The Exalted in Might, The Sublime, The Supreme
- Allah is also Mutakabbir in the sense that His divine sublimity is Infinite, He is great, the one whose divine greatness is Infinite. Thus ‘Al-Mutakabbir’ (the Sublime) is God, the king, Whose sovereignty never perishes, the Great, in Whose Kingdom nothing happens except by His leave, the One, the Omnipotent.
- Al-Mutakabbir is Allah Who is far exalted above being unjust or unfair to His slaves.
- Allah, Most Gracious, is Al-Mutakabbir in the sense that in His Hand is Beneficence and from Him is forgiveness.
- Al-Mutakabbir indicates that His sovereignty, dominion and greatness are imperishable.
- Another meaning of God’s name Al-Mutakabbir is: the great and sublime in the way that sublimity comes from self-existence and self-guidance. Allah has a free will, and Al-Mutakabbir is, who is far above any kind of imperfection or defect that does not befit His divine perfection, and who is far exalted above anthropomorphic qualities. To this effect, Prophet Muhammad says:
“Verily, Allah revealed to me that you should be modest so that now one boasts before another and so that no one transgresses against another…” (Sahih Muslim)
The Supreme The Supreme Glory, The Mighty Splendor, The Most Grand, The Greatest
- The One who is greatest, mightiest, grandest and above all.
- The One who is of the greatest importance.
- The One who is magnificent, vast and most revered.
- The One who is of perfect and absolute greatness.
- From the root 'a-z-m which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
- to be great, large big
- to be vast, huge,enormous
- to be great in rank, importance or dignity
- to be imposing, powerful, superior
- to be magnificent, honored, revered, sublime
- to be immense, stupendous, lofty
- to be above imperfection
- The Arabic word ‘adheem is originally used to describe anything of a big stature. If eyesight fails to catch the end or the limits ofsomething, then it must be greater than anything which can be caught byeyesight. Accordingly the sky is greater than the earth and the earth isgreater than a mountain; the sky can not be encompassed by the field ofvision yet the brain can gauge its dimensions. Allah is the SUPREMEWho is greater than everything, can not be grasped by eyesight and cannot be perceived by mental faculties; He can never be seen by the eye,and the mind can never form a mental image of Him; He challenged and crippled mental faculties that can never perceive Him and surpassed the utmost attainment of the mental abilities; He possesses the highest grades of Honour and Glory,and is never in need of a helper. His Supremacy has never been marked byan initiation nor His Glory will ever have a termination, Praise and Glorybe to Him, He is Allah.
The Greatest, The Perfectly Great
- The One whose essence is the perfection of greatness. 🔸The One who is incomparably great.
- The One whose greatness is beyond measure.
- The One whose nature is Greatness.
- The One whose own essence is unimaginably great perfection.
- From the root k-b-r which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
- to be great in rank, dignity, nobility, majesty
- to be great in size, vast, formidable
- to be great in age, oldest
- to be great in learning, most knowing
- to have rights above all others
- The One who is clear from the attributes of the creatures
- This name of Allah comes from the root word ‘Aluv’ meaning greatness, eminence, supremacy. Allah is above all evil, above any imperfections.
- This name’s meaning is similar to the meaning of Al-Jabbar. Allah is free from anything imperfect.
- We as humans sometimes have bad habits, we may not pick up after ourselves, we make mistakes, we mess up, we have lots and lots of faults but if you just look at everything around you, at the heavens and the earth, and our own creation, and the perfection in which everything thing is, we’ll realize how perfect Allah really is.
- We as humans are the ones that create disorder, when everything really is in order. We as humans are the tyrants, are the oppressors, are the killers, and polluters. We use our free will and misuse it so many times. But Allah is above all this evil, above all imperfections. He is the most superior, the most sublime.
- The Most Exalted
- The High Exalted
- The One who is clear from the attributes of the creation.
- This characteristic is similar to the attribute of Allah, Al Alee meaning Allah is the highest, above any fault, above any imperfection. Here, the attribute used is al Muta’al, the exalted. Al Muta’al is a very unique attribute because it’s an attribute that humans cannot have. It means that Allah is the highest, and Allah claims he is the highest and knows He is the highest.
- Humans cannot be this because as a Muslim, we cannot consider ourselves above anything else. Only Allah is the highest, the greatest, the creator, the provider, the sustainer. We humans cannot do anything except through the power of Allah, or what Allah has blessed us.
- Allah has such a vast knowledge that everything we consider “infinite” is within His knowledge. From the moment that time was created until eternity, Allah determines every event, thought, and moment of time, as the Qur’an proclaims:
“We have created all things in due measure. Our command is only one word, like the blinking of an eye. We destroyed those of your kind in the past. But is there any rememberer there? Everything they did is in the Books. Everything is recorded, large or small.” ( Surat al-Qamar, 54:49-53)
- Even though every corner of the universe manifests Allah’s greatness, this vast manifestation is not sufficient to explain His infinite power and greatness. Allah is exalted above any partnership, defects, and limits. He is the sole Owner of all beautiful names and superior attributes. His knowledge, wisdom, might, power, mercy, compassion, and generosity is infinite.
“Allah created you, then provides for you, then will cause you to die, and then will bring you back to life. Can any of your partner-deities do any of that? Glory be to Him, and may He be exalted above anything they associate with Him!” ( Surat ar-Rum, 30:40)
The Most High
"Exalt the name of your Lord, the Most High" ~ Surah Al-A'laa
- He is the One Who is completely exalted in all aspects, in His essence, in His status, in His attributes and in His dominion. He is the One Who rose over the Throne and Who dominates all things. In all the attributes of might, pride, glory and beauty that are ascribed to Him, He reaches the ultimate level.
- When we are in sujood, we say "subhaana rabbil Al-A'laa", which means, "Glory be to my Lord - my Sustainer, The Most High".
By saying this we focus on the highness of Allah, and acknowledge how incapable we are in front of Him. Prostrating is submitting, putting the part of the mind which controls our decision, before Allah's decree.