99 Names (Week 2)

There are 99 names used for God in the Qur’an.  I wanted to showcase all of those names by arranging them within a poem.  Each stanza concludes with the name “Allah,” because “Allah” is considered “the Greatest Name.”  The final line of the poem is a nod to Jay-Z’s song, “99 Problems,” because how could I not reference another work referencing a list of 99 things?

99 Names

The All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful, the Absolute Ruler,

the Pure One, the Source of Peace, the Inspirer of Faith,

the Guardian, the Victorious, the Compeller,

the Greatest, the Creator,

Allah.

The Maker of Order, the Shaper of Beauty, the Forgiving,

the Subduer, the Giver of All, the Sustainer,

the Opener, the Knower of All, the Constrictor,

the Reliever, the Abaser,

Allah.

The Exalter, the Bestower of Honors, the Humiliator,

the Hearer of All, the Seer of All, the Subtle One,

the Just, the Judge, the All-Aware,

the Forbearing, the Magnificent,

Allah.

The Forgiver and Hider of Faults,

the Rewarder of Thankfulness,

the Highest, the Greatest, the Preserver,

the Nourisher, the Accounter, the Mighty,

the Generous, the Watchful One,

Allah.

The Responder to Prayer, the All-Comprehending, the Perfectly Wise,

the Loving One, the Majestic One, the Forceful One,

the Witness, the Truth, the Trustee,

the Possessor of All Strength, the Resurrector,

Allah.

The Governor, the Appraiser,

the Praised One, the Ever-Living One, the Self-Existing One

the Giver of Life, the Taker of Life,

the Originator, the Restorer,

Allah.

The Finder, the Glorious, the One,

the Satisfier of All Needs, the All-Powerful, the Creator of All Power,

the All-Inclusive, the Indivisible,

the Expediter, the Delayer,

Allah.

The First, the Last,

the Manifest One, the Hidden One, the Supreme One,

the Protecting Friend, the Doer of Good, the Guide to Repentance,

the Avenger, the Forgiver, the Clement,

Allah.

The Owner of All, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty,

the Equitable One, the Gatherer, the Rich One,

the Enricher, the Preventer of Harm,

the Creator of the Harmful, the Creator of Good,

Allah.

The Light, the Guide, the Originator,

the Everlasting One, the Inheritor of All,

the Righteous Teacher,

the Patient One,

Allah.

I’ve got 99 problems, but finding a name for Allah ain’t one.

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