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The Word أحصى Ahsaa is to ‘count’, ‘compute’ ‘calculate’ or ‘enumerate’.

And this is mentioned in many places in the glorious Qur’an.

Example 1:

وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّـهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ 

“And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not tuhsuuha (enumerate) them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” Surah An-Nahl

Example 2:

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نُحْيِي الْمَوْتَىٰ وَنَكْتُبُ مَا قَدَّمُوا وَآثَارَهُمْ ۚ وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَحْصَيْنَاهُ فِي إِمَامٍ مُّبِينٍ 

“Indeed, it is We who bring the dead to life and record what they have put forth and what they left behind, and all things We have ahsaynaahu (enumerated) in a clear register.” Surah YaSeen

Interestingly enough, another meaning of this word also is ‘to understand’ with the masdr (verbal noun) إحصاة meaning ‘aql, intelligence and the faculty of thought and mind. [1]

This brings a whole new understanding to the hadeeth of the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) when he said:

إِنَّ لِلَّهِ تِسْعَةً وَتِسْعِينَ اسْمًا مِائَةً إِلاَّ وَاحِدًا، مَنْ أَحْصَاهَا دَخَلَ الْجَنَّةَ ‏

“Allah has ninety-nine Names, one-hundred less one; whoever ahsaaha enters Paradise.” Sahih al Bukhari

It generally would mean ‘whoever counts them enters Paradise’ but subhan’Allaah a deeper meaning emerges here – one that includes not just to count, but according to this meaning of ahsaa – it alludes to understanding, pondering over, remembering and contemplating the Names of Allah `azza wa jall.

Rabbee Zidni ‘Ilma. May Allah elevate us in knowledge, wisdom, understanding and application.

Allaahumma Baarik Lana Feema A’tayt: O Allah, bless for us in what You’ve given us.

Sal-lal-laahu Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-Sallam.

With modifications from here

[1] Ka’b ibn Sa’d al-Ghanawi – this derivative can be found in most lexicons including Lisaan al-‘Arab.


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