Al Hafeez name of Allah means The Guardian, the one who protects the servants from harm, and who perfectly, preserves whatever deeds His servants have done, not losing any of their deeds.
What Is The Meaning Of Al Hafeez?
Al Hafeez means The One Who preserves and protects His beloved servants from falling into sins and from Satan.
Allah Almighty always keeps all that His servants do or say; and He further preserves both the heavens and the earth with the help of His Power, and no fatigue could seize Him because of His Preserving them, for He is Most High, Most Great.
It is He Who preserves the Tablet in which all things are kept in record, in the highest position of the heaven, just under the Throne of Authority.
The characteristic of guarding and preserving requires that one should not be forgetful nor heedless, and it is not consonant with the Majesty of Allah to be heedless or forgetful, for no slumber nor sleep can seize Him.
Furthermore, Allah preserves His servants, and sends angels acting as keepers to guard them from what is evil and harmful by Allah’s Command, and at the same time, they keep account of all that they do and say, be it good or evil.
Al Hafeez Name of Allah Meaning In English
This name includes, among other things, Allah’s knowledge which encompasses all His slaves’ deeds, good and bad.
He protects them from all forms of danger and guards the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.
It also includes the general protection He gives all His creatures without exception by paving the way for anything that is bound to protect them against harm, as well as the protection He affords His obedient servants against anything they hate, and against their enemy and their plots.
Al Hafiz In Quran
There are not many occurrences of that Name in the form of Al-‘Hafeez in the Qur’an; and it is enough to say that it does not occur as such but a few times:
If ye turn away, I (at least) have conveyed the Message with which I was sent to you. My Lord will make another People to succeed you, and you will not harm Him in the least. For my Lord is Guardian and Preserver of all things.Surah Hud 57
But he had no authority over them, except that We might test the man who believes in the Hereafter from him who is in doubt concerning it: and thy Lord is Guardian and Preserver of all things.Surah Saba 21
In order that Al Hafeez (the Guardian and Preserver) should do the operation of preserving and keeping, He should then have full acquaintance of all things in the heavens and the earth, which never changes, and His Knowledge should be ever round everything, in such a way that enables Him to preserve and keep them standing and enduring, with no fatigue nor trouble to overtake Him as a result of preserving them.
Al Hafeez (the Guardian and Preserver) is He, Who has the power to attain the ultimate end of all that He intends, plans and wills to preserve.
It is He, Who keeps, with His Power, everything of His creation in the very position and rank, in which it is created:
He withholds the sky from falling down to the earth, makes firm the earth by fixing the huge and high mountains on it, so that it would not shake with its inhabitants, protects the weak among His creatures from the oppression of the strong of them.
It is further said that Al Hafeez (the Guardian and Preserver) is He, Who safeguards the Holy Qur’an from change and perversion; and this is clear in His statement:
We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).Al-Hijr 9
- It is He, Who keeps man from the Evil Ones, and had it been for such preserving, those Satans would have done great harm to mankind.
- It is He, Who saves the life from annihilation, as well as the people from being given to destruction at the hands of their enemies.
- It is He, Who saves the hearts of His devotees from changing and being put to trouble while facing difficulties and distresses.
Benefits Al Hafiz Name of Allah
- Being conscious of Allah’s presence, through our belief that He is aware of all our actions, and thus striving hard to watch our tongues and actions.
- Extolling Allah, revering Him above all else and worshipping none by Him, for He alone is the Protector of the universe.
- Relying on Allah, for nothing can be protected except by Him.
- Using all possible means to obtain Allah’s protection by professing belief in His unity, showing obedience to Him and avoiding everything He has prohibited.
- Loving Allah, praising Him and showing gratitude to Him for the protection He affords us.
How Does Man Acquire The Good Manners Related to that Name?
If one intends to have a good portion of that Name, he should save his heart from the evil suggestions of Satan, and his soul from all material desires and lusts, which are no more than temporary pleasure.
At the same time, he has to keep his power from being subject to the stimuli of anger and emotion.
Once man knows that Allah guards him against any kind of harm and evil, he comes to love Him, which prompts his fear of Him, and makes him seek His Friendship and Protection.
As to the celebration of the Praises of Allah by that Name, the Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him instructs us how to do so.
It is narrated by Al-Bukhari that whenever you go to bed, recite The Holy Verse of the Throne.
Then, Allah will appoint a guard for you who will stay with you, and no Satan will come near you till morning.
It is further narrated in both Sahihs on the authority of Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah, Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him” said:
When any one of you goes to bed, he should take hold of the hem of his lower garment and then should clean (his bed) with the help of that and then should recite the name of Allah for he himself does not know what he left behind him on his bed, and when he intends to lie on bed, he should lie on his right side and say:
Hallowed be Allah, my Lord. It is with Your (grace) that I place my side and it is with You that I take it up, and in case You withhold my being (by causing me to die), then forgive it, and if You keep it (my being alive), then protect it with that with which You protected the righteous among Your servants.
According to some learnt men, if one recites the Holy Verses of preserving and guarding, after which he recites the following supplication, Allah Almighty will save him from whatever evil that might befall him:
- O Allah! (I beseech You) by the right of those Holy Verses, and the Grand Names, which have no like, I ask You to save me from the evil of everything that is evil, and from all the harmful things that come from the earth or descend from the sky.
- 0 Allah, the Guardian and Preserver: safeguard me from (all items and acts that lead to) disobedience, sins, mistakes and ailment, and (protect me) from the afflictions of night and day, from the (evil) visitants of night and day, except such as comes with good: 0 (Allah) Most Gracious!
The Holy Verses of preserving and guarding, in addition to that of the Throne, go as follows:
Allah is the best to preserve (him), and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!
Surah Yusuf 64
It is We Who have set out the Zodiacal Signs in the heavens, and made them fair-seeming to (all) beholders; And (moreover) We have guarded them from every evil spirit accursed. (Al-Hijr 16:17)
And We adorned the lower heaven with lights, and (provided it) with guard. Such is the Decree of (Him) the Exalted in Might, Full of Knowledge.” (Fussilat 12)
There is no soul but has a protector over it. (At-Tariq 4)
Nay, this is a Glorious Qur’an, (Inscribed) in a Tablet Preserved!” (Al-Buruj 21:22).