Allaah is the One Whose Barakaat (blessings) are perfected. “His Names are blessed, His Attributes are blessed, His Actions are blessed, and His Essence is blessed.” [Shifaa Al-‘Aleel

Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat Ar-Rahmaan [55:78]:

تَبَارَكَ اسْمُ رَبِّكَ ذِي الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ

“Blessed be the Name of your Lord (Allaah), the Owner of Majesty and Honor.”

In the opening supplication of the Salaat (prayer), the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to say:

سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ وتَبَارَكَ اسْمُكَ وَتَعَالَى جَدُّكَ وَلاَ إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ

Glory is to You O Allaah, and praise. Blessed is Your Name and exalted is Your majesty. There is none worthy of worship but You. [Abu Dawoud, Ibn Maajah, An-Nasaa’i, At-Tirmidhi, and authenticated by Al-Albaani]

I.e. The blessing is in Your Name and what Your Name is mentioned upon. Your Name is not mentioned upon something little, except that it increases it, and it is not mentioned upon a good thing, except that it will cause it to grow and be blessed, and there is no affliction except that it will remove it. It is not mentioned upon the Shaytaan but it will drive him away humiliated and rejected. It is not mentioned at the time of fear but Allaah will take it away, nor at the time of distress but He will remove it, nor is it mentioned at the time of worry and grief but He will drive it away, nor during any constriction, but He will broaden it. A weak person does not cling to it except that it will strengthen him, nor a humiliated person but it exalts him, nor a poor person but it makes him rich, nor a lonely person but it comforts his heart and brings him joy, nor a person who has been overcome but He will support him, nor a distressed person but His distress will be removed, nor an expelled person but he will be granted shelter.

“If this blessing is attributed to His Name, then what about His Essence?” [Fat’h Al-Bayan]

Therefore, His Statement in Surat Al-Haaqah (69:52):

فَسَبِّحْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الْعَظِيمِ

“So glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most Great”

Indicates the command of glorifying the Lord, because sanctifying the Name is one of the subsequences of sanctifying the One Who is Named.

Both Allaah’s Hands are blessed and right, and all the Barakah is from Him and belongs to Him. Abu Hurairah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “And both of the Hands of my Lord are right, blessed.” [At-Tirmidhi no. 3368 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Hasan]

Jabir ibn ‘Abdullaah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The blessing is from Allaah.” [Al-Bukhaari no. 5639 – refer to the Hadeeth for the detailed story.]

The word “Tabaaraka” cannot be attributed to anyone except Allaah. The form of the word indicates vastness and intensiveness, like ‘Ta’alaa’ (Most High) and ‘Ta’aadhama’ (Most Great), and so forth.

“Tabaarak” indicates His perfect blessings, its largeness and wideness and His abundant descriptions, goodness, and beneficence.

The reality of this word is that Barakah is the abundance of good and its increase, and no one deserves this attribute and action except Him (Ta’ala). His blessings combine:

a) The continuity of His generosity

b) Abundance of His goodness

c) His glory, highness, grandeur, and sanctity

d) All good coming from Him

e) His blessing on whomever He wills from among His creation by bestowing affluent goodness and kindness.

All that is attributed to Him is Mubarak (blessed), and His Book is blessed. Allaah (Ta’ala) says in Surat Saad (38:29):

كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ

“(This is) a Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings.”

And in Surat Al-Anbiyaa’ (21:50), Allaah (Ta’ala) says:

وَهَٰذَا ذِكْرٌ مُّبَارَكٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ

“And this is a blessed Reminder (the Qur’an) which We have sent down,”

It deserves to be called full of blessings in all aspects because of its abundant good and benefits and the aspects of Barakah therein. It is blessed in its rewards, effects, and its impacts. It is blessed in its Tilawah (recitation), meaning, and people acting upon it. Whoever recites it will get ten good deeds for each letter, and whoever ponders over its meaning will easily reach and attain Allaah’s Pleasure, and whoever acts upon it will be blessed in this world and the Hereafter.

Allaah’s slave and Messenger is blessed. ‘Eesa [Jesus] (‘Alayhis-sallam) said:

وَجَعَلَنِي مُبَارَكًا أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُ

“And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be.” [Surat Maryam (19:31)]

Whomever Allaah has put blessings into is blessed. His believing slave who is beneficial to His creation is a blessed person. His House is blessed. The times and places which He has honored and particularized apart from other times and places are blessed. Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Decree) is a blessed night. The neighborhood around Masjid Al-Aqsa is blessed. The land of Ash-Sham is described to be blessed.

No one sends blessings except Him. He is blessed in His Self and sends blessings in whomever He wills of His creation, and accordingly they become blessed.

Generally speaking, every good in this world and the Hereafter is from the blessings of Allaah. No one is free of need of His blessings:

فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ

“So blessed be Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, Jinn, and all that exists)” [Surat Ghaafir (40:64)]

Ibn Al-Qayyim (Rahimahullaah) said: “Not everyone understands this matter. Only those

The Impact of belief in the Attribute of Blessing

1 – Praising Allaah, the Blessed, the Most High

  • Ibn Mas’ud (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The most loved words to Allaah is when the slave says:

سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ وَتَبَارَكَ اسْمُكَ وَتَعَالَى جَدُّكَ وَلاَ إِلَهَ غَيْرُكَ

‘Glory and praise be to You, O Allaah. Blessed be Your Name, and exalted be Your Majesty. None has the right to be worshipped but You.’” [Authenticated by Al-Albaani in As-Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 2939]

His statement “Subhaanaka” means: I glorify You with a glorification, i.e. I sanctify You from every defect and fault.

His statement “Wa Bihamdika” means: we are enveloped with Your Praise.

His statement “Wa Tabaarakasmuka” means: Exalted and glorified be He and increased are His blessings in the Heavens and Earth. By His command the heavens and earth stand, and by Him good is sent down. Every good is found by mentioning His Name. All this is to emphasize that Allaah (Ta’ala) is particularized with successive good and blessings.

His statement “Wa Ta’ala Jadduk” i.e. Exalted be Your Majesty and Grandeur.

  •  Thawban (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: “When the Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had finished his prayer, he would ask for forgiveness three times, and say:

اللهم أنت السلام ومنك السلام تباركت يا ذا الجلال والإكرام

“O Allaah! You are As-Salaam (the One Who is free from all defects and deficiencies) and from You is all peace. Blessed are You, Possessor of majesty and honor.” [Muslim]

His statement “Tabaarakta” (Blessed are You) means tremendously great and most High, i.e. Your divine goodness is abundant (never comes to an end).

  •  ‘Ali ibn Abu Talib (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: Whenever the Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) got up for the Salaat (prayer), he would say:

وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي فَطَرَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ إِنَّ صَلاَتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَاىَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَبِذَلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَا مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ . اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الْمَلِكُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ ‏.‏ أَنْتَ رَبِّي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي وَاعْتَرَفْتُ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي ذُنُوبِي جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ وَاهْدِنِي لأَحْسَنِ الأَخْلاَقِ لاَ يَهْدِي لأَحْسَنِهَا إِلاَّ أَنْتَ وَاصْرِفْ عَنِّي سَيِّئَهَا لاَ يَصْرِفُ عَنِّي سَيِّئَهَا إِلاَّ أَنْتَ لَبَّيْكَ وَسَعْدَيْكَ وَالْخَيْرُ كُلُّهُ فِي يَدَيْكَ وَالشَّرُّ لَيْسَ إِلَيْكَ أَنَا بِكَ وَإِلَيْكَ تَبَارَكْتَ وَتَعَالَيْتَ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ.  ‏

“Verily, I have turned my face Hanifa (upright on Islamic monotheism) toward Him Who is the Originator of the Heavens and the Earth, and I am not of the polytheists. Verily, my prayer, my sacrifice, my living, and my death are for Allaah, the Rabb of the worlds. There is no partner with Him. And this is what I have been commanded (to profess and believe), and I am one of the believers. O Allaah, You are the King, there is no true god but You. You are my Rabb, and I am Your slave, I have wronged myself and I admit my sin. Forgive me all my sins. Verily, no one forgives the sins but You. Guide me to the best of conduct, for none can guide to the best of them but You. Protect me from bad manners for none can protect against them but You. I am at Your service, all goodness is in Your hands, and evil is not attributed to You. I rely on You and turn to You, blessed and exalted are You, I seek Your forgiveness and turn to You in repentance.” [Muslim no. 771]

  • Hasan ibn ‘Ali (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhuma) narrated: The Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) taught me some words that I say during the Witr. They are:

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَعَافِنِي فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنِي فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَقِنِي شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ إِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلاَ يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ وَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ ولا يعزُّ من عادَيْتَ،  تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ

“O Allaah, guide me among those You have guided, grant me well-being among those You have granted well-being, take me under Your charge among those You have taken under Your charge, bless me in what You have given me, and guard me from the evil of what You have decreed. For You do decree and nothing is decreed for You; and he is not humiliated whom You have befriended, and he is not honored whom You have shown enmity to. Blessed and Exalted are You, Our Lord.” [Abu Dawoud no. 1425 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Saheeh]

  • ‘Ali (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: When he [the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)] prostrated himself, he would say:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ سَجَدْتُ، وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ، وَلَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ، سَجَدَ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي خَلَقَهُ فَصَوَّرَهُ وَشَقَّ سَمْعَهُ وَبَصَرَهُ، فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ

“O Allaah, to You have I prostrated, and it is in You that I affirm my faith, and I submit to You. My face has prostrated to the One Who created it and shaped it, and opened its faculties of hearing and sight. So Blessed is Allaah, the Best of creators.” [Muslim no. 771]

whom Allaah has granted understanding from Him will realize and perceive it. To Him belongs all praise and favors.” [Badaa’i al-Fawaa’id]

2 – Invoking Allaah for Barakah

It is incumbent upon every believer to invoke Allaah for the Barakah (blessings) in his provision, food, life, job, wealth, and children.

Shaikh As-Sa’dee (Rahimahullaah) said: “If Allaah does not bless for His slave His favors and gifts upon him, they (the favors) will be deficient and of less benefit for the slave. And all the blame is on the slave; therefore, the slave should say with strong faith and truthfulness:

اللهم بارك لي فيما أعطيت

‘O Allaah! Bless for me what You have granted.’

He (the slave) will be invoking Allaah for the continuity of the favors and being blessed and increased.” [Majmoo’ al-Fawa’id]

  •  It was narrated that ‘Abdullaah ibn Busr (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhuma) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) came to my father and we offered him some food and some Watbah (i.e. a mixture of dates, dried cottage cheese, and cooking fat). Then some dates were brought and he started eating them, putting the stones between his finger and middle finger together.” Shu’bah said: “I think we learnt from this that one may hold the date stones between his two fingers, inshaa-Allaah.” Then some drink was brought, and he drank it, then passed it to the one who was on his right. My father said, taking hold of the reins of his riding animal: “Pray to Allaah for us”. He (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَهُمْ فِيمَا رَزَقْتَهُمْ وَاغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَارْحَمْهُمْ

“O Allaah! Bless them in that which You have provided for them, and forgive them, and have mercy on them.” [Muslim no. 2042]

  •  ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Aamir (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever among You sees something in himself or in his possessions or in his brother that he likes, pray for the blessings for it, because the evil eye is real.” [Reported by Ahmad and authenticated by Al-Albaani in As-Silsilah as-Saheeha no. 2572 and graded Saheeh]

Such as to say:

اللهم بارك فيه، تبارك الله أحسن الخالقين

(O Allaah bless him, Blessed is Allaah the Best of creators)

  • Abu Hurairah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that a man said: “O Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), I heard your supplication last night and the part of it that reached me was that you said:

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذَنْبِي وَوَسِّعْ لِي فِي رِزْقِي وَبَارِكْ لِي فِيمَا رَزَقْتَنِي

“O Allaah, forgive my sin, and expand for me my abode, and bless for me that which You have provided me.” [At-Tirmidhi no. 3500 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Hasan]

  •  Rafa’ah az-Zuraqi (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

اللهم ابْسُط علينا مِن بَرَكاتِك ورَحْمَتِك وفَضْلِكَ ورَزْقِك

“O Allaah, expand to us from among Your blessings, mercy, and favors, and give us provision.” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad no. 964 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Saheeh]

  • It is narrated from ‘Amr ibn Shu’aib (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhuma) from his father that his grandfather said that the Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When anyone of you buys a slave girl, let him say:

الَّلهُمَّ إنِّي أَسْأَلُك خَيْرَها وخَيْرَ ما جبَلْتَها عليه، وأعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّها وشَرِّ ما جبَلْتَها عليه

“O Allaah, I ask You for the goodness within her and the goodness that You have made her inclined towards, and I seek refuge with You from the evil within her and the evil that You have made her inclined towards.”

And he should pray for blessing. And if anyone of you buys a camel, then he should take hold of its hump and pray for the blessing and say similar words.” [Ibn Maajah no. 2252 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Hasan]

  • Anas (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: “My mother said: ‘O Allaah’s Messenger! Please invoke Allaah on behalf of your servant.” He (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

الَّلهُمَّ أَكْثِر مالَه وولَدَه، وبارِك له فيما أعْطَيْتَه

“O Allaah! Increase his wealth and children and bestow Your blessing on whatever You give him.” [Al-Bukhaari no. 6343]

  • Sakhr al-Ghamidi (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

الَّلهُمَّ بارِك لِأُمَّتي في بُكُورِها

“O Allaah, bless my people (nation) in their early mornings.”

When he sent out a detachment or an army, he sent them at the beginning of the day. Sakhr was a merchant, and he would send off his merchandise at the beginning of the day, and he became rich and had much wealth. [Abu Dawoud no. 2606 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Saheeh]

  •  Abu Hurairah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: “When the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) congratulated a man on his marriage, he said:

بارَكَ اللهُ لَكَ وبارَك عَلَيْك وَجَمَعَ بَيْنَكُما في خَيْر

“May Allaah bless for you, and may He bless on you, and combine both of you in good (works).” [Abu Dawoud no. 2130 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Saheeh]

  • And in the Hadeeth narrated by Abu Ma’dhoorah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) about the Athaan, the statement of Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) for him:

بارك الله لك و بارك عليك

“May Allaah bless you and send blessings upon you.” [Ibn Maajah no. 708 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Saheeh]

  • Ibn ‘Abbaas (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhuma) narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When one of you eats food, he should say:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيهِ وَأَطْعِمْنَا خَيْرًا مِنْهُ

‘O Allaah, bless us in it, and grant us food (our nourishment) better than it.’

When he is given milk to drink, he should say:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيهِ وَزِدْنَا مِنْهُ

‘O Allaah! Bless us in it and give us more of it.’

For no food or drink satisfies like milk.” [Abu Dawoud no. 3730 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Hasan]

  •  ‘Imran ibn Hussain (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: A man came to the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said: “Peace be upon you!” He responded to his salutation. Then he sat down. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Ten.” Another man came and said: “Peace and Allaah’s Mercy be upon you.” He (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) responded to his salutation when he sat down. He (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Twenty.” Another man came and said: “Peace and Allaah’s Mercy and blessings be upon you!” He (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) responded to him and said when he sat down: “Thirty.” [Abu Dawoud no. 5195 and authenticated by Al-Albaani who graded it Saheeh]

“wa Barakaatuhu” (and blessings be upon you) refers to Allaah’s benevolence, benefaction and blessings. Barakah is an increase in His benevolence and benefaction and is the descending of divine goodness on His servant. [Tayseer Al-Kareem]

Source:

📚  Al-Asmaa’ul Husna was-Sifaat Al-‘Ulaa by ‘Abdul-Haadi Wahbi

 

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