الواسع

Al-Wasi’

(The Vast, the All Encompassing)

 

This beautiful name of Allah came in the Holy Quraan in many places. Some of them are given here as the English translation of the verses.

Surah Al-Baqarah 115 and 247:

115. And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.

247. And their Prophet (Samuel ) said to them, “Indeed Allah has appointed Talut (Saul) as a king over you.” They said, “How can he be a king over us when we are better fitted than him for the kingdom, and he has not been given enough wealth.” He said: “Verily, Allah has chosen him above you and has increased him abundantly in knowledge and stature. And Allah grants His Kingdom to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Encompassing (in favor), All-Knower.”
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Its meanings are vast. All of Allah’s attributes are All- Encompassing and All-Comprehending. No one can comprehend the greatness of Allah’s Qualities. Only Allah can comprehend Allah’s great Qualities and Praises. Allah’s Greatness is All –Encompassing, HIS Sovereignty and Authority, HIS Kingdom, HIS Grace and Bounties, HIS Generosity and Kindness, and—, and—- are all very much vast!!!

Regarding the vastness of Allah’s Knowledge, Allah said in the following verses (their English translation is):

Surah Al-An’aam 80:

  1. And his people argued with him. He (Ibraheem alaihi salaam) said, “Do you argue with me concerning Allah while He has guided me? And I do not fear those whom you associate with Him ( in His divinity) [and I will not be harmed] unless my Lord should will something. My Lord encompasses all things in knowledge; then will you not remember?Surah Taha 98:

    98. Your God is only Allah, except for whom there is no deity. He has encompassed all things in knowledge.”
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    Regarding the Vastness of the Mercy of Allah:

    Surah Al-Araaf 156:

    156 .And decree for us in this world [that which is] good and [also] in the Hereafter; indeed, we have turned back to You.” [ Allah ] said, “My punishment – I afflict with it whom I will, but My mercy encompasses all things.” So I will decree it [especially] for those who fear Me and give zakah and those who believe in Our verses –
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    Concerning rizaq (sustenance) Allah Almighty said:

    Surah Al-Nisaa (An-Nisaa):

    130. But if they separate (by divorce), Allah will provide abundance for everyone of them from His Bounty. And Allah is Ever All-Sufficient for His creatures’ need, All-Wise.

    Other translation of the same verse 130 is:

    130. But if they separate [by divorce], Allah will enrich each [of them] from His abundance. And ever is Allah Encompassing and Wise.

Surah Al-Noor (An-Noor) 32:

32. And marry the unmarried among you and the righteous among your male slaves and female slaves. If they should be poor, Allah will enrich them from His bounty, and Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.
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Regarding Allah’s forgiveness for the servants, Allah said in surah Al-Najam (An-Najam) 32:

32. Those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, except the small faults .Indeed, your Lord is vast in forgiveness. He was most knowing of you when He produced you from the earth and when you were fetuses in the wombs of your mothers. So do not claim yourselves to be pure; He is most knowing of who fears Him.

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About providing reward to the obedient believers, Allah said in the surah Al-Baqarah 261:

261. The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is All-Encompassing and Knowing.
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While obligating duties on the believers Allah said in the surah Al-Baqarah 286:

  1. Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
    **************************************************************************************************In short, the name Al-Wasi’ which indicates the vastness in all good qualities of Allah is such that we cannot describe it in our words. We must believe in this name of Allah and must pray to Allah like Allah has taught us in the above verse.We should recite the last 2 verses of surah Al-Baqarah (i.e. 285—286) every night.

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