Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Al-Khabīr - Allah is All-Aware

Allah is referred to as “the All-Aware” forty-five times in the Qur’an. The name sometimes appears by itself and sometimes in connection with another of His names.

For example, we find:

“He is the Knower of Subtleties, the All-Aware” [Sūrah al-An`ām: 103]

“I was informed by the All-Knowing, the All-Aware” [Sūrah al-Tahrīm: 3]

“And Allah is Well-Aware of all that you do.” [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 234]

This meaning of this name is closely related to that of al-`Alīm (the All-Knowing). It is used, however, more in the context of Allah knowing secrets and things that are kept hidden.

Allah says: “None can inform you like Him who is All-Aware.” [Sūrah Fātir: 14]

Therefore, this name is implied whenever the Qur’an discusses how Allah’s knowledge embracing all things visible and hidden and how nothing, no matter how seemingly imperceptible, escapes Allah’s awareness.

An aspect of our knowing that Allah is All-Aware is the assurance that He knows everything about what we are going through as well as everything about the things that we do. When Allah recompenses us in this world and the Hereafter for our deeds, he does so knowing every aspect of what is in our hearts.

On the Day of Judgment, Allah will make all these things manifest to us: “Does he not know that, when the contents of the graves are poured forth, and the secrets of the hearts are made known, on that day (they will find) their Lord is Well-Aware of them.” [Sūrah al-`Ādiyāt: 9-11]

Knowing that Allah is aware of our deeds, we should rush to perform as many good deeds as we can. Knowing that He is well-aware of our weakness, we should not hesitate to appeal to Him for help. Knowing that he is aware of our sins, we should turn to Him in repentance.

Those who plot and scheme in secret should know that Allah is aware of their scheming and can bring all of their malicious plans to naught.

Allah says: “And Allah encompasses them on every side.” [Sūrah al-Burūj: 20]

Allah refers to Prophet Muhammad as being “well aware” (khabīrSūrah al-Furqān: 59]

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) knows more than anyone else about Allah. Of all people, his awareness of the Lord is the strongest.


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