Al-asma al-husnaa, the most beautiful names: in whatever human tongue, no doubt they belong only to God, al-awwal wal-akhir, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. Much benefit is found in reflecting upon them, committing them to memory, and implementing them in daily life, as the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم once stated. I know I’m not quite there on my personal sojourn, and I’m not even sure if I’ve truly begun such a journey at all. Yet, we, myself first and foremost, should try, as best we can, to emulate the attributes of Allah, to be like Him, as His khalifa, His vice-regent, as one who acts in His stead. Those are big shoes to fill. It’s a tall order, a difficult task, an onerous ascent on a steep uphill road, one in which the moral gravity evident in creation grants us no reprieve whatsoever. Be that as it may, the struggle and the toil, the ascent up this hill – the jihad, the real jihad – before God are what matter most. I constantly have to remind myself of this, otherwise I lose perspective; and believe me when I say dark places await those who lose perspective. It’s not fun, not fun at all.
Anyway, have a look below. I’m not sure if the translation are adequate; I’m sure they’re not, as translating from Arabic to English, from Semitic to Germanic, presents a slew of problems. Still, perhaps they’ll suffice for contemplation.
All praise is due to Allah or Elohim or Zhēnzhu or God or Deus or Dieu or Dios or Wakan Tanka or whatever. Call Him what you will, just make sure you reserve the best names for Him in whatever language. And also make sure you call Him period because He answers, sometimes not in the way you’d like, but He answers nonetheless. He’s al-mujib after all, the Responsive.