How to recite Allah names?

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Salaam! I wanted to ask when doing Dhikr how to recite Allah names? Should it be “Al-Qahharu” or “Ya Qahharu” or “Ya Al-Qahharu”? Because “Al” emphasizes the importance of Name and Allah’s traits if not used will it be an issue because without “Al” doesnt it become a regular name? And why most people name their children based on Allah’s names? JzakaAllah Khair


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1.In the Arabic language “Al” has multiple meanings. [1]

Linguistically it is correct to say “Ya Qahharu” or “Al-Qahharu”. It is incorrect to say “Ya Al-Qahharu.’

2.Nabi Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam has mentioned in a hadith narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar Radhiyallahu Anhuma:

أَحَبُّ الأَسْمَاءِ إِلَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ وَعَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ

“The most beloved of names to Allah is Abdullah and Abdur Rahman.” [2]

People name their children with the attributes of Allah due to love and respect for Allah. These particular names are beloved to Allah because they denote servitude to Allah. For this reason, Muslim’s name their children with the attributes of Allah.

If an attribute is a sole quality of Allah, then it must have a prefix of Abd, for example Abdullah and Abdur Rahman etc.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Anas Sharieff Qasmi

Student Darul Iftaa

Hyderabad, India. 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] کتاب النحو:٦٨

[2] سنن ابن ماجه (2/ 1229)

 عَنْ نَافِعٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: ” أَحَبُّ الْأَسْمَاءِ إِلَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ: عَبْدُ اللَّهِ، وَعَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ “

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