Friday, August 19, 2011

What is the meaning of Allaah’s name al-Shaheed?


What is the meaning of Allaah’s name al-Shaheed (the Witness)?

Praise be to Allaah. 

is the One Who is honest and trustworthy in His testimony. It was said
He is the One from Whose knowledge nothing is missing. Al-Shaheed is
the One Who is present and witnessing. He is also the One who will testify
against His creation on the Day of Resurrection. He points to His Oneness
(Tawheed) in all that He has created.

is al-Khabeer (the All-Aware), al-‘Aleem (All-Knowing). It all comes
back to His knowledge; the first name refers to that which is apparent,
the second refers to that which is hidden, and the third refers to both.

nothing is hidden from Allaah, He is both Shaahid and Shaheed (Witness),
i.e., He knows their reality like one who sees and witnesses them, because
nothing at all is hidden from Him.

He will be the Witness for the oppressed who have no other witness or
supporter against the aggressors and oppressors who have no one to stop
them in this world from abusing the rights of the oppressed. So He will
restore their rights and avenge them.

is the One Who is watching over all things. He hears all voices, loud
and silent alike. He sees all that exists, great and small alike. His
knowledge encompasses all things, and He is the One Who will bear witness
for and against His slaves with regard to what they do.

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