The Divine Attributes and Qualities. Blessings and peace upon our master and guide, Muhammad, most perfect of the Messengers, seal of the Prophets and leader of the righteous, and on his family, his offspring, his wives, his companions, his helpers, and all who love him. He is One, without partner or peer. It is He Who creates all things, Who grants the supplication of the supplicant, Who causes death, Who brings to life, Who nourishes. It is He Who exalts, and Who abases.
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The Divine Attributes and Qualities. Blessings and peace upon our master and guide, Muhammad, most perfect of the Messengers, seal of the Prophets and leader of the righteous, and on his family, his offspring, his wives, his companions, his helpers, and all who love him. He is One, without partner or peer.
It is He Who creates all things, Who grants the supplication of the supplicant, Who causes death, Who brings to life, Who nourishes. It is He Who exalts, and Who abases. It is He Who humbles the mighty, and Who exalts the humble. It is He Who separates night from day, and day from night.
He is the First of the first, the Last of the last. He it is Who rules as He wills. He knows and sees the secret lovers. Time does not affect Him. He does not age. He never sleeps. He causes death, yet does not die. He gives to eat, yet does not eat. He brings to birth, yet is not born. He has no need of anything, yet everything needs Him. He is without place, yet no place is devoid of Him. Of every act He is the author. He alone is worthy of worship; there is no other deity.
On earth, in heaven, and in the worlds unseen, whatever exists is His property, His creature. He brings at once into being whatever He wills, and whatever He wills He brings at once to naught. He is most Compassionate. He is Generous. He does not withhold His gifts from the irreligious, the erring, the sinners who know Him not; He grants them sustenance, and if they turn to Him there is no sin He will not pardon. We always remember the One we love.
We would not offend our Beloved whose every command we accept with grateful joy and delight. If we love Him, He loves us too; if we praise Him, He praises us in turn. As we walk toward Him, He comes running to us.
He is closer to us than our own soul; it is we who are far from Him. As He is near to us, so let us strive to be near to Him. All that has ever been said or written about Him is but a drop in the ocean, an atom of the sun. All beauty belongs to Him; all beautiful names are His. He is our Lord and the Lord of all that exists. May He not dismiss us from His service; may He never cast us out!
Where should we find refuge? Where should we take shelter? Only the Truth is permanent and everlasting. May He keep us forever in His presence and in His service. It is far better to serve in His presence than to reign like a king without Him. One thousand are known only to the Angels. Another thousand only the Prophets know.
One name is kept secret by the Almighty Lord. He conceals His intimate friends, the saints, so that we may all respect one another. He does not reveal which act of worship He most favors, so that all His sacred laws shall be observed.
Be sure to learn them by heart. So memorize, but do not stop at the Names: Find the Named One. He Alone is Worthy of Worship. He who wills goodness and mercy for all His creatures from all eternity, excluding none from His infinite bounty. If repeated one hundred times after each obligatory prayer, this invocation provides a safeguard against heedlessness, forget fulness and anxiety. He who acts with extreme kindness. He recompenses those who put to good use the benefits He bestows on them, by giving them yet greater and everlasting benefits.
By repeating this invocation one hundred times after the early morning prayer, one will attract kind and friendly treatment from all creatures. He who is Absolute Ruler of the entire universe.
Those who repeat this constantly have nothing to fear from any authority in this world or the Next. They will enjoy respect and dignity in the sight of others. He who is free from all error, absentmindedness, incapacity or deficiency.
He is Most Pure. If we repeat this one hundred times each day, our hearts will be pure and cleansed of all anxiety. He who frees His servants from all danger and obstruction. He greets His fortunate servants in Paradise. If this is repeated one hundred and sixty times over someone who is ill, it will help the patient to recover. He who awakens the light of faith in our hearts. He protects and comforts those who shelter with Him. If we repeat this constantly, the Exalted Lord will make us safe against the evil of the foe.
He who watches over and protects all things. He who prevails, and can never be conquered. If we recite this after the early morning prayer, forty times each day for forty days, the Exalted Lord will free us from dependence on others.
He who repairs all broken things, and completes that which is incomplete. He is able to compel the execution of His will. Those who repeat this invocation will not be subjected to coercion, and will not be exposed to violence, severity or harshness. He who demonstrates His greatness in all things and in all ways.
The Exalted Lord will grant righteous children to men who repeat this before approaching their wives. He who brings from non-being into being, creating all things in such a way that He determines their existence and the conditions and events they are to experience.
O Evolver who created all things so that each whole and its parts are in perfect conformity and harmony. He who designs all things, giving each its particular form and character. O Maker! O Shaper! He who is always ready to forgive. He who dominates all things, and prevails upon them to do whatever He wills. This invocation helps one to subdue the desires of the flesh, ridding the heart of worldly attachment and leading to inner peace.
The recitation of this Name also affords protection against cruel injustice. He who constantly bestows blessings of every kind. If you repeat this seven times after making a supplication, your plea will be accepted. If one has a particular wish, or is held captive by an enemy, or finds it hard to make ends meet, one should invoke this Name one hundred times after midnight on three or seven nights following ablution and a ritual prayer of two cycles.
He who provides all things useful to His creatures. The gates of providence are open for those who constantly repeat this glorious Name. He who opens the solution to all problems and makes things easy.
The repetition of this Name brings openness of heart, and opens the way to victory. He who has full knowledge of all things. Our hearts are illumined by invocation of this glorious Name, and many qualities of light shine from within us. He who constricts and restricts. If, for forty days, one eats fifty morsels on which this glorious Name has been written, one will never suffer starvation. He who releases, letting things expand.
If, before dawn, you invoke this glorious Name ten times, holding up your open palms and then drawing them down over your face, you will not stand in need of other people. He who brings down, diminishes. To obtain Divine protection against the evil of the foe, one should invoke this Name seventy thousand times in a religious gathering, on the day following a three-day fast. He who raises up. He who degrades and abases.
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