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The Arabic letter
Alif () is equivalent to the letter 'A'
in the English alphabet. It is the first letter in the Arabic
character set. Alif () in Arabic numerology
which is known as Abjad, it is also the first letter and has the
value of 1. This article is about the spiritual meaning of the
letter Alif ().
THE LETTER ALIF
is the first letter in the Name Allah
Everything is Created by Allah, and so everything begins in the
Name of Allah Most Gracious
Most Merciful. Because
Allah is Ahad - One, His Name, which is
Ism Zaat - Personal Name, Starts with the Letter Alif () which has a numerical value of
When Allah Creates, there
is no change in Him. He is as He was. Because of Allah's Existence,
everything else exists. Nothing can exist without Allah's Existence.
To show a crude example:
0 - 0 = 0 = Nothing =
No existence without '1'
0 + 0 = 0 = Nothing =
No existence without '1'
1 - 0 = 1 = No change
1 + 0 = 1 = No change
Allah Named Himself Allah.
He is Allah the One. Allah's
Zaat is Allah and not
ilaha god. Why is that ? Why did Allah Name Himself Allah
THE NAME ALLAH
The name Allah is Special.
Allah is the one Name that has been openly shown in the Quran
with all the Glory. If we start with the Name Allah as follows:
and take away the
first letter which is Alif ()
we arrive at:
If we now take away
the first Laam () from Lillah we
If we now take away
the next Laam () from Lahu we arrive
which is essentially
In each of the above
instances we are referring to Allah and no one else. Then how
can we say that god is the translation of the NAME
No one can justify substituting
the word god wherever the Name Allah is used in the Quran. The
Name Allah must be left alone as the Name
in all translations regardless of language. As stated in the article
on the Letter Ha () in the section
Asma ul Husna the sound of the Letters is very
important. If we say "God", we make a different sound to the
one when we say "Allah". Which sound would Allah
Himself Like to Hear ? After
all Allah is the One who is Samee
ud Dua the Hearer of
IMAN - BELIEF IN ALLAH
Iman is belief. Muslims are required to believe. Believe
285 The Rasool (Messenger) believes
in what has been revealed to him from his Rabb (Lord) as do the
men of faith. Each one (of them) believes in Allah His angels
His books and His Rasools (Messengers) "We make no distinction
(they say) between one and another of His Rasools (Messengers)."
And they say: "We hear and we obey; (We seek) Your forgiveness
Our Rabb (Lord) and to You is the end of all journeys."
Baqara Chapter 2]
We have to believe in
Allah because we have already agreed with Him that He is our Rabb
! That was in our spirit state. So how can we now deny that Allah
exists now that we have hidden ourselves behind a physical body
When your Rabb (Lord) drew forth
from the children of Adam from their loins their descendants and
made them testify concerning themselves (saying): "Am I not
your Rabb (Lord)?" They said: "Yea! we do testify!"
(This) in case you should say on the Day of Judgment: "of
this we were unaware."
Aaraf Chapter 7]
When Allah created our
spirits He said Alastu
Bi Rabbi Kum
Am I not your Rabb ?
We all answered
Notice the first question
that Allah asked us starts with the Letter Alif (). The first words we spoke start
with the Letter Ba ().
Those who believe in
Allah, His angels, His books, His Rasools are Muslims. The religion
chosen by Allah for a believer is Islam.
3 Forbidden to you (for food) are:
dead meat blood the flesh of swine and that on which has been
invoked the name of other than Allah that which has been killed
by strangling or by a violent blow or by a headlong fall or by
being gored to death; that which has been (partly) eaten by a
wild animal; unless you are able to slaughter it (in due form);
that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is
the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety.
This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your
religion: yet fear them not but fear Me.
This day have I perfected your religion for you,
completed my favour upon you and have chosen for you ISLAM as
your religion. But if
any one is forced by hunger with no inclination to transgression
Allah is indeed Forgiving Most Merciful.
Maida Chapter 5]
The beauty of the above
verse is that it occurs in the first chapter with the name starting
with the Letter Meem () -
Maida. The word
with an Alif () and finishes
on Meem (). The
of Islam is perfected for Allah's Beloved
and his community -
And speaking of our Master Muhammad
he is the direct the descendant of Ibraheem ()
Ibraheem () is the only Messenger of Allah
whose name has been spelt in two different ways in the Quran.
Initially the name is spelt
() then the spellings change to
(). Why ?
Initially Ibraheem () was seeking the Truth. He was
seeking knowledge. He found the Truth. Then he asked Allah to
show him how Allah gives life. Allah showed him how. Allah bestowed
knowledge () on Ibraheem ().
said, "We are more liable to be in doubt than Ibraheem when
he said, 'My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead."
65 People of the Scripture! Why do
you argue about Ibraheem, when the Torah and the Gospel were not
revealed till after him? Have you no sense?
You are those who argue about that which you have
some knowledge: Why then do you argue concerning that which you
have no knowledge? Allah knows. You do not know.
67 Ibraheem was not a Jew, nor yet a Christian; but
he was an upright man who had surrendered (to Allah), and he was
not of the idolaters.
68 Those of mankind who have the best claim to Ibraheem
are those who followed him, and this Nabee (Prophet) and those
who believe (with him); and Allah is the Protecting Friend of
Imran Chapter 3]
Islam is the religion
of Ibraheem () that has been perfected by the arrival of Muhammad in this world. How was Islam perfected ?
THE BEGINNING OF REVELATION
Jibreel () appeared in the cave Hira and
said Iqraa - Read. The first Letter uttered
by Jibreel was Alif ()
in the word
Ma ana bi qaree
"I do not know how to read."
The first Letter uttered by Muhammad
Meem (). And
is somewhere between Alif () and Meem ().
That is Islam begins from Alif () and completes on Meem ().
Another way of looking
at this is that Ibraheem () was on the religion of Islam.
is the direct descendant of Ibraheem
(). With Muhammad being
the Seal of Messengers, the religion of Islam had to start with
Alif () and finish on Meem (). Ibraheem () built the Kaaba in Makkah as the
first house and Muhammad
it by removing all the idols from it.
THE PERFECTION OF
The perfection of Islam
has been recorded in the Quran. The Quran is the perfection. The
Quran is packed with Verses or Signs or
. Why are the verses referred to
The entire Quran is from
full of Knowledge (). The Letter Ya ()
leads us back to the Letter Alif ()
as it was stated in the Book on the Letter Ya ().
We must do
() repent or turn
back and find Hu () and Hu is Allah
the Quran is perfect. Since Islam has been perfected by Allah
there is no room for another Messenger after Muhammad
THE FIRST AND LAST
Allah is the
and He is the
Akhir Last. The First existence
was that of Allah and there was nothing with Him. In the end there
will be Allah and there will be nothing with Him. And as Hadrat
Ali Karam Ullah said: "This moment is that very moment".
May Allah have Mercy
on us all. Ameen.
Only Allah Knows
Khalid M. Malik
Darood and Salaam
on Muhammad, His Family, and His Companions
ALA MUHAMMADIN WA ALA ALI MUHAMMADIN KAMA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHEEMA
WA ALA ALI IBRAHEEMA INNAKA HAMEEDUM MAJEED
NAMES OF ALLAH
STARTING WITH THE
Allah, Al Ahad,
Al Awwal, Al Akhir
and Salaam (Peace) on Muhammad, His Family, and His Companions