(The Self Exalted)

Al-Mutaʿali Meaning:

The Supremely Exalted, The All Exalted

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Muta’ali (in Arabic: ٱلْمُتَعَالِي), The highest One, and exalted above all creation. He is far beyond any imagination or thought, and the human mind is too narrow to understand his true greatness.

Mentions of Al-Mutaʿali:
From Quran & Hadith

From the root ayn-lam-waw (ع ل و) which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to be high, elevated, lofty, to be exalted, to rise up, to ascend, to be higher to exceed, surpass, to overcome, overwhelm to advance, promote, rise above, to mount, be overtop, eminent.

Much of what needs to be said regarding this name has already been covered in the name al-Aliyy. We recommend reading that page for a more thorough description.

Instead, we take to the opportunity here to provide more passages from the Qur'an which describe this attribute of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ being the exalted one. As a reminder, there are three forms of which we should be aware of al-Aliyy (The High), al-Ala (The Most High), and al-Muta'ali (The Highest). Each successive name goes into a more exaggeratory form. Together they characterize Allah's loftiness, Him being the High above in all respects (i.e., might, wisdom, knowledge, judgment, power, etc.).

إِلَّا ٱبْتِغَآءَ وَجْهِ رَبِّهِ ٱلْأَعْلَىٰ

Illab tighaaa’a wajhi rabbihil a'laa

English Translation:
"But only seeking the countenance of his Lord, Most High." — (Qur'an 93:20)

ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ هُوَ ٱلْحَقُّ وَأَنَّ مَا يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِهِۦ هُوَ ٱلْبَـٰطِلُ وَأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ هُوَ ٱلْعَلِىُّ ٱلْكَبِيرُ

Zaalika bi annal laaha Huwal haqqu wa anna maa yad’oona min doonihee huwal baatilu wa annal laaha Huwal ‘Aliyyul kabeer

English Translation:
"That is because Allah is the Truth, and that which they call upon other than Him is falsehood, and because Allah is the Most High, the Grand." — (Qur'an 22:62)

لَهُۥ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَمَا فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ ٱلْعَلِىُّ ٱلْعَظِيمُ

Lahoo maa fis samaa waati wa maa fil ardi wa Huwal ‘Aliyul ‘Azeem

English Translation:
"To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and He is the Most High, the Most Great." — (Qur'an 42:4)

أَمَّن يَهْدِيكُمْ فِى ظُلُمَـٰتِ ٱلْبَرِّ وَٱلْبَحْرِ وَمَن يُرْسِلُ ٱلرِّيَـٰحَ بُشْرًۢا بَيْنَ يَدَىْ رَحْمَتِهِۦٓ ۗ أَءِلَـٰهٌۭ مَّعَ ٱللَّهِ ۚ تَعَـٰلَى ٱللَّهُ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

Ammany-yahdeekum fee zulumaatil barri wal bahri wa many yursilu riyaaha bushran baina yadai rahmatih; ‘a-ilaahun ma’allah; Ta’aalal laahu ‘ammaa yushrikoon

English Translation:
"Is He [not best] who guides you through the darknesses of the land and sea and who sends the winds as good tidings before His mercy? Is there a deity with Allah? High is Allah above whatever they associate with Him." — (Qur'an 27:63)

عَـٰلِمُ ٱلْغَيْبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ ٱلْكَبِيرُ ٱلْمُتَعَالِ

‘Aalimul Ghaibi wash shahaadatil Kaabeerul Muta’aal

English Translation:
"[He is] Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, the Grand, the Exalted." — (Qur'an 13:9)

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