(The Mighty One)

The Strong, The Defeater, The One Who is not Defeated.

Al-Aziz (in Arabic: ٱلْعَزِيزُ) is the one who is most powerful and all-strong. He is the conqueror that is never conquered and never harmed. This is because His strength, glory, and power are overwhelming, and cannot be overcome or resisted. He is the only one with complete mastery over all creation. The One who is the cherished source of all strength, power, and potency.

Mentions of Al-Aziz:
From Quran & Hadith

From the root '-z-z which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to be mighty, potent, strong, powerful to be high, elevated, noble, exalted to be honorable, noble, glorious, illustrious to be indomitable, invincible to be respected, cherished, dear to be scarce, rare, precious, and unattainable.

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is al-Aziz (al-Azeez), common translations include the almighty, the mighty one, or the eminent one. He is omnipotent over all his creation.

This great name of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ appears approximately 92 times in the Qur'an. It's often paired with another name, for example, al-Aziz al-Rahim, al-Aziz al-Ghaffar, or al-Aziz al-Wahhab. This pairing is quite impactful, what does it mean to be al-Aziz al-Rahim? Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is in a position of power, He can subdue anyone who opposes Him. Yet those who deny and to those who disbelieve, He is always merciful first. "My mercy predominates My wrath" [1] He does not hasten to punish the one who errs, but He gives them time to repent. As reference below you can view the other mentions of al-Aziz from the Qur'an.

أَمْ عِندَهُمْ خَزَآئِنُ رَحْمَةِ رَبِّكَ ٱلْعَزِيزِ ٱلْوَهَّابِ

Am’indahum khazaaa ‘inu rahmati Rabbikal ‘Azeezil Wahhab

"Or do they have the depositories of the mercy of your Lord, the Exalted in Might, the Bestower?" (Qur'an 38:9)

وَلِلَّهِ جُنُودُ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۚ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ عَزِيزًا حَكِيمًا

Wa lillaahi junoodus samaawaati wal ard; wa kaanal laahu ‘azeezan hakeema

"And to Allah belong the soldiers of the heavens and the earth. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise." (Qur'an 48:7)

The juxtaposition of al-Aziz and al-Hakeem is also an interesting pairing. The saying "absolute power corrupts absolutely" does not apply to Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ as He is the all-wise. Humans are fallible, we see it happen repeatedly when a person gains absolute power, it's coupled with cronyism, nepotism, and corruption. A person who you perceive as wise or humble easily gets blinded by absolute power. They are not all-wise and all-knowing. Only Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is the rare exception capable of combining all these attributes which is why it's befitting we call Him the all-Mighty.

فَالِقُ ٱلْإِصْبَاحِ وَجَعَلَ ٱلَّيْلَ سَكَنًۭا وَٱلشَّمْسَ وَٱلْقَمَرَ حُسْبَانًۭا ۚ ذَٰلِكَ تَقْدِيرُ ٱلْعَزِيزِ ٱلْعَلِيمِ

Faaliqul isbaahi wa ja’alal laila sakananw wash shamsa walqamara husbaanaa; zaalika taqdeerul ‘Azeezil ‘Aleem

"[He is] the cleaver of daybreak and has made the night for rest and the sun and moon for calculation. That is the determination of the Exalted in Might, the Knowing." (Qur'an 6:96)

وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ وَٱلدَّوَآبِّ وَٱلْأَنْعَـٰمِ مُخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَٰنُهُۥ كَذَٰلِكَ ۗ إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى ٱللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ ٱلْعُلَمَـٰٓؤُا۟ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ

Wa minan naasi wadda waaabbi wal an’aami mukhtalifun alwaanuhoo kazalik; innamaa yakhshal laaha min ‘ibaadihil ‘ulamaaa’; innal laaha ‘Azeezun Ghafoor

"And among people and moving creatures and grazing livestock are various colors similarly. Only those fear Allah, from among His servants, who have knowledge. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Forgiving." (Qur'an 35:28)

How can we benefit from knowing al-Aziz? We can supplicate using this name if we wish to be mighty. It's natural to aspire for wealth, success, or prestige. It's a noble cause, especially if the goal of attainment is using that wealth to further Islam and/or to help others. To be blinded in the pursuit of these things that you forget all your other duties is not virtuous and should be avoided. It's a fine line that requires careful examination, honesty with oneself, and awareness. If you have a hunger or burning desire for success, you should seek it from the true possessor of might.

[1] Sahih Muslim 2751a

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