The Arabic letter Alif () is equivalent to the letter 'A' in the English alphabet. It is the first letter in the Arabic character set. Alif () in Arabic numerology which is known as Abjad, it is also the first letter and has the value of 1. This article is about the spiritual meaning of the letter Alif ().
Alif () is the first letter in the Name Allah . Everything is Created by Allah, and so everything begins in the Name of Allah Most Gracious Most Merciful. Because Allah is Ahad - One, His Name, which is Ism Zaat - Personal Name, Starts with the Letter Alif () which has a numerical value of 1.
When Allah Creates, there is no change in Him. He is as He was. Because of Allah's Existence, everything else exists. Nothing can exist without Allah's Existence.
To show a crude example:
0 - 0 = 0 = Nothing = No existence without '1'
0 + 0 = 0 = Nothing = No existence without '1'
1 - 0 = 1 = No change in '1'
1 + 0 = 1 = No change in '1'
Allah Named Himself Allah. He is Allah the One. Allah's Ism Zaat is Allah and not ilaha god. Why is that ? Why did Allah Name Himself Allah ?
The name Allah is Special. Allah is the one Name that has been openly shown in the Quran with all the Glory. If we start with the Name Allah as follows:
Allah and take away the first letter which is Alif () we arrive at:
Lillah If we now take away the first Laam () from Lillah we arrive at:
Lahu If we now take away the next Laam () from Lahu we arrive at:
Hu which is essentially
In each of the above instances we are referring to Allah and no one else. Then how can we say that god is the translation of the NAME ALLAH ?
No one can justify substituting the word god wherever the Name Allah is used in the Quran. The Name Allah must be left alone as the Name ALLAH in all translations regardless of language. As stated in the article on the Letter Ha () in the section Asma ul Husna the sound of the Letters is very important. If we say "God", we make a different sound to the one when we say "Allah". Which sound would Allah Himself Like to Hear ? After all Allah is the One who is Samee ud Dua the Hearer of prayer.
Iman is belief. Muslims are required to believe. Believe what ?
We have to believe in Allah because we have already agreed with Him that He is our Rabb ! That was in our spirit state. So how can we now deny that Allah exists now that we have hidden ourselves behind a physical body ?
When Allah created our spirits He said Alastu Bi Rabbi Kum - Am I not your Rabb ? We all answered Balaa Yes. Notice the first question that Allah asked us starts with the Letter Alif (). The first words we spoke start with the Letter Ba ().
Those who believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His Rasools are Muslims. The religion chosen by Allah for a believer is Islam.
The beauty of the above verse is that it occurs in the first chapter with the name starting with the Letter Meem () - Maida. The word Islam starts with an Alif () and finishes on Meem (). The Deen religion of Islam is perfected for Allah's Beloved Muhammad and his community - Muslims. And speaking of our Master Muhammad , he is the direct the descendant of Ibraheem () .
Ibraheem () is the only Messenger of Allah whose name has been spelt in two different ways in the Quran. Initially the name is spelt Ibrahim () then the spellings change to Ibraheem (). Why ?
Initially Ibraheem () was seeking the Truth. He was seeking knowledge. He found the Truth. Then he asked Allah to show him how Allah gives life. Allah showed him how. Allah bestowed knowledge () on Ibraheem ().
Islam is the religion of Ibraheem () that has been perfected by the arrival of Muhammad in this world. How was Islam perfected ?
Jibreel () appeared in the cave Hira and said Iqraa - Read. The first Letter uttered by Jibreel was Alif () in the word Iqraa - Read.
Muhammad replied: Ma ana bi qaree "I do not know how to read." The first Letter uttered by Muhammad was Meem (). And Islam is somewhere between Alif () and Meem (). That is Islam begins from Alif () and completes on Meem ().
Another way of looking at this is that Ibraheem () was on the religion of Islam. Muhammad is the direct descendant of Ibraheem (). With Muhammad being the Seal of Messengers, the religion of Islam had to start with Alif () and finish on Meem (). Ibraheem () built the Kaaba in Makkah as the first house and Muhammad restored it by removing all the idols from it.
The perfection of Islam has been recorded in the Quran. The Quran is the perfection. The Quran is packed with Verses or Signs or Ayats . Why are the verses referred to as Ayats ?
The entire Quran is from Allah () full of Knowledge (). The Letter Ya () leads us back to the Letter Alif () as it was stated in the Book on the Letter Ya ().
We must do Tawba () repent or turn back and find Hu () and Hu is Allah () !
Every Ayat in the Quran is perfect. Since Islam has been perfected by Allah there is no room for another Messenger after Muhammad .
Allah is the Awwal First and He is the Akhir Last. The First existence was that of Allah and there was nothing with Him. In the end there will be Allah and there will be nothing with Him. And as Hadrat Ali Karam Ullah said: "This moment is that very moment".
May Allah have Mercy on us all. Ameen.