The next two names we will be discussing and learning about are ‘Al-Mu’izz’ – The Honorer, The Strengthener, The Glorifier and ‘Al-Mudhill” – The Dishonorer, The Disgracer, The Degrader, The Humiliator.
Mu’izz and Mudhill’ are Opposites
Al-Mu’izz is the One who gives invincible strength and honour; the One who grants honour and power. The One who strengthens and glorifies; the One who makes it possible for someone or something to be respected, cherished and mighty.
Al-Mudhill is the One whose wisdom creates situations that are low; the One who creates the appearance of dishonour or degradation. The One whose wisdom produces circumstances of humiliation and disgrace.
The word Mu’izz comes from the root ”-z-z’ which points to these six main meanings:
- To be mighty, potent, strong, powerful
- To be high, elevated, noble, exalted
- To be honourable, noble, glorious, illustrious
- To be indomitable, invincible
- To be respected, cherished, dear
- To be scarce, rare, precious, unattainable
The word Mudhill comes from the root ‘dhal-laam-laam’ which points to these main meanings:
- To make low, base, abject, paltry
- To make vile, contemptible, despicable
- To make inglorious, abased, humble
- To make lowly, submissive, weak
- To make tractable, easy, manageable
Mu’izz (honourer) is similar to, but much more more intensive and glorious than, Rāfi’ (uplifter) and Mudhill (dishonourer) is similar to, but much more intensive and unpleasant than, Khāfid (humbler). So have a read of the previous post here as well in shaa Allah.
So, how can we live by these names?
1) Become of those who are honoured by Allah
Al-Mu’izz gives power to who He pleases, and takes it away from who He pleases; Allah is the giver of honour. He says, “…to Allah belongs [all] honour, and to His Messenger, and to the believer…” (Quran 63:8); whoever is honoured by Al-Mu’izz is mighty- He honours them by permitting them to witness His manifestations and see His signs. He honours one who obeys Him, regardless of their status with the people of this world. Al-Mu’izz honours His servants by making them feel satisfied, contented with what they have in this life. Those who persist in praising His Name will be granted honour by Al-Mu’izz, He will instil love and respect for them in people’s hearts. In order to live by this name, we have to honour the word of Allah, as well as the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and those who are knowledgeable among his family and companions; we do this by showing respect towards them and taking the time to study what they have left for us to learn. This attribute of honour becomes manifest in those who worship and obey Allah and in order to do this we must learn what Allah has made halal and haram for us and act upon His command, we must strive to better our character and mannerisms, to grow into people of gratitude and kindness.
2) Be mindful of your bad deeds
Al-Mudhill is the One Who abases or humiliates who He pleases, depriving them of all prestige. He is the One Who justly abases those who disobey Him and rebel against His commandments. Remember Al-Mudhill if you ever look down at people, if you ever take advantage of them, if you are ever ungrateful with what you have been provided by Him, etc, Allah sees it all and the angels write our every deed and act of disobedience. It doesn’t matter how rich and strong a person who disobeys against Allah is, he is abased and disgraced in reality and when the deeds are brought forth on the day of judgement we will have to answer for it all. Whenever you catch yourself slipping and making mistakes, repent with sincerity and seek the forgiveness of Allah, strive to do good deeds and learn about Allah to become closer to Him. He is the most forgiving, so turn back to Him whenever you find yourself in error. Allah tells us in the Quran, Surah 35, Ayah 10 ‘Whoever desires honour – then to Allah belongs all honour; good words rise up to Him and He lifts up the righteous deed, but a severe torment awaits those who plot evil and their plotting will come to nothing.’, so be mindful of whenever you do wrong or anything that will harm others, always keep your intentions in check and strive to only do good and help others. But also remember that Al-Mudhill will grant you justice if you ever find yourself at the receiving end of someone else’s act of disobedience.
Call upon Allah, Al-Mu’izz, Al-Mudhill, asking Him to guide our every step towards Sirat al-Mustaqeem. To grant us firm faith in Him and His promises, to increase us in knowledge and make it easy for us to study the deen. Ask Him to make us contemplate ourselves and the creation around us, to assist us in accepting His decree at all times. Ask Him to help us honour Him, and His commands and to make us of those who obey Him with sincerity. Ask Him to protect us from dishonour and humiliation, to be of those who repent with sincerity when they find themselves in disobedience. May Allah shower His peace upon you all, answer your prayers and may He guide our every step. May He protect us and our loved ones and allow us to enter His kingdom of Jannah with them. May He purify our intentions and increase us in imaan. Ameen.
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References: information in this post was collated from the beautiful names of Allah series on wahiduddin.net