Subhan – The Praised One

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

One day Abu Sa’id Abi’l Khayr was recounting an anecdote about Nuri, a disciple of Junayd. Nuri was talking about the different names or attributes of God, and how people invoke a name in order to get what they want. The Sufis call Him by the name Al-Haqq, the Truth, whereas others call Him by such names as Ar-Rahman, the All Merciful, or Ar-Rahim, the All Compassionate.

Those who want their daily food to be available to them call Him by the name Rahman, and those who want to go to heaven after they die appeal to Him by the name Rahim. Those desiring social status and power refer to Him as Al-Malik, the King. Whoever desires something calls upon God with the aspect related to that thing.

Then Abu Sa’id said: “God is praised beyond description, whether verbally or mentally. He has ninety-nine names, and the highest of them all is Subhan, the Praised One. This name is like the knot at the base of the beads of a rosary. If one uses this name, it is like using all the names, while if one uses all the other names without this one, it is as if they had used no name at all; as in a rosary without an end-knot, the beads will fall off and scatter.

“One must work hard to praise God. Every being on earth praises Him; yet one does not hear. The birds that sing a thousand songs praise Him, and yet one does not hear.”

Excerpt taken from Under the Sufi’s Cloak, by Ali Jamnia and Mojdeh Bayat, which is available on

Also see the previous post on Gratitiude.

Alhamdulillah!  And none can praise God enough, except in gratitude for every moment of time and in every movement through space. This is the life we are given.

Ya Haqq!


7 Responses to Subhan – The Praised One

  1. sf says:

    Jazaak Allah Khair for this great reminder, brother

    Prophet Muhammad(SAW) said: “Two words are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, they are loved by the Most Merciful One.”

    سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ – SubhanAllah (Praise be to Allah)

  2. I was looking over the 99 names and didn’t see Subhan on the list. Is this because it is to be used in front of one of the 99 names? I know I’ve heard Subhan-Allah, so that’s where that question comes from (oh look sf just used it).

    I would keep repeating As-Salaam and if I could repeat more than one thing, then Al-Jamil as well – a little preventative maintenance and it’s cheaper than anti-wrinkle treatments.

  3. Irving says:

    Ah Blondie: As long as we seek to pamper ouselves and worry about ourselves and think of ourselves first, we in a sense praise ourselves, when in reality all praise is God’s alone.


    Ya Haqq!

  4. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving,

    I hope you’re well, by God’s grace.

    I’ve read that ‘Allah’ is the Ism al-Azam (Greatest Name), in that it contains all of the others.

    Wallahu A’lam

    Abdur Rahman

  5. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brother Abdur Rahman:
    I pray you and your family and all who visit here, are in the best of health Indeed Allah is the Greatest Name, for it contains all the others and speaks to His essence.

    Yet I think what Abu Sa’id was saying is that Subhan is the highest name of His attributes that we limited human beings can use to call unto Him. On the Sufi path, darvishes repeat their zekr with each breath, and so are constantly calling to Hu and praising Him.

    Ya Haqq!

  6. I told you I was silly. I still put myself second though ;-)

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