Mar 23, 2013

99 Names of Allah : 7,8,9 “Al – Wahab, Al – Jawwaad, Al - Muhsin

By Shamsiya Noorul Quloob

Introduction | Al-Illah | Al-Akram | Al-Ahad | Al-Witr | Al-Wahid | Al-Musawwir


I hope you have your pens and diaries ready! If you don’t know what I am talking about please read the Introduction.

Today we will be discussing the 3 names of Allah (swt) which deal with bestowing us with something. They are interrelated yet stand out in a unique way.

1. Al Jawwad – The Bestower of Good.
2. Al Muhsin – The Supreme Doer of Good.
3. Al Wahhab – The Super Bestower or The Constant giver of Gifts

Al Jawwaad – The Bestower Of Good 
Comes from the root word “jad” which means to give liberally and freely. The best example of this would be the ability we have to breathe and the ability Allah gave our heart to beat. We do not really think about it but that is what is keeping us alive. Al – Jawwaad is the one who gives freely and endlessly, without expectation of any return. Have you ever reflected on how many times we breathe or how many times our heart beats in a day? And what would happen if our heart skips beating? We take nearly 21,600 breaths per day and our heart beats 103,680 times – subhanAllah did this gift of Allah ever cross your mind??
Thank Allah Al Jawwaad! =)

Al – Muhsin – The Supreme Doer Of Good 
Al Muhsin comes from the root word “hasana” which means to be excellent, to beautify something and to give generously. To Him belongs the absolute goodness.

A Muslim who wants to be a Muhsin needs to do/be - good/beautiful/excellent in 3 things:
1. In Dealing with Allah (swt)
2. In dealing with One’s self
3. In dealing with People

Allah mentions in the Quran about the Muhsins

And be patient, for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good (almuhsineen). 
[Surah Al Hud 11:115] 

One of the ways of being a Muhsin is fixing how you deal with Allah. Do you worship Allah as if you see him or at least as he sees you?

Abu hurayrah (ra) narrated that prophet (saw) said “Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see him and if you do not achieve this state of devotion, then (take it for granted that) Allah sees you.”
(Al – Bukhari)

Al Wahhab – The Super Bestower or The Constant giver of Gifts 
Al Wahhab comes from the root word “hiba” which means to give for no compensation. Al – Wahhab is the one who continually bestows gifts, favors, and blessings upon all of His creation. He bestows precious unconditional gifts upon his worshippers without demanding anything in return, and without them having done anything prior to the bestowal. He bestows upon them, out of love and affection for them. Someone who bestows once is a bestower but he who bestows various gifts over and over again is “The Superb Bestower”

Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Give gifts and you will love one another."
(Al Adab Al Mufrad 594) 

Anas said to his son, Thabit, "My son, exchange gifts, it will bring about love between you."
(Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 595) 

The major benefit of gifts of Allah is that they will never bring any harm upon the recipient. Some might wonder then what is the difference between one who gives gifts and one who provides (Allah’s other name – Ar-Razzaq). There are two differences to be precise:
  • Ar Razzaq provides regular sustenance which is based upon how much effort you put in, you have to take action and work to achieve the fruits of your labor. 
  • Al Wahhab bestows upon chosen believers, unexpected gifts for which they have not worked. 
We truly do not know the number of “hub” Allah the superb bestower has blessed us with-
1. Your children – Recently nearly 6 of my friends got pregnant and a few delivered babies and nearly everyone swears that children are the best gift ever.
2. Your spouse – The one who helped you in making a baby to begin with!

The ability to forgive and forget – Most of us do not reflect on these characteristics imagine if you could always remember how the actual hurt of someone bullying you or dissing you felt? SubhanAllah is not even forgetfulness in some cases a bliss? We would be so miserable if we could always every second of our life remember the emotional and physical abuse we have been through.

Why does Allah gift us anyway?
Allah besots us with gifts for 2 reasons
1. Out of pure love and mercy for you that only Allah is capable of.
2. To have you return to him, who wouldn’t want to meet such a master?!

[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower (Al Wahhab).
[Surah Al Imran 3:8] 

Think about the last time you gave some one a gift for no reason/occasion. We usually give gifts to people we love, to our best friends, the ones we remember and those special to us. We give gifts to people so that they love us.

Allah truly is the best Giver of gifts! Remembering the gifts we have been given remind us how special we are to Allah, and brings us closer to Him.

And now for the fun and important part: What was the best gift you have ever received from Allah and from other than Allah?

IMPORTANT REFLECTION – Although we can never give gift to Allah in anyway deserving His might, how do you intend to show your gratitude? Will you memorize Qur’an? Will you financially adopt an orphan? Will you pay for a poor person’s Hajj? Will you support an orphan girl's marriage? The possibilities are limitless. Make your choice today and love Allah back. Love Allah through actions and not just words.

Do comment below and let me know about your favorite gifts and how you intend to please Allah :)


Jazakilahukhairan,a good one there sis,May Allah give us d ability to do things for him only n reward us 4 our good intentions.

Jazakillah khairun sis, that was beautiful. I would love to do all that which you have mentioned. Its always best to do things for the sake of Allah (swt) and keep it a secret between yourself and Him :)

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