In the Name of Allah, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful
Allah has described Himself in the Quran through His Names and Attributes. Muslims believe that studying these Names and Attributes is one of the most effective ways of strengthening one’s relationship with Allah. Each Name and Attribute nourishes a kind of consciousness and humility in man and their study leads one to constantly better their actions.
“The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on Him by them.” (Quran, 7:180)
Muslims are asked to call upon Allah during their supplications by the most appropriate names that relate to what they are asking for. For example, if one is seeking forgiveness from Allah for a sin they have committed, they would call upon Him by His name “Al-Ghaffar,” meaning “The Ever Forgiving.” If one is asking for peace and tranquility in their life while experiencing a period of tension, they would call on Allah by His name “As-Salaam,” meaning “The Ultimate Source of Peace.”