Tuesday 3 December 2019

99 Attributes of Allah: Al Majid - The Glorious and Majestic

Allah is Al-Majīd " ٱلْمَجِيدُ " (pronounced Al Majeed), ,  The Glorious and Majestic, The Most Honorable and Praiseworthy, The All-Glorious.

No matter we praise Allah, our praises will always pint towards Allah's infinite Majesty and Glory for none other than He is worthy of such praises in superlative form, and the greatest honor, vast bounty and goodness belongs to Him.

Allah calls Himself Al-Majeed— The Glorious, The Most Honorable – on two occasions in the Quran:
قَالُوا أَتَعْجَبِينَ مِنْ أَمْرِ اللَّهِ ۖ رَحْمَتُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ عَلَيْكُمْ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ ۚ إِنَّهُ حَمِيدٌ مَّجِيدٌ 

"They said: 'Do you wonder at Allah's decree? Allah's mercy and His blessings be upon you, O people of the house. Surely, He is Praiseworthy, Glorified" (Surah 11. Hud: 73)

This verse is addressed to Prophet Abraham and his wife when they were given the blessed news of having a son at the age of almost 100 years. This little episode of Abraham's life comes in fitly as one of the illustrations of Allah's wonderful providence in His dealings with man. Abraham had had a tussle with his father on behalf of Truth and Unity (vi. 74); he had passed through the fire unscathed (xxi. 68-69); he had traveled to far countries, and was now ready to receive his great mission as the fountain-head of prophets in his old age. Humanly speaking it seemed impossible that he should have a son at his age, and yet it came to pass and became a corner-stone of sacred history.

Allah in all his infinite blessings and glory may grant any wish, which though may seem impossible, to His blessed and selected prophets and messengers, for it is essential nature of Al-Majīd to give liberally and bountifully

In Arabic language, Majeed comes from the root meem-jeem-daal, which points out to the attribute of glory and honor (majd). Majd refers to a complete authority and sovereignty. This root includes the meanings of being glorious, dignified, majestic and exceedingly generous. Thus Al-Majīd indicates the One whose essential nature is glorious, dignified, noble and honorable.

Abū Hāmid al-Ghazālī says that the name Al-Majīd expresses the combined meanings of al-Jalīl (the majestic), al-Wahhāb (the bestower) and al-Karīm (the generous).

Allah has also described the Holy Quran as majīd, saying, "Qaf. I swear by al-Quran al-majīd..." (Quran, 50:1). The Holy Quran is majīd because of the abundance of wealth of knowledge, ethics, and sublime objectives it contains and due to the benefits it contains; so, it is beneficial for man both in the life of this world and in the life to come.

You may refer to our post "99 Attributes of Allāh" for complete list of 99 attributes of Allah Almighty with meaning and explanation.

You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Quran

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