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The 99 most beautiful names of Allah

From: "Siraj" 
Subject: The 99 most beautiful names of Allah
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 17:00:14 +0200

The list of the most beautiful names of Allah most people know can be found
in the hadith collection of Tirmidhi (al-Sunan);
- many of the names thereof can also be found in the Qur'an, like ar-Rahmaan
in Qur'an 1:3,
- 17 of the names of this list can be found indirectly in the Qur'an, like
al-Qaabid in Qur'an 2:245
- 9 names of this popular list cannot be found in the Qur'an like al-'Adl.

However this list, although the most widespread and the most popular is not
the only one.There are 4 lists of names:

1. The list you know is by far the most widespread. You'll find it in all
the mosques. It goes back to Abu Hurayra and is of Walid bin Muslim
ad-Dimashqi (d. 810). This one is used by Tirmidhi in his Sunan and you'll
find it by Zajjaj, Qushayri, Juwayni, Ghazzali (translated 2 times into
English), Razi (a 2 volume translation in French has appeared) and many
other writers. In regard to this list there are several versions available,
some with bigger and some with smaller differences.
2. A second list going back to Abu Hurayra is from Abd al-Aziz bin al-Husayn
bin at-Tarjaman (his 'dates' are unknown but it is certain that the list
belongs to the same century as the previous one. Baghdadi and Bayhaqi cite
this list in extenso. Ghazzali briefly alludes to it in his Maqsad. Much
later is is cited by Suyuti. This second list has appeared in several
3. A third list going back to Abu Hurayra is based on the authority of a
certain Zuhayr bin Muhammad at-Tamimi (d. 779). There are 2 versions: the
one of Ibn Maja and the one of Ibn Babuya.
4. A fourth list goes back to 'Ali and is rapported and commented upon name
by name by Ibn Babuya.

I am interested in this subject because I have brought out a book in the
Dutch language dealing with the most beautiful names, their meanings,
practices connected to them, etc. Now I am occupied with the English version
thereof, which may take at least another year to come out.


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