Why is ‘Love’ not a name of Allah?
God and Monotheism
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Answered by Siddiq Bukhary

Why isn’t ‘love’ one of the ninety-nine (99) names of Allah?


Just as we are unable to encircle the attributes of Allah, similarly His names are also countless. The Holy Qur’ān says all beautiful names are His. The names, which are mentioned in the Holy Qur’ān, allude to some of His attributes. These are the famous one and easily comprehendible by us. However, the Qur’ān has not provided us with a comprehensive list of His attributes. The authentic narratives ascribed to the Prophet (sws) are also devoid of such a list.

As far as love of God is concerned, it should not be considered similar to that of humans. His mercy is nothing but an embodiment of His love. We are being nourished and nurtured owing to His love only. Moreover ‘Wadūd’ is a name, which refers to His love. It means an entity that loves.


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