AL-QAHHAR MEANING - 99 NAMES OF ALLAH:

15.

al-Qahhar

(The All-Prevailing One)

The Dominant, The One who has the perfect Power and is not unable over anything.

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Qahhar (in arabic: ٱلْقَهَّارُ) meaning the one who prevails over all creation. The universe runs according to the laws laid down by Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ. He is dominant, the master of all, and is victorious over all opposition.

Mentions of al-Qahhar:
From Quran & Hadith

From the root q-h-r which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to overcome, conquer to overpower, master to dominate over, prevail to subdue, subjugate, to compel against one’s wishes.

There are two names, al-Qahir and al-Qahhaar. The name al-Qahir is the base form meaning "the irrestible." On the other hand, al-Qahhar is more perpetual, the one who is all over-powering, all-prevailing. al-Qahir is mentioned twice in the Qur'an in Surah al-An'am verse 18 and verse 61. while al-Qahhar is used more intensively mentioned a total of 6 times.

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ strength is unmatched. He has absolute sovereignty over all His creation. He is the dominator. Whoever is an enemy or challenges Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ stands no chance. He can humiliate them with ease. There isn't a single creation that isn't subjected to Allah's will. This name, al-Qahhar is often paired with al-Wahid meaning "The One". A king in this world can be powerful, but it's not because he possesses intrinsic power. It often comes with the buy-in of the state citizens, having a large army. If they were to turn on him, he would have no power. So this pairing of names shows the difference, He is one with complete dominion over all.

قُلْ إِنَّمَآ أَنَا۠ مُنذِرٌۭ ۖ وَمَا مِنْ إِلَـٰهٍ إِلَّا ٱللَّهُ ٱلْوَٰحِدُ ٱلْقَهَّارُ

English Translation:
"Say, [O Muhammad], 'I am only a warner, and there is not any deity except Allah, the One, the Prevailing.'"(Qur'an 38:65)

يَـٰصَـٰحِبَىِ ٱلسِّجْنِ ءَأَرْبَابٌۭ مُّتَفَرِّقُونَ خَيْرٌ أَمِ ٱللَّهُ ٱلْوَٰحِدُ ٱلْقَهَّارُ

English Translation:
"O [my] two companions of prison, are separate lords better or Allah, the One, the Prevailing?" (Qur'an 12:39)

قُلْ مَن رَّبُّ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ قُلِ ٱللَّهُ ۚ قُلْ أَفَٱتَّخَذْتُم مِّن دُونِهِۦٓ أَوْلِيَآءَ لَا يَمْلِكُونَ لِأَنفُسِهِمْ نَفْعًۭا وَلَا ضَرًّۭا ۚ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِى ٱلْأَعْمَىٰ وَٱلْبَصِيرُ أَمْ هَلْ تَسْتَوِى ٱلظُّلُمَـٰتُ وَٱلنُّورُ ۗ أَمْ جَعَلُوا۟ لِلَّهِ شُرَكَآءَ خَلَقُوا۟ كَخَلْقِهِۦ فَتَشَـٰبَهَ ٱلْخَلْقُ عَلَيْهِمْ ۚ قُلِ ٱللَّهُ خَـٰلِقُ كُلِّ شَىْءٍۢ وَهُوَ ٱلْوَٰحِدُ ٱلْقَهَّـٰرُ

English Translation:
"Say, “Who is Lord of the heavens and earth?” Say, “Allah.” Say, “Have you then taken besides Him allies not possessing [even] for themselves any benefit or any harm?” Say, “Is the blind equivalent to the seeing? Or is darkness equivalent to light? Or have they attributed to Allah partners who created like His creation so that the creation [of each] seemed similar to them?” Say, “Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Prevailing.” (Qur'an 13:16)

يَوْمَ تُبَدَّلُ ٱلْأَرْضُ غَيْرَ ٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتُ ۖ وَبَرَزُوا۟ لِلَّهِ ٱلْوَٰحِدِ ٱلْقَهَّارِ

English Translation:
"[It will be] on the Day the earth will be replaced by another earth, and the heavens [as well], and all creatures will come out before Allah, the One, the Prevailing." (Qur'an 14:48)

لَّوْ أَرَادَ ٱللَّهُ أَن يَتَّخِذَ وَلَدًۭا لَّٱصْطَفَىٰ مِمَّا يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَآءُ ۚ سُبْحَـٰنَهُۥ ۖ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلْوَٰحِدُ ٱلْقَهَّارُ

English Translation:
"If Allah had intended to take a son, He could have chosen from what He creates whatever He willed. Exalted is He; He is Allah, the One, the Prevailing." (Qur'an 39:4)

يَوْمَ هُم بَـٰرِزُونَ ۖ لَا يَخْفَىٰ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ مِنْهُمْ شَىْءٌۭ ۚ لِّمَنِ ٱلْمُلْكُ ٱلْيَوْمَ ۖ لِلَّهِ ٱلْوَٰحِدِ ٱلْقَهَّارِ

English Translation:
"The Day they come forth nothing concerning them will be concealed from Allah. To whom belongs [all] sovereignty this Day? To Allah, the One, the Prevailing." (Qur'an 40:16)

The believer benefits in knowing al-Qahhar. In using this beautiful name of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ in his or her supplication you can have the assurance that the most powerful is with you. If Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is with you, just as he was with Prophet Musa (as) when he stood against Firawn, or when Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was being persecuted by the Meccans, or when Prophet Dawud (as) fought and won against Jalut, then nothing can overcome you. "If Allah should aid you, no one can overcome you" (Qur'an 3:160)

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