Embracing Time Through Allah’s Names

Feb 12, 2021

This is an article from The Divine Names Series. 

A Cherished Muslimah surrenders to the passage of time through Allah’s knowledge and wisdom. She knows that every moment she is experiencing has been planned by Allah directly, and that ‘He knows.’ She uses every moment to either be grateful or patient and experiences life as one moment after another, one season after another.

‘Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer. For if he has an occasion to feel delight, he is thankful, and that is good for him, and if he gets into trouble, he is patient, and that is good for him’

Bukhari (2999)

Communicating with Knowledge & Wisdom

This February, cultivate the habit of time by submitting to Allah’s names of knowledge and wisdom, embracing the past, present, and future as an act of submission to Allah. 

A Cherished Muslimah submits to His timings and plans, knowing that whatever seeds of change that she plants are all in servitude to Him, and only He knows if they will grow into something or not.

And no single seed is there within the darknesses of the earth and nor anything moist or dry but that it is [written] in a clear record. 

Surah Al An’am (6:59) 

Here are twelve beautiful and lofty names of Allah, through which you can cultivate a healthy  Time habit. 


AL-ALĪM (20)

Submit to the Al-Alim, the one who knows everything about the past, present, and future. Let that comfort you and be your solace when things don’t make sense. Let His knowledge of when and where your success will come, be what gives you hope.

To soften for you the suffering of affliction, He has taught you that He is the one who causes trials to come upon you. For the one who confronts you with His decree of fate  is the same who has accustomed you to His good choice  

Ibn Ata iLlah as Sikandari  

AS SAMĪ (27)

Rest in the knowledge that As Sami, the one who hears all hears every conversation from the past, present, and future. He listens to every heartfelt prayer. 

AL-BASĪR (28) 

Surrender and yield in the knowledge that Al Basir, the One who sees everything from the past,  present, and future see everything that you are going through.  


Call upon Ar-Raqib, the one who is observing at all times. He sees all of your strivings, every baby step.

Does he not know that Allah sees? 

Surah Al-Alaq (96:14)


Call upon Al, Mujib, the answerer of all prayers, at the time He chooses. Pray to Him with full certainty that he will answer your prayers. 

Call on Allah while having absolute certainty that He will answer. 

Tirmidhi (3479)

AL-MUHSĪ (58) 

Let the one who knows the number, doesn’t forget and reckons everything, be your sufficiency. You have Al Muhsi keeping score of what you are going through. Know that He will suffice you to complete satisfaction.


AL-MUBDI (59) 

Call upon Al Mubdi, the one who starts things, when planting seeds of change. Ask Him to make your new beginnings fruitful.


Submit to Al Muqaddam, the one who makes things happen and promotes them at the perfect time. Know that everything is happening at the perfect time. 


Submit to Al Mu’akhir, the one who delays things, pushes them away when it is not the right time. Let that comfort you when things get delayed or seem out of reach. 


Know that Al Awwal is the first, regardless of what you want to happen first. Submit to putting Him first before all of your plans. 

AL-ĀKHIR (74) 

Know that Al Akhir is the last, and your ultimate destination. Each time you finish a project,  turn to Him for perfect completion, before starting again 

So when you are freed (from your duties), then strive on! 

And to your Lord turn all your attention. 

Al Inshirah (94:5-8) 

AS-SABŪR (99) 

Patiently submit to the one who does everything at the right time. Surrender to His timings,  knowing that your life runs at the timings of As-Sabur.

To Conclude

A Cherished Muslimah surrenders to the timing of Allah. She is content in the knowledge that while she is doing her best, He sees everything she does, taking account for everything.  She knows everything happens when He wants, and only He can delay things or make them happen. She never asks, ‘why me’, but continually takes the initiative to work on improving her life, knowing that He sees this. 


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