(The Infuser of Faith)

al-Mu'min Meaning:

The giver of security through His Messengers and His Books.

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is al-Mu'min (in arabic: ٱلْمُؤْمِنُ). The One who witnessed for Himself that no one is God but Him. And He is the one who sent down Messengers and revealed his Books as clear proofs.

Mentions of Al-Mu'min:
From Quran & Hadith

From the root a-m-n which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to be secure, safe, free from fear to be quiet, tranquil to grant protection, safeguard to be trusted, trustworthy to believe in.

Each name we explore and study unlocks a door to further our relationship with Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ. As we grow more acquainted with His essence, we can feel our relationship with Him transform and become more secure. The sixth name of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is al-Mu'min which is the quality that has enabled the hearts to experience this feeling and brought us together. He is the inspirer of faith and the giver of security. He's the one who's sent down His book and Messengers with signs of clear proof for all who'd listen. But some of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ names can have many meanings. Al-mu'min is one of those names.

He is the one who provides justice and security to his creations. He fulfills all His promises and will never punish any creature unfairly. He is as his servant expects him to be, "Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward." (Qur'an 4:40) This sentiment is repeated in Surah Ghafir verse 17, "This Day every soul will be recompensed for what it earned. No injustice today! Indeed, Allah is swift in account."

Although the Qur'an repeatedly mentions the believer (mumin) as the name of Allah, al-Mu'min 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

Huwal-laahul-lazee laaa Ilaaha illaa Huwal-Malikul Quddoosus-Salaamul Muminul Muhaiminul-‘aAzeezul Jabbaarul-Mutakabbir; Subhaanal laahi ‘Ammaa yushrikoon

"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)

Imam al-Ghazali writes an analogy of a man left alone in a state of ruin where he could not move his limbs and was pursued by enemies. Even if he could move, he still had no weapons or soldiers to fight with. Even if he had weapons or an able army he could not guarantee victory. Finally things begin to turn around, someone comes to his rescue, attends to him in his weakness, provides him a big sturdy fortress, soldiers, and weapons, and grants him complete security and safety. The only befitting name for such a person would be "the faithful".

There is an aspect that wants to deny this, but the reality is humans are made weak. Our being compared to other creations is we are strong and the top predator as a collective but in many ways, we are also fragile.

يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ أَن يُخَفِّفَ عَنكُمْ ۚ وَخُلِقَ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنُ ضَعِيفًۭا

Yureedul laahu ai yukhaffifa ‘ankum; wa khuliqal insaanu da’eefaa

"And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak." (Surah Nisa ayah 28)

Our very nature is weak there exist many threats to our well-being. We have deadly diseases and infections, suffering from thirst and hunger, fear of car accidents, drowning, war, riots. It's a never-ending anxiety-inducing list. This is just phsyical realm of weakness. Then there's a spiritual aspect of being weak in regards to controlling one's desires, impulses, emotions, etc. There is only one who can protect us from any or all of the calamities, that is Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ. In the Qur'an it mentions how the people of Quraysh had their fear removed and prospered after the du'a Prophet Ibrahim (as) made for safety, security and prosperity for the people in Mecca. We must realize that true security is found with Allah Azzawajal.

ٱلَّذِىٓ أَطْعَمَهُم مِّن جُوعٍۢ وَءَامَنَهُم مِّنْ خَوْفٍۭ

Allazeee at’amahum min joo’inw-wa-aamanahum min khawf

English Translation:
"Who has fed them, [saving them] from hunger and made them safe, [saving them] from fear." (Qur'an 106:4)

We can benefit from knowing al-Mu'min by having faith and trusting in Allah. Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ tells us in the Qur'an his rewards and promises for those who believe. We should feel special, immense gratitude, and honor that Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ put belief in our hearts. Another lesson is one of inversion, Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is the source for safety and security. We should live this attribute by being a beacon for safety and security for others. "It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) observed: He will not enter Paradise whose neighbor is not secure from his wrongful conduct." [1] The people should feel a blanket of comfort, warmth, and love that radiates from you.

al-Mumin is also the one who protects from injustice and oppression, so we too must stand up for what is right. If we see injustice, we should not remain silent, in whatever capacity we're able to help and try to make a difference, we should. This name could be used in any supplication but it should be front of mind for anyone who is afraid, "oh Allah, you are al-Mu'min, protect us from this evil / enemy / oppressor."

[1] Sahih Muslim 46

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