And from among the beautiful names of Allah is “Al-Quddoos” which means the ultimately pure and sacred. In the Quran Allah says:
يُسَبِّحُ لِلَّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ الْمَلِكِ الْقُدُّوسِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَكِيمِ
Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth declares the glory of Allah, the King, the Most Pure, the All Mighty, the Most Wise. (62:1)
It means that Allah is most pure and perfect in His being and in His names and attributes. He (swt) is free from all flaws and deficiencies.
Only Allah is the one who is not overcome by any weakness such as sleep… so he is always awake and aware of every single thing that is happening in the universe. He is free from the weakness of forgetfulness so he remembers each and every detail of what has happened in the past. And he is perfect in his knowledge therefore he knows exactly what is going to happen in the future.
His justice is perfect so he will never do any zulm on anyone. He is perfect in his being, so he does not need any partners… He is free from all needs so he doesn’t need our acts of worship… in fact it is us human beings who need to worship him because we are imperfect and incomplete… and so we need His love and approval to attain peace and comfort.
Man is by his nature attracted to purity and perfection. That is why we want to be connected to someone who is perfect and free from shortcomings. But when we seek perfection in people then we are bound to be disappointed because it is like looking for something in a place where it does not exist… On the other hand when we recognize Allah to be the ONLY one who is pure and free from all deficiencies then it opens for us a never ending pleasure of finding comfort in His perfection.
Therefore this beautiful name Al-Quddoos is very important for us because when we understand its implications that Allah is most perfect in all that He is… in all that He does and in all that He says then we can worship him with complete surrender. When we know that his decisions are perfect then we will stop worrying about what has happened to us or what is happening right now or what is going to happen in the future because we will have complete trust that Allah’s plans for us are perfect and it is our own imperfect understanding that prevents us from seeing the goodness in all things.
And most important of all when we recognize that Allah is Al-Quddoos then we realize that each and every word that He has revealed in the Quran is perfect for us and this will make us truly receptive towards His commands and will motivate us to follow the beautiful way of life of His Messenger (s.a.w)
Secondly we as human beings have a great need for purity and perfection in our own beings. That is why most of us go about claiming to be so good… But no one can be pure unless Allah makes us pure. Therefore this need of ours to seek Allah’s help in getting rid of our sins and bad habits connects us to Him most deeply and consistently.
So what are the ways to connect to Al-Quddoos…??
1- Whenever you feel disappointed by others remember Only Allah is perfect… Say Allah you are Al-Quddoos and I am so happy that your perfection is infinite… your perfection is enough to comfort me… (this will release your heart from the pain it suffers from other people’s mistakes)
2- Whenever you feel hopeless about your own self because of your sins… then think that Allah is Al-Quddoos and He is free from all weakness… He made you weak so that you could turn back to him again and again… so glorify his perfection and repent again and again for your mistakes.
3- When you feel alone and helpless then think of Al-Quddoos that He is perfectly able to help you any time and all the time… so rely upon Him and be assured in His support for the believers.
4- Remember that the more you proclaim the purity of Allah the more He will purify your heart from all negative things… So make a lot of tasbeeh of this name. Our Prophet (s.a.w) used to say the following dua in His Ruku and Sujud:
Subboohun Quddoosun Rabbul Mala’ikati warrooh
(most perfect, most pure, the Lord of the angels and Jibra’il)
In the pre-dawn hours Our Prophet (s.a.w) used to include the following words in his zikr:
Subhaan Al-Malikil Quddoos
(Most perfect, the most sacred King)
5- Allah is most pure so He loves purity… therefore make utmost efforts to purify your hearts from all bad thoughts and negative ideas… purify your intentions for his sake only… purify your speech from all evil words… purify your actions from all things that are forbidden. Also purify your self by keeping clean… your food from all contamination… your wealth by paying zakah… etc
6- Also remember that whoever refrains from doing zulm (injustice) then Allah will purify such a person. So try to give right to everyone… even if you are not being given your due rights. Expect Allah to compensate for that and keep doing good for the pleasure of Al-Quddoos.