Are the Names of Allah Most High Eternal?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question

Are the names of Allah most high also eternal like his attributes?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

The Names of Allah point to Allah Himself, with a meaning Allah eternally possesses. As such, they are Eternal. [Baydawi, Sharh Asma’ Allah al-Husna; Ghazali, al-Maqsid al-Asna; Bajuri, Tuhfat al-Murid ‘ala Jawharat al-Tawhid]

Allah Most High says, “Allah’s are the Most Beautiful Names. So call upon Him by them.” [Quran, 7:180]

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.
[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.