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Explanation of the Name, Al-Ahad, from Understand Quran Academy:


Allah calls Himself Al-Ahad— The Only One, the Unique— on one occasion in the Quran. Al-Ahad is the One who was, is, and will ever remain alone. He is indivisible and the essence of unity, and nothing or no one can ever be equal to Him in essence in all His beautiful attributes!

The Sole One, The Unity

Ahad comes from the root hamza-haa-daal, which points to two main meanings. The first meaning is to be the only one and sole. The second main meaning is to unite or unify. This root appears 85 times in the Quran in 2 derived forms. Examples of these forms are ahadun(“anyone”), ahadukum (“one of you”) and ihdaa (“any, one”).

Linguistically what is ahad cannot be divided into parts, whereas that which is waahid appears to be divisable into separate parts. Some (scholars) differentiated between al-Waahid and al-Ahadby saying that al-Waahid refers to His being one in His essence only, whilst al-Ahad means that He is one in both His essence and His attributes [Tafseer Asmaa’ Allaah by al-Zajjaaj, p. 58]


Explanation of Al-Ahad from Ahadun Ahad:


He is One, Unique, and He has no origin. He is ‘Ahad’ – One and Unique – and everything else is ‘ahadu shayy’ – one of something. This name stresses the unique nature of Allah, and emphasizes that nothing can be compared to Him – NOTHING. He has no partner, no child, and no parent. He is the One Who is singled out in all aspects of Perfection such that nothing else shares with Him in these. It is obligatory upon the servants to single Him out alone in belief, speech and action by acknowledging His unrestricted perfection, His uniqueness and singling Him out Alone for all types of worship.

Explanation of the Name, Al-Ahad, from Sheikh as-Sa’di: Excerpt:

Al-Waahid, al-Ahad (The One)


He is the One Who is singled out in all aspects of Perfection such that nothing else shares with Him in these. It is obligatory upon the servants to single Him out alone in belief, saying and action by acknowledging His unrestricted perfection, His uniqueness and singling Him out Alone for all types of worship.

“‘O two companions of the prison! Are many different lords better or Allaah, the One, the Irresistable?'” (12:39) “Say: I am only a warner and there is no god except Allaah the One, the Irresistable.” (38:65)



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Explanation of the Name, Al-Ahad, from the book, “Who is Allah?”


Allah (the Exalted) is the One Who has no equal or partner. He is singled out in all forms of perfection. No one shares in His qualities of perfection. Ibn Katheer commented: He is the One, the Singular, Who has no peer, no assistant, no rival, no equal and none comparable to Him. This word (Al-Aḥad) cannot be used for anyone in affirmation except Allah the Mighty and Majestic, because He is perfect in all of His attributes and actions. «‘Â’ishah (R) said that the Prophet (S) sent (an army unit) under the command of a man who used to lead his companions in the prayers, and he would finish his recitation with {Say [O Muhammad (S)]: He is Allah, (the) One} (Qur’an 112:1).

When they returned (from the battle), they mentioned that to the Prophet (S). He said (to them): Ask him why he does so. They asked him, and he replied: I do so because it mentions the qualities of the Most Gracious, and I love to recite it (in my prayer). The Prophet (S) said (to them): Tell him that Allah (the Exalted) loves him.» (Bukhari) «Abu Sa‘eed al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that a man heard another man reciting (in the prayers): {Say [O Muhammad (S)]: He is Allah, (the) One}  (Qur’an 112:1) – and he recited it repeatedly. When it was morning, he (the first man) went to the Prophet (S) and informed him about that, as if he considered that the recitation of that soorah by itself was not enough. Allah’s Messenger (S) said: By Him in Whose hand my life is, it is equal to one-third of the Qur’an.» (Bukhari)



Knowing that Allah (the Exalted) is the One and Only can inspire the servants of Allah (the Exalted) to dedicate all of their worship solely to Allah (the Exalted) and no other. By understanding this attribute of His, the worshippers of Allah (the Exalted) are motivated to pray directly to Allah (the Exalted) without including intercessors or associates, for verily Allah (the Exalted) has no equal or partner, as He is the One.


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Dua using the Name, Al-Ahad, from Duas.com:


Dua after the last tashahhud and before salaam #9


O Allah, I ask You O Allah, as You are The One, The Only, As-Samad, The One who begets not, nor was He begotten and there is none like unto Him, that You forgive me my sins for verily You are The Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful. Note: As-Samad means the Self-Sufficient Master, Possessor of perfect attributes whom all of creation turn to in all their needs.  …more.



Allaahumma innee as’aluka yaa-allahu bi annakal-waaḥid-ul-aḥad-uṣ-ṣamad-ul-ladhee lam yalid wa lam yoolad, wa lam yakun lahu kufuwan aḥad-un an taghfira lee dhunoobee, innaka antal-ghafoor-ur-raḥeem.


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1. Episode 05: The One and Only: Al-Ahad (Allah is The One and Only God) In episode 05, Saalim is finding it difficult to understand about Allah. At first he thinks that the creation like the stars, the moon and even the sun is Allah but he himself is not satisfied with this understanding. Abul Waleed Helps Saalim to understand that the creation can not be compared to Allah, The Perfect One. It’s story time!





1. TARIQ TEACHES: Allah’s 99 Names!

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!

tab-99 kids project ad2. 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


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


Worksheet Available Here: Al-Ahad

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Coloring Sheets Available Here: Al-Ahad & All Coloring Sheets

Ustadh Alomgir Ali discussing the Names, Al-Ahad and Al-Waahid, in detail:

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Explanation of the Name, Al-Ahad, and others by Dr Suhaib Hasan:

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Dr. Ahsan Hanif from Green Lane Masjid explains the Name, Al-Ahad:

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