الكبير

Al-Kabeer (The Most Great and The Most High, The Grand)

Allah’s greatness is in all ways. The translation of some of the verses having this beautiful name of Allah is here:

Surah Luqman 30;

30. That is (so) because Allah is the Truth, and that what they call upon other than Him is falsehood, and because Allah is the Most High, the Grand.

Surah Ghaafir 12;

12. [They will be told], “That is because, when Allah was called upon alone, you disbelieved; but if others were associated with Him, you believed. So the judgement is with Allah, the Most High, the Grand.”
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This is due to the Greatness of Allah that the heavens are held up in their high position without any apparent support; if Allah lets it fall then no one will be able to hold them up.

This is also the Greatness of Allah that on the Day of Resurrection, the heavens and the earth shall be in Allah’s hands. See the translation of Al-Zumar (Az-Zumar) verse 67:

67. They made not a just estimate ofAllah such as is due to Him. And on the Day of Resurrection the whole of the earth will be grasped by His Hand and the heavens will be rolled up in His Right Hand. Glorified is He, and High is He above all that they associate as partners with Him!
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The earth and the mountains are quiet and stable so we live and work with comfort. This is due to the Mercy of Allah, otherwise, If Allah, The Most High and Great orders the earth to shake, we will be caught up by a forceful earth quake!!! If Allah so wills, the earth will swallow us all.

The Prophet(Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him) used to say in his rukou (bowing) and sujoud (prostrations) Subhaan zhel-Jabaroot, wal- Malakoot, wal- Kibriyaa’i, wal-Azmati.
(Ahmad, abu Dawood and Al-Nisaa’ee)

On one side all Greatness is for Allah and it is the right of Allah to be worshipped. On the other side, there is none (no being and nothing) having greatness and so no other than Allah has the right to be worshipped. Worship includes obedience. In fact worship has a few kinds. Rituals, du’aa, following the Laws and Commands of Allah and obedience to Allah and Allah’s Prophet (Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him), all of these are different forms of Ibaadah (worship) to Allah.

Satan didn’t prostrate to Adam alaihi salaam and thus disobeyed Allah’s Command. The reason that Satan told was that he (the satan) considered himself greater than Adam alaihi salaam, so much greater that he stood up to challenge Allah All-Mighty. So Satan became mutakabbir and kaafir. That means he showed his greatness without his right to do istikbaar. As a result of this haughtiness he became the dweller of Hell forever. There is a lesson for us in this story of Satan. Anyone from the creature has no right to show greatness and arrogance. In reality, all Greatness is for Allah alone.
What befits human beings and other creations is that we all humble ourselves and make ourselves low in front of Allah. When a person makes himself low in front of Allah, Allah gives him/her honor and lifts them up in ranks.

The Greatness of Allah demands from us that our hearts and tongues become full of honor and respect for Allah, the hearts start fearing Allah and then both of the heart and tongue do zikar, shukur and astaghfar to Allah, that we obey HIM and abstain from disobedience, remember HIM and not forget HIM, keep away from ingratitude to HIM and follow HIS Commands and Laws.

Daily prayers are a very special form of worshipping. Our prayers start with Allaho-Akbar and also we say Allaho-Akbar every time when we change from one position to other in the prayer. Takbeer accompanies a Muslim in all forms of worship, Adhaan (call for prayer) starts and ends with Allaho Akbar, we start and break our fast with Adhan. The Muslims say takbeeraat during Hajj, on Eids and also during fighting with the enemies.

Allah said in the verses 185 of surah Al-Baqarah and verse 37 of surah Al-Hajj (the English translation of these verses is):

185. The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.
Surah Al-Hajj 37:

37.It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad SAW)to the Muhsineen (doers of good).
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Allaho-Akbar means, “Allah is the Greatest (nothing is greater than Allah)”. It is said that in Arabic language, the greatest words for honor, respect and jalaal are Allaho-Akbar. Al-Akbar is the superlative degree of Kabeer.

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