Al Quddus – The Holy

Allah introduces Himself as Al Quddus, The Holy when Allah says in Surah Al Hasr 59: 23

He is Allâh beside Whom is Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) the King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allâh! (High is He) above all that they associate as partners with Him. (23) He is Allâh, the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of forms. To Him belong the Best Names[] . All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (24)

Allah also says in Suratul Jumua 62: 1

Whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth glorifies Allâh, the King (of everything), the Holy, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (1)

The Holy means
– the Blessed
The one who is free of defects and flaws
The one who has no need for wives, children or equal
the one who is praised for His virtues and Goodness
the one whom perfection is ascribed

are there any of us who can claim to be free of defects?
can we be very perfect?

Only Allah is free from any defects at all. And only Allah is the most perfect.
He is the One to whom are attributed all good and beautiful names

Al Quddus also means Purity

The angels glorifies Allah all the time Al Baqarah 2: 30

And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks and sanctify You.” He (Allâh) said: “I know that which you do not know.” (30)

Even the thunder glorify and praises Allah

Ar Rad 13 :13

And Ar-Ra’d[] (thunder) glorifies and praises Him, and so do the angels because of His Awe, He sends the thunderbolts, and therewith He strikes whom He wills, yet they (disbelievers) dispute about Allâh. And He is Mighty in strength and Severe in punishment. (13)

The Angels surround the throne of Allah from all round, glorifying the praises of Allah Az Zumar 39:75

And you will see the angels surrounding the Throne (of Allâh) from all round, glorifying the praises of their Lord (Allâh). And they (all the creatures) will be judged with truth, and it will be said. All the praises and thanks are to Allâh, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).” (75)

In fact the entire universe is glorifying Allah with praises and thanks. There is nothing in the universe that does not glorify Allah except
– disbelievers among mankind
– jinn

As Saff 61 :1

Whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth glorifies Allâh. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. (1)

even the birds

An Noor 24 : 41
See you not (O Muhammad SAW) that Allâh, He it is Whom glorify whosoever is in the heavens and the earth, and the birds with wings out-spread (in their flight)?

So what about us? Do we glorify Allah much?

Human beings are the creature that must glorify Allah because Allah created us to worship , glorify and sanctify Him. If we think deeply on Allah’s creations, His perfections, His Holiness and ponder upon His Greatness, then we must realise we must glorify the Master whom all the creatures need.

Al Imran3 :191

Those who remember Allâh (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted are You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire. (191)

Lessons
1. Al Quddus means The Holy One
2. It means free of imperfection and any form of flaws
3. Allah is the most Perfect
4. Allah is pure
5. None of us can claim to be free of flaws
6. And we are far from perfect
7. Angels are continuously glorifying and praising and thanking Allah the Holy one
8. The whole universe is glorifying Allah constantly
9. And so are the birds
10. Think about Allah’s creation and contemplate of what is in heaven and earth. Think about Allah’s Greatness and your lowly form. Does not Allah deserve to be glorified and praised constantly too?

Now that you know that Allah is the Holy One and that the Angels glorify Allah non stop, what can youlearn from it?

“We proclaim our praise and call Your Holy” (2:30, Al-Quran) The Prophet (SAW) used to say in his prayer while bowing down (Ruku): “Praise and Holiness be to Your, Lord of the angles and souls” (Muslim)

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