AL-MUHAYMIN MEANING - 99 NAMES OF ALLAH:

7.

Al-Muhaymin

(The Guardian)

The One who witnesses the saying and deeds of His creatures.

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al Muhaymin (in arabic: ٱلْمُهَيْمِنُ) meaning the one who ensures well being and protection over His creation. He is also the ever watchful. There is nothing that can be hidden from Him, He is the knower of all the secrets we conceal.

Mentions of Al-Muhaymin:
From Quran & Hadith

From the root h-y-m-n which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to watch over, oversee, protect, guard to be a witness to offer security and peace to determine what is true, to extend a wing. Similar to the arabic expression, 'haymana al-ta'ir alafirdkhih' meaning that the bird took its young ones under the protection of its wings.

The name al-Muhaymin refers to His supreme nature as being the guardian or the absolute authority. He is the superseder, nothing will overtake or usurp Him. He is the ever-watcher, not just limited to the superficial, He can see all which is concealed in the hearts. Nothing can be kept a secret from Him. "He knows what is in the heavens and earth; He knows what you conceal and what you reveal; God knows very well the secrets of every heart." (64:4)

You can find variations of the word muhaymin, like muhaiminan in Surah Maidah verse 48, but as the name of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ, al-Muhaymin is only mentioned once in the Qur'an.

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلْمَلِكُ ٱلْقُدُّوسُ ٱلسَّلَـٰمُ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُ ٱلْمُهَيْمِنُ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْجَبَّارُ ٱلْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَـٰنَ ٱللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

"He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him." (59:23)

How can we benefit from knowing al-Muhaymin? Just as Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is the overseer of all his creations, we need to watch ourselves. Many people do not know themselves, they think they are their thoughts. We can let horrible or negative thoughts come to mind, but we don't necessarily have to identify with them. We can let it come and pass, sort of like how a river flows. Identification with the thought is like a dam in the river, it damages the adjacent environment. Similarily, identification can be destructive, leading to either a depressive state or an arrogant narcissistic one. Instead, it is better to be indifferent. Take time to observe and watch your thoughts come and go, ask why they may have arisen? Analyze their depths and you may uncover secrets about yourself hiding in your psyche. Imam Ghazali recognizes this watching as a crucial step of reforming oneself which then can transform into becoming a guardian of his or her heart.

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