ALLAH’S NAMES ON OUR WALLS

Allah, our Creator and Lord of the Worlds, has ‘99 Names’ or ’99 Beautiful Names’. His Names are together known as ‘Asma Al Husna’ in Arabicin which ‘asma’ means ‘names’ and ‘al husna’ means ‘the beautiful’. Each Namesignifies a divine trait or attribute. To cite an example, the Name ‘Ar-Razzaq’ means ‘The Provider’, as Allah provides sustenance – material, spiritual, intellectual – to all His creations. He is ‘Al Alim’, or the ‘the All-Knowing’ as He knows the unseen, what is obvious and what is hidden. He is ‘Al-Hakim’, or ‘The Wise’, as all His plans have a certain wisdom even though our limited thoughts may not be able to understand it. In order to remind ourselves of the Beautiful Qualities of Allah as well as to glorify them, we decorate our homes with Names of Allah wall frames orAl Asma Al Husna wall frames.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: ‘To God belongs 99 names, 100 minus 1, anyone who memorizes them will enter Paradise; He (God) is odd (odd number, he is the Only One), and He loves odd numbers (such as 99).’This authentic prophetic narrationsinspires many Musimsto learn by heart the 99 Names of Allah.

Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran (Chapter 20, Verse 8): ‘Allah! There is no god but He! To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.’

In Chapter 7, Verse 180 of the Holy Quran, Allah says, ‘And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do.’

Several verses in the Quran glorify the Names of Allah, often in pairs. The first Quranic verse, also the foremost ayatof all chapters except one, mentions two Names of Allah: ‘Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem’ or ‘In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.’ ‘Rahman’ is Arabic for ‘Most Gracious’, and ‘Raheem’is Arabic for ‘Most Merciful’.

Ayat Al Kursi, or the Throne Verse, begins and ends with Allah’s Names. It starts with ‘Allahula ilahaillaHuwalHayyul Qayyum’ which means ‘Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence.’ Al-Hayyumeans ‘Ever-living’ and ‘Al Qayyum’ means ‘Sustainer of (all) existence’. And it ends with ‘Wa-HuwalAliyyul Azeem’ which means ‘And He is the Most High, the Most Great.’ ‘Aliy’ is Arabic for ‘Most High’ and ‘Azeem’ is Arabic for ‘Most Great’.

It’s comes as no surprise that online Islamic wall art stores offer Names of Allah wall frames. It’s no wonder to find big Al Asma Al Husna wall frames adorning Muslim homes across the world. Generally, all 99 Names are written in one artwork, but sometimes, only a fewNames — one, two, three or moreare written in a single frame, or spread across separate small frames that can be displayed together. This is certainly anaesthetic way to do up our homes as such frames not only raise the visual quotient of our spaces but can also serve as frequent, spiritual reminders.

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