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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, mercy to the worlds.

As-salamu’alaykum!

Alhumdulilah, I was able to attend part 2 of the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah subhananhu wa’tala course over the weekend with Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi (May Allah elevate his rank and protect him). I thought I’d post some of the gems the Shaykh shared during the course. Please be aware that these are my notes, they are not comprehensive at all but I pray what I do share is of some benefit to the readers. Any mistakes, errors or misinterpretations of words are from me alone and not the Shaykh, so please do forgive and overlook my shortcomings! You are welcome to share these notes but *please* do not just copy and paste anything without referencing where you got them from as I do not want my notes to be taken out of context or misinterpreted.

May Allah reward all those at Sacred Knowledge who assisted in organising and facilitating this blessed course. We look forward to Shaykh Muhammad coming back for part 3 of the course very soon inshaAllah!

Al- Lateef

  • The One who is subtle. He is subtle in handling our affairs.
  •  He is beyond the reach of people’s understanding when it comes to affairs. His decree is very subtle.
  • Our job is to surrender to the will of Allah, and when things happen to us, we say Allah knows best.
  • In order to get the right result, you need to hand yourself to Allah
  • Allah is al-Lateef. The outcome of His lutf will not appear immediately. For example Sayyidina Yusuf alayhi salam was imprisoned for many years. After being released finally, he was made treasurer of the store houses and then went on to become the leader. This story shows us that sometimes we do not see the sweetness of our struggle straight away and it can take years for us to understand why something happened to us; sometimes we may not even see the end fruits until the day of judgement, but it will all be sweet in the end inshaAllah!
  • If you have no clue as to why something is happening to you, then you need to surrender to the will of Allah.
  • The power of dhikr is beyond imagination!
  • Calamities are divine gifts, they are to test our surrender to Allah!
  • His power overwhelms every other power! No one can compare to Allah!
  • Allah doesn’t let down any believer!
  • The miskeen’s in this duniya are the kings in the next!
  • People in al-Jannah (paradise) are not arranged in ranks like they are in this world.
  • Reciting Ya-Lateef 129 times is the basic dhikr when afflicted with tribulation and hardship. Maintain this dhikr until Allah takes you out of that tribulation.
  • Allah is your Beloved! You love Allah and He loves you! Allah will not betray you! Allah gives you better than what you give, just be patient and wait.
  • Sometimes we may get hardship for 20 years but never understand why.
  • The awliya (friends of Allah, Saints) say that if a believer is punished in this world then it’s out of the love of Allah because He wants to purify you in this world so you do not enter the hell fire.
  • Within a blink of an eye, Allah can change peoples states to the opposite!
  • Allah suffices us!!
  • Be happy with Allah!
  • Ask Allah but don’t complain.
  • Never doubt the subtle care Allah is providing for you! His love is divine… His love is pure to us!
  • Imam Ibn AtaAllah Iskandari mentioned in his hikam that Allah doesn’t allow you to open your hands and call upon Him, but that he WANTS to answer you!

Al- Khabeer

  • The One who knows everything. Allah knows the news of everything.
  • When Allah wants to take revenge He takes it unexpectedly.
  • There is wisdom behind everything. You can give someone with bad adab knowledge, but that person may then pass that knowledge onto someone who has good adab so in effect the one with bad adab is just a means for the person who has good adab.
  • Hand all your affairs to Allah and don’t worry about the future- leave the unseen to Allah.
  • When you go out and help an old person cross the road, you know that when you are old, Allah WILL send someone to help you too!
  • If you are upset, everyone around you is upset. If you are happy, everyone around you is happy, so be happy!

Al- Haleem

  • Al-Haleem is the One who does not punish the people who do not obey Him straight away (in this world).
  • Hilm is not to rush to get angry. The prophet sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam was al-Hilm.
  • The dua of the oppressed is answered, but sometimes, the dua of the oppressed is not answered because the one who has been oppressed has gone and bad mouthed the oppressor, so by doing that there remains no difference between them both- they are now equal. The wrath of Allah is much more than your wrath so do not take revenge when someone has hurt or wronged you. Leave that to Allah!
  • If you want Allah to forgive you, forgive others. Treat people how you want Allah to treat you!

 

Al- Azeem

  • Al-Azeem means the Great. Allah is the Great, His attributes are Great.Everything compared to Him is nothing. This is why He deserves the greatest respect and servitude.
  • The best state is the state you are in! This doesn’t mean you don’t struggle, you should.
  • If you can do your best in the duniya, then you can do your best for the aakhira.
  • If you believe Allah is the Great, then you shouldn’t fear anyone but Allah! 

Al-Ghafoor

  • Al-Ghafoor is the Oft-Forgiving.
  • Seeking the forgiveness of Allah is the major cause of prosperity
  • Impact of great sins affect us, our health, our business etc.
  • Remember you are knocking on the door of Allah whose forgiveness is given to all people in all time!
  • Never belittle the power of dhikr. Doubt your state and mind and heart but trust in Allah!

Ash-Shakoor

  • Ash-Shakoor is the One who is thanked.
  •  Allah gives a lot of reward for the smallest things we do.
  • Our share in this divine name is to thank Allah.
  • People are just means, don’t be veiled by them. See the Real Giver!
  • Learning to be thankful to Allah for not always being given what we want is to be truly thankful.

Al-Hafeez

  • Al-Hafeez is the One who Preserves and is taking care in the best way.
  • Al- Hafeez is the One who handles the affairs of the one who are created and protects them from all harm.
  • Al- Hafeez is the One who knows all stations and ranks.
  • You need protection, go to Allah!
  • Repetition is the key to memorisation.
  • Allah is sufficient for us, He is enough for us!

 

Al-Muqeet

  • Al- Muqeet is the Provider. Allah is the One who gives everything He creates substance.
  • Allah pre-destined the food for everything He created. Allah will not create an extra human being without creating extra          food for him.
  • Allah is taking care of every human being!
  • Ask everything you need from Allah!

 

Al-Haseeb

  • Al-Haseeb is the One who is Self-Sufficient. He is capable of providing for His servants. He suffices for everyone.
  • Al-Haseeb also means the One who does reckoning.
  • Our share in this name is to hold ourselves responsible for our actions. We blame ourselves. Take yourself into account for what you have done.
  • Sayyidina Umar radiAllahu anhu said that hold yourself accountable before you are held accountable!
  • If you do not get what you want from this world then Allah suffices for you. ‘HasbunAllahu wa ni’mal wakil.’ Allah is sufficient for us and He is the Best Guardian. (3:173)


Al- Jaleel

  • Al-Jaleel is the Majestic. The One Whose rank is the highest. The One who we can never reach and no one is similar in His essence and attributes.
  • Allah is the One who has all-Majesty. We need to see His signs. His signs are His miracles in what He created.

 

Al- Kareem

  • Al-Kareem is the Most Generous.
  • Allah is the most Generous. If you want Allah to give you, you need to give to people. If you want Allah to be Generous to you then you need to be generous to people. You give, Allah will give you more!
  • Imam Ibn AtaAllah al-Iskandari said that never aspire to the generosity of other than Allah!

Ar-Raqeeb

  • Ar-Raqeeb is the One who Observes, the Watchful One.
  • Allah watches over all of His servants. He is taking care and is watching. Allah is providing and listening to the calls when the calls are made!
  • The least of grains are not absent from His sight! He is watching over everything.
  • Our share in this name is to be observers of ourselves.
  • If you have lost something, recite surat Duha and you will find it.

 

Al- Mujeeb

  • Al-Mujeeb is the One who answers and Gives what He wants and more!
  • When giving, give what that person is asking for and extra so you do not make him feel like a beggar and also make yourself generous.
  • Every dua you say, every time you say Ya Allah, Allah answers it! Allah is al-Mujeeb, He answers you, do you answer Him? Do you answer His call to prayer?

 

Al- Hakeem

  • Al-Hakeem is the Wise One.
  • Allah is the Most wise and places everything in its place to balance it out.
  • Seeing the wisdom takes a bit of reflection.
  • You will never have enough money to distribute amongst people, but you can always have enough good character to distribute amongst everyone.
  • People involved in dawah need to have wisdom. Saying to unbelievers that they are going to hell, won’t make them turn towards Allah.
  • If you want to succeed in dawah, don’t present Islam by criticising other religions, start with the beauty of Islam

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Jaza ‘Llahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan sallaAllahu alayhi wasalam ma huwa ahluhu
Jaza ‘Llahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan sallaAllahu alayhi wasalam ma huwa ahluhu
Jaza ‘Llahu anna Sayyidina Muhammadan sallaAllahu alayhi wasalam ma huwa ahluhu

Subhana Rabbika Rabbi l’izzati amma yasifun, wa salamun ala l’mursalin, wal-humdulillahi Rabbi l’alamin.

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Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi (may Allah elevate his rank and allow us to benefit from him) narrated the following hadith in one of his talks a few years ago:

Abu Musa Al-Ashari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) said, “Say; There is no might or power other than Allah; because it is one of treasures of Paradise.” [Reported al-Bukhari, Muslim 4:2076]

Shaykh Muhammad then went on and advised:

  Say La hawla wa la quwata illa billah’, there is no power, there is no capacity but by Allah. ‘Hawl means ‘capacity’, and ‘quwa’ means ‘power’- there is no capacity nor any power but from Allah and by Allah. So if you do dhikr ‘La hawla wa la quwata illa billah’, it is a form of dhikr, and it is repeated for those people who can’t handle their affairs. If you have done all your best and you can’t get out of the problem then say ‘La hawla wa la quwata illah billah’ because you’re doing it by your own means, you have to refer to the means of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. You think you can solve your problems? This is why your problems are not solved, leave them to Allah, Allah will solve them for you, provided you do what He commanded you to do –with the ibaadat together.

 La hawla wa la quwata Illa billah – this sentence is a treasure ‘kanz’, was revealed to Rasulullah ṣallallahu ‘alaihi wa alihi wa ṣalam from Al Jannah.

Everything that hurts a believer is a calamity. Tests are like gold. You test gold in fire to test if its real, test its substance. That is the true nature of calamities- to test you. Allah knows your state before and after the test. Your test is for you to learn and others around you. Most of our actions are reactions- control your reactions!

Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi during the “Revelation of the Unseen” by Shaykh Abdal Qadir al-Jilani course in Sheffield,  2009.

…Enjoy worshipping Him in times of difficulty; He is the same Lord as the one who gives….
~ Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

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