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Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God

Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God

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11/06/2012

 
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BOX 353, IBADAN
PREFACE
EveryMuslim,aswellaseverystudentofisawareofactthatthebears constant witnesstothe absolute unity oGod. This basictenet finds itsessential expression inChapter112whereone reads,
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Say:He,God,is one. GodisHe on whomall depend. Henot, nor isbegotten, and noneis likeHim.
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However,the fact remainsthatbasicessenceandnatureofthisGodisexpressedinmanydifferentwaysintheItistothatvarietyofexpressionthatthisstudyisaddressed.Theitselfsuppliesthe authority for this effort, since infour chapters itspeaksofthe
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most beautiful names
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ofGod.Theverses in questionare:(A
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2
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8)
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Godthereis no Godbut He. Hisarethemostbeautifulnames.
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17,110(A
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3
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4)
:
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Say:CallonGodorcallon theMerciful.Bywhatever name youcallonHim,He hasthemost beautiful names.
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(A
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3
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19):
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AndGod's are the most beautiful names,socall on Him thereby..
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(B
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2)
:
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HeisGod;the Creator, the theFashioner.Hisare the most beautifulnames.
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Inrespectoftheversenumberingusedabove,thefirst is thenumber found in the Cairo textand the secondasfoundinthe(Western)text.This fact should beborne in mindbythereader
as
heendeavourstolocate in histhe various versesreferredtoin thisstudy.The letters andnumberstobefoundwithinthe parentheses listedaboverefertothetimeoflifewhentherevelationswere given:
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A
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refersto theMeccan period and
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B
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totheperiod.Sincescholarshave divided theMeccanperiodintothreeparts, the firstnumberfollowing
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A
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referstothe period involved

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