It is a very difficult task to truly love someone, and be in awe, and have respect, and care for them or be conscious of them if you have no idea of who they are. Just the way this applies to people and our relationships in this world, this applies to our relationships with Allah. If we have no idea of who Allah is, then our worship isn't as meaningful and our relationship with Allah is not very strong.
"Allah - there is no deity except Him. To Him belong the best names." [20:8]
Allah has helped us get to know him, subhana wa ta'ala, through 99 very powerful names to help us get to know more about our creator. There are some names of Allah that most of us are familiar with such as Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem, Al Alim but then there are also some names that many of us may not be familiar with. The goal of this short series is to familiarize ourselves with the less commonly known names of Allah, inshAllah, so that through them we can develop a more personal relationship with Allah and add more quality in our du'as by calling out to Allah with these names, inshAllah.
“…But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?” [41:53]
Ash-Shahid is one name of Allah that many people are not familiar with. In the above ayah in the Qur'an, Allah uses this name of His to give us a reminder that is so tremendous. A simple question is being posed, Is Allah not enough of a witness? Today, what do people do to hide themselves of a crime? They’ll put masks on, they will impersonate someone else, they will bribe people into not telling. They will go through such lengths to make sure that something stays hidden or stay a secret, but why? Because guess who already knew your every move? Ash-Shahid, the one that witnesses everything.
We all know this. We were all taught this in Sunday school. But how often do we practically apply this? *Reminder to myself first. Whether its when that guy sends you a message on chat at one o clock in the morning for no reason, or whether you are backbiting that person with your friend even though no one else is there…Allah is Ash-Shahid. When it comes to thoughts, we are not held accountable for the things we think, or the things that cross our mind, but what if Allah did play out all our thoughts? What a scary thought, right? Yet at this very moment Allah knows our thoughts.
Another thing that this name reminds me of is when we reflect on all the oppression and torture that is taking place in the world today. Whether it is the ongoing struggle in Palestine, or the uprisings in Egypt, or the situation in Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Burma or Syria...there is so much bloodshed of the Muslims, so much oppression going on and sometimes we start to question how these eveil dictators are just getting away with it? These kinds of oppressors are just sitting around while their victims, often times innocent women and children are being slaughtered but we have to remember that Allah is witnessing there every move, their every murder, their every arrogant thought. Nothing is going unnoticed by Allah. No pain, no ache, no injustice occurs except that Allah has witnessed it and it will be brought to account and that's very comforting...Allah is always witnessing everything- your voice is never unheard.
“That is because Allah is the Truth and because He gives life to the dead and because He is over all things competent” [22:6]
This name of Allah is mentioned in the above ayah that is in Surah Hajj. What is really amazing about the ayah above where Allah mentions that he is the truth, is that right before this, Allah had described the human development in such beautiful detail...
"O People, if you should be in doubt about the Resurrection, then [consider that] indeed, We created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh, formed and unformed - that We may show you. And We settle in the wombs whom We will for a specified term, then We bring you out as a child, and then [We develop you] that you may reach your [time of] maturity. And among you is he who is taken in [early] death, and among you is he who is returned to the most decrepit [old] age so that he knows, after [once having] knowledge, nothing. And you see the earth barren, but when We send down upon it rain, it quivers and swells and grows [something] of every beautiful kind.” [22:5]
Allah describes the way we develop into the forms that we are today and how we once started out so small...we get older, start to think we know so much...and then Allah returns us to a state of old age, where we start acting childish and go back to nothing again. SubhanAllah. And then Allah mentions in the next ayah that he is the truth. When you read this description of how we were created and the whole cycle of life, you cannot help but realize that there is no truth but God. There is not a human being that controls our development and controls death but it is only Allah that is in control of those things and just like that, we will be resurrected again. So seeing this process and reflecting on it, helps us come of the conclusion and helps us realize that Allah truly is as his characteristic states...Al-Haqq, the truth.
Another things about this name is that it is opposite the meaning of falsehood- it is the opposite of that. Allah is the Haqq, the only real truth. And think about this, you know Allah is the real Haqq? That through everything and anything, Allah is the one that exists. What is the haqq of us humans? We are here one day and the next day we’re not? What is the haqq of us humans? We are friends one day, the next day we’re not. One day we’re merciful, the next day we’re not. But Allah, the Haqq is ALWAYS there, ALWAYS merciful, ALWAYS is hakeem, is wise. All the names of Allah ALWAYS are true about Allah where as we humans, our characteristics may waiver from time to time.