During this blessed month of Shahru Ramadan, we will meditate upon various Surahs of the Quran Majid, so that we can become closer to our holy book, during its month of revelation.
In our previous meditation we reflected on the opening aya of Surah Al-Ikhlas where Allah (SWT) told Rasulullah (SAW) to describe him as ‘He is Allah (SWT) the one and only’. We introduced how the 99 names of Allah (SWT), which are his attributes, are all contained within the name Allah (SWT) and how only Rasulullah (SAW) could truly understand this as only he has been given the title Abdullah, as he is the only servant who truly understands his master.
In today’s meditation, let us examine the meaning of the name Allah (SWT), within the understanding of the knowledge that we have been given.
The name Allah (SWT) comprises of four letters and each of these letters have a great wisdom behind them.
The alif of Allah (SWT) is the foundation of Islam. It is the first letter of al-asma-al-husna. When we describe Allah (SWT), we always need to start with alif (we cannot say Rahman, we say Ar-Rahman, likewise we cannot say Razzaq, we say Ar-Razzaq). When we talk about akherat, it begins with alif. When we talk about iman, it begins with alif. When we talk about ihsan, it begins with alif.
This is because alif is always standing, in the form of up and never down. It symbolizes how Allah (SWT) is always above us.
Now that we understand the alif, let us take away alif and we are left with lam, lam and hah – lillahi, which means for the sake of Allah (SWT) or that which belongs to Allah (SWT). As the alif is synonymous with the name of Allah (SWT) and Islam, the lillahi means that we belong to this. When we are with it, we are complete. When we are separate from it, we only have duniya and all that is separate from him.
When we take the two lams individually, we have the first for lam-al-malakut (the heavens and all the subtleties and the unseen) and the second is for lam-al-mulk (the Earth and all the obvious and the seen).
Finally, when we have the hu, which means that there is nothing except him (al-hadi).
When we return to the alif (that is synonymous with Allah (SWT) and the hu (that there is nothing except him, we see that the two lams (of the heavens and all the subtleties and the unseen and of (the Earth and all the obvious and the seen) are between them.
Therefore, all that is in this both alam-al-malakut and alam-al-mulk (which is everything) is between the alif and the hu, is contained within Allah’s (SWT) power and command.
When we calculate the value of Allah (SWT), (Alif = 1, Lam = 30, Lam = 30 and Hu = 5), we have the number 66. When we look at the 66th name of Allah (SWT), we see that it is Al-Waahid, the one, the all-inclusive and the indivisible, which means that nothing can be separate from Allah (SWT) or divided away from him. Everything is from him, belongs to him and is under his power.
Similarly, the 66th name of Rasulullah (SAW) is Haqq (truth), which signifies that Rasulullah (SAW) has been given the truth of the true meaning of Allah (SWT) and everything that is contained within the two lams that are between the alif and the hu, which is why only Rasulullah (SAW) was told to say the words ‘Qul hu wallaho ahad.’
Whenever we recite this Surah, we are reciting the same words that Jibraeel (AS) gave to Muhammad (SAW), opening the same path that Jibraeel (AS) opened for Rasulullah (SAW). Can there be a greater honour than that? How can Allah (SWT) punish a tongue that recites this Surah? This is why there is so much barakat within this Surah.
May Allah (SWT) grant us the patience and humility to understand the true meaning of his kitaab, the Quran Majid, and the true haqq that is within it, as far as what was revealed to us by Rasulullah (SAW) and those who he permitted to do so, as it is only through understand his kitaab that we can begin to understand our creator. Aamin.