Originally Posted by Just a Guy
Peace be to you Just a Guy:
Based upon our experience in the West with new converts (Especially converts from European descent, White, Caucasian, etc) the members of the Masjid greet all visitors with warmness and openness. The following notes should be taken in consideration.
1. Muslims are human and are not perfect and be guided in your quest with pleasing the Creator of all
existence (Allah). When your heart is in the right place you have no worries of what people think.
2. Be mindful of the events that are occurring in the world regarding Muslims. The conflicts, the Wars that the
West are engaged,etc. There is always apprehension by any group of people when a stranger is
encountered. We will ensure you that the Majority if not all Masjid will embrace you warmly because you
are new and you will feel welcomed. Now once people get to know a person the personalities begin like any
group of people. That is one reason you will encounter numerous Masjid in the West in the same proximity.
(Personality conflicts, Application of Islam differences, Nationalism and Cultural differences)
3. If you have the time make an attempt to talk with the Imam. That should provide you an idea of how
the Masjid is conducted. You should feel comfortable with the Imam. A body is as strong as the head.
4. We would like to encourage you to continue on your quest of seeking knowledge of Islam minus the
Nationalism and Cultural practices that are in opposition of Islam. Remember men are imperfect.
Allah is the As-Salam السلام: The One Who is clear of every imperfection.
Al-A'raf (The Heights) 7:180
وَلِلّهِ الأَسْمَاء الْحُسْنَى فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا وَذَرُواْ الَّذِينَ يُلْحِدُونَ فِي أَسْمَآئِهِ سَيُجْزَوْنَ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ (7:180)
Walillahi alasmao alhusna faodAAoohu biha watharoo allatheena yulhidoona fee asmaihi sayujzawna ma kanoo yaAAmaloona
7:180 (Y. Ali) The most beautiful names belong to Allah. so call on him by them; but shun such men as use profanity in his names: for what they do, they will soon be requited.
The perfect Attributes and Names of Allah:
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
1. Allah الله: The One Who has the Godhood, which is the power to create the entities.
2. Ar-Rahman الرحمن: The One Who has an abundance of mercy for the believers and the blasphemers in this world and exclusively for the believers in the Hereafter.
3. Ar-Rahim الرحيم: The One Who has an abundance of mercy for the believers.
4. Al-Malik الملك: The One with absolute Dominion, and the One Whose Dominion is clear of imperfection.
5. Al-Quddus القدوس: The One Who is pure from any imperfection and clear of children and adversaries.
6. As-Salam السلام: The One Who is clear of every imperfection.
7. Al-Mu'min المؤمن: The One Who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him; and Who witnessed for His believers that they are truthful in their belief that no one is God but Him.
8. Al-Muhaymin المهيمن: The One Who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures.
9. Al-^Aziz العزيز: The Defeater Who is not defeated.
10. Al-Jabbar الجبار: The One for Whom nothing happens in His dominion except what He willed.
11. Al-Mutakabbir المتكبر: The One Who is clear of the attributes of the creatures and of resembling them.
12. Al- Khaliq الخالق: The One Who brings everything from non-existence to existence.
13. Al-Bari' البارئ: The Creator Who has the Power to turn the entities from one state to another.
14. Al-Musawwir المصور: The One Who forms His creatures in different pictures.
15. Al-Ghaffar الغفار: The One Who forgives the sins of His slaves time and time again.
16. Al-Qahhar القهار: The Subduer Who has the perfect Power and is not powerless over anything.
17. Al-Wahhab الوهاب: The One Who is Generous in giving plenty without any return.
18. Ar-Razzaq الرزاق: The One Who makes the Sustenance reach His slaves. Sustenance is everything that benefits, whether halal or haram.
19. Al-Fattah الفتاح: The One Who opens for His slaves the closed worldly and religious matters.
20. Al-^Alim العليم: The Knowledgeable; the One for Whom nothing is hidden from His Knowledge.
21. Al-Qabid القابض,
22. Al-Basit الباسط: The One Who constricts the sustenance by His Wisdom and expands and widens it with His Generosity and Mercy.
23. Al-Khafid الخافض,
24. Ar-Rafi^ الرافع: The One Who lowers whomever He willed by His Destruction and raises whomever He willed by His Endowment.
25. Al-Mu^izz المعز,
26. Al-Mudhill المذل: The One Who gives esteem to whomever He willed; hence there is no one to degrade him. The One Who degrades whomever He willed; hence there is no one to give him esteem.
27. As-Sami^ السميع: The One Who Hears all things that are heard by His Eternal Hearing without an ear, instrument, or organ.
28. Al-Basir البصير: The One Who Sees all things that are seen by His eternal Sight without a pupil or any other instrument.
29. Al-Hakam الحكم: He is the Ruler, and His judgment is His Word.
30. Al-^Adl: The One Who is entitled to do what He does.
31. Al-Latif: The One Who is kind to His slaves and endows upon them.
32. Al-Khabir: The One Who knows the truth of things.
33. Al-Halim: The One Who delays the punishment for those who deserve it and then He might forgive them.
34. Al-^Adhim: The One deserving the attributes of Exaltment, Glory, Extolement, and Purity from all imperfection.
35. Al-Ghafur: The One Who forgives a lot.
36. Ash-Shakur: The One Who gives ample reward for a little obedience.
37. Al-^Aliyy: The One Who is clear of the attributes of the creatures.
38. Al-Kabir: The One Who is greater in status than everything.
39. Al-Hafidh: The One Who protects whatever and whomever He willed to protect.
40. Al-Muqit: The One Who has the Power.
41. Al-Hasib: The One Who gives the satisfaction.
42. Al-Jalil: The One Who is attributed with greatness of Power and Glory of status.
43. Al-Karim: The One Who is clear of abjectness.
44. Ar-Raqib: The One from Whom nothing is absent. Hence its meaning is related to the attribute of Knowledge.
45. Al-Mujib: The One Who answers the one in need if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.
46. Al-Wasi^: The Knowledgeable.
47. Al-Hakim: The One Who is correct in His doings.
48. Al-Wadud: The One Who loves His believing slaves and His believing slaves love Him. His love to His slaves is His Will to be merciful to them and praise them: Hence its meaning is related to the attributes of the Will and Kalam (His attribute with which He orders and forbids and with which He spoke to Muhammad and Musa. It is not a sound, nor a language, nor a letter.)
49. Al-Majid: The One Who is with perfect Power, High Status, Compassion, Generosity, and Kindness.
50. Al-Ba^ith: The One Who resurrects His slaves after death for reward and/or punishment.
51. Ash-Shahid: The One from Whom nothing is absent.
52. Al-Haqq: The One Who truly exists, i.e., the One Whose Existence is confirmed.
53. Al-Wakil: The One Who gives the satisfaction and is relied upon.
54. Al-Qawiyy: The One with the complete Power.
55. Al-Matin: The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted, and Who does not get tired.
56. Al-Waliyy: The Supporter.
57. Al-Hamid: The praised One Who deserves to be praised.
58. Al-Muhsi: The One Who knows the count of things.
59. Al-Mubdi': The One Who started the human being, that is, He created him.
60. Al-Mu^id: The One Who brings back the creatures after death.
61. Al-Muhyi: The One Who took out a living human from seminal fluid that does not have a soul. He quickens the dead by giving the souls back to the decayed bodies on the Resurrection Day and He makes the hearts alive by the light of knowledge.
62. Al-Mumit: The One Who renders the living dead.
63. Al-Hayy: The One Who is attributed with a life that is unlike our life and is not that of a combination of soul, flesh, and blood.
64. Al-Qayyum: The One Who remains and does not end.
65. Al-Wajid: The Rich Who is never poor. Al¬Wajd is Richness.
66. Al-Majid: The One Who is Majid.
67. Al-Wahid: The One without a partner.
68. As-Samad: The Master Who is relied upon in matters and is resorted to in one's needs.
69. Al-Qadir: The One Who is attributed with Power.
70. Al-Muqtadir: The One with the perfect Power from Whom nothing is withheld.
72. Al-Mu'akhkhir: The One Who puts things in their right places. He makes ahead whatever He wills and delays whatever He wills.
73. Al-'Awwal: The One whose Existence is without a beginning.
74. Al-'Akhir: The One whose Existence is without an end.
76. Al-Batin: The One above Whom nothing exists and underneath Whom nothing exists; hence He exists without a place. His Existence is obvious by proofs. He is clear of the delusions of bodily attributes.
77. Al-Wali: The One Who owns things and manages them.
78. Al-Muta^ali: The One Who is clear of the attributes of the creation.
79. Al-Barr: The One Who is kind to His creatures, Who covered them with His sustenance and specified whomever He willed among them by His support, protection, and special mercy.
80. At-Tawwab: The One Who grants repentance to whomever He willed among His creatures and accepts his repentance.
81. Al-Muntaqim: The One Who victoriously prevails over His enemies and punishes them for their sins. It may mean the One Who destroys them.
82. Al-^Afuww: The One with wide forgiveness.
83. Ar-Ra'uf: The One with extreme Mercy. The Mercy of Allah is His Will to endow upon whomever He willed among His creatures.
84. Malikul-Mulk: The One Who controls the dominion and gives dominion to whomever He willed.
85. Dhul-Jalal Wal-'Ikram: The One Who deserves to be Exalted and not denied.
86. Al-Muqsit: The One Who is Just in His judgment.
87. Al-Jami^: The One Who gathers the creatures on a day there is no doubt about, that is, the Day of Judgment.
88. Al-Ghaniyy: The One Who does not need the creation.
89. Al-Mughni: The One Who satisfies the necessities of the creatures.
90. Al-Mani^: The Supporter Who protects and gives victory to His pious believers.
91. Ad -Darr,
92. An-Nafi^: The One Who makes harm reach to whomever He willed and benefit to whomever He willed.
93. An-Nur: The One Who guides.
94. Al-Hadi: The One with Whose Guidance His believers were guided, and with Whose Guidance the living beings have been guided to what is beneficial for them and protected from what is harmful to them.
95. Al-Badi^: The One Who created the creation and formed it without any preceding example.
96. Al-Baqi: The One for Whom the state of non-existence is impossible.
97. Al-Warith: The One Whose Existence remains.
98. Ar-Rashid: The One Who guides.
99. As-Sabur: The One Who does not quickly punish the sinners.
Al-Qasas (The Narration) 28:56
إِنَّكَ لَا تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاء وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ (28:56)
Innaka la tahdee man ahbabta walakinna Allaha yahdee man yashao wahuwa aAAlamu bialmuhtadeena
28:56 (Y. Ali) It is true thou wilt not be able to guide every one, whom thou lovest; but Allah guides those whom He will and He knows best those who receive guidance.