Alhamdulillah, here we are on Day 32 of counting down the days to Ramadhan by learning the Names of Allah.
Today we are focusing on Allah’s Name: Al-‘Aleem ~ The All-Knowing. You can download the worksheet for this name HERE.
You can also download a colouring sheet for this name HERE.
Al-`Aleem comes from the word `ilm. So Al`Aleem means one who possesses `ilm. Al-`Aleem includes perfect Knowledge, not preceded by ignorance, nor followed by forgetfulness.
Any knowledge that we possesses has been preceded by ignorance, knowledge is only the result of gaining it. So anyone who has knowledge from us now is because they sought it and it was preceded by ignorance, meaning they were ignorant of what they know. Likewise much of the knowledge that we have now will be followed by forgetfulness or weakness in memory. All of these things are impossible to be understood when we talk about knowledge of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta`aala).
Allaah’s Knowledge is Perfect, Comprehensive, All-Encompassing detailed Knowledge that has no deficiency, no limit and no restrictions as Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta`aala) is beyond all of these ideas.
Allaah, the Exalted, has said:
The knowledge thereof is with my Lord, in a Record. My Lord neither errs nor He forgets. [20:52]
The Knowledge of Allaah as He has described Himself with in this verse does not include possibility of unawareness, ignorance nor could it include the possibility of forgetfulness.
The knowledge referred to here is comprehensive knowledge, and it encompasses everything generally and specifically, whether it be related to His Actions or the actions of His Creation.
Allaah, the Exalted, has said:
And with Him are the keys of the Ghayb (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in the land and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record. [6:59]
Again this shows you the expansiveness and comprehensive nature of the Knowledge of Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta`aala).
And no moving (living) creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allaah. And He knows its dwelling place and its deposit (in the uterus, grave). All is in a Clear Book (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfood – the Book of Decrees with Allaah). [11:6]
He knows what is in the heavens and on earth, and He knows what you conceal and what you reveal. And Allaah is the All-Knower of what is in the breasts (of men). [64:4]
The Effect this name of Allaah Should Have on Us as Servants :
1. Fear of Allaah
2. Obedience to Him because He Sees, Hears, and Knows everything that we do;
If a leaf does not fall in the darkness of the night except that Allaah knows where it falls, then what about us and our actions? Our intentions? And what our chests hide from the people? So knowledge of Allaah increases a person’s consciousness of Allaah; it leads a person to better his practice of Islaam and to stay away from disobedience to Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta`aala).
*Source: Two Important Principles Concerning Allaah’s Names – Al-Qawaa’id al-Muthlaa