Calling upon Allah by using His Names

The Messenger of Allah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam encouraged us to call upon Allah in an effective manner by using His most beautiful names. Here are a few examples:

Buraydah narrated: “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam heard a man supplicating, ‘

Oh, Allah, I ask You, as You are Allah, there is no god except You, the Only (Al-Ahad), the Eternal Refuge (As-Samad), who begets not nor was begotten, nor is there any (thing or one) comparable to Him.’

The Eternal

The Eternal

As-Samad

He sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said, ‘I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, this man has appealed to Allah by His greatest name, which, if He is called by it, He responds, and if He is petitioned by it, He gives.’ ” [At-Tirmithi, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majah — Hasan]

Arabic:

Allahummah, inni ‘as’aluka bi’anaka Anta Allah
la ilaha ila ‘Anta Al Ahadus Samad
alathee lam yalid wa lam yulad wa lam yakun kufuwan ahad

After saying this, then you state your request.

Here is a similar narration:

Anas reported: “I was sitting with the Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam in the mosque while a man was praying, and he (the man praying) said,

‘Oh Allah, I ask You because all praise belongs to You; there is no god but You, Most-Generous (Al-Mannaan), Originator of Heaven and the earth. Oh Possessor of Majesty and Honor, Oh Ever-Living, Oh Self-Sustaining, I appeal to You’…


Lord of Majesty & Bounty
Dhul Jalaali wal Ikram

The Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said, ‘He has supplicated Allah by His greatest name, which, if He is called by it, He responds, and if He is petitioned by it, He gives.’ ” [At-Tirmithi, Abu Dawud, An-Nassai’ and Ibn Majah — Sahih]

Arabic:

Allahummah, inni ‘asaluka bi’ana lakal hamdu, la ilaha ila Anta
Al Manaanu, Badee’ as samaawaati wal ‘ard,
Ya Thal Jalaali wal Ikraam, ya Hayyul ya Quyum, ‘asaluka. . .[your request]

Al Qayyum

Al Qayyum

The Self-Existing One

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