Al-Aziz (The Mighty)

With which name do you remember Allah when you look at a high mountain, pass nearby the ruins of a destructed nation, and see the obedience of the stars, moons, suns and other creatures?   

The name al-Aziz has 3 meanings.

1. Allah has dignity and is mighty.

2. Allah is never defeated; He is victorious.

3. He makes His creatures obey His commands.

Now, let us try to see the three manifestations of the name al-Aziz in the mirrors of the realm:

1-Allah has dignity and is mighty

Allah is aziz. That is, He has dignity, magnificence and might. He is lofty. The big creatures in this world are mirrors of Allah's name al-Aziz. If you listen to the high mountains, vast seas, storms in seas, immense deserts, moons, suns and stars, you will hear that they glorify Allah by saying, "O Aziz! O Aziz! O Aziz!"

The name Aziz is seen in the world, in man and even in states of the world like that. The human beings in whom Allah's name al-Aziz is manifest are His messengers and believers as it is stated in the following verse:

But honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers.” (al-Munafiqun,8)

That is, only Allah, His Messenger and believers are aziz. This name also became manifest in the Ottoman State, whose name is written in gold letters in history, and all of the states that accepted the Quran as their guide.  

What we need to do now is to become aziz both in the world and in the hereafter by reading Allah’s name al-Aziz on the pages of the realm, listening to the glorification of the creatures who utter Allah's name as "O Aziz! O Aziz!" and making the Quran our guide.

2- Allah is never defeated; He is victorious

Allah is aziz. He is victorious over His creatures. The world is full of the ruins of the tribes that rebelled against him and were defeated. Allah mentions those rebellious and stubborn nations as follows in His book:

"And when Our Messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on their account, and felt himself powerless (to protect) them: but they said "Fear thou not nor grieve: we are (here) to save thee and thy following, except thy wife: she is of those who lag behind.

For we are going to bring down on the people of this township a Punishment from heaven, because they have been wickedly rebellious."

And We have left thereof an evident Sign, for any people who (care to) understand.

To the Madyan (people) (We sent) their brother Shu'ayb. Then he said: "O my people! serve Allah, and fear the Last Day: nor commit evil on the earth with intent to do mischief."

But they rejected him: then the mighty Blast seized them, and they lay prostrate in their homes by the morning.

(Remember also) the `Ad and the Thamud (people): clearly will appear to you from (the traces) of their buildings (their fate): the Evil One made their deeds alluring to them, and kept them back from the Path, though they were gifted with Intelligence and Skill.

(Remember also) Qarun, Pharaoh, and Haman: there came to them Moses with Clear Signs, but they behaved with insolence on the earth; yet they could not overreach (Us) .

Each one of them We seized for his crime: of them, against some We sent a violent tornado (with showers of stones); some were caught by a (mighty) Blast; some We caused the earth to swallow up; and some We drowned (in the waters): it was not Allah Who injured (or oppressed) them: they injured (and oppressed) their own souls.” (Ankebut 33-40)

Allah's name al-Aziz is seen majestically in all of the destroyed nations.  

Have we ever remembered and mentioned Allah's name al-Aziz when we passed by the ruins of those nations and saw their destroyed graves?  

Have we ever uttered Allah's name al-Aziz on those ruins?

Have we ever thought that Allah would catch us like them if we rebel against Him?

3- He makes His creatures obey His commands

That Allah's creatures obey Him and never oppose Him is also a manifestation of Allah’s name al-Aziz.

The fact that, with the exception of man and certain wild animals, all things, from the sun, the moon and earth to the smallest of creatures, perform their functions with the utmost exactitude, do not overstep their bounds by an inch, and observe a universal obedience in a spirit of great awe shows that they act by the command of a Possessor of great glory and dignity.  Every creature that obeys Him buy fulfilling its duty is a mirror of Allah’s name al-Aziz.

While all creatures obey Him like that, how dare we oppose with our rebellion the commands of a Monarch so glorious that the stars, moons, and suns obey His commands like soldiers under orders?

Through our defiance, we oppose such an aziz being who has obedient soldiers so awesome that, if to suppose the impossible, devils could withstand them, they would drive them off with cannon-balls the size of mountains.

We revolt in the realm of a such a Sultan who has servants and troops so fearsome, it is not insignificant little impotent creatures like us; if we were each infidel enemies the size of mountains or the earth, they would be able to hurl stars, flaming projectiles, and molten metal the size of mountains or the earth at us, and rout us.

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