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What does Asma al Husna mean?

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1.What is asma al husna?

2.Why is Prophet Moses called (a.s.) while Prophet Mohamed called (saws)?


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What does Asma al Husna mean?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and who-ever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Jazak Allah Kheir for asking the question.


Your question: What is asma al husna?

Asma means names, and husna means beautiful. Thus asma al husna means the beautiful names of Allah Subhanah.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verse 110: For to Him (Allah) belong the most beautiful names.


Allah has given Himself the most beautiful names in the Holy Quran. They are 99 in number, and the 100th is Allah itself. An example of Allahs beautiful names would be:

Ar-Rahmaan (The Beneficient or The Gracious)

Ar-Raheem (The Most Merciful)

Al-Maalik (The Sovereign Lord or King)

Al-Jabbar (The Compeller)

Al-Ghafoor (The All Forgiving)

Etc. If some brother needs the whole list of Allahs asma husna with their meanings, please write to us, and Insha Allah we will be more than happy to email it to you.


Your question: Why is Prophet Moses called (a.s.) while Prophet Mohamed called (saws)?

(a.s.) is the short for alay hiss salaam or (May Allahs) Peace be upon him.

(saws) is short for sall Allah o alayhe wa sallam or May Allahs Peace and Blessing be upon him.


Although, for all the Prophets of Allah, we can say either of the above two prayers, we are commanded in the Holy Quran by Allah specifically to say sallalla o alayhe wa sallam or May Allahs Peace and Blessing be upon him for the Last Prophet of Allah, Mohamed (saws).


Allah says in the Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 56: Indeed, Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet (Mohamed (saws)). O you who believe, you should also (ask Allah) to send blessings and peace upon him.


This honor is especially for the Last Prophet of Allah, Mohamed (saws). The Prophet (saws) said in an authentic narration that: Do not be stingy in asking Allah to send Peace and Blessings upon me (saws), for whoever prays the dua once, Allah and the angels send ten blessings upon the believer.


Allah Alone knows best, and He is the only Source of strength.


May Allah guide you and us all to the Straight Path of Islam.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


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