Allah is The Greatest (Allah-u Akbar)

Praise be to Allah, none other than Him can praise Him, Allah’s Blessings and Reassurance  be upon our master, the Messenger of Allah, none except Allah knows his rank, and upon his family and companions.

When one of us says, this person is more knowledgeable than that person, we understand that both have knowledge but there is difference in the level of knowledge they possess. Also if one of us says this person is stronger than that person, it indicates that both persons are strong. So the rule is: when the comparative degree of adjectives is used, it denotes that both the compared subjects share the attribute but one is more qualified than the other.

 The purpose of this introduction is to enter the world and knowledge of Allah-u Akbar or Allah is The Greatest. I wonder; Allah is Greater than whom??  Or Allah is Greater than what?! Who is that great one that shares the attribute of Greatness with Allah, but Allah is more qualified than him in it?! When we talk about the Divine Majesty of Allah, the analogy is completely different, as the comparative degree of adjectives does not apply here. It’s not correct to say, Allah is Richer than all rich ones, or Allah is stronger than all strong ones or Allah is Greater than all great ones, or Allah is higher than all the high ones, as there is no richness that can be compared to Allah’s richness, He is the Absolute Rich, and no comparison with Allah’s strength as He possesses the Absolute Strength, and no comparison to His knowledge or His pride. Everything that’s attributed to Allah has the Absoluteness and there is no limit to it.

Now, we go back to our saying “Allah is the Greatest.”  My dear reader, I see – and Allah is the Most Knower- that it means: Allah is Greater than to be fathomed, or His knowledge, capability, beginning or richness, etc, to be attained or comprehended.

Do you agree with me on this meaning especially, as we read the perfect wisdom that we all agree upon, that is the decisive words “Subhan Rabbika Rabbil E’zzati A’mma Yasifoun wa-Salamun A’la-l-Mursalin wa-l-Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil A’alamin” which translates to (Glory to your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! He is free from what they ascribe to Him, and Peace on the Messengers, and Praise to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the worlds.)
Allah is Greater than to be known, as only He knows Himself.

There is no Measure or Might except with Allah.

The editor : Original Arabic text in Al-Behira Wal-Akalim Journal- Issue # 210