The Names of the Prophet (pbuh)

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

In the same way that Muhammad(un) rasul Allah (Muhammad is the Messenger of God) follows La Ilaha ill Allah, the names of the Prophet (pbuh) flow from those of God and are a ladder that leads to Him. The Prophet (pbuh) has even been honored by God by having some of the Divine Names such as Ta Ha and Nur also bestowed upon him. The chanting of the litanies of the names of the Prophet (pbuh) is an important practice in Sufism and on a more external level in the everyday activity of many pious Muslims.

Not only is the Prophet (pbuh) called Muhammad, the most praised one, but he is also Ahmad, the most praiseworthy of those who praise God. He is Wahid, the unique one; Mahi, the annihilator of darkness and ignorance; and Aqib, the last of the prophets. He is Tahir, the pure and clean one; Tayyib, he who possesses beauty and fragrance; and Sayyid, prince and master of the universe. He is, of course, Rasul, messenger, but also Rasul al-Rahmah, the messenger of mercy; and Khatim al rusul, the seal of prophets. He is Abd Allahl, the perfect servant of God, but also Habib Allah, the beloved of God; and Safi Allah, the one chosen by God. He is both Nasir, the victorious helper of men, and Mansur, the one who is made triumphant in this world.

The Prophet (pbuh) is Muhyi, the vivifier of the dead hearts of men, and Munji, he who delivers man from sin. He is Nur, light, as well as Siraj, the torch that illuminates the path in man’s life; Misbah, the lamp that contains the light of faith, and Huda, the guide to God and paradise. He is Dhu quwwah, the possessor of strength; Dhu hurmah, possessor of sacred reverence; and Dhu makanah, the possessor of integrity. He is both Amin, trustworthy, and Sadiq, truthful. He is miftah, or key to paradise, and Miftah al-rahmah, the key to God’s mercy. The love of the Prophet (pbuh) is in fact both a sign of the love of God and the gate to that Mercy from which the very substance of the universe was created.

From Islamic Spirituality, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

Ya Haqq!

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11 Responses to The Names of the Prophet (pbuh)

  1. Shiraz says:

    I am always struck by Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s immense intellectual power, whether I read something of his, or hear him speak. I had a chance to see him give a talk when he came to Montreal last year for a big world religions conference, and he was great as always.

  2. Yakoub Islam says:

    I’ve got the 99 names of Muhammad (saw) next to the 99 Names of Allah (swt) hung above my PC monitor. But my Arabic is terrible so I cannot read them! This post is thus a glorious discovery – Jazak Allah.

  3. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers:

    Thank you for commenting :) You’re right, Shiraz, he is really an amazing intellect and scholar. He actually wrote the chapter on the Prophet’s (pbuh) names, and he also edited the rest of the book, comprised of many articles by other excellent scholars. And Yakoub, Alhamdulillah, that the post has been of some small service :)

    Ya Haqq!

  4. Jeroen says:

    Thank you for posting this. I was listening to Taleal Bedru Aleyna by Yusuf Islam recently and it contained some of the names of the Prophet (pbuh), but I didn’t know what some of them meant. Now I do :)

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Merryweather says:

    Salam,
    This was a gripping post. Reading the names and their meaning had a kind of ‘cleansing effect’.
    Thank you!

  6. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum, attributes and qualities of such noble esteem, may we by knowing these poignant names be blessed with the gift of more and more closeness to our Beloved, SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Once again dear brother Irving, Insha’Allah huge rewards to be showered upon you and yours for your caring posts, Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  7. qisas.com says:

    JazakAllah for sharing this.

  8. hiutopor says:

    Hi

    Very interesting information! Thanks!

    Bye

  9. Bengt Erik Stendlert says:

    Thank you Brother Irving!

  10. GaribAN says:

    Wa alaikumas Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu Dear Kind Brother Irving.
    Many thanks for bringing some beautiful names of Rasulullah SAWS as every one has deep meanings mashaALLAH. Largest list of his names I found was in Tosun Bayrak’s translation of the book Name and the Named . I will give a list below but explanations are long so I will not be able to write them.

    1.Muhammad (SAWS)
    2.Ahmad
    3.Hamid
    4.Mahmud
    5.Ahid
    6.Wahid
    7.Mahi
    8.Hashir
    9.’Aqib
    10.Ta Ha
    11.Ya Sin
    12.Tahir
    13.Mutahhar
    14.Tayyib
    15.Sayyid
    16.Rasul
    17.Nabi
    18.Rasul ar-rahmah
    19.Qayyim
    20.Jami
    21.Muqtafi
    22.Muqaffi
    23.Rasul al-malahim
    24.Rasul ar-rahah
    25.Kamil
    26.Iklil
    27.Muddaththir
    28.Muzammil
    29.’Abdullah
    30.Habibullah
    31.Safiyullah
    32.Naji’ullah
    33.Kalimullah
    34.Khatim al-anbiya
    35.Khatim ar-rusul
    36.Muhyi
    37.Munji
    38.Mudhakkir
    39.Nasir
    40.Mansur
    41.Nabi ar-rahmah
    42.Nabi at-tawbah
    43.Haris’alaykum
    44.Ma’lum
    45.Shahir
    46.Sh’ahid:The celebrated one
    47.Shahid:The Martyr
    48.Mashshud:The witnessed.
    49.Bashir:The sender of good news to the believers.
    50.Mubashshir: The bringer of good news of blessings and paradise.
    51.Nazir:The one who calls humanity to virtue with warnings of Allah’s wrath.
    52.Munzir: The one who warns and dissuades from sin.
    53.Nur
    54.Siraj: The Torch of the right path.
    55.Misbah:The lamp which contains the light of faith and Islam which lights the realms of worship, submission, and salvation.
    56.Huda:The guidance to Truth and Paradise.
    57.Mahdi:The rigtly guided one, guide to the path of knowledge, obedience, and worship.
    58.Munir: The illuminator of the universe.
    59.Da’i: The one who calls to faith and islam.
    60.Mad’u The one who heard and accepted the divine call.
    61.Mujib:the one who accepts the prayers
    62.Mujab:The answered one, the answer to our prayers.
    63.Hafi: true answerer of all questions.
    64.’Afu: the clement
    65.Wali: The friend of Allah and of all who believe.
    66.Haqq: The Truth
    67.Qawi: The powerful.
    68.Amin: The trustworthy
    69.Ma’mun: The one in whome people confide
    70.Karim: The generous one
    71.Mukarram: The ennobled one.
    72.Makin:The authoritative one
    73.Matin: the firm and consistent one
    74.Mubin: The distinguisher and the explainer.
    75.Mu’ammil: The hopeful one.
    76.Wasul: The uniter.
    77.Dhu quwwah: The source of strength
    78.Dhu hurmah: The source of sacredness
    79.Dhu makanah: The source of integrity
    80.Dhu’izz: The source of might.
    81.Dhu fadl: The source of virtue
    82.Muta’:The one whome the faithful obey.
    83.Muti’: The one who is obedient to Allah.
    84.Qidam as-sidq:The one constantly sincere.
    85.Rahmah:Compassion.
    86.Bushra: Good news.
    87.Ghawth: Savior
    88.Ghatyh
    89.Ghiyath: The helper.
    90.Ni’matullah: The blessing of Allah.
    91.Hadiyatullah: The gift of Allah to the universe.
    92.’Urwah wuthqa: The firm tie that binds humanity to its Creator.
    93.Siratullah: The path leading to Allah and the Truth.
    94.Sirat mustaqim: The straight and shortest way leading to Allah.
    95.Dhikrullah: The rememberence of Allah.
    96.Sayfullah: The sword of Allah
    97.Hizbullah: Allah’s partisan, destroyer of the enemies of Allah.
    98.Al-najm al-thaib: The star whose fire burns devils.
    99.Mustafa: The divinely elected.
    100.Mujtaba: The chosen one.
    101.Muntaqa: The one chosen for his purity
    102.Ummi
    103.Mukhtar
    104.Ajir : The reward of the believers
    105.Jabbar
    106.Abul-Qasim
    107.Abul-Tahir
    108.Abul-Tayyib
    109.Abu Ibrahim
    110.Mushaffa’
    111.Shafi’
    112.Salih
    113.Muslih
    114.Muhaymin
    115.Sadiq
    116.Musaddaq
    117.Sidq
    118.Sayyid al-mursalin
    119.Imam al-muttaqin
    120.Qa’id al-ghurri al-muhajjalin
    121.Khalil al-Rahman
    122.Barr
    123.Mabarr
    124.Wajih
    125.Nasih
    126.N’asih
    127.Wakil
    128.Mutawakkil
    129.Kafil
    130.Shafiq
    131.Muqim as -sunnah
    132.Muqaddas
    133.Ruh al-quddus
    134.Ruh al-Haqq
    135.Ruh al-qist
    136.Kafi
    137.Muktafi
    138.Baligh
    139.Mubaligh
    140.Shafi
    141.Wasil
    142.Mawsul
    143.Sabiq
    144.Sa’iq
    145.Hadi
    146.Muhdi
    147.Muqaddam
    148.’Aziz
    149.Fadil
    150.Mufaddal
    151.Fatih
    152.Miftah
    153.Miftah ar-Rahmah
    154.Miftah al-jannah
    155.’Alam al-iman
    156.’Alam al-yaqin
    157.Dalil al’khayrat
    158.Musahhih al-hasanat
    159.Muqil al-atharat
    160.Safuh’an az-zallat
    161.Sahib ash-shafa’ah
    162.Sahib al-makan
    163.Sahib al qidam
    164.Makhsus bil-’izz
    165.Makhsus bil-majd
    166.Makhsus bish-sharaf
    167.Sahib al-wasilah
    168.Sahib al-sayf
    169.Sahib al-fadilah
    170.Sahib al-izar
    171.Sahib al-hujjah
    172.Sahib as-sultan
    173.Sahibal-rida’
    174.Sahib ad-darajat ar-rafi’ah
    175.Sahib at-taj
    176.Sahib al-mighfar
    177.Sahib al-liwa’
    178.Sahib al-mi’raj
    179.Sahib al-qadib
    180.Sahib al-Buraq
    181.Sahib al-khatam
    182.Sahib al-’alamah
    183.Sahib al-burhan
    184.Sahib al-bayan
    185.Fasih al-lisan
    186.Mutahhir al-janan
    187.Ra’uf
    188.Rahim
    189.Udhn khayr
    190.Sahih al-Islam
    191.Sayyid al-kawnayn
    192.’Ayn al-na’im
    193.’Ayn al-qurr
    194.Sa’d Allah
    195.Sa’d al-khalq
    196.Khatib al-umam
    197.’Alam al-huda
    198.Kashif al-karb
    199.Rafi’ al-rutab
    200.’Izz al-a’rab
    201.Sahib al-faraj

    As Salam and Love
    GaribaN

  11. ovie says:

    Thank you for posting this,..

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