Name of Allah: As-Saadiq

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As-Saadiq- The Truthful

The name of Allah As-Saadiq (The Truthful) occurs in one verse in the Book of Allah:

قال الله تعالى: {وَعَلَى الَّذِينَ هَادُوا حَرَّمْنَا كُلَّ ذِي ظُفُرٍ وَمِنَ الْبَقَرِ وَالْغَنَمِ حَرَّمْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ شُحُومَهُمَا إِلَّا مَا حَمَلَتْ ظُهُورُهُمَا أَوِ الْحَوَايَا أَوْ مَا اخْتَلَطَ بِعَظْمٍ ذَلِكَ جَزَيْنَاهُمْ بِبَغْيِهِمْ وَإِنَّا لَصَادِقُونَ} 

And unto those who are Jews, We forbade every (animal) with undivided hoof, and We forbade them the fat of the ox and the sheep except what adheres to their backs or their entrails, or is mixed up with a bone. Thus We recompensed them for their rebellion [committing crimes like murdering the Prophets, eating of Riba (usury), etc.] And verily, We are Truthful.

Surah Al-An’am [6: 146]

Allah is truthful in His promise, His punishment and everything that He informed us of.

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah, a scholar from the past, said:

“There is no doubt that Allah, The Most High, has promised the obedient ones that He will reward them, and He has promised those who supplicate to Him that He will respond. He is As-Saadiq, The Truthful, Who does not break His promise.” (1)

From the clear signs of His name As-Saadiq (The Truthful): Allah fulfills what He promised His true believers from great victory, and entering them into gardens of pleasure. (2)

Allah says in the Quran:

قال الله تعالى: {وَقَالُوا الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي صَدَقَنَا وَعْدَهُ وَأَوْرَثَنَا الْأَرْضَ نَتَبَوَّأُ مِنَ الْجَنَّةِ حَيْثُ نَشَاءُ فَنِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ}

And they will say: “All the praises and thanks be to Allah Who has fulfilled His Promise to us and has made us inherit (this) land. We can dwell in Paradise where we will; how excellent a reward for the (pious good) workers!”

Surah Az-Zumar [39: 74]

قال الله تعالى: {وَالَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ سَنُدْخِلُهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقًّا وَمَنْ أَصْدَقُ مِنَ اللَّهِ قِيلًا} 

And those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and do deeds of righteousness, We shall admit them to the Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) to dwell therein forever. Allah’s Promise is the Truth, and whose words can be truer than those of Allah? (Of course, none).

Surah An-Nisa [4: 122]

Just as we believe in the promise of Allah, His reward and His Paradise, then it is also obligatory that we believe in His threat. Allah threatened with the Hellfire everyone who disobeys Him, just as He has promised eternal bliss those who obey him. His promise is true and so is His threat. We cannot say that, “Allah will never punish us because He is The Most Forgiving The Most Merciful”. We do not take Allah’s threat lightly, as Allah says,

قال الله تعالى: {وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَهُ}

And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it.

Surah Al-Zalzalah [99:8]

Allah has threatened to punish us for an atom’s weight of evil deeds, if we do not seek His forgiveness nor repent. Allah is The Truthful in His threat.

The Hellfire is true, the punishment of the grave is true. Because we know that Allah is truthful in His threat, then this knowledge must bear fruit, and that fruit is the fear of Allah in our hearts. So it is obligatory upon us to hasten to return to Allah in repentance. We ask Allah, The Glorified The Most High, that He protects us from His punishment and torment and He grants us safety and security in our graves and on the Tremendous Day of panic and terror (the Last Day.)

You will find every righteous believer happy with the names and attributes of Allah; He rejoices at the promise of Allah and hopes for the meeting with his Lord, looking forward to that which is with Him. He deals with the names of Allah as required by his servitude of Him: With love, glorification, hope, humility and complete submission. In the heart of the righteous believers, every one of the names of Allah is associated with a particular kind of sweetness. Indeed this is the case for the name of Allah As-Saadiq (The Truthful), thanks to which hope and fear, love and awe are all kindled in the heart of the believer.

قال الله تعالى: {أُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ نَتَقَبَّلُ عَنْهُمْ أَحْسَنَ مَا عَمِلُوا وَنَتَجاوَزُ عَنْ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ فِي أَصْحَابِ الْجَنَّةِ وَعْدَ الصِّدْقِ الَّذِي كَانُوا يُوعَدُونَ} 

They are those from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and overlook their evil deeds. (They shall be) among the dwellers of Paradise, a promise of truth, which they have been promised.

Surah Al-Ahqaf [46: 16]

Above is a transcription of a class given by teacher Zaynab El-Kateb, based on the book Fiqh Al-Asmaa Al-Husnaa by Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq Al-Badr.

1- Majmu’ al-Fatawa, by Ibn Taymiyyah.

2- Fiqh Al-Asma Al-Husna, by Sheikh Abdur Razzaq Al-Badr.


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