The Beautiful Names Of Rasulullah ﷺ

Allah Ta’ala had indeed been kind to the Believers when He sent to them a Messenger ﷺ whose way of life is the most beautiful example to follow.

This was to ensure a prosperous and successful life in this world and to lead them to Eternal Bliss in the Hereafter.All praises and thanks are to Allah Ta’ala for having created us among the honored Ummah of the Noblest messenger, Sayyiduna Muhammad ﷺ.

Whether by birth or by reversion, no Ummati can ever thank Allah Ta’ala enough or ask for anything better than to have been chosen by Him to be a follower of the Nabi ﷺ of this Ummah.

The final Deen chosen for man to follow, had been given to Nabi ﷺ, who fully conveyed it to us, practically demonstrated it for us, and whose every action inspired and guided by Allah is nothing but the best form of guidance and eternal salvation for us.

The most amazing aspect of this majestic Nabi ﷺ is that every aspect of his life, be it his speech, laughter, sadness, eating or sleeping habits, interaction, silence, character etc. is an act of guidance for us to follow. In following him, we will be drawn closerto Allah.

In addition, every name that he is known by whether it is mentioned in the Qur’aan, in the Previous Scriptures or deduced from the various aspects of his life, is but another miraculous pathof guidance. His names are not mere names, but rather, each name is a miraculous door that leads to the marvels of his sublime Seerah and lifestyle.

The most common name whereby our beloved Nabi ﷺ is known is Muhammad ﷺ, followed by Ahmad (ﷺ).

However, a deeper study of the Qur’aan and his Seerah reveals that he has numerous other names associated to him in various ways.

A most astounding feature of some of his names is that Allah Ta’ala has named him by the very names that are from among His own beautiful names. He also has names that are individually given to the Ambiyaa (Alaihimus Salaam).

His names can be categorized as follows respectively; his status in the sight of Allah, the Qur’aan, the world, on the day of Qiyamah, in the hereafter, his knowledge, character, miracles, prophetic mission, devotion to Allah, physical features, virtues and excellence according to the favours of Allah upon him, among other categories.

Scholars have enumerated more than four thousand names for him. Subhanallah! The scholars have extracted various names of Nabi (ﷺ) from the Qur’aan among which are, an Noor (The Light), as Siraajul Muneer (the Luminous lamp), al Munzir, and an Nazeer (warner), al Basheer and al Mubasshhir, (Giver of glad tidings), al Bashar (the human being), ash Shaahid, (the witness), ash Shaheed (giver of evidence), al Haqqul Mubeen (plain and Clear truth.) Khaatamun Nabiyeen (Seal of Prophets), ar Ra’oof (Kind), Ar Raheem (the Merciful), al Ameen (the trustworthy), Qadama Sidq, (bringer Truth), Rahmatullil Aalameen (Mercy unto the Universes), Ni’matullah (Blessing of Allah), al Urwatul Wuthqaa (Firm and Trustworthy grasp), as Siraatul Mustaqeem. (The Straight Path), an Najmus Thaaqib, (the piercing star), al Kareem,(the generous), al Ummi (the Unlettered), ad Da’ee ilallah (The Inviter or Caller of Allah), Ameen (Trustworthy), Burhaan (Proof), Rasulur Rahmah (Messenger of mercy), Abdullah (Servant of Allah), Abd (servant or slave), Muhammad, Ahmad, Muddaththir (one wrapped in a cloak), Muzzammil (one wrapped in a sheet), Nabiyul Ummi (The unlettered Prophet), Haadi (Guide), among other names.It is a well-known fact that Our beloved Nabi () comprehensively possesses the attributes and miracles of the previous Ambiyaa (). In the like manner, the various names he is known by, whether in the Qur’aanul Kareem, or the Sunnah, or mentioned by previous Ambiyaa, are another manifestation of the comprehensive noble attributes possessed by him, as each name is in fact a beautiful attribute which is seen in his life.According to a narration by an- Naqqaash, Rasulullah (r) said, “I have seven names in the Qur’aanul Kareem: Muhammad, Ahmad, Yaseen, Taha, al Muddatthhir, al Muzzammil, and Abdullah.”According to Al Harbi, Rasulullah() has said, “An Angel came to me and said, “You are al Quthum”, which means the “gathered”. (Abu Nu’aym). It is said that it means ‘the one who gathers good within him’ and the family of Nabi (6) called him by that name.Rasulullah () is reported to have said, “I have five names, I am Muhammad. I am Ahmad. I am al Maahi (the annihilater of falsehood), I am al Haashir, (the one at whose feet people will be resurrected, and I am al Aaqib, (the Last in the succession of prophets.) (Bukhari, Muslim Abu Dawood, Tirmizi, Nasa’i)According to another narration Rasulullah() said, “I have ten names.” And he added the names “I am the Messenger of Mercy, the Messenger of Comfort, the Messenger of Battles, and I am al Muqtafee, (the Tracker), I followed in the tracks of the Prophets, I am al Qayyim, (The Straight, or the Unifier). (Bayhaqi, Abu Nu’aym)

The Scholars have likewise extracted those names that have been mentioned in the previous scriptures of the previous prophets, or in the books of Hadeeth, or names the Ummah generally refers to him by. Among them are: Al Mustafa, (The Chosen), al Mujtaba (the Selected one), Abul Qasim, (his nickname meaning the father of Qasim), al Habeeb (the Beloved), al Muslih (The reformer), al Muttagee (the Fearful of Allah), Sayyidu Wuldi Aadam (Master of the Children of Aadam), Sayyidul Ambiyaa wal Mursaleen (master of the Prophets and the messengers), Sahibul Waseelah wal Fadheelah, (One who is the medium of intercession and one of Virtue), Sahibush Shafa’ah (one who will intercede), Sahibu Maqaamil Mahmood (Possessor of the position of the Praiseworthy Station), Sahibu Haudhil Maurood, (The possessor of the lake that will be converged upon), Raakibul Buraaq wan Naaqah. (Rider of Buraaq and the Camel), Sahibul Hujjah wal Burhaan, (Possessor of proofs and Signs), Sahibul Mimber (man of the pulpit), Qaidu Ghurril Muhajjaleen (leader of the glorious, radiant ones), Sahibut Taj wal Meraaj (The Possessor of the Crown and the one who Ascended) Sahibul Liwaa wal Qadheeb, (possessor of the Flag and the Staff), Sahibul Hijrah (Emigrant), Rasulur Raahat (Messenger of comfort), among others.Among other names in previous scriptures: Al Mutawakkal (Relied upon), al Mukhtaar, (Chosen), Muqeemus Sunnah (Establisher of the Sunnah), al Muqaddas (The Sacred), Ruhul Haq, (Spirit of Truth), Sahibun Na’layn (one of the two shoes), Iklil, Jabbar, Akhunakh, Ajeer, Nura, and HuraAccording to Ka’b Ahbaar, a Jewish Scholar who reverted to Islam, the names of Nabi () in the previous scriptures (Suhuf Ibraaheem and the Torah) are ‘Maaza. (Excellent, Excellent) and ‘Hamyata, Hamtaya (Protector of the sacred), and ‘Khaatam’ (Seal)

According to Tha’lab, his name is ‘Haatam’, meaning one who has the most outstanding physical features and excellent character among the Prophets (عليهم السلام).

In the Syriac language, his name in ancient scriptures is ‘Mushaffa’ (spirit of Purity) and Munhaminna (which means The Praised One) and Sarkhaleetas.He is referred to as Aheed, (or Ahyad) in the Torah and as Uhaad, which means ‘Outstanding’, Qadmaaya (meaning ‘the First’), and Taaba (Pure, as in Tayyab).Other names in non-Arab or ancient languages is Habantaa in the Injeel, (according to Allamah Azfi) meaning one who distinguishes between Truth and falsehood; Haata is a name he is referred to in the Zaboor but according to him, the meaning is unknown; Bargaleet and Farqaleet or Farqaleetas are also names mentioned in the ancient languages in the Injeel which mean the Spirit of Truth or The Comforting Spirit.Apart from the above categories, various names have been given to Rasulullah(ﷺ) by many groups or communities at different times and places, in their own languages and according to their own poetic and literary styles. For example, Fakhrul Aalam (Pride of the Universe), Shamsul Huda (Sun of Guidance), Badrud Duja (Full Moon in darkness), Durrul Yateem (Pearl of the orphans), Sarwarul Kaunayn (Leader of both the worlds), etc.

These constitute a separate category which amounts to hundreds of other names. Subhanallah! According to a hadeeth, Sayyiduna Aadam عليه السلام beseeched Allah ﷻ thus, “O Allah forgive me through the virtue of Muhammad.” Allah asked him, “How did you recognize him (Muhammad)?” He replied, “I have seen the name Muhammad written all over Jannah and I have seen it written, ‘Muhammad is My Chosen Servant’. I deduced from there that he is the most virtuous and honorable of Your creations.”

Ka’b Ahbaar narrates that Our beloved Nabi (ﷺ) has a unique name in the different worlds and realms. For example, he is known as:

Abdul Kareem among the dwellers of Jannah

Abdul Jabbaar among the dwellers of jahannam

Abdul Hameed among the beings of the Arsh (Throne)

Abdul Majeed among the Angels

Abdul Wahhaab among the Ambiyaa عليهم السلام

Abdul Qahhaar among the Shayateen

Abdur Raheem by Allah ﷻ

Abdul Khaliq among the mountains or

Abdur Razzaaq among the valleys

Source: Asmaa Un Nabi ﷺ

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