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Allah calls Himself Ash-Shaheed— The All-and-Ever Witnessing— on 18 occasions in the Quran. Ash-Shaheed is the witness whose sight no one can escape. He is the One with full knowledge of all matters, witnessing the apparent and hidden, anywhere, any time. Ash-Shaheed is the witness and observer of all creation, thoughts, and actions, and the ultimate witness on the Day of Judgment!
The Witness, the Testifier, the Certifier
Shaheed comes from the root sheen-haa-daal, which points to three main meanings. The first meaning is “to bear witness.” The second meaning is to offer testimony, and the third is to have knowledge of something. This root appears 160 times in the Quran in nine derived forms. Examples of these forms includeyashhadu (“to testify”), ashhidoo (“to take witness”), shahaadati (“the seen”) and shuhadaa(“witnesses, martyrs”).
Shaheed refers to Allah’s awareness of everything; He hears every sound, loud and quiet, and sees the small and the large. In addition, He is the One who will testify for or against His servants for their deeds.
Explanation of the Name, Ash-Shaheed, from Ahadun Ahad:
The One Who is Aware of everything. The One Whose Knowledge encompasses everything. The Witness over everyone and their actions, for which He will either reward or punish them. The One Who will testify for or against His servants for what they did.
Explanation of the Name, Ash-Shaheed, from Sheikh as-Sa’di:
The One Who is Aware of everything. The One Whose Knowledge encompasses everything. The Witness over everyone and their actions, for which He will either reward or punish them. The One Who will testify forr against His servants for what they did.
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Explanation of Ash-Shaheed from the book, “Who is Allah?“:
Allah (the Exalted) is the Witness over everyone’s actions; He sees, knows and hears everything. Allah is sufficient as a witness over the deeds of His servants. Nothing escapes His knowledge, and nothing is hidden from Him.
Knowing that Allah is the Witness over everything instills fear and awareness of Allah in the hearts of the servants of Allah. Being aware that Allah (the Exalted) is watching every movement and action motivates the servants to guard against doing any actions in disobedience to Allah.
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Correct pronunciation of the Name, Ash-Shaheed:
99 NAMES RESOURCES FOR KIDS
From CREATIVE MOTIVATIONS:
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!
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.
From IMAN’S HOMESCHOOL:
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
All Worksheets Available Here: Al-Shaheed & All Worksheets
Coloring Sheets Available Here: Al-Shaheed & All Coloring Sheet
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Explanation of the Name, Ash-Shaheed, by Brother Tarif Shraim (UMD Muslim Chaplain):
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