99 Names of Allah Meaning and Explanation (English & Arabic)

Being a true Muslim, it is obligatory to have a firm belief in Allah without any doubt and ambiguity. HE has revealed HIMSELF by the name of ALLAH many times in the Holy Quran so we know about the supremacy of HIM. There are also 99 names in the Quran explaining HIS attributes to the believers.

In this article, we are going to explain the meaning of those 99 names of ALLAH (SWT) in English. Indeed, He is the only. And all the praises to be Allah Almighty.

beautiful 99 names of Allah

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What are the 99 Names of Allah called?

According to a hadith, there are 99 Attributes of Allah, known as the Asma ul Husna (Arabic: أسماء الله الحسنى‎ ).

Allah Names mentioned in Quran

And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do. (Surat Al-A’raf 7:180)

Say, “Call upon Allah or call upon the Most Merciful. Whichever [ Allah name] you call – to Him belong the best names.” And do not recite [too] loudly in your prayer or [too] quietly but seek between that an [intermediate] way. (Surah Al-Isra 17:110)

And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible. (Surah Ghafir 40:60)

Allâh! Lâ ilâhla illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He)! To Him belong the Best Names. (Surat Taha 20:8)

He is Allâh, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names . All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (Surat Al-Hashr 59:24)


Importance in Hadith

You can read the importance of Allah names from the hadith which are given below:

Narrated Abu Huraira: Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one (99 Names of Allah), and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 50:894)

Abu Huraira reported Prophet Muhammad SAW as saying: Verily, there are ninety-nine names for Allah, i.e. hundred excepting one (99 Names of Allah). He who enumerates them would get into Paradise. And Hammam has made this addition on the authority of Abu Huraira who reported it from Prophet Muhammad SAW that he said: “He is Odd (one) and loves odd number.” (Sahih Muslim 35:6476)


Meaning and Definition of 99 Names of Allah

Allah Almighty has ninety-nine beautiful names. Let’s know the meaning of those beautiful 99 names of Allah and try to know its explanation in English & Arabic:

#NameTransliterationMeaningExplanation
1

الرَّحْمَنُ

Ar-RahmanThe BeneficentComes from the word Rehmat, which means that Allah compassion for the entire creation without differentiating believers and non-believers.
2

الرَّحِيمُ

Ar-RaheemThe MercifulThe ONE who has kindness for everyone in this universe.
3

الْمَلِكُ

Al-MalikThe Eternal LordThe Sovereign Lord, the one who dominates and owns everything on earth and heavens.
4

الْقُدُّوسُ

Al-QuddusThe Most SacredThe One who is free from any flaw, and the One who is most pure from any imperfection.
5

السَّلاَمُ

As-SalamThe Embodiment of PeaceThe One who is the only Peace giver to the seven heavens and above.
6

الْمُؤْمِنُ

Al-Mu’minThe Infuser of FaithAl-Mu’min means that the One who gives full security. He sent Prophets who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. Also, the One who puts faith in hearts and protects them who seek his shelter.
7

الْمُهَيْمِنُ

Al-MuhayminThe Preserver of SafetyThe One who witnesses every single act and saying of His creatures. He is the one who always watches and looks after us.
8

الْعَزِيزُ

Al-AzizThe Mighty OneThe Mighty and Strong, who can’t be defeated by anyone in this and hereafter world.
9

الْجَبَّارُ

Al-JabbarThe Omnipotent One The One who doesn’t allow anything to happen without His will. He is All-Might and has the authority to do anything.
10

الْمُتَكَبِّرُ

Al-MutakabbirThe Dominant OneThe One clear from resembling any of the creatures. He has power, dominancy, and pride.
11

الْخَالِقُ

Al-KhaaliqThe CreatorThe One who creates every single creature from nothing and He has the power to vanish anyone anytime.
12

الْبَارِئُ

Al-BaariThe EvolverThe Maker and Creator, who has planned before the creation of seven heavens and earth. Everything happened here as per His will.
13

الْمُصَوِّرُ

Al-MusawwirThe Flawless ShaperThe One who forms His creatures in different looks and appearance including all living and non-living creatures.
14

الْغَفَّارُ

Al-GhaffaarThe Great ForgiverThe Forgiver, He likes nothing more than forgiveness. And that’s why He forgives the sins of His people with or without any condition.
15

الْقَهَّارُ

Al-QahhaarThe All-Prevailing OneThe Dominant, The One who has the absolute power over everything in this universe.
16

الْوَهَّابُ

Al-WahhabThe Supreme BestowerThe One who is distributes generously without asking for any return. He blessed all creature with numerous gifts.
17

الرَّزَّاقُ

Ar-RazzaqThe Total ProviderThe Sustainer, who creates all sources of food and everything that is essential for livelihood.
18

الْفَتَّاحُ

Al-FattahThe Supreme SolverThe Opener, The Judge; who opens his mercy and greatness for slaves. He has a solution to every problem.
19

اَلْعَلِيْمُ

Al-AlimThe All-Knowing OneThe Knowledgeable; who has supreme knowledge about every happening in this world. Nothing is hidden from Him.
20

الْقَابِضُ

Al-QaabidThe Restricting OneThe Constrictor, who has all authority to make life easier or difficult of anyone whomever He selects.
21

الْبَاسِطُ

Al-BaasitThe ExtenderThe Enlarger, who can make one’s life easier and increase the sustenance without any doubt.
22

الْخَافِضُ

Al-KhaafidThe ReducerThe Abaser, The One who lowers the status of anyone He wished by His legacy.
23

الرَّافِعُ

Ar-RafiThe Elevating OneThe Exalter and the Elevator; The One who raises the status of anyone whoever He willed by His Destruction.
24

الْمُعِزُّ

Al-Mu’izzThe Honourer-BestowerHe gives esteem to whoever He wished; though there is no one to degrade Him. But He degrades whoever anyone.
25

المُذِلُّ

Al-MuzilThe AbaserThe Dishonourer, The Humiliator; the one who can’t be degraded by anyone. But He degrades anyone whom He wished for.
26

السَّمِيعُ

As-Sami’The All-HearerThe Hearer, The One who hears everything by His Eternal Hearing. He is not unaware of anything that is being spoken in this world.
27

الْبَصِيرُ

Al-BaseerThe All-SeeingThe All-Noticing, The One who has the power to see by His Eternal Seeing.
28

الْحَكَمُ

Al-HakamThe Impartial JudgeThe Judge, He is the only ruler of the entire world and He is the best of all rulers. There is no question on His judgment is this Word.
29

الْعَدْلُ

Al-AdlThe Embodiment of JusticeThe Just, He is the only one who is the best symbol of justice for poor and rich. Nobody can refrain from his Justice.
30

اللَّطِيفُ

Al-LateefThe Knower of SubtletiesThe Subtle One; He is the One who is kind to His every little and poor creature. He knows the situation of slaves and endows upon them.
31

الْخَبِيرُ

Al-KhabeerThe All-Aware OneThe One who is aware of everyone and the truth of this world.
32

الْحَلِيمُ

Al-HaleemThe Clement OneThe Forbearing; He is the only One who has the power to delay the punishment. And if He will, they can be forgiven.
33

الْعَظِيمُ

Al-AzeemThe Magnificent OneThe Great One, The Mighty; He is the One who only deserves the attributes of pride and glory. He is pure from all imperfection.
34

الْغَفُورُ

Al-GhafoorThe Great ForgiverThe All-Forgiving, the Forgiving. There is no one who can forgive like Him. He forgives whomever He wills.
35

الشَّكُورُ

Ash-ShakoorThe Acknowledging OneThe Grateful, the Appreciative. Only He is the One who blesses his believers a lot of reward for showing a little obedience.
36

الْعَلِيُّ

Al-AliyyThe Sublime OneThe Highest, only He is the One who is abstained from the creature’s characteristics.
37

الْكَبِيرُ

Al-KabeerThe Great OneThe Most Great; He is the One who is supreme and has the greater status of all.
38

الْحَفِيظُ

Al-HafizThe Guarding OneThe Preserver, the Protector. Only He is the One who can protect whatever and whoever He willed for.
39

المُقيِت

Al-MuqeetThe Sustaining OneThe Maintainer, The Guardian, The Feeder, The One who has the power to do anything to anyone.
40

الْحسِيبُ

Al-HaseebThe Reckoning OneThe Reckoner, only Allah is the only One who can give satisfaction to whomever He is willing to provide.
41

الْجَلِيلُ

Al-JaleelThe Majestic OneThe Sublime One, The Beneficent, The One who has attributed Power and Glory of status and this won’t be compared with anyone.
42

الْكَرِيمُ

Al-KareemThe Bountiful OneThe Generous One, The Gracious, in the entire world He is the One who is accredited with the power of supremacy and magnificent status.
43

الرَّقِيبُ

Ar-RaqeebThe Watchful OneThe Watcher, Allah is the one who is watching everyone and He is not absent from anyone’s deed.
44

الْمُجِيبُ

Al-MujeebThe Responding OneThe Responsive, He is the One who listens and answers in any form. The time and method are not what we are looking for but whatever seems good according to Him.
45

الْوَاسِعُ

Al-Waasi’The All-Pervading OneThe Vast, the All-Embracing, The Knowledgeable. He is the only one who has knowledge that nobody can ever think of. The creature only uses 5% of the mind he has been given.
46

الْحَكِيمُ

Al-HakeemThe Wise OneThe Wise, The Judge of Judges, The One who remains correct in all of His decisions, and judgments.
47

الْوَدُودُ

Al-WadudThe Loving OneAllah is the One who loves His people who have a firm belief in Him and also love those who love believers.
48

الْمَجِيدُ

Al-MajeedThe Glorious OneThe Most Glorious One; only Allah has the trait of being glory in this world. No ruler or king is equivalent to Him. He is the only unmatched power, generosity, and Kindness for the living beings.
49

الْبَاعِثُ

Al-Ba’ithThe Infuser of New LifeThe Resurrector, The Raiser (from death), He started life from nothing and He has the power to create or destroy any life without asking permission.
50

الشَّهِيدُ

Ash-ShaheedThe All Observing WitnessThe Witness, the One who is aware of everything and there isn’t any single deed or act happened in this world without His permission.
51

الْحَقُّ

Al-HaqqThe Embodiment of TruthThe Truth, The True, He is the One whose existence is truly from eternity and He will remain when everything is finished.
52

الْوَكِيلُ

Al-WakeelThe Universal TrusteeThe Trustee, the One who gives the ultimate satisfaction to His believers and rely upon, and there isn’t anyone who can seek satisfaction without His permission.
53

الْقَوِيُّ

Al-QawwiyyThe Strong OneThe Most Strong, The Strong, The One with the complete superpower, which has no comparison with anyone ever in this entire universe.
54

الْمَتِينُ

Al-MateenThe Firm OneThe only One having super extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He never got tired of handling all matters.
55

الْوَلِيُّ

Al-WaliyyThe Protecting AssociateThe Protecting Friend, the Supporter. He is the One who supports and protects the poor ones from the frown of cruel ones.
56

الْحَمِيدُ

Al-HameedThe Sole-Laudable OneThe Praiseworthy, He who deserves to be praised by all means and there isn’t anyone who can stand in front of Him.
57

الْمُحْصِي

Al-MuhseeThe All-Enumerating OneThe Counter, The Reckoner, The One who keeps a record of everything happening in this world.
58

الْمُبْدِئُ

Al-MubdiThe OriginatorHe is the One who has started the human being and other organisms without seeking help from another creature. He has designed and sent humans as His messenger.
59

الْمُعِيدُ

Al-MueedThe RestorerThe Reproducer, The One who has the ability to bring back every dead creature to life on the Day of Judgment.
60

الْمُحْيِي

Al-MuhyiThe Maintainer of lifeThe Restorer, The Giver of Life; He is the One who took out a living human from a single drop and gives life. He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.
61

اَلْمُمِيتُ

Al-MumeetThe Inflictor of DeathThe Creator of Death, The Destroyer; He who has render created life and death for every living creature.
62

الْحَيُّ

Al-HayyThe Eternally Living OneThe Alive, The One attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh, or blood.
63

الْقَيُّومُ

Al-QayyoomThe Self-Subsisting OneThe One who remains and does not end.
64

الْوَاجِدُ

Al-WaajidThe Pointing OneThe Perceiver, The Finder, the Rich who is never poor. Al-Wajd is Richness.
65

الْمَاجِدُ

Al-MaajidThe All-Noble OneThe Glorious, He who is Most Glorious and this will last forever.
66

الْواحِدُ

Al-WaahidThe Only OneThe Unique; the One who has no partner and He doesn’t need any.
67

اَلاَحَدُ

Al-AhadThe Sole OneThe One; it is to believe that He is the One and there is no one who belongs to Him. He has no family and no child.
68

الصَّمَدُ

As-SamadThe Supreme ProviderThe Eternal and Independent; the One who is relied upon in matters and reverted to in anyone’s needs.
69

الْقَادِرُ

Al-QaadirThe Omnipotent OneThe Able, The Capable, The One attributed with Power.
70

الْمُقْتَدِرُ

Al-MuqtadirThe All Authoritative OneThe Powerful and Dominant; He is the One having eternal power of making and implementing His decisions.
71

الْمُقَدِّمُ

Al-MuqaddimThe Expediting OneThe Expediter, The Promoter; the One who placed all things in the right place. He makes fast what He wills.
72

الْمُؤَخِّرُ

Al-Mu’akhkhirThe ProcrastinatorThe Delayer, the Retarder; He is the One who puts things in the best of theirs. He delays anything to happen if He wills.
73

الأوَّلُ

Al-AwwalThe Very FirstThe First, He is the One who exists in this world from eternity and there is no boundary for the beginning.
74

الآخِرُ

Al-AkhirThe Infinite Last OneThe Last, The One who will remain even after everything has gone to an end. His existence is without any end.
75

الظَّاهِرُ

Az-ZaahirThe PerceptibleThe Manifest, One who is above everything and His is not answerable to anyone. His existence doesn’t need any place. He is the one whose existence is clear from the system going on.
76

الْبَاطِنُ

Al-BaatinThe ImperceptibleThe Hidden, there isn’t anything which is hidden from Him. He knows everything happened whether it’s openly done or needs some hidden place to perform the act.
77

الْوَالِي

Al-WaaliThe Holder of Supreme AuthorityThe Governor, He is the One who has authority over all creatures and He knows well how to manage them.
78

الْمُتَعَالِي

Al-Muta’aliThe Extremely Exalted OneThe Most Exalted, The High Exalted, The One who is supreme of all creatures. And this has been cleared from the attributes of His every single creation.
79

الْبَرُّ

Al-BarrThe Fountain-Head of TruthThe Source of All Goodness, The Righteous; He is the One who is kind enough to His creatures. He provides food, shelter, and special mercy.
80

التَّوَابُ

At-TawwaabThe Ever-Acceptor of RepentanceThe Relenting, The One who grants repentance to those who ask for His mercy. He is the only one who is ready to accept anyone’s regret over their misdeed.
81

الْمُنْتَقِمُ

Al-MuntaqimThe RetaliatorThe Avenger, The One who proudly conquers over His enemies again and again. He has the authority to punish them for their sins.
82

العَفُوُّ

Al-AfuwwThe Supreme PardonerThe Forgiver, He is the only One who forgives when someone asks for His forgiveness.
83

الرَّؤُوفُ

Ar-Ra’oofThe Benign OneThe Compassionate, He is the One with extreme mercy for His creature. He has power and will which let this happen to anyone without differentiating whether someone is a believer or not.
84

مَالِكُ الْمُلْكِ

Maalik-ul-MulkThe Eternal Possessor of SovereigntyHe is the One who controls this entire world without asking anyone. The sole authority belongs to Him only.
85

ذُوالْجَلاَلِ وَالإكْرَامِ

Zul-Jalaali-wal-IkramThe Possessor of Majesty and HonourHe is the Lord of Majesty and Bounty in this world and no one can stand against Him. He is the only One who deserves to be accepted and never denied.
86

الْمُقْسِطُ

Al-MuqsitThe Just OneThe Equitable, The One who is above all in doing justice to the rich and poor. He is the best in His judgment.
87

الْجَامِعُ

Al-Jaami’The Assembler of Scattered CreationsThe Gatherer, He has the power of gathering all the creatures on the day of judgment. All dead people will be called and they will stand in front of Him for their deeds reward or compensation
88

الْغَنِيُّ

Al-GhaniyyThe Self-Sufficient OneThe One who does not need any of His creation to believe or worship Him but this creature needs Him in every moment.
89

الْمُغْنِي

Al-MughniThe Bestower of SufficiencyThe Enricher, He is the sole who tends to satisfy all of the necessities of living beings.
90

اَلْمَانِعُ

Al-Maani’The PreventerThe Withholder. He is the One who has the authority to stop anyone from doing any deed. He doesn’t need to explain why He wouldn’t let anyone doing what they want.
91

الضَّارَّ

Ad-DaarrThe DistressorThe One who makes harm reach to anyone. If He is the One who can benefit anyone, so why not He distress whoever He willed.
92

النَّافِعُ

An-Naafi’The Bestower of BenefitsThe Propitious, the One who benefits anyone he chooses. Every gain and good comes from Him.
93

النُّورُ

An-NoorThe Prime LightThe Light, The One who guides and created light to enlighten His believers. Also, the one who illuminates the heats of His believers with faith and knowledge.
94

الْهَادِي

Al-HaadiThe Provider of GuidanceThe Guide, the One who guides His believers and His guidance ensures the best life in this world and hereafter.
95

الْبَدِيعُ

Al-Badi’The Unique OneThe Incomparable means that He is unique in all His traits. He can’t be compared with any of the existing things in this world.
96

اَلْبَاقِي

Al-BaaqiThe Ever Surviving OneThe Everlasting, The One who is the one from eternity and there is no ending for Him.
97

الْوَارِثُ

Al-WaarisThe Eternal InheritorThe Heir, The One who is the owner of everything belongs to this world. Every single creature has an end but He doesn’t.
98

الرَّشِيدُ

Ar-RasheedThe Guide to Path of RectitudeThe One who guides people to the right path to living and help others.
99

الصَّبُورُ

As-SaboorThe Extensively Enduring OneThe Patient, He is the one who does not quickly punish the sinners. Always looking for the sinners to ask for regret and forgiveness.

The above table is showing the Allah names in English and Arabic with explanation. Make a habit to recite Allah’s 99 names for the blessing of Allah Almighty.

The 99 names of Allah list taken from: prayertimenyc.com