Notes From Islamic Books

Book: Al-Istighfar by Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimahullah)

Some Benefits:

He (Rahimahullah) mentions that abandoning commandments is worse than committing prohibitions.

What one committed of prohibited actions as well as what one left out of ignorance and neglect, needs to be repented for.

Book: Explanation of the Perfect Names of Allah by al-Zajjaj

تفسير اسماء الله الحسنى

ابو اسحاق  ابرايم ابن سري  الزجاج


One of the earliest books on the explanation of the Names of Allah was by al-Zajjaj (rh), a famous scholar from the past.

He (rh) explains the Hadith of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم that Allah has 99 Names and that whoever أحصاها، will enter Jannah. He explains what أحصاها means and then talks about the Names of Allah. He did this as a request from an ‘aalim in his time; Ismail al-Qaadi.

We will take a brief look at each Name insha’Allah.

Book: Explanation of the Perfect Names of Allah by al-Zajjaj

The author, Rahimahullah, starts off by explaining the Hadith of Abu Huraira (ra).

Narrated Abu Huraira: Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.”

[Sahīh al-Bukhārī (6410) and Sahīh Muslim (2677)] 

The word translated to mean comprehend is أحصاها. Al-Zajjaj (Rahimahullah) gives many meanings for this word. Linguistically from them:

  • That which has spread and increased
  • Distinguished
  • Intellect

Among many others.

For this Hadith, specifically, the author mentions that it has many meanings (which are not reflected in a lot of the English translations, hence most just say “memorised” or “understood”, whereas it’s far more than that. From them are:

  • Whoever knows them, until he has grasped them.
  • Whoever understands them.
  • Whoever checks them all in the Qur’an and follows them, verifies them and checks them.
  • Ponders over them.
  • Goes through the struggle of gathering them together.

After doing all of the above, one will enter Jannah (due to all their effort and hard work mentioned above).

This is very different from our shallow understanding of just memorising them and nothing else.