Al-Malik

How many times is the Name, Al-Malik, mentioned in the Holy Qur'an?

The Name of Allah, Al-Malik, is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an 5 times.

Let us search in the Holy Qur’an for 2 of these verses that mention Allah’s Name, Al-Malik.

Turn to verse 116 in Surah Al-Mu’minun.

فَتَعَالَى اللَّهُ الْمَلِكُ الْحَقُّ ۖ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيم

{So exalted is Allah, the Sovereign [Al-Malik], the Truth [Al-Haqq]; there is no deity except Him, Lord of the Noble Throne.}

Turn to verse 23 in Surah Al-Hashr.

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِعَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

{He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign [Al-Malik], 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.} 

 Allah is the Sovereign, the Absolute Ruler.

What is His dominion or His kingdom?

It includes the Heavens and the Earth and everything in them and everything in between. To Allah belongs the entire Universe and all that is in it, from the tiniest multicellular organism to the largest planet and all the galaxies.

    

The meaning of Al-Malik

Allah is the One and Only true, real, and everlasting King and Absolute Ruler. He is the King of Kings. He owns all that is in the Heavens and Earth.

Allah is the One who takes care of all affairs. He commands, makes, and does whatever He wants, and He gives to whoever He wills.

Al-Malik is the only One with Supreme Authority.

  1. Since Allah is Al-Malik, the Absolute Ruler, then it follows that He is the most just, that He has complete knowledge and wisdom, that He has complete power and strength, and that He is a merciful Ruler.
  2. Al-Malik is the Absolute Ruler and since He is the Ruler, He is the One who sets the laws and rules to follow in our deen. He is the One who has prescribed what is halal (permissible) and what is haram (forbidden). Since He is the One who created us, He knows what is good and what is bad for us. We trust in Allah’s rules and we follow and abide by His rules.
  3. Everyone in creation is in need of Al-Malik, so that is why a smart believer always makes duaa to Allah.

Group discussion

Al-Malik is the only true King and He is the King of Kings and nothing in creation can be like Allah. We will compare and contrast between the rule of Allah and the rule of an ordinary ruler or king in this world.

An ordinary king or ruler in this dunya

The Absolute and True Ruler and King is Allah, Al-Malik

His possessions and palaces over time will end, perish, and waste away. His reign and power will come to an end.  Allah’s power and dominion and rule will never end or perish or be reduced.
He is mortal and will die. Allah has no end and will never die.
His kingdom or rule is limited. For example, the president of a country can only rule that country, not the neighboring country, not an entire continent. There is no limit to Allah’s dominion or rule. Allah rules over the entire Earth, the Solar System, the galaxies, and beyond.
The King is has excellent knowledge in one field, but he still needs advisers in military, science and medicine, education, finance. Allah has complete knowledge of everything, and nothing is beyond the scope of his knowledge. Allah needs no helpers or advisers.
In this world, we have seen excellent and just and kind rulers, and we have also seen evil, corrupt, and oppressive rulers. Allah is the Absolutely Just Ruler and He never wrongs or does injustice to anyone.
{Indeed, Allah does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight} (4:40)

 

Let’s look at pictures of homes and palaces of some of the kings and rulers in this dunya. Guess which countries these palaces are found in! No matter how much wealth they have in dunya, they will die one day. After they die all that will benefit them is belief in Allah and good deeds and kindness to the people.

 From left to right: palace in China - UK - Austria - Turkey

Let’s look at amazing pictures of Allah’s dominion, the breathtaking, beautiful universe. To Allah belongs all that is in the Heavens and the Earth. 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stories of a just and fair ruler in this dunya  

The Second Rightly Guided Caliph, Omar bin Al-Khattab.

  • When Omar bin Al-Khattab was ruler, he would walk around the streets of the city at night to search for people in need, so he can give them and help them.
  • On one of his nightly walks, he heard children crying. When he asked for permission to come inside, he saw the mother stirring a pot of stones and water over a flame. She told Omar that she had nothing to feed her hungry children and she was just pretending to cook some food so that they could stop crying and eventually fall asleep. Moved by their dire situation, Omar bin Al-Khattab went in person and brought to their home much food and he cooked them a filling, nutritious meal and he made sure that they would receive enough food from that day on.
  • When he would receive gifts from rulers of other countries, he would not let his wife or children take anything from the treasures and he would distribute all the gifts, gold, and riches among the poor people in Madinah.
  • Omar bin Al Khattab cared more about the people’s needs than he cared about his own possessions or wealth. One day he was late for giving the Friday sermon at the masjid. When his companions asked why he was late, he said that he only had one thobe to wear and he had been washing his thobe so he had to wait for it to dry before he could leave his home and come to the masjid.
  • Omar bin Al-Khattab was just and fair among all. He made sure that anyone who broke the law would be punished, whether he was the poorest person in the city or the son of a prince.

Acting out a scenario.

Imagine you were invited to visit the royal king or president of your country, at exactly 6 pm today. What would you do? What would you wear? Would you be on time? How would you speak to this ruler?

Students can dress their friend up to prepare her for visiting the president. Have on hand a fancy skirt, lovely shawl and scarf, jewelry, an elegant purse, breath-fresher, and hand-sanitizer. Have her rehearse eloquent greetings like “How do you do, your Majesty?”

That is how you would prepare to meet a king, so how should you prepare yourself to meet the King of Kings, Allah, Al-Malik?

How do I live by Allah’s Name, Al-Malik?

The first thing I need to improve in my worship of Allah, Al-Malik, is to focus better in salah, prayer. Just like I would be on time for an important appointment with someone, I must pray my prayers on time. As soon as I hear the adhan on my phone or computer or when my parents tell me that it is time to pray, I should immediately leave whatever it is I am doing, and perform salah.

Go through the steps of wudu properly and thoroughly and not hastily and carelessly.

Prayer scarf and rug for salah should be clean and smell nice.  

Focus in salah and have khushoo, awareness and mindfulness that Allah is watching you.

The movements in salah should be performed slowly and thoughtfully, not rushed and not performed absentmindedly.

Practice a proper rukoo, or bowing down using the boiled egg exercise as in the picture, to make sure that the rukoo is done slowly and with a straight back. Take turns with all the students. (Kids love this exercise.)

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught his companions to pray with khushoo and to not rush through their salah. Once when the Prophet (peace be upon him) was in the masjid he saw a man pray hurriedly and he told that man to go back and repeat his prayer. Again, the man prayed too hastily and the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him to repeat the prayer. This happened three times in a row. Finally the man asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) to teach him, so the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “When you go to pray, say takbeer, then recite whatever you can of the Qur’aan. Then bow until you are at ease in bowing, then rise until you are standing up straight. Then prostrate until you are at ease in prostration, then sit up until you are at ease in sitting. Then do that throughout the entire prayer.” 

Recite the Qur’an beautifully.

Tell yourself: Since I am in the presence of Al-Malik during salah, I should pray with awe and respect. I should be sure to make duaa in my sujood, because how can I be in the presence of Al-Malik and not ask Him for what I need?

Duaa- Supplication with the Names of Allah

Try to say this dhikr or remembrance of Allah 100 times a day.

“La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa 'ala kulli shay'in Qadir.”

“There is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner with Him; His is the Sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent.”

Activity

Play memory/matching game using 20 of Allah’s Beautiful Names from the pack of cards of the Beautiful Names of Allah.

 We would love to hear from you! In the comments below, please tell us which activities the children loved most in your classes for the Name of Allah, Al-Malik.


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