Allah SWT is the source of the creation…
He existed before everything, and all things will perish, except his honored face.
Some people allege that he is a cruel god. But that’s not true…
In fact, Allah is just and merciful.. and there is no human who can balance those two attributes or includes them in himself..
In this article, you’ll know much information about Allah, and why we put SWT after him, besides his names and attributes described in Quran.. Keep reading.
If you wonder what is what those three letters stand for?
Simply, it’s an abbreviation for Subhanahu wa ta’ala ( سبحانه وتعالى ) an Arabic phrase that means “Glory be to God”. It is often used as an expression of praise and thanksgiving
This phrase is derived from the Arabic roots “subhana” and “ta’ala”. “Subhana” means “glorious” or “magnificent”, while “ta’ala” means “high” or “exalted”. Together, they form a phrase that extols the greatness of God.
This phrase is often used by Muslims in various situations, such as when they pray, give thanks, or express amazement. It can be uttered alone or as part of a longer prayer In addition to its religious usage, “subhanahu wa ta’ala” has also become a popular expression among Arabic speakers more generally, regardless of their faith.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is is pronounced as “A-llah S-oo-bah-nuh W-ah T-ah-lah”. It means “The Most Glorious and The Highest”. This name is used to describe the attributes of Allah that are perfect and complete in every way.
Watch this video below to learn how to pronounce this word
There are many reasons why people put “S,W.T” after “Allah”.
Some people do it out of respect and homage to their creator, while others do it to show their love and devotion to Allah. Still, others believe that it is a way of showing gratitude to Allah for all the blessings that He has bestowed upon them.
Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that putting those three letters after “Allah” is a beautiful and meaningful gesture.
Allah is the personal name of God in the Arabic language.
He is the light of the skies and the earth and nothing can bear resemblance to him.
He is the creator of the universe and the source of all the blessings. He is also and protector of all life. Muslims believe that Allah is perfect in every way, and that’s why they should obey him and follow
Also, in the Islamic religion, Allah is the almighty, supreme, and most powerful being. He is just, merciful, and dominant over everything, and he is righteous in every action.
In Quran, There are many verses that show Allah’s attributes.
“[He is] Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you from yourselves, mates, and among the cattle, mates; He multiplies you thereby. There is nothing like unto Him,1 and He is the Hearing, the Seeing. (Surah Fatir, 11)
Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the Maintainer of everything. ( Al Zumar, 62)
Everything will be destroyed except His Face. (Al Qasas. 88)
seek not any provision from them nor do I ask that they should feed Me (Surah al-Dhariyat, 49).
There are many names for God in Islam, each of which reflects a different aspect of His personality and character. Some of the most common names for Allah are “Al-Rahman,” “Al-Rahim,” “Al-Malik,” “Al-Quddus,” “As-Salam” and “Al-Mu’min.
God spoke about his names in surah al-Israa.
Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Call upon Allah or call upon the Most Compassionate—whichever you call, He has the Most Beautiful Names.” Do not recite your prayers too loudly or silently, but seek a way between. (Al Israa, 110).
In a hadith of the prophet Mohammed, he mentioned that he has 99 names
.Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Allah has ninety-nine Names, one-hundred less one; and he who memorized them all by heart will enter Paradise.” To count something means to know it by heart.
Below are some of his names with their meaning
|الرحمن||Al Rahman||Has sheer mercy that includes all creatures|
|الرحيم||AR-RAHEEM||Compassionate, merciful for his sincere believers,|
|الملك||AL Malak||Ruler over everything, with supreme, absolute power|
|القدّوس||AL-QUDDUS||Perfect, Purified of any flaw or shortcoming|
|السلام||Al Salam||Perfect, flawless, and don’t harm his sincere believers,|
|المؤمن||AL-MU’MIN||People believe that he isn’t an oppressor, and he granted them peace|
|المهيمن||AL-MUHAYMIN||dominant, know the secrets of everything, and watchful over all acts.|
|العزيز||AL- Aziz||All Mighty, triumphant, fortified.|
|الجبار||Al Jabar||Healer for the broked-hearted people|
There are a number of abbreviations for Islamic honorifics, which are used to show respect for religious leaders and scholars. These include:
Imam – Imam is an Arabic word meaning “leader”, and is used as a title for the head of a Muslim community. It can also be used as a first name.
Sheikh – Sheikh is an Arabic word meaning “elder” or “chief”, and is often used as a title for religious leaders and scholars.
Ayatollah – Ayatollah is a title used for high-ranking Shia Muslim clerics. It literally means “sign of God”.
Mullah – Mullah is a title used by Muslim religious scholars and teachers. It comes from the Arabic word mawlā, which means “lord” or “master”.
Pbuh: This term follows after prophet means and means ” peace be upon him
The love and mercy of Allah are infinite. He is the Most Merciful and the Most Compassionate. His mercy is so great that it encompasses all of creation, including the animals.
And there are numerous verses and hadiths that indicate his sheer mercy, forgiveness, and love for his sincere believers.
Below are some of those verses."As for those who repent, mend their ways, and let the truth be known, they are the ones to whom I will turn ˹in forgiveness˺, for I am the Accepter of Repentance, Most Merciful." ( Al Baqrah, 160)
This verse speaks about his infinite mercy, even for the wrongdoers. Your God is ˹only˺ One. There is no one˹worthy of worship except Him—the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.
This ayat shows Allah’s onsness and compassion for his creatures.
“Why do they not turn to God and ask His forgiveness? He is forgiving and kind.” (Al – Maidah, 74)
“Surely Ar-Rahman will show love for those who believe and do the right.” (Maryam “Mary”: 96)
No matter how major the sin, Allah SWT is always willing to forgive if the person repents sincerely. Repentance requires the person to feel sincere remorse for their actions, make a firm decision to never return to that sin, and take all necessary steps to avoid it in the future
. If a person meets these conditions, then Allah SWT will forgive them for their sin, no matter how major it may be.
Being attached to Allah is the road to happiness, tranquility, and peace…
Because humans are disposed to worship, and if you don’t connect your heart with Allah, it will be attracted to otherworldly temptations, and feel astray, depressed, and a sense of emptiness in your heart.
Allah said in Quran:
"And whoever turns away from My remembrance - indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind." (Taha, 124)
Thus, In order to have a heart connected to Allah, it is important to develop and maintain a strong personal relationship with Him. This includes spending time in daily prayer and meditation, reading and studying His Word, obeying his commands, and keeping yourself away from his prohibitions.
It is also important to surround oneself with people who have similar beliefs and who can provide support and encouragement. Because, sharing your belief with others underpins your faith, and motivates you to do good deeds that can’t be done in solitude…
Allah Is the creator. Everything echoes his name and all creatures glorify him.
True Muslims believe in his mercy and justice… They know that the straight path is what leads to him and other roads will fill the heart with emptiness.
In this article, you learned about SWT abbreviation, and Allah’s attributes and names… Hope you find this information valuable for you…
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