Permissibility of calling one by a name which Allaah has called Himself

Question: I am pleased to direct this humble letter to Your Eminence, as I am addressing one of the most prominent personalities in the Islaamic world. I hope that you will be patient enough to read my letter. May Allaah grant you the best of rewards.

Thul-Jalaali wal-Ikraam (The Possessor of Majesty and Honor) is one of the Most Beautiful Names of Allaah, which denotes honoring and glorifying Him above all things. I read a letter sent from Your Eminence to the Saudi King, wherein you began by saying, “Your Majesty The King”. Do you not agree with me that Majesty is particular to Allaah Alone, and that “Al-Maalik” (The King) is one of His Most Beautiful Names which is impermissible to name anyone else after, regardless of who that person is?” Please clarify this issue, so that Muslims do not commit a sin by glorifying people using the attributes which Allaah has reserved for Himself alone. The only exceptions are “Ra’oof” (Compassionate) and “Raheem” (Merciful), the two attributes of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Coincidentally, while I was reading “The Arabic Magazine”, issue no. 89, I came across a letter of gratitude sent by Mr. Muhammad Al-Nuaysir, the Office Manager of the Saudi King’s bureau. It was addressed to those in charge of the magazine. He started his letter with, “His Majesty, the King, may Allaah protect him, received your letter which included issues of the magazine…)” Do you agree with me regarding the ruling on saying: His Majesty the King?

Answer: Many names are shared between Allaah and His creatures in structure and connotation. They are accorded to Allaah in a meaning particular to Him which befits His Majesty; and attributed to creatures in a manner befitting them… read more here.

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