As-Salam (The Source of Peace, The Flawless)

This name has three meanings.

1- The one that leads people to salvation.

2- The one that is free from all kinds of faults and mistakes.

3- The one that greets His slaves in Paradise.

Let us try to analyze these three meanings one by one.

1- The one that leads people to salvation

Allah is Salam. When He becomes manifest with this name for His creatures, he leads them to salvation from dangers, misfortunes and all kinds of troubles. Now, let us see the meaning and manifestation of the name Salam in creatures. 

Look! A frog waiting for its victim and a salamander. The frog is attacking and swallowing the salamander. It looks as if the salamander has been defeated. But no! There is deadly poison in the skin of the salamander. The frog dies in a few minutes. Look at Allah's name of Salam. He saves the salamander with the poison He placed in its body. In this event, the salamander experiences the manifestation of the name as-Salam and attains salvation; on the other hand, the name al-Mumit (the one that kills) becomes manifest for the frog. The same thing is valid for the living beings when they are saved from the attacks of their enemies; they become mirrors for the name as-Salam.    

And a tortoise. The name Salam becomes manifest in it. It is saved from its enemies thanks to its hard shell. The same thing is valid for the living beings when they are saved from the attacks of their enemies thanks to the organs given to them; they become mirrors for the name as-Salam.

Yes, to equip the creatures with the organs that will save them from their enemies is a manifestation of the name as-Salam; similarly, to save them in this way is also a manifestation of the name as-Salam. And the other beings in which the name Salam becomes manifest through camouflage.     

And a fetus in the uterus. It is weak and defenseless. To save it from dangers like being drowned, starving and being poisoned is a manifestation of Allah's name as-Salam.

And the invisible enemies of man! Microbes! To establish a defense system against microbes in human body and to save humans from illnesses, and sometimes to make them ill due to some wisdom is also a manifestation of Allah's name as-Salam. Allah, who has established a defense system in human body, has also equipped the world, which is a big man, with defense systems and has made us known the name as-Salam with different manifestations.  

Here is one of them: The atmosphere that surrounds the whole world. It becomes a big mirror of Allah's name as-Salam by acting as a shelter against many dangers from meteors to harmful rays.

We are always mirrors of this name and we need the manifestation of this name. To be saved from an inevitable traffic accident unexpectedly, to survive a destructive accident without any injuries, to have a sound building after an earthquake or to be saved from under a building that collapsed, to survive a very dangerous medical operation and to survive many similar visible and invisible dangers are a manifestation of Allah's name as-Salam.

2- The one that is free from all kinds of faults

The second meaning of the name Salam: Allah is free from all kinds of faults and mistakes. This meaning of the name as-Salam is similar to the name al-Quddus. In this sense, every creature acts as a witness for Allah's name as-Salam. Let us see together how a flower acts as a witness for Allah's name as-Salam.

What qualities does a maker need to create a flower?

First of all, He must not be weak and He must have endless power. For, to extract the flower from a simple seed can only be possible through having endless power. A weak being cannot create a flower. Thus, with its existence, a flower acts as a witness that Allah is free from weakness and that He has endless power.

The maker must not be ignorant; He must have knowledge. For, the wisdom and art in the flower can only be explained through endless knowledge. Besides, this flower is related to the whole realm from the sun to the air and from the cloud to the soil. Only a knowledgeable being can arrange those relations. Thus, the flower indicates that Allah is free from ignorance and that He has endless knowledge with the tongue of the art and wisdom in it and with the arrangements of its relations.

The maker of the flower must not be blind; He must be able to see. The one that makes sees what he does; the one that cannot see cannot do.

With its existence and the perfect art, the flower acts as a witness that Allah is free from blindness and that He is basir (sees everything).

The flower was non-existent; it became existent. Its existence was preferred to its non-existence. That is, its maker has the attribute of will. The one that cannot prefer and that has no will cannot make the flower. Thus, the flower acts as a witness that Allah is free from lacking will and has absolute will since its existence was preferred to its non-existence.

Look at how the flower is shown mercy and how beautifully its needs are met. Thus, with this state, the flower acts as a witness that Allah is free from mercilessness and that he is Rahim (All-Merciful).

Millions of flowers like this one are created at the same time. Each of them is equipped with different adornments. It means, their owner has endless treasures. A poor one cannot have them. Thus, with its thousands of friends, this flower acts as a witness that Allah is free from poverty and that He is Ghaniyy (rich).  

With hundreds of tongues, many creatures like them acts as a witness that Allah is Salam and that He is free from all kinds of faults and mistakes.

3- The one that greets His slaves in Paradise

The name as-Salam becomes manifest in this world by saving us from dangers and troubles; it will also become manifest in the hereafter. The believers who experience the manifestation of this name will be saved from trouble and torture in the grave, which is the first station of the realm of the hereafter. The believers who experience the manifestation of this name will also be saved from the severity of reckoning on the Day of Gathering. Man will need the manifestation of this name so much on that day that even the prophets will ask salvation from Allah by saying, “Allahumma Sallim, Allahumma Sallim (O Allah! Give salvation!)”. The believers will experience the manifestation of this name when their righteous deeds will overweigh on the Scale (mizan); every believer who is saved from Hell and goes to Paradise will also experience the manifestation of this name.  

When believers enter Paradise, they will be mirrors of the manifestation of this name as the following verse puts it: “Peace (Salam)!― a Word (of salutation) from a Lord Most Merciful”.

May our Lord save us from the torture of the grave, trouble of the Gathering Place, the severity of the reckoning and the terror of Hell by making this name manifest in the hereafter as He did in this world! May He address us with the manifestation of this name and greeting in Paradise!   

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