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Knowledge of the Beautiful and Perfect Names of Allah is the Foundation of Faith

Shaykh Abdur-Rahman as-Sad’ee, rahimahullah mentions in his book ‘The Tree of Faith’ regarding those matters that would develop faith:
Knowledge of the Beautiful and Perfect Names of Allah – Those that occur in the Book and the Sunnah, having an ardent desire to understand their meanings and to worship Allah through them. It is established in the Two Sahihs (Bukhari & Muslim) the Prophet (s) said:

“Allah has ninety-nine names, one hundred less one, whoever memorises and understands them will enter Paradise.”

meaning by this: whoever memorise them, understands them, believes in them and worships Allah by means of them, shall enter Paradise. None shall enter Paradise save the believers, hence we come to know that this principle is the greatest well-spring allowing one to attain faith, to strengthen it and to cause it to persevere.

Knowledge of the Beautiful and Perfects Names of Allah is the foundation of faith and faith in turn depends upon it. Through knowing them, one also actualises the three categories of Tawheed

1. Tawheed ar-Ruboobiyah
2. Tawheed al-Ilahiyah
3. Tawheed al-‘Asma wa Sifaat

These categories constitute the essence of faith, its foundations and goal. Therefore each time the servants’ knowledge of the Names of Allah and His Attributes increases, so too does his faith and his certainty becomes firmer. Hence it is desired for one to expend his efforts in acquiring knowledge of these Names and Attributes … this knowledge should be taken from the Book and the Sunnah and that which is reported from the Companions and all those who followed them in good.

[The Tree of Faith by Shaykh Sa’dee, Pages 44-45]

You can purchase a copy of this book via Sunnah Bookstore

Below are links to activities and resources that teach the Names and Attributes of Allah:


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