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Al-Azīm – Allah is Magnificent

This name appears nine times in the Qur’an, sometimes on its own, and sometimes in connection with other names. For instance, we read: “He is the Most High, the Magnificent.” [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 255] 

The word `azīm also appears in the following verse: “He is the Lord of the magnificent Throne.” [Sūrah al-Tawbah: 129] 

The word `azīm connotes greatness without limitation. Allah is unlimited in His power and knowledge. Human knowledge cannot compass Him and no one apart from Allah Himself can fathom the extent of His greatness in His essence and attributes. 

The angels, prophets, and all of created existence glorify Him and acknowledge His magnificence. Allah says: “The seven heavens, the Earth, and all beings therein declare His glory. There is not a thing but celebrates His praise.” [Sūrah al-Isrā’: 44] 

When faced with difficulties, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would offer the following supplication: “There is no God but Allah, the Magnificent, the Forbearing. There is no God but Allah, Lord of the magnificent Throne. There is no God but Allah, Lord of the heavens and Earth, Lord of the generous Throne.” [Sahīh al-Bukhārī (6345) and Sahīh Muslim (2730)] 

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also said: “There are two statements which are light on the tongue but weigh heavy in the Balance (on Judgment Day): ‘Glory and praise be to Allah. Glory be to Allah the Magnificent.” [Sahīh al-Bukhārī (7563) and Sahīh Muslim (2694)] 

Allah is magnificent in His essence and in the complete perfection of His attributes. He is Great, Almighty, Glorious, and All-Aware. 

Allah is beyond estimation. He transcends the limits of human reason and imagination. We glorify His magnificence by submitting to Him in faith with our hearts and minds, and by obeying Him with our limbs and deeds. 

We likewise honor His word and His Book, the Messengers he sent, and the teachings which they brought. We never make light of these things, but accept what Allah teaches us graciously. We reverence our Lord by obeying Him and by seeking His forgiveness for our shortcomings. We love Him, fear Him, and put our hopes in Him. Our hearts should always be aware of His magnificence.
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