Talking of Allah’s names, the ones that readily come to mind are Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem, Al-Ghafoor etc. But I never realized that the name Allah itself is the first and foremost name of our Creator… our Lord… and the one whom we worship.
In fact the name Allah is the greatest name of all His names because it is his own “personal” name which He chose for Himself… and the name which no one else can share in the entire universe.
The significance of the name Allah, can be seen in the fact that all other names attributed towards it… in other words it means that all of the beautiful names of Allah are in fact a description and expression of the perfection and beauty which is contained in this Most awesome name: Allah
وَلِلَّهِ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا
And for Allah are the beautiful names so call upon him with these names.
And the beauty and magnificence of this name is due to the fact that the word Allah comes from the root word alif-laam-ha which again is the base of the word “ilaah” which means the one who has the right to be worshipped… therefore the name Allah is an open proof that He is the ONLY one worthy of our worship…
اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ
Allah! there is no god but He! To Him belong the most Beautiful Names. (20:08)
This beautiful name Allah is so full of greatness and power that even in the most difficult times and the most heartbreaking sadness and unrest; if you cannot think of any dua and you just say the word “Allah”… you will find your heart coming back to peace… because the reassurance of the heart and soul has been placed in the remembrance of Allah;
الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُمْ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوب
Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction. (13:28)
Even in its pronunciation the word Allah is so simple, soft and easy to say… that even small children who have not yet learned to speak can say Allah… because it doesn’t require any effort… just remembrance!
So call upon Allah often and you will realize that His perfection is enough for us… the insecurity caused by the imperfection of things and people, can no longer haunt us if we know and recognize that Allah is perfect and His care is perfect and His plans for us are perfect… just as all His names and attributes are perfect…
The only thing we need is to recognize Allah… to ponder upon the beauty of His name Allah… and to make it a part of our life so that we might Love and trust Him with all our heart and soul…