Allah in the Quran, Chapter 5
01 Jan 2015
ALLAH'S 99 NAMES
001 According to Islam, Allah has 99 names, all claimed to be most beautiful. As you will see most of them are not proper names, bud descriptions used like names. They are very easy to make or make up: Take any nice word or expression and call it a name.
002 You may notice that there may be minor differences from one such list to another. The one most easy to notice is that some include the name Allah, whereas others say that is his title (= "god", or more correct "the god"), and do not include it.
003 There exist similar lists of "beautiful names" for Muhammad. Some respects Allah too much to give Muhammad more than 99 names - he cannot be better than Allah, of course. Others have forgotten to think about respect for Allah, and there exists lists of 200+ claimed beautiful names for Muhammad. They are made in the same easy way: Take any nice word or expression and call it a name for Muhammad.
004 We may add that for Yahweh or Jesus no such lists exists. They are too strong to need that kind of decorative servility.
Finally: Always when you read the Quran, Hadiths, and other Islamic books, you should remember that Muhammad accepted the use of and himself used dishonesty in many forms in words and deeds. Even if the names are younger, it was he who institutionalized dishonesty like al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie), Kitman (the lawful half-truth), Hilah (the lawful pretending/circumventing), the use of deceit ("war is deceit" - and "everything" is war), betrayal (f.x. the peace delegation from Khaybar), and even the disuse of oaths (2/225, 5/89, 16/91, 66/2 - and the star case 3/54 (if Allah could cheat, cheating is ok)), which also includes the disuse of words and promises, as they are weaker than oaths = when oaths can be disused, so can words and promises. On top of this it is very clear from the Quran and all other central Islamic books, that Muhammad also liked respect and power and women. Combine these lusts with his acceptance of and personal use of dishonesty - even the gravest kinds: How reliable is that kind of men normally? - and how true and reliable are their never proved claims and tales?
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SOME SAMPLES FROM THE QURAN:
005 "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful". Please read the surahs from Medina, the immoral parts of the Muslim moral code, the unjust/immoral parts of sharia, and the Quran's rules for lying, thieving/looting, enslaving, raids and wars, plus the rules for treatment of girls and women - free and captives - and see if you agree. Always when there is a distance between words and corresponding demands and deeds, we personally believe in the demands and deeds. Glorious words are cheap, demands and deeds are reliable. Glorifying words and claims are too cheap for anyone to use and disuse - when you read, judge from realities, not from propaganda.
#006 1/1d: "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful." Allah is in Islam said to have 99 names - these are 3 of them. The name Allah derives from the name of the old pagan main god in Mecca and Arabia, "al-Lah" (later also the name Allah was used), which by the way does NOT mean "God" like Muslims like to claim (they often use this name for Allah in the west, because it camouflages some of the differences between Allah and God/Yahweh (not the same god in spite of Islamic claimed - the basics of the religions are too different, and with too many differences - and the differences cannot be explained away by the never documented Islamic claim that the Bible is falsified, as science long since has proved this to be untrue - and Islam has proved it even stronger by being unable to find one single proved falsification among tens of thousands of relevant manuscripts or fragments older than 610 AD)), but "the god". This name again is connected to the ancient god "Il" and Allah at least for a long time was a Moon god with the name al-Ilah - the moon (Luna) being something more benevolent than the scorching sun (Helios or Sol) of Arabia. Muhammad simply took over this Pagan god, changed his position from main god to the only god, and accepted only the name "Allah". Plus claimed that Allah just was the correct name for the old Jewish god Yahweh, whom Christians know as God. Everything as normal for Muhammad without the tiniest proof or documentation.
The history of the god Allah:
The first we know he was a main god named Il further east (Iraq?).
He drifted into Arabia, perhaps with immigrants who settled there. Here he became the moon god al-Ilah, at least in the southern part of Arabia. It is no co-incidence that Allah's symbol is the (crescent) moon.
His name slowly changed to al-Lah, and sometimes Allah. (Easier to pronounce.)
He outcompeted the moon god Hubal in the Kabah temple in Mecca, and he became the main god.(There is a chance for that Hubal just was another name for al-Lah/Allah.)
Muhammad took him over and declared that he for one thing was the only god, and for another that he was the same god as the old Jewish and Christian god, Yahweh. This in spite of that the two was very different, had very different teachings, very different heavens, and very different moral codes, etc. - so much so that the differences prove with mathematical strength that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god (and thus that Jesus (and the other Jewish prophets) neither in the same line of prophets nor even in the same religion.
We also remind you that for OT there is an extra proof for that it is not falsified: The OT texts in the Qumran scrolls (from 150- 50 BC) are identical to in the Bible today. The Qumran scriptures are the same ones which Jesus used, and no prophet like Jesus - like you find him in both the Bible and in the Quran - would use false holy scriptures (there is no indication neither in the Bible nor in the Quran for that Jesus found religious errors in the old Jewish scriptures).
007 7/180a: "The most beautiful names belong to Allah - - -". Islam claims Allah has 99 names - and the names do exist in long lists (see further down). If the meaning of those names - like "the Oft-Forgiving", "the Most Merciful", etc. - had been true, the meaning of the names had been attractive. But the names themselves are far too prosaic to be beautiful, and the meanings cannot be true unless Allah exists and is correctly described in the Quran. A curiosa: Even though Allah has 99 names and Muhammad has a number, Muslims claim that the fact that the Holy Spirit one place cannot be the Holy spirit, because there is used another name, "!The spirit of Truth" - "ergo" the Spirit of Truth" must mean Muhammad, they claim (in their main claim for Muhammad in NT in John , ch. 14 -16). Logic? - especially when you know that the Holy Spirit is known by at least 6 different names in the Bible, included the Spirit of Truth?
008 17/110b: "- - - the Most Beautiful Names - - -". Allah is said to have 99 names (+ one), all of which Islam claims to be the most beautiful names. Read the surahs from Medina and a couple of very unjust sharia laws, and see if names like "most merciful", "most wise", etc. sound true.
###009 17/110c: "- - - the Most Beautiful Names - - -". Is it a co-incidence that Muhammad did not include the name "Yahweh" among the claimed 99 names of Allah? This even though he claimed Yahweh just was another name for Allah?
010 20/8b: "To Him (Allah*) belong the Most Beautiful Names." Please read the Medina surahs and the most unjust sharia laws, and afterwards think it over if f.x. names like "Most Merciful" or "Most Forgiving" really belongs to him. (Just to mention it: According to the Quran, Allah has 99 beautiful names - by co-incidence not one of them is Yahweh, even though the Quran wrongly claims Yahweh and Allah are the same god. Also the name God is not there (remember that Allah - al-Lah - does not mean "God", but "the god"). But maybe it is no co-incidence that those names are missing?
#011 59/24b: "To Him (Allah*) belong the Most beautiful Names - - -". Islam claims that Allah has 99 different names (most of them are descriptions in superlative simply). It is then rather ironic that Muslims claim that as the Holy Spirit one central place in the Bible is not named "the Holy Spirit", but "the Spirit of Truth", it just there must be talking about another spirit, as it uses another name - it must be talking about Muhammad and not the Spirit! According to the same logic there than must be 99 gods instead of one Allah. And many dozens Muhammads, as he had at many dozens of names. Actually this claim is doubly ironic, as a man believing in lies and broken oaths, etc., like Muhammad, just is no "spirit of truth".
Just for the record: the Bible uses at least 6 different names for "the Holy Spirit".
The 99 names:
Name Translation of the name
01. Al 'Adl The utterly just
02. Al 'Afuww The pardoner, the effacer of sins
03. Al Ahad The one, the unique
04. Al Akhir The last
05. Al 'Ali The sublimely exalted
06. Al Alim The all knowing, the omniscient
07. Al Awwal The first
08. Al 'Azim The magnificent, the infinite
09. Al 'Aziz The almighty, the self sufficient
10. Al Badi Incomparable, the originator
11. Al Ba'ith The raiser of the dead
12. Al Baqi The ever enduring and immutable
13. Al Bari' The maker
14. Al Barr The most kind and righteous
15. Al Basir The all seeing
16. Al Basit The expander, the munificent
17. Al Batin The hidden, the all encompassing
18. Ad Dharr The distresser
19. Dhu al Jalal wa al Ikram Lord of majesty and generosity
20. Al Fattah The opener, the victory giver
21. Al Ghaffar The ever forgiving
22. Al Ghafur The all forgiving
23. Al Ghani The rich, the independent
24. Al Hadi The Guide
25. Al Hafiz The preserver
26. Al Hakam The judge, the arbitrator
27. Al Hakim The wise
28. Al Halim The forbearing, the indulgent
29. Al Hamid The Praiseworthy
30. Al Haqq The truth, the real
31. Al Hasib The reckoner
32. Al Hayy The ever living
33. Al Jabbar The powerful, the irresistible
34. Al Jalil The majestic
35. Al Jami' The gatherer, the unifier
36. Al Kabir The great
37. Al Katim The bountiful, the generous
38. Al Khabir The all aware
39. Al Khafid The abaser
40. Al Khaliq The creator
41. Al Latif The subtly kind
42. Al Majid The all glorious
43. Al Majid (different Arab letter) The illustrious, the magnificent
44. Al Malik The king, the sovereign
45. Malik al Mulk The owner of all sovereignty
46. Al Mani' The Withholder, the shielder, the defender
47. Al Matin The firm, the steadfast
48. Al Mu'akhkhir The delayer, he who puts far away
49. Al Mubdi' The producer, originator, and initiator of all
50. Al Mudhill The giver of dishonor
51. Al Mughni The enricher, the emancipator
52. Al Muhaymin The guardian
53. Al Muhsi The accounter, the numberer of all
54. Al Muhyi The giver of life
55. Al Mu'id The renstater who brings back all
56. Al Mu'izz The giver of honor
57. Al Mujib The responsive, the answerer
58. Al Mumin The guarantor
59. Al Mumit The bringer of death, the destroyer
60. Al Muntaqim The avenger
61. Al Muqaddim The expediter, he who brings forward
62. Al Muqit The nourisher
63. Al Muqsit The equitable, the requiter
64. Al Muqtadir The all determiner, the dominant
65. Al Musawwir The fashioner of forms
66. Al Muta'al The self exalted
67. Al Mutakabbir The tremendous
68. An Nafi' The propitious, the benefactor
69. An Nur The light
70. Al Qabid The restrainer, the straightener
71. Al Qadir The all able
72. Al Qahhar The all compelling Subduer
73. Al Qawiyy The strong
74. Al Qayyum The self subsisting sustainer of all
75. Al Quddus The most holy
76. Ar Rafi' The exalter
77. Ar Rahim The most merciful
78. Ar Raman The all beneficent
79. Ar Raqib The watchful
80. Ar Rashid The guide, the infallible teacher, the knower
81. Ar Ra'uf The compassionate, the all pitying
82. Ar Razzaq The ever providing
83. As Sabur The patient, the timeless
84. As Salam Peace and blessing
85. As Samad The long, the impregnable, the everlasting
86. Al Sami' The all hearing
87. Ash Shahid The witness
88. Al Shakur The Grateful
89. At Tawwab The ever returning, ever relenting
90. Al Wadud The loving, the kind one
91. Al Wahhab The bestower
92. Al Wahid The one, the all inclusive, the invincible
93. Al Wajid The perciever, the finder, the unfailing
94. Al Wakil The trustee, the dependable
95. Al Wali The protecting friend, patron, and helper
96. Al Wali (different Arab letter) The patron
97. Al Warith The heir, the inheritor of all
98. Al Wasi' The vast, the all encompassing
99. Al Zahir The manifest, the all victorious
- And then there of course is the name/title al-Lah/Allah (= the god).
It also is pretty thought provoking that f.x. all the errors, contradictions, wrong facts, etc., only and alone, in the Quran, prove 100% that there is no god behind that book. And that f.x. the fact that Jesus accepted OT as correct, proves to both Christians and Muslims that the OT was not falsified at that time (according to the Quran he - like all other prophets - had got a copy of the holy book from Allah, and would at once see if the copies in the synagogues were falsified) - and that the Qumran scrolls prove that even OT was not falsified any time later, too.
It further is an insult to that possible god to "explain" that his texts means something different from what they really says = you are more clever than him at explaining what the god "really" meant, than the god is himself, even when he tries to explain things "clearly and easy to understand", and says his words are to be understood literally and without hidden meanings. Also only "the sick of heart" look for hidden meanings behind his words, according to the Quran - the very claimed hidden meanings the wise Muslims claim are what Allah really meant, but was unable to express clearly himself, so that they have to help the bumbling god and tell what he "really" tried to say. This in spite of that the Quran clearly states that meanings hidden behind Allah's clear and easy to understand words, only are possible for Allah to understand, and like said above are "only for the sick of heart" to look for.
May be as bad: To claim that the Quran means something different from what the texts clearly say, is to falsify the quranic texts.
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