AL-WAJID MEANING - 99 NAMES OF ALLAH:

64.

Al-Wajid

(The Perceiver)

Al-Wajid Meaning:

The Resourceful; The Preceiver, The Finder.

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is al-Waajid (in Arabic: ٱلْوَاجِدُ), the one who does not need or lacks anything. He is the most resourceful and finds whatever He wills.

Mentions of Al-Wajid:
From Quran & Hadith

From the root w-j-d which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to find, discover, attain what was sought, to become aware of something, to perceive, to experience, to gain or possess wealth, property, resources, to be rich, to have abundance, to be without wants.

This name has two associated meanings, but they are connected. First, wajid (واجد) is an Arabic word meaning "to find." So naturally, the emphatic version of al-Wajid is an attribute of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ meaning "The Finder." This speaks to the idea of Allah's resourcefulness in which there is no deficiency. The idea is that whatever He seeks, He will find or rather kun fa-yakunu, "Be, and it is." (36:82). He does not lack anything and is absolutely resourceful. This leads to the second meaning of the name, which is the realizer. The one who realizes (i.e., in the sense of gaining something), but also the one who knows the truth in all things.

The name al-Wajid does not appear explicitly in the Qur'an, but many verses describe this quality or attribute of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ.

وَوَجَدَكَ ضَآلًّۭا فَهَدَىٰ
وَوَجَدَكَ عَآئِلًۭا فَأَغْنَىٰ

97. Wa wa jadaka daal lan fahada
98. Wa wa jadaka ‘aa-ilan fa aghnaa

English Translation:
"And He found you lost and guided [you], And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient." (Qur'an 93:7-8)

أَيْنَمَا تَكُونُوا۟ يُدْرِككُّمُ ٱلْمَوْتُ وَلَوْ كُنتُمْ فِى بُرُوجٍۢ مُّشَيَّدَةٍۢ ۗ وَإِن تُصِبْهُمْ حَسَنَةٌۭ يَقُولُوا۟ هَـٰذِهِۦ مِنْ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ وَإِن تُصِبْهُمْ سَيِّئَةٌۭ يَقُولُوا۟ هَـٰذِهِۦ مِنْ عِندِكَ ۚ قُلْ كُلٌّۭ مِّنْ عِندِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ فَمَالِ هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ ٱلْقَوْمِ لَا يَكَادُونَ يَفْقَهُونَ حَدِيثًۭا

Ayna maa takoonoo yudrikkumul mawtu wa law kuntum fee buroojim mushai yadah; wa in tusibhum hasanatuny yaqooloo haazihee min indil laahi wa in tusibhum saiyi’atuny yaqooloo haazihee min ‘indik; qul kullum min ‘indillaahi famaa lihaaa ‘ulaaa’il qawmi laa yakaadoona yafqahoona hadeesaa

English Translation:
"Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction. But if good comes to them, they say, “This is from Allah “; and if evil befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, “All [things] are from Allah.” So what is [the matter] with those people that they can hardly understand any statement?" (Qur'an 4:78)

وَٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوٓا۟ أَعْمَـٰلُهُمْ كَسَرَابٍۭ بِقِيعَةٍۢ يَحْسَبُهُ ٱلظَّمْـَٔانُ مَآءً حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا جَآءَهُۥ لَمْ يَجِدْهُ شَيْـًۭٔا وَوَجَدَ ٱللَّهَ عِندَهُۥ فَوَفَّىٰهُ حِسَابَهُۥ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ سَرِيعُ ٱلْحِسَابِ

Wallazeena kafarooo a’maaluhum kasaraabim biqee’atiny yahsabuhuz zamaanu maaa’an hattaaa izaa jaaa’ahoo lam yajid hu shai’anw wa wajadal laaha ‘indahoo fa waffaahu hisaabah; wallaahu saree’ul hisaab

English Translation:
"But those who disbelieved – their deeds are like a mirage in a lowland which a thirsty one thinks is water until, when he comes to it, he finds it is nothing but finds Allah before Him, and He will pay him in full his due; and Allah is swift in account." (Qur'an 24:39)

The believer benefits from understanding that Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is al-Wajid. We further realize that Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is free from all wants and all needs. Not in a reclusive way, but completely selfless with an open hand to those who ask for His help. He is full in every sense of that word; we should not fear turning to Him and asking for all that is good for us. This is unlike the condition that develops from dealing with people who require reciprocity (i.e., favors in return). We're incapable of giving as freely as Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ because we're limited, we have finite resources (both in time and money), and in giving we deplete one of these reserves. We should try to make ourselves more resourceful, but it will always be relative. We can never be the absolutely resourceful one.

Just to provide further detail on what is meant by making ourselves more resourceful. It is not always about having more to give more - although that is one aspect of what it means to be resourceful. Being resourceful can mean trying to accomplish more in less time, being innovative, or finding creative yet simple solutions to overlooked problems. It can also mean spending intelligently from our reserves so as to not be wasteful. If you found a way to buy a TV that was $1000 for $100, you might be very happy for being so resourceful. But the price is only one aspect of the purchase; the TV can cost you a lot in wasted time. This is often a very expensive part of the equation that's missing. Spend 10 hours a week, 40 hours a month. That's 480 hours a year! Imagine if you cut that viewing time in half or a third and asked yourself this question: "how could that time be better spent and what impact would that have in my life and for those around me?"

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