Al Qadir

The Mighty

Exalted and Glorious

The lightning almost snatches away their sight, whenever it flashes for them they walk therein, and when darkness covers them, they stand still.  And if Allah willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight.  Certainly, Allah has Power over all things.  (2:20)

Know you not that God has Power over all things?  (2:106)

You endure with honor whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. Verily, You are Able to do all things.  (3:26)

And Allah is All-Powerful, All-Wise.  (5:38)

This is an attribute of Allah which means the Mighty. Allah has full power over everything in this world, even over our life and death.  No other creature has any power that Allah’s might does not dominate.

While performing ablution, if one keeps reciting this name of Allah, it will bring him ascendancy over his foes and freedom from dangers.

Al-Qadir is the All-Powerful Who decrees His wisdom to everything that is existent and non-existent.  Its decree is not apparent, and does not provide for it, and does not inform accurately of it, but Allah is the All-Aware of all the decrees, and determines their wisdom and their organization.  So let us surrender ourselves to His judgment in everything, because everything is made by the hand of the power of Allah.


From: The Meanings of the Names of Our Lord by Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i Head of the Higher Sufi Council in Jerusalem and the Holy Land Teacher at the Dome of the Rock (al-Aqsa)




Allah is the All-Powerful who does what He wills, as He wills.  Allah has created the universe as a mirror to reflect His power.  He created the universe by Himself, without needing the help of anything, from nothing, with neither materials nor model.  He said “Be!” and it became.  If He wills, He can destroy everything and send all back to nothingness.  If a thing has not happened, it is not because He does not have the power to make it happen:  it is because He has not willed it.

Al-Qadir has infinite ability.  His capacity for causing things to happen, His powers of invention and creation, are conditioned by only one thing: His will.

It befits the good servant of Allah to look into the mirror of the universe.  See the billions of suns and galaxies within the immeasurable depths of the heavens above, defying mind and imagination!  We should also observe how, just as these galaxies swim in their allotted paths, innumerable creatures swim in a drop of water; how from two cells Allah creates a human being who becomes a microcosm containing all that exists; how He gives a tiny piece of bone in the ear the ability to hear and a piece of meat in the mouth the ability to speak.  Isn’t a believer going to prostrate in awe and respect?  Such recognition of the immensity of divine power is our greatest honor.

‘Abd al-Qadir is the one who is a witness to everything made by the Hand of the Power of Allah. The manifestation of Allah’s power is spoken of as “Allah’s hand.”  Nothing can stop that which is made by Allah’s hand.

If a believer recites this Name while washing each member in the course of making his ablution, it will give strength to his members.

If someone who is suffering from unrequited love keeps reciting this Name, 305 repetitions at a time, either the beloved will respond, or the suffering will cease.

From: The Name & the Named by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti


Al Qadir

The Able

Exalted and Glorious

Say: “Allah is certainly Able to send down a sign, but most of them know not.”  (6:37)

Say: “He has power to send torment on you from above and from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion.”  (6:65)

See they not that Allah, who created the heavens and the earth, is Able to create the like of them.  And He has decreed for them an appointed term, whereof there is no doubt.  (17:99)

Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth, Able to create the like of them?  Yes, indeed! He is the All-Knowing, Supreme Creator.  (36:81)

This name is an attribute of Allah which manifests His power.  He is Almighty.  If He wills, He can raise the dead, make stones talk, and trees walk.  His power is eternal.  He is the First and the Last.  He is before everything and after everything.  He is not after His essence.  He who recites this name 114 times, all his desires will be fulfilled.

From: The Meanings of the Names of Our Lord by Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i Head of the Higher Sufi Council in Jerusalem and the Holy Land Teacher at the Dome of the Rock (al-Aqsa)