Find the Hidden Treasures in the 99 Names of Allah

by Farida Haji

We often stumble upon stories of past finds and fortunes. Those of kings and ancient dynasties left behind to be discovered generations later. Or some treasures just lost to time, getting a mention once in a while.

But what if there was a treasure trove for us all?

Available in such abundance that no matter how much we took, it would only increase? Ever wondered what that could be?

Through different names, Allah directs us to perceive His presence and attributes around us. His names are not just names, they are a way of life! Our creator shares with us who He is so we can emulate his attributes to live a better life.

Who Is Allah?

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَـٰلِمُ ٱلْغَيْبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ ۖ هُوَ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلْمَلِكُ ٱلْقُدُّوسُ ٱلسَّلَـٰمُ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُ ٱلْمُهَيْمِنُ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْجَبَّارُ ٱلْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَـٰنَ ٱللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلْخَـٰلِقُ ٱلْبَارِئُ ٱلْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ ٱلْأَسْمَآءُ ٱلْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُۥ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ

He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Grantor of Security, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him.

He is Allah, the Creator, the Producer, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.

[Surah Al-Hashr 59:22-24]

Allah is One, unique, incomparable. He has no son or partner. No animate or inanimate object has the right to be worshipped except Him. Every other deity is false.

The Hidden Treasure

“Allah loves His attributes and characteristics, and He loves to see the effects of His attributes on His slaves. As He is beautiful, so He loves beauty; as He is all-forgiving, He loves forgiveness; as He is generous, He loves generosity; as He is all-knowing, he loves the people of knowledge; as He is strong and powerful, so a strong believer is more beloved to Him than a weaker one; as He is Saboor (patient), so He loves those who have patience; as He is Shakuur (grateful), so He loves those who give thanks. As He loves those who have His characteristics, so He is with them, and this is a special and unique type of companionship.”

– Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

wooden treasure chest, golden treasures

This treasure is not invisible to the eye. It’s a part of your akhlaq. Allah wanted us to attain the best characteristics and live our best life. The best example is Prophet Muhammed ﷺ. Allah states in the Quran, 

وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ

And indeed, you are of a great moral character.

[Surah Al-Qalam 68:4]

As Muslims, we follow Rasulullah ﷺ, his Hadith, and Seerah. We unintentionally are becoming the people of Jannah. So the treasures lie within us. To learn, to practice, to apply. 

The Path to Paradise

When you set on the path to look for this treasure, do you know your destination? It is no other place than Jannah. Our lives are the obstacles; every moment on earth is an obstacle that hinders our path, but if we collect gems, face our obstacles and tread the path of life, picking on the treasures that Allah wants us to gather, InshaAllah we will reach His doorstep, with hands full of deeds.

Deeds (treasures) that are full of characteristics and learnings from the Quran and our Prophet. So learn His names, earn His names. For He is the one who will provide Eternal Refuge.