Monday 23 March 2020

99 Attributes of Allah: Al-Mutaʿālī - The Supremely Exalted

Al-Mutaʿālī " ٱلْمُتَعَالِي " describes the Supremely Exalted attribute of Allah - The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.

Al-Mutaʿālī appears once in the Quran in Surah 13. Ar-Ra'd, verse 9:
عٰلِمُ الۡغَيۡبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ الۡكَبِيۡرُ الۡمُتَعَالِ‏ 
"He knows both what is hidden and what is manifest. He is the Supreme One, the Most High."

In the above verse, the Al-Mutaʿālī  appears along with yet another attribute of Allah: Al-Kabir (الكبير) - The Greatest, The Most Great. Read in conjunction with Al-Mutaʿālī , both attributes complement each other. Al-Mutaʿālī is thus the one who is beyond the highest -beyond the beyond. One who goes far beyond any imagination, any thought, any limitation or ideal of humanity.

Mutaʿālī comes from the root ayn-laam-waaw, which points to four main meanings. The first is to be high, lofty, and exalted and to ascend. The second main meaning is to overcome and overwhelm and the third to advance and exceed. The fourth main meaning is to be eminent.

This root appears 70 times in the Quran in fourteen derived forms. Examples of these forms are ‘aaliyatin (elevated) and al-‘ulyaa (the highest).

Linguistically, uloow points to the attribute of loftiness and a person is ‘alee when he is prominent. The attribute Al-Muta'āli is an intensified form of Al-'Alī ((العلى - the Exalted) which further exalts the exalted One.

As Muslims we should believe that Allah is One with no partner or associate in His Lordship (ruboobiyyah), divinity (‘uloohiyyah) or names and attributes (al-asma’ wa’l-sifaat).

Tawheed al-‘Uloohiyyah means devoting all acts of worship, both inward and outward, in word and deed, to Allah (Al-Muta’aali) alone, and not worshiping anything or anyone other than Allah, no matter who he is: Worship Allaah and join none with Him (in worship). [Quran, 4:36]  It is called tawheed al-uloohiyyah because it is based on ta’alluh lillaah which is worship and devotion of Allah accompanied by love and veneration. [3]

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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