Essays on Tawheed (North American Trust Publications, 1979), p. 12 

(Read on pg 31, Umm Abdurrahman Sakina Hirschfelder, Who Is Allah? His Names and Attributes and their Significance to the Individual. International Islamic Publishing House. Riyadh:2010.)

August 24, 2013

Knowledge of Allah is the Most Excellent & Highest

The excellence and virtue of a piece of knowledge is according to its subject matter. The Creator is the highest and most excellent of subject matters, and therefore the knowledge of His Names is the most excellent and highest knowledge.

—Ibn al-‘Arabi

(Read on pg 31, Umm Abdurrahman Sakina Hirschfelder, Who Is Allah? His Names and Attributes and their Significance to the Individual. International Islamic Publishing House. Riyadh:2010.)