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The Almighty has 99 names. Only these stand out. Why is that? — Prof Dr Amriah Buang

Why Bismillahirahmanirrahim?

The Quran starts its 113 out of 114 verses in the name of Allah the Most Compassionate / Beneficent / Gracious and the Most Merciful. 

Muslims are taught to start everything they do with this recitation.

Why is that?

Why doesn’t the Quran start with, for examples, الْمُتَكَبِّرُ (The Supreme, The Majestic), or الْعَظِيمُ (The Magnificent, The Supreme), الْجَبَّارُ (The Compeller), or الْقَهَّارُ (The Subduer, The Ever-Dominating, The Vanquisher), or الْقَابِضُ (The Withholder), or الْخَافِضُ (The Reducer, The Abaser), or المُذِلُّ (The Dishonourer, The Humiliator), الْحسِيبُ (The Reckoner), or الْقَوِيُّ (The All-Strong), or الضَّارَّ (The Distresser)?

Because Compassion, Beneficence, Graciousness and Mercifulness are the ruling attributes, qualities and values of how the Almighty wants mankind to live by in this worldly life. 

Because these are to be the organising principles of the way mankind is to weave the tapestry of their collective life, their having to live together. 

Because these are the moral capitals with which mankind is to craft their collective life on this planet to prove to the angels its vicegerency (khalifatullah) capabilities despite its disposition for conflicts, violence and disunity.  

Because these are the spiritual weaponry with which mankind is to refute the Iblis’ dismissal of its ability to transcend its earthly limitations and meet the Almighty’s expectations of excellence.

Contributed to us by Prof. Dr. Amriah Buang

President, Interactive Muslimah Association (IMAN), Malaysia

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Best Fikrah team. Read all her contributed articles here.

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