Divine Names

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The Divine Attributes of God

The Quran encourages few practices as often as it encourages dhikrAllah, the“remembrance of God.” The word dhikr means not only “remembrance” but also “mention,” and the Quran clarifies that remembrance of God demands mentioning His name or names (whether verbally or mentally) in several passages where it speaks of dhikr ism Allah, “the mention of God’s name.”

Observant Muslims remember and mention God’s name through performing daily prayers, reciting the Quran, and many other ritual practices. Those who take seriously the Prophet’s command to “act beautifully” (Ihsan) attempt to serve and worship God “as if they see Him,” and they find that the best way to keep His image present in their mental gaze is to remember Him constantly.

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