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Explanation of Ar-Rabb from Abdurrahman.org



Ar-Rabb is the owner who has full authority over his property. Ar-Rabb, linguistically means, the master or the one who has the authority to lead. All of these meanings are correct for Allah. When it is alone, the word Rabb is used only for Allah. As for other than Allah, it can be used to say Rabb Ad-Dar, the master of such and such object. Further, it was reported that Ar-Rabb is Allah’s Greatest Name.


Explanation of the Name, Ar-Rabb, from UnderstandQuran.com


Rabb comes from the root raa-baa-baa, which points  to three main meanings. The first main meaning is to be lord, owner, or master. The second main meaning is to take care of, nourish,  sustain, and provide for, and the third is to raise or bring up.

This root appears 980 times in the Quran in four derived forms. Examples of these forms arerabbee (“my Lord”), al rabaaniyoona (“the Rabbis”), and ribbiyyoona (“religious scholars”).


Linguistically, Rabb is a term used for the owner (maalik), the master (as-sayyid), the one who takes care of, sustains, nourishes (al-qayyoom), and provides or takes care of everything (ar-razzaaq). [Lisan al-Arab by ibn Mandhoor].


Explanation of the Name, Ar-Rabb, from Sheikh as-Sa’di:


Ar-Rabb (The Lord) 
This name has been repeatedly mentioned in many verses. Ar-Rabb is the One Who nurtures and sustains all of His servants through regulating the affairs and granting all types of favours and blessings. More specifically He is the One Who nurtures and sustains his sincere friends by correcting and purifying their hearts, souls and manners. This is why their supplications are frequently made with this Noble Name because they seek this specific nurturing.



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Explanation of the Name, Ar-Rabb, from the book, “Who is Allah?”:



According to aṭ-Ṭabari, the meaning of Ar-Rabb is: Our Lord is the Master without peer, nothing is equal to His dominion, He is the One who arranges the affairs of His creatures through the bounties which He liberally bestows on them, He is the Owner to whom the creation and the command belong.

Ibn Katheer commented: Ar-Rabb is the owner who has full authority over his property.

Ar-Rabb, linguistically means, the master or the one who has the authority to lead. All of these meanings are correct for Allah. When it is alone, the word Rabb is used only for Allah.

Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (S) said: «{On the Day We will say to hell: Have you been filled? –and it will say: Are there any more?} (Qur’an 50:30) On that, the Lord will put His Foot over it, and it will say: Enough! Enough!» (Bukhari)


Knowing that Allah (the Exalted) is the Lord of the worlds inspires His servants to worship Allah alone. Their faith is boosted, and they feel love and devotion towards Allah (the Exalted). Their bodies bow down to the Lord while their minds praise Him, and their souls are filled with love for, and faith in, the Lord of the worlds. Their belief drives them to put their trust in Allah, and they find solace in that trust, knowing that Allah alone decrees what will happen, and that Allah alone is the creator, owner, and Lord of all that exists.


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Excellent articles discussing various aspects of Allah’s Name, Ar-Rabb:

  1. “Ar-Rabb (The Lord and Nurturer) and His tarbiyyah (nurturing) of His Creation” from Abdurrahman.org .
  2. “Taking Allah as our Rabb” by UnderstandQuran.com .
  3. “Ar-Rabb (The Lord) is the One who Deserves to be Worshipped” + Audio – Sheikh Fawzan from Abdurrahman.org .
  4. “Explanation of some of Allah’s Names” from IslamQA.info


Correct Pronunciation of the Name, Ar-Rabb:

Dua using the Name, Ar-Rabb, from Duas.com:


Dua between the two prostrations (between the two sajdah) #1

My Lord forgive me, My Lord forgive me.  …more.

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1. AR-RABB Coloring Sheet:

Print out this simple coloring sheet for your little one and discuss the basic points about Allah’s Name, Ar-Rabb! One of the easiest ways to explain the Name, Ar-Rabb, is to focus on the nurturing aspect of this Name. Allah is the One who nurtures His creation, sustaining it and helping it to grow! Does your child love gardening? Talk about how Allah helps plants grow with sun, rain and nutrients in the soil. Does your child love space? Discuss the planets and how Allah supplies each with unique features to sustain it. Earth has a protective layer that keeps it safe from the sun, while the sun’s magnetic field keeps the earth just close enough to keep it warm. How about animals? Talk to your child about how birds go out with no food each morning and return with their bellies full! There are so many ways to discuss Allah as the Nurturer. Use your imagination!


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Let your child follow along with Tariq the Tiger as he teaches Allah’s 99 Names in fun, simple, child-friendly format. Includes fun printable badges, coloring sheets, and much more! Learn more about the “Tariq Teaches” program here. The complete program is still in production, however, we are posting as materials become available, so be sure to subscribe to receive updates!

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3. 99 DAYS TIL RAMADAN Countdown Chart!

A Creative Motivations exclusive, this bright and eye-catching dry-erase chart is designed to create excitement and mindfulness at the approaching of Ramadan, insha’Allah! The chart can be downloaded (free of charge) for participants in the Annual 99 Names Project! You may also purchase the dry-erase version to be used year after year.

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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: Ar-Rabb

Ustadh Alomgir Ali discussing the Names, Ar-Rabb, in detail:

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