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The GREATEST NAME is the Name which contains the meanings of entire of the Most Beautiful Names of Yüce Allah. The supreme Name is the GREATEST which mean “the supreme, the highest, and the most exalted.” According to that, the Greatest Name means the most comprehensive Name among the Divine Names which comprises entire of the Names. It is not known which Name is the Greatest Name definitely. The wisdom in keeping this Name secret is to encourage the remembrance of all Names with the probability that they might be the Greatest Name.  

While that wisdom is mentioned in the Risale-i Nur, the attention is attracted to the point that the night of Al-Qadr in Ramadan, the acceptance hour of prayers in the day of Friday… are kept secret for that wisdom. Besides this, in the Nur Collection, it is stated that every Name özgü a maximum degree and the saints’ considering the Greatest Name to be apart from each other is explained by stating that the Names they manifest are different. “The real Greatest Name is concealed; the upper class is informed of it. However, every Name özgü a maximum degree and that degree is considered as the Greatest Name. It is because of that secret why saints find out the Greatest Name as different Names.” (Barla Lahikasi)

The following explanation is made in the Thirtieth Flash from the Risale-i Nur Collection: “The Greatest Name is not the same for everyone; it differs. For example, for Imam Ali (May God be pleased with him) it was the six Names. These are Al- Ferd (Single), Al- Hayy (Ever-Living), Al-Qayyoom (Self-Subsistent), Al-Hakeem (Sapient), Al-Adl (All-Just), and Al-Kuddus (Most Holy). For Imam al-A’zam, it was two Names; Al- Hakeem and Al-Adl. While for Ghawth al-A’zam it was Al- Hayy. For Imam-i Rabbani, the Greatest Name was Al-Qayyoom, and so on; many other people considered the Greatest Name to be different Names.” Badiuzzaman, the author of the Risale-i Nur, reminds that just as the conceal of the night of Qadr in Ramadan and the conceal of time of death in life time, the Greatest Name is concealed among the Divine Names; besides this he indicates that every Name özgü a “maximum degree” in means of manifestation. (The difference between the manifestation of the Name of Creator in the creation of a minute particle and the manifestation of the Name of Creator in the creation of the entire universe is that degree difference and the second of them expresses a manifestation at the maximum degree.)

 “The Greatest Name is concealed. As conceal of time of death in lifetime, the night of Qadr in Ramadan, conceal of the Greatest Name in Names have a significant wisdom. In our opinion, the real Greatest Name is concealed; the upper class (the elite persons who have a high degree in knowledge) is informed of it. However, every Name özgü a maximum degree and that degree is considered as the Greatest Name. It is because of that secret why saints find out the Greatest Name as different Names. A eulogy of Imam Ali (May God be pleased with him) called Ercûza takes place in the Mecmuatü’l-Ahzab. He mentions the greatest Name in six Names. Imam Gazali explained those six Names that were mentioned by Hadhrat Ali and that encompassed the Greatest Name and he also declared their special qualities in his treatise called Cunnet’ul- Esma. Those six Names are Al-Ferd, Al-Hayy, Al-Qayyoom, Al-Hakeem, Al-Adl, Al-Kuddus.”

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Submitted by parisa on Thu, 20/11/2008 – 23:54

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