العظيم

Al- Azeem (The Magnificent, The Infinite)

All-Mighty God Allah is very Great. This Excellent name of Allah indicates Allah’s excellence in all of HIS Qualities. Allah is Great in HIS SELF, in Seeing, Hearing , Providing, Kindness and Mercy, in the Ownership of Power etc. Allah said in the end of Aayatul-Kursi: “ —— wa huwal Ali-yyul-Azeem”.

The translation of Aayatul- Kursi is:

255. Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
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This is the verse 255 of surah Al-Baqarah and is called Aayatul-Kursi. This is very perfect verse in the qualities of Allah Almighty. According to a hadeeth, it is the best verse of the Holy Quraan. Other verses that have the name Al-Azeem are:

Translation of the last verse of the surah Al-Tawbah (pronounced as At-Tawbah);

129. But if they turn away, say (O Muhammad SAW): “Allah is sufficient for me. La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), in Him I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.
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Here Allah used this Great name for the greatness of Allah’s Throne, which reminds us the Great and Mighty Sovereignty of Allah the Lord!!!

In surah Al-Haaqah and surah al-Waqiyah Allah said:

Fa sabbih bismi Rabbikal-Azeem.

Its translation is:

(56:74). Therefor (O Muhammad), praise the name of thy Lord, the Tremendous.
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This verse is repeated in the end of surah Al-Waqiyah i.e. this verse came twice in the surah Al-Waqiah and also it came in the end of surah Al-Haaqah. Here is the tafseer of this verse in surah Al- Waqiyah, in Tafheemul-Quraan. You can see it at tafeem.net. The explanation that follows is found in the exp.note 42 of the last aayah i.e. verse 96 of surah Al-Waqiyah:

(56:96). So glorify the name of your Great Lord.42

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Exp note 42:

42. Uqbah bin Amir Juhni relates that when this verse was sent down the Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded that the people put it in their ruku, i.e. they should recite Subhana-Rabbi-yal-Azeem in the position of ruku in the Prayer. And when the verse Sabbi-hismi-Rabbi-kal-Aala was sent down, he enjoined that they put it in their sajdah, i.e. they should recite Subhana-Rabbi-yal-Aa’la in sajdah. (Musnad Ahmad, Abu Daud, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, Hakim). This show that even the most minor details of the procedure enjoined by the Prophet (peace be upon him) for the Prayer are derived from the allusions given in the Quran.

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Thus we repeatedly recite this Great name of Allah in ruku (bowing down on our knees) in our daily prayers.

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