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Understanding Allah’s Name, Al-‘Aalim:

This name usually shows up in the Qur’an as “‘aalim al-ghayb wa ash-shahadah عالم الغيب والشهدة” which means Knower of the Unseen and the Seen. Allah sees and knows everything, including all that is hidden and unknown to us. Allah knows what is in the womb. When a baby is in the womb Allah knows the gender, if it will be happy or miserable, and it’s provision and life span.

What is al-ghayb? From Tafsir ibn Kathir of Verse 13:9 Al-Bukhari recorded that `Abdullah bin `Umar said that the Messenger of Allah said,

«مَفَاتِيحُ الْغَيْبِ خَمْسٌ، لَا يَعْلَمُهُنَّ إِلَّا اللهُ: لَا يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي غَدٍ إِلَّا اللهُ، وَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَا تَغِيضُ الْأَرْحَامُ إِلَّا اللهُ، وَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَتَى يَأْتِي الْمَطَرُ أَحَدٌ إِلَّا اللهُ، وَلَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ، وَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَتَى تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ إِلَّا الله»

(The Keys of the Ghayb (unseen knowledge) are five, nobody knows them but Allah. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow except Allah; nobody knows what is in the womb except Allah; nobody knows when it will rain except Allah; no soul knows at what place he will die except Allah; and nobody knows when the (Final) Hour will begin except Allah.) Al-`Awfi reported from Ibn `Abbas that he said,

﴿وَمَا تَغِيضُ الاٌّرْحَامُ﴾

(and by how much the wombs fall short), this refers to miscarriages,

﴿وَمَا تَزْدَادُ﴾

(or exceed), this refers to carrying her fetus in her womb for the full term. Some women carry their fetus for ten months, while others for nine months. Some terms are longer or shorter than others. This is the falling short or exceeding that Allah the Exalted mentioned, and all this occurs by His knowledge.” Qatadah commented on Allah’s statement,

﴿وَكُلُّ شَىْءٍ عِندَهُ بِمِقْدَارٍ﴾

(Everything with Him is in proportion.) “For a term appointed. Allah has the records of the provisions and terms of His creation and made an appointed term for everything.”

Explanation of the Name, Al-‘Aalim, from Ahadun Ahad:



The One with full Knowledge. The One Whose Knowledge comprehends all things, the covert thereof and the overt, the small thereof and the great, the concealed and the revealed, the possible and impossible, the past, present, and future, from Whom nothing is concealed in the earth or in the heavens.


Notes on the Name, Al-‘Aalim, by Shaykh Al-‘Uthaymeen


Al-‘Aalim (The Knowledgeable One)

“The ‘Aalim of both the unseen and witnessed affairs, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” (64:18)

Note: The Name, al-‘Aalim, is not found in the Qur’aan except that it is restricted to the unseen affairs, or to both the unseen and witnessed affairs. When we say that Allaah is the ‘Aalim of both the unseen and the witnessed affairs, then it is all-inclusive, since all thing must be considered unseen or witnessed. It seems that this was the intent of the author, may Allaah have mercy upon him, in including this Name.

{From Appendix II: Allaah’s Names as Found in the Qur’aan, page 250}


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Explanation of the Name, Al-‘Aalim, from the book, “Who is Allah?“:




Ibn Katheer commented in his tafseer: Allah affirms His perfect knowledge, from which nothing is hidden, and that He has complete knowledge of whatever every female creature is carrying, whether male or female, fair or ugly, miserable or happy, whether it will have a long or a short life… [Allah is He] Who knows everything that the servants see and all what they cannot see, and none of it ever escapes His knowledge.


Ibn ‘Umar (RA) narrated that the Prophet (S) said: «The keys of the unseen are five, and none knows them but Allah (the Exalted):


(1) None knows (the sex of) what is in the womb but Allah;


(2) none knows what will happen tomorrow but Allah;


(3) none knows when it will rain but Allah;


(4) none knows where he will die but Allah (knows that);


(5) and none knows when the Hour will be established but Allah.» (Bukhari)




Knowing that Allah (the Exalted) is the Knower of everything, hidden and open, causes believers to be aware of the presence of Allah with His all perfect Knowledge. This awareness inspires His servants to seek the means of nearness to Allah, and the means of pleasing Him, with their words and deeds. As there is no escape from the all-encompassing knowledge of Allah, being vividly aware of His knowledge creates motivation to submit to Allah, and instills in the heart awe, admiration, and love of Allah.



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How to Apply this Name to Our Lives:

  1. Ask Al-‘Aalim to facilitate the learning of beneficial knowledge for you.
  2.  Know that Al-‘Aalim knows what is in your heart, you may be able to convince others, but He knows truly what you are thinking and feeling and intending, so be aware of your thoughts, feelings, actions, for Al-‘Aalim is always aware of them.
  3. Be content with your provision because Al-‘Aalim knows what is written for you, and it is exactly what you need (even if it may not be exactly what you want).
  4. Call upon Al-‘Aalim in rectifying your affairs and guiding you to make the best decisions, for He is aware of every element of your predicament, what is seen and what is unseen, and no one can guide you better than the One All-Aware.
  5. Do your charity in secret, not seeking the praise or approval of men. Know that Allah, Al-‘Aalim, sees all that you do and your reward, which is the greatest reward, is with Him.
  6. If you are accused of something which you have not done, seek justice with Allah, Al-‘Aalim, for He sees all that you have and have not done, and only He knows the full truth of any situation.

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Correct pronunciation of the Name, Al-‘Aalim:

Ayat from the Quran mentioning Al-‘Aalim:


Surat At-Taghābun (The Mutual Disillusion) – 64:16-18

16} So fear Allah as much as you are able and listen and obey and spend [in the way of Allah ]; it is better for your selves. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful.

17} If you loan Allah a goodly loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you. And Allah is Most Appreciative and Forbearing.

18} Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, the Exalted in Might, the Wise.


Surat At-Tawbah (The Repentance) – 94:9 9} “They will make excuses to you when you have returned to them. Say, “Make no excuse – never will we believe you. Allah has already informed us of your news. And Allah will observe your deeds, and [so will] His Messenger; then you will be taken back to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do.”


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Du’aas mentioning the Name, Al-‘Aalim:

Du’aa in the Morning & the Evening #4:

“O Allah, Knower of the seen and the unseen, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Lord and Sovereign of all things, I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek refuge with You from the evil of my self and from the evil of the devil and his Shirk, and from committing wrong against my soul or bringing such upon another Muslim.”

Note: Shirk refers to the belief or act of associating partners with Allah (in any way), in his Ruboobiyah (Lordship) and Oloohiyah (Worship). …more.


Du’aa after the opening takbeer in prayer #4:

O Allah, Lord of Jibra’eel, Meeka’eel and Israfeel (great angels), Creator of the heavens and the Earth, Knower of the seen and the unseen. You are the arbitrator between Your slaves in that which they have disputed. Guide me to the truth by Your leave, in that which they have differed, for verily You guide whom You will to a straight path. …more.


Du’aa and remembrance before sleeping #11:

O Allah, Knower of the unseen and the seen, Creator of the heavens and the Earth, Lord and Sovereign of all things, I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek refuge with You from the evil of my soul and from the evil and shirk of the devil.

Note: Shirk means to associate others with Allah in those things which are specific to Him. This can occur in;

(1) belief, e.g. to believe that other than Allah has the power to benefit or harm, (2) speech, e.g. to swear by other than Allah, and (3) action, e.g. to bow or prostrate to other than Allah. …more.


Du’aa before sleep #12:

The Prophet (S) never used to sleep until he had recited Surah As-Sajdah (#32) and Surah Al-Mulk (#67).

Surah As-Sajdah mentions Allah’s Names, Al-‘Aalim:

{3} Or do they say, “He invented it”? Rather, it is the truth from your Lord, [O Muhammad], that you may warn a people to whom no warner has come before you [so] perhaps they will be guided.

{4} It is Allah who created the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them in six days; then He established Himself above the Throne. You have not besides Him any protector or any intercessor; so will you not be reminded?

{5} He arranges [each] matter from the heaven to the earth; then it will ascend to Him in a Day, the extent of which is a thousand years of those which you count.

{6} That is the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful,

{7} Who perfected everything which He created and began the creation of man from clay.

{8} Then He made his posterity out of the extract of a liquid disdained.

{9} Then He proportioned him and breathed into him from His [created] soul and made for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful. …more.



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Iman’s Homeschool was wonderful enough to participate in the FIRST annual 99 Names Project and created these fabulous downloadable worksheets to go along with the program. There are these educational worksheets, as well as fun coloring sheets for younger children, and various lesson plans, lapbooks,and other resources ideal for homeschooling parents. Just visit her blog to find more resources!

1. Worksheet from Iman’s Homeschool:


A Worksheet for Kids from Iman’s Home-School: Al-‘Aalim

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