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Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 343

The Power and Meaning of Word ‘Allah’ | Nouman Ali Khan | illustrated | Subtitled


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Even actually – I want to share with you some things about the word “Allah”

Our ulema had a long debate in our history:

what is the origin of the word “Allah”?

Does the word Allah come from [Ihah]

and is it the combination of [Al Ilah]?

[Al Ilah]

or is it a name of Allah that belonged to

Allah from before Arabic and before all languages

always been the name of Allah

there’s been these two positions

all across our history

and both of them have their evidences

but I wanna share somethings with you

even if you say that this word belongs to – comes from the word [Ilah]

[ilah] has commonly translated “someone to be worshiped”



[al-Ma’looh bima nal-Ma’bood]

but you know – the word [Aliha] – the verb in Arabic

it actually comes from “love”

the origin of the word [fazza’a ilahi waahabbahu ashaddal-hub]

it’s actually intense kinds of love

the old Arabs before Islam

they used to have 10 degrees of love

the lowest of them was [hubb]

the lowest of the degrees of love was [hubb] – and they would have 10 degrees

and the 10th one will kill you

you love someone so much

you become so obsessed

that you can’t even eat – you can’t even sleep – you

you know – it just kills you

it’s unhealthy

the 9th one

the ninth one – actually – its called [Wallah] or [Allah]

from which the word [Ilah] comes

and the word [Wallah] means a kind of love

that when you have it

you don’t feel pain

when you have it – you don’t feel hunger

you don’t feel sadness

it is taking

this love fills your appetite so much

there’s no room left for anything else

there’s no negative emotion left in your life because

this [Ilah] has filled it for you

when we call upon Allah by calling – by saying “Bismillah”

we are expressing our love for Allah and

acknowledging that if we truly have love for Allah

all of our problems are going to feel like nothing

we all have problems

some of us have marriage problem

some of us have problems with our children

some of us have problems with money

some of us have problems with health

some of us have problems with extended family


we have all kinds of problems

some of you have legal problems

some of you have business problems

immigration problems

there are so many problems in life – all you’re doing all day

there are taxi drivers here

that are driving around all day thinking about their problems

how much money do I have left?

how am I going to pay for the next tuition fees for the child?

which uni are they going to go to? – and all of it

that’s all they’re thinking about all day

but when you call on Allah

with “bismillahi al-Rahman al-Rahim” – know!

that Allah will remove

the tension from your head

He’ll get rid of it

and He will replace it with a reliance on Allah

and everything will get sorted out

everything will work out

because you have this gift

that came from the Heavens

this thing you recited

I recite “Bismillahi Al-Rahman Al-Rahim” is not cheap

it’s amazing

you know when it’s used in a context

all of you know – it’s used in the beginnings of Surahs – every time

but the one time it’s used in the middle is in the story of Sulaiman

[Innahu Min Sulaymāna Wa ‘Innahu Bismi Allāhi Ar-Raĥmāni Ar-Raĥīm]

ever think about that?

Sulaiman (A.S.) is going to transfer

the throne of another queen

thousands of miles

in the blink of an eye

and he says: “this ..

“is because of [Bismillahi Ar-Rahmani Al-Rahim]”

this is what [Bismillahi Ar-Rahmani Al-Rahim] can do

what is Allah teaching you and me?

if Allah can do that when someone truly believes in [Bismillahi Ar-Rahmani Al-Rahim]

then you and I have no reason to be pessimist left

a Muslim is not supposed to be depressed

because he has this gift

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