الكريم , الاكرم

Al-Kareem, —Al-Akram

(The Most Generous, The Most Bountiful)
The verses of the Holy Quraan which have these beautiful names are from the surah Al-Namal (An-Namal), Al-Infitaar, Al-Mo’minoon and Al-Alaq. The name “Al-Akram” comes in the verse 3 of the surah Al-Alaq. The English translation of these verses is:

Surah Al-Namal (An-Namal) 40:

40. One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said: “I will bring it to you within the twinkling of an eye!” then when [Sulaiman (Solomon)] saw it placed before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his ownself, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his ownself). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful.”

Surah Al-Infitaar 6:

6. O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous,

Surah Al-Mo’minoon 116:

116. Therefore exalted is Allah, the King, the Reality: there is no god but He, the Lord of the Throne of Honour!

Surah Al-Alaq 3: “Iqra’ Wa Rabbukal Akram”


3. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous,

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This name has vast meanings. Some of them are mentioned here.

1. Lots of good, benefits and blessings given by HIM to the slaves/servants.

2. Always bestowing HIS blessing on the servants.

3. Absolute Supremacy and Honor are for Allah alone.

4. Allah is High above any defect.

5. The ONE WHO gives blessings without any exchange for them i.e. HE (Allah) provides blessings to the servants and doesn’t take anything in exchange from them.

6. The ONE WHO provides even without cause. HE provides to those who need and also to those without need.

7. The ONE to WHOM reach small and big, all applications/supplications (du’aas) of the needies.

8. The ONE WHO doesn’t return a needy (with du’aa/application for help) empty handed.

9. The ONE WHO always fulfills HIS Promise.

All of the above are the great qualities of none except Allah! Allah is Ghanee and Kareem, (free from any need /want, and is very Kind) to the creation as we are all needy and depend upon Allah’s  Karam (Kindness and Generosity).

Allah also gave this quality of karam (honor and generosity) to the followings as mentioned in the Holy Quraan, (only the English translation of the verses is given).

a). To HIS BOOK.

Surah Al-Waqi’ah 77: “Innahoo laqur’aanun kareem”

77. This is indeed a Qur’an Most Honourable,

The other translation is:

77.Indeed, it is a noble Qur’an

b). To Allah’s Thrown.

Surah Al-Mo’minoon 116:

116. Therefore exalted is Allah, the King, the Reality: there is no god but He, the Lord of the Throne of Honour!

Another translation is:

116. So exalted is Allah, the Sovereign, the Truth; there is no deity except Him, Lord of the Noble Throne.

c). The Blessings and the Reward to the practicing believers is also honored:

Surah Al-Anfaal 4: “…… Lahum darajaatun inda Rabbihim wa maghfiratun wa rizqun kareem”

4. It is they who are the believers in truth. For them are grades of dignity with their Lord, and Forgiveness and a generous provision (Paradise).

d). Mud’khalan Kareema:

Surah Al-Nisaa ( An-Nisaa), 31:

31. If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise).

e). The beautiful scenes that Allah made in this world for testing us:

Sura Al-Shu’araa’ (Ash-Shu’araa’), 7:

7. Do they not look at the earth,- how many noble things of all kinds We have produced therein?

From this beautiful name of Allah we must take the following lessons:

1. We must be very thankful to Allah and must remember and praise HIM a lot. We must ask only Allah for our needs.

2. When we see HIS Karam (Kindness, Beauty and Generosity) directly or indirectly, in the beauty of the world, we must turn to Allah, praise HIM, worship Him and pay thanks to HIM.

3. We must be generous and kind to our relatives, neighbors, and friends, and to all around us.

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