The Importance of Getting to Know Allah
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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The most important knowledge to learn, yet one of the most neglected today, is knowledge about Allah through His Names and Attributes. Why is it so important and how can a Muslim gain it?
Lecture delivered at Abu Huraira Center in Toronto.
Date: December 20, 2019
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al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala to Nanak nalani Allah, Allah He ultramarine
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inshallah, we're gonna try to just keep it short tonight. I know you usually have your halaqa with shift marked awesome that you do him traveling, I'm just filling in for today.
Through our lives, we
we learned many things.
learn different disciplines, we learn different sciences,
you learn different subjects.
As we grow, from when we're children,
until we become adults.
All of these things that we learn we learn them for the purpose
of benefiting us.
all of these things that we learned these different kinds of knowledge.
The end result is for them to benefit us. One day in the future.
The same thing can be said with regards to what we learn of our Deen
we learn many different things.
many different subjects related to our Deen
we have al Qaeda we have C we have fic these are all different branches of knowledge of our Deen
the purpose of it is for what? So that it benefits us in this life and more importantly in the era.
But there's one
aspect of this knowledge of our Deen that many of us
don't really give much emphasis to it.
Even though it is the most important thing for you to learn,
there is nothing more important
there is nothing greater. There's nothing more noble
for a Muslim to learn than this.
The question is, what is this knowledge?
What is the greatest thing that a Muslim should know about?
What is the greatest thing?
The ultimate knowledge that a Muslim
he has to know
he has to know about this.
Who wants to volunteer to answer
Evil okay him he says
there is no doubt that the most noble and greatest thing to know
whom there is no god but He robbed the lion I mean,
he also says, just like the worship of Allah is required.
And it is intended in and of itself, likewise is to have knowledge about Allah.
Why because knowledge is the best kind of a bad he says, having knowledge of awesome Hannah who attacker gaining knowledge about Allah is the Greatest kind of a data. There's no greater title of a bad intelligence. Some of us think that praying
or these outward Eva that are the greatest
and there is no greater a better than it's greater than all of this is to get to know the loss of Hannah who went ahead.
And a bill Roger, he says
The best knowledge is knowledge about Allah,
which is knowledge about his names, his attributes, and his actions, which in turn results in the forgiveness of Allah, the fear of Allah, the love of Allah, the veneration for Allah,
putting our toe acqualina law, all of these things that we hear so much about
Eman, taqwa, tawakkol
eliakim all of these aspects related to our hearts. Where do they come from?
Where do they come from?
They come from knowledge about who Allah is a person who doesn't know Allah subhanho wa Taala there's no way. There's no way for him to fear Allah. There's no way for him to love Allah. There's no way for him to even worship Allah subhanho wa Taala in the way Allah wants us to worship him.
That's why he blocked him. He says,
based upon one's knowledge of Allah
is his veneration for him in his heart.
And those most knowledgeable about Allah, are those most revering and venerating of him subhanho wa Taala.
And so the level of people in terms of their worship of Allah is proportionate to what?
What is it proportionate to? It's proportionate to their knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala those small those most knowledgeable of Allah Subhana Hua data are those most
The two go hand in hand.
If you want to know your level
why is it low? Or why is it high?
It's because of your level of your knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala look at the different kinds of physical Eva that
the physical act of Eva
and look at their connection to this knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala
observe a sola
this daily salada we pray five times a day.
Observe what you see in it.
It starts with the praise of Allah subhanahu wa tada connecting you to what
to who Allah is
the conversation that you have between you and Allah in Surah Fatiha
and then when you say something Allahu leemon hamidah
Allah here is the one who praises him.
It's not just hearing, but a hearing
that comes with responding when a lot here is he responds, all of these things are connected to
connected to the names and the attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala look at
take one simple example that you have is taharah.
Who here has memorized Do I have is too hard to put up your hand
in the back there?
Who knows? Do I have his taharah? What is it to have his taharah
in the green
What is it Do I have is Takara?
It is a do how you say when?
When do you say this da
so when you want to make a decision and you don't know
if I should?
If I should make this decision or not. And so you consult you consult a law. What do you say in this to her? You basically
declare your weakness as a human being.
And you affirm the perfection of Allah subhana wa Tada.
That's basically what you're doing in this Doha.
You're calling upon the law by his attribute of his knowledge, the old law you have knowledge of everything, and I know nothing. You have power over everything and I am powerless.
So help me to make the right decision.
the data of Sudan fasting, what does fasting have to do with knowledge of Allah subhana wa Tada.
Watson Hannah who is out what does he tell us when he commanded us to fast? Lala come
to Taku Why did Allah legislate fasting?
So that we attained from it? The taqwa of Allah subhana wa Tada. And so, all of these acts of a bad, many of us will perform them without realizing that they are all directly related to knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And it stems from their it stems from our knowledge of Allah. And then it goes from that, to all of these acts, whether they are related to Acts related to our hearts, or these older physical, hey, bad acts. And this is why the prophets and the messengers
were at the highest level of a man of taqwa of worship.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
in Neela, lm Camilla,
were in need, can be the I am the most knowledgeable of you concerning a lot. And I'm also the move the most fearing of among you, look at how the two are related.
Also, Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions is in Nana yaksha, la, Mina arriba de la la la la. La says only
who fears a lot only who
those who have knowledge as scholars, and the scholars he mentioned that this ayah refers to those who have knowledge about a law.
Those who know Allah Subhana, who attallah truly, they are the only ones who can fear Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And we find this throughout the lives of the prophets and the messengers.
You find that they were at the highest levels of a man of conviction
of worship. Why? Because they knew Allah subhanho wa Taala better than anyone else.
Take the example of musala his salah
and when he was fleeing Pharaoh,
we all know the story.
And so they were fleeing
and they came across the sea.
The sea is in front of them
and fit I own and his troops are behind them.
So what did the people of Musashi said and what did they say for that matter? Ah, Elgin honey color, Abu Musab in Morocco.
When the two parties, the two groups,
they now met each other,
to see is in front of them, and now
fit out and his troops are right behind them.
What did the people of Moosa say, call in Allah moutoku? They said, that's it. It's over. They've caught us.
We have nowhere to run now.
Now look at
the response of Musa alayhis salaam What did musala ceram say?
Showing us once again.
An example of one who knows Allah subhana wa Tada.
One who truly knows Allah Subhana, who attacked through his names and his attributes.
Call a Kela.
In Europe bcit. He said, No,
it's not over.
It's not over. But rather, I have a lord
who will guide me.
I have a lord
who will guide me.
some people may think that Musa alayhis salaam
what would happen.
That was had a hotel to basically show them what would happen.
That's what one of us would think. When he hears this statement, why would musala his salon say that? No, it's not over.
Why would he say that?
Some of us may think he's saying this because he knows that Allah subhanho wa Taala will split the sea and they'll escape but no
Musa alayhis salam did not know what would happen
he had a conviction
in the aid and the help of Allah subhana wa Taala at this very, very difficult moment.
Notice how moosari salam did not forget
the words of Allah subhana wa tada at the very beginning of his mission.
When Allah subhanho wa Taala commanded Moosa and Harun to go and give dour to Pharaoh.
The response of Musa and Harun was no, we're afraid
to drown he's a tyrant.
We're afraid of him. So what did the loss of Hannah who what to how to say to musala his salon and Harun call Allah to hoffa
in Nima Kuma is narrower?
Do not fear.
Why? Because I am with you. Allah is saying, I am with you.
I hear and I see.
And so throughout the mission of Musashi has said up until this point, musala Islam remember these words, and never forgot them?
That Allah is with them, and he will never abandon them.
And so this is why Musa alayhis salam said what he said.
Now, after that, we all know
that Allah subhanho wa Taala saved them
and told Mussolini's ram to strike the sea with his staff.
And they made it to the other side. Now.
Musa alayhis salam
he did not know what would happen next.
They've made it they've escaped to the other side. So he was about to hit the sea again with his staff.
that we've escaped we come to the other side of the seat.
Now let the waves come crashing down. So that fear around and his army don't come after us.
that that's it will escape and there'll be left behind. But Allah subhanho wa Taala told Musashi is salam to Culebra hora one, leave this.
let them enter.
He had no clue what was happening.
He had no clue that Allah subhanahu wa tada wanted to show. Musa alayhis salam and his followers,
the destruction of their own and his army right before their eyes.
And so all of this shows us and we have many, many examples from the lives of the prophets and the messengers, showing us their level of image and their level of taqwa.
their level of yucky and all of this, where did it emanate from?
The emanated from them, knowing Allah subhanho wa Taala. knowing him through his names, and his attributes.
We have the famous story of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when
he was making his role with Abu Bakar
and they were in the cave hiding.
And Abu Bakr radi Allahu, and he noticed that the enemy was at the, at the doorstep of the cave. And so what did the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam tell him? He told him not to grieve? He told him not to be afraid. Why Because Allah is with us.
And so these are examples from the lives of the prophets and the messengers
that show us what that show us that they were the most knowledgeable of Allah subhana wa tada
from the creation of Allah
now when it comes to
Allah subhanho wa Taala and his names and his attributes, we have a very, very famous Heidi
which had eaters are
regarding the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Yes, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in Allah He t satin with this arena his men, me attend Allah wa hidden men saw her
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah has 99 names. 100 minus one.
Whoever learns them by heart,
he will enter Jin.
Whoever learns them by heart, he will enter Jin.
So how many names there's a loss of Hannah who would have
99? Who else?
How many names is a loss of Hannah without a hat?
99 Does everyone agree?
So he doesn't have a loss of Hannah, who does not have 99 names.
Okay, who else?
Yes, so basically, yes, Allah subhanho wa Taala has 99 names. But it doesn't mean that he only has 99 names. Rather, he has an infinite number of names.
So when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam here says, Allah has 99 names.
What it means is like, for example, if you said that I have $100 right now, right now I have $100.
Do you understand from that, that I only have $100? I don't have any other wealth. I don't have any other money, no.
But rather in my pocket right now this is how much I have. So similarly, Allah has 99 names, and he has more than 99 names. But the point here is that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
mentioned the reward of those who learned these names.
What does it mean? When the prophet SAW Selim said man saw Ha.
What does it mean to to enumerate these names? What does it mean to learn these names by heart? Does it mean to only memorize them? No, that's one thing.
That's one thing. You have to memorize these in order for you to get this promise of Allah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to intergender. So the first thing is to memorize them. The second is
to understand their meanings. Not to simply memorize without understanding the meanings of them, but rather to memorize them and also to learn their meanings. Thirdly, what else?
Yes, to act according to these meanings. So for example, if you know that, among the names of Allah is ahead, that he is the one you will never associate partners with a lot in your worship.
If you knew if you knew that loss of Hannah who attalla is a Razzaq?
The one who provides, you will not seek
you will not seek risk from anyone but Allah subhanho wa Taala. If you knew that Allah subhanho wa Taala was a Rahim.
Then you would basically
obey Allah and worship Allah Subhana who with the data, and know that this is a way of attaining the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala and so on and so forth. Finally, finally,
what does it mean to to learn the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala 99 names,
to call upon Allah by these names, to use these names of Allah subhanho wa Taala, to make dua with them. So for example,
if you ask if you want to ask Allah for forgiveness,
you asked a lot by his name, Uncle fool, or Rahim, the one who forgives, if you want to ask a lot for money, for risk, you say yeah, Rosa, and so on, and so forth. So the point is that we need to gain knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala through his names, and his attributes, but
not simply book knowledge,
not simply learning, for the sake of learning, like we learn any subject, but rather, knowledge that will basically move us to actions
and will basically transform our lives both in inwardly and outwardly.
And this is what we find.
Why is it that you know, the Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they understood this
And yet, we today we don't understand this concerning
the knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Concerning knowing Allah,
through His names and his attributes,
take the example. And there are so many examples from the lives of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, where their entire lives revolved around knowing who Allah subhanho wa Taala is through his names and his attributes through what he subhanahu attallah told us about himself.
We have so many different examples. Take the example of ob urban cap, or the law Who is
this famous Companion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one day he asked him
is the greatest area in the Quran?
A simple question.
What is the greatest area?
In the Quran? Now for us?
We already know the answer, right?
Who knows the answer?
What's the greatest idea in the Quran?
But let's say that
we didn't know that this was the answer. Let's say we never let's say this heavy did not exist.
But rather, it was open for discussion. Like many other you know, things that the scholars debated what is the most frightening ayah in the Quran? What is the I in the Quran that contains the most hope, for example?
And so they have different views of scholars mentioned.
look at the answer of obey even
if we didn't know the answer,
if we didn't know the answer already,
we would come up with so many different answers
based on looking at the Quran from different angles,
so for example, you would say somebody would say the greatest eye in the Quran is called Wu Allahu Ahad. Or the greatest idea in the Quran is, for example, I had to learn surah Noor
or its intro to Fatiha origin this surah or it's the longest ayah in the Quran, which is which? Which surah?
Surah Baqarah. Which is that?
And what is it?
Yes, the I have a Dane, talking about you know what to do? Or how to?
How to basically
how to basically record our loans.
So everyone would come up with a different answer, what is the greatest idea? No crap, but look at how old they have been capital, the long run, how he answered the question, without any thoughts
by simply restricting the answer
those verses, that speak about
a loss of handle subhanho wa Taala.
So he restricted it to that. And so it was clear to him that the greatest ayah in the Quran must be
that ayah that defines
for us who Allah is.
And so right away, he said,
it is Allahu La Ilaha Illa who will tell you
so as a result, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he patted him on his chest, and he said, rejoice by this knowledge.
And we have so many examples of how the Sahaba their entire worldview revolved around.
The knowledge of Allah subhana wa tada the veneration of Allah subhana wa Tada.
Take the example
of let's go back to the beginning of the mission of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when he was in Mecca,
and so when he was in Mecca,
had started to spread a lot of rumors about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
And so some said that he was a magician.
Other said that he was a poet.
Others said that he was mad he was crazy.
And so one of the notables of Mecca
by the name of the Mad Eben Taleb
printed it in Dallara, who was basically known to cure mental illnesses.
He was known to cure mentally ill people,
And so he heard
what was going around these rumors about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
So he wanted to help the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam, he heard that they're saying that he's insane.
So he went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he said,
that look, I treat these kinds of illnesses.
And this is what the people are saying about.
So if you don't mind, Let me treat you. Let me cure you.
So how did the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam react?
Did he? Did he act harshly?
Or did he
try to prove his innocence?
did he try to give him down?
To prove that, you know, these are my proofs that I am that what I'm saying is true. No, he didn't do any of that.
But rather, after he heard Lima in Florida,
he heard what he had to say.
He started with these words, in Alhamdulilah
which is known as capital hedge.
The beginning of every hookah that we hear in
in Juma it starts with these words. Praise be to Allah, I praise Him, I seek his help, nobody can
mislead a person whom Allah guides. If Allah mislead someone, then no one can guide him. And then I witness I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except a lot and so on and so forth till the end of
this hood will hatch.
So what was the reaction of lima beans?
This is all the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
What was his reaction? He said,
Can you repeat these words again.
He asked them to repeat them.
And so he repeated the hope but the prophet SAW Selim repeated the words. And then after,
after hearing them the second time, we met in Salah, he said, I have heard the words of magicians,
and sorcerers and poets,
I swear that I have never heard something like your words, your words have penetrated into the vastness of the ocean. These words cannot be uttered by a mad person, a sorcerer or a poet. And then he said, extend your hand. I will pay allegiance to you and I will become a Muslim. And so he said the Shahada right there and
so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam didn't have to do anything.
He didn't have to do anything except define for him. Who Allah subhanho wa Taala was,
that was sufficient.
He explained to him who Allah subhanho wa Taala was and that was sufficient in this man
accepting Islam, proving to him that what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came with was true.
And it could not be the words of any insane person, or any magician. And this is something that we today lack in our dow.
When we get down to non Muslims, we focus on so many different things, but we forget the very essence that we should be talking about. And that is, what
about Allah subhanho wa Taala not only about his oneness, but also
his names and his attributes. The Christians, for example, they claim
that Allah subhanho wa Taala that he loves us, that he loves everyone.
So why don't we use that attribute of Allah that Allah loves
what it truly means for a lot to love. This is where we're lacking.
This is where we're lacking.
Take another example from the lives of the companions.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam once said,
to his companions,
and this is a very famous Hadith
concerning one of the attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He said
in the law,
that Allah subhanho wa Taala laughs
Allah subhanho wa Taala laughs at the despair of his servants, although he soon changes it.
Basically, what this means is that Allah subhanahu, WA tada sees the people, they're going through difficult times of drought
But he knows that very soon.
relief is going to come from Allah.
Allah knows that the relief is coming very soon. And so he looks at his servants.
They're in a very difficult situation. But Allah subhanho wa Taala laughs Why? out of joy, that the relief is coming soon. So the so one of the companions. When you heard this, he asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
does our Lord laugh.
And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said yes,
he just wanted his affirmation,
Is it really true that allow lapse.
So when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, yes, this companion, he said,
then we will never become, we will never be deprived of any good.
As long as we have a lord who laughs
We will never be deprived of any good
as long as we have a lord who laughs and so look at how the companions dealt with
of Allah subhanho wa Taala,
that when they learn something about Allah, though his attributes,
look at the conclusions that they would make.
None of us we, we hear these Hadith, but we don't make the same conclusions. He had a conviction that as long as this is one of those attributes,
then Allah will never deprive us of any good.
And this is something that continued
even after the generation of the companions,
if we were to look at the lives of the Senate,
and the knowledge that they had of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Take the example of one of the settlers by the name of Hamad bin sedima, who was one of the new readers of it.
He says, If I was given a choice between a law and my parents,
to hold me account,
to bring me to account on the Day of Judgment, who would I choose?
I will choose a law.
Because I know
that he would be more merciful to me than my parents.
Now, I asked you how many people if they were asked this question, or if they were given this choice? How many people would answer it the same way?
Most people would choose their parents thinking that their parents
would be more merciful to them.
But know the setup, they had
this concept in their minds
of who Allah is, how did they know that through his names and his attributes?
And so it's the the attribute of Allah's mercy that defined for this
man cannot even sedima
it defined for him. That if I was given a chance or a choice between my parents and Allah, I would choose Allah Subhana who would to Allah to question me on the Day of Judgment, because I know that Allah will be far more merciful to me
than my parents. Where did he learn that from, from the many verses in the Quran that talks
Above was mercy from the many a hadith
where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us about the mercy of Allah Subhana, who was
and I'll conclude with a hadith
that once again mentions one of the attributes of a loss of Hannah who went to Hana
and this is a also a very famous Heidi,
that many of us don't really ponder over.
In this Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
describes to us a lot of attributes
of alpha of joy.
And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said,
Allah is more joyful.
At the repentance of someone when he turns to him in repentance, then what have you if he was riding his camel in the wilderness,
and then his camel runs away from him,
carrying with it, his food and his drink. And so he loses all hope.
He loses hope and thinks that his camel will never return.
And for those of you who know the desert,
if you lose
your ride that has its food and its drink and everything in it, that's it.
That's it, you're gonna die.
In the middle of the desert, there's nowhere to go.
And so the prophet SAW Selim continued, he said, and so this man he comes to a tree
and he lies down under this tree.
Just waiting deaths, just waiting for death.
He has lost all hope in finding his camel.
while he is in this state of desperation, suddenly, suddenly
his camel is right there before him.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, his camel comes back.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, and so he grabs a hold of his camel
and cries out from the depths of his joy. Oh Allah,
you are my servant, and I am your Lord.
Oh Allah, you are my servant, and I am your Lord, the prophet awesome. What did he say? He says this
as a slip of the tongue.
He says it by mistake, because of the intensity of his joy.
And so when people are in certain intense states, either intense joy or in intense sadness or intense anger, they say things without realizing it. And that's what happened here. Now, the question is, the question is,
what is so special
the person who repents to Allah,
that he earns this level of joy from Allah. Here the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
of a scenario an example
of the severe joy that a person that one of us human beings has,
trying to show us
that Allah Subhana who attallah is even more joyous, is even more happier
than this man when he finds his camel.
So what's the secret here?
What is it
that makes the one who repents to Allah
to earn this joy from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
You can only learn about that.
When you get to know Allah subhanho wa Taala through his names and his attributes,
and a block Liam
in his book madatha Salah keen. He gives the answer to this question.
In immense detail.
pages upon pages.
He writes about this
He starts by saying
that imagine there was a person
who became a captive of the enemy.
And he's in the camps of the enemy.
And that's it.
He's either gonna face death,
or he's gonna become a slave or something's gonna happen.
But suddenly he finds a way to escape.
So he escapes.
And he comes fleeing,
And so he says, He says
is the state
of the son of Adam.
When he repents to Allah,
he was a captive, held in the prison of a police.
And then, when he committed those sins, and a police had him captive,
he lived this life of sin. Certainly,
he realizes his mistake, he awakens, and he manages to escape from his enemy to escape from that captivity,
fleeing running away, but running to who, running to Allah subhana wa Tada.
So now imagine that if this captive was to flee and run back to his people, imagine the joy of the people. Imagine the joy of his family, his wife, his children,
that he's come back, he's escaped from the enemy, he's back with us.
And so this is the joy of Allah subhana wa tada
when one of us sins, and then we turn back to Allah in repentance, sincere repentance, this is why a lot of soldiers, this is why a lot becomes so happy, more happier. Then one of us who basically fears death, like in this example, of the one who loses his camel, and then finally he finds it. And he's so joyous, he's so happy about that. Allah is more happier than one of us. When we turn to Allah in repentance, all of this My dear brothers and sisters, shows us what
it shows us
of the knowledge of Allah subhanahu wa tada
getting to know Allah subhanho wa Taala through what?
through what Allah subhana wa, tada himself told us about himself through his names, and his attributes, what is the point of a loss of Hannah who attalla relating to us, all of these names and these attributes in the Quran, through His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. What is the point of it? The point of it, is for us to ponder over these names and attributes. So that we can get that connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala getting to know him not just for the sake of the knowledge,
so that this knowledge, it transforms us, so that it changes us so that it changes who we become.
It changes as who we become, in the sight of Allah, first and foremost. And then who we become in the sight of the people.
As long as we are accepted with a loss of Hannah who had to had, Allah will grant that acceptance
to the people.
And so all of this comes with getting to know Allah subhanho wa Taala. Through His names and his attributes, ask Allah subhanahu wa tada to grant us that knowledge to grant us that knowledge that leads to the fruits of action. Well, son in law, who was silnylon Amina Mohammed Ali, he was happy he was selling them at
the brother just now gave me
several small books.
of the 99 Names of Allah Subhana who
and he said this is
a gift for the children.
So all the kids come up here and take your copy