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About The Beautiful Names of Allah (swt)

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There are 99 beautiful names of Allah (swt). If I do not find any particular name of Allah (swt) such as "Sattar" in the Holy Quran, does it mean that we can not utter that name?
asked Feb 10, 2013 by S A B E R (1,374 points)

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The name has been mentioned in the sunnah together with the preceeding name (Al-Hayiyyu) . And most people have confused/mixed the name as-sattar instead of ASSITTEER. And this is wrong as the name as-sattar is not established in the Qur’an nor in the sunnah.
answered Feb 11, 2013 by admin (414 points)
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It is correct that as-Sattaar is not mentioned either in Qur’an or hadith, instead  as-Sitteer is one of the names of Allaah swt mentioned in hadith that is  narrated by Abu Dawood (4012) that the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah is characterized by modesty (al-Hayye) and concealment (as-Sitteer), and He loves modesty and concealment. When one of you washes himself, let him conceal himself.” It was classed as saheeh by Shaikh Nasir uddin al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’.

Shaikh Imam Abd al-Wahhaab  (1703 – 1792) in his book ‘Kitaab At-Tawheed’ (Ch. 49) writes that it is not permissible to derive names for Allah from the verbs used in the Qur'an to describe His Actions: Thus, we may not refer to Him as Al-Mun'im (the Provider of Blessings), even though the Qur'an speaks of His Ni'am (Blessings), nor is it allowed for us to call Him As-Sattaar (the Veiler) even though He has been described as As-Satteer (derived from the same verb) in an authentic Hadith; and whoever does so is in error.

According to Sheikh Muhammad ibn al-Uthaymeen at-Tamimi (1925– 2001) the names of Allaah can only be known through Qura’n and sound texts of hadeeth, with no room for ijtihad, so He is not to be called by anything except that by which he called Himself or that His Messenger (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) called Him. 

However, some scholars from South Asian countries  are of the opinion that the root word of ‘as-Sattaar’ is ‘Satr’ or ‘Sitr’ meaning veil, cover, conceal, curtain, shelter etc. and ‘Sitteer’ means one who covers or conceals the bad deeds of some one and ‘as-Sitteer’ means the ‘Lord’ Who is best of ‘Coverer’ and Who conceals the bad deeds of mankind, thus ‘as-Sattaar’ is synonymous to ‘as-Sitteer’. Also as ‘al-Ghaffaar’ or ‘al-Ghaffoor’ relates to ‘al-Ghafir’, (40:3) and ‘al’Qahhaar’ (39:4) relates to ‘al-Qaahir’ (6:18), ‘as-Sattaar relates to ‘as-Sitteer’.

And Allaah knows the best.

answered Mar 10, 2013 by M Rashid Hai (2,566 points)