99 names of Allah series: 9/99.A feeling of brokenness can be an invitation to be better acquainted with al-Jabbar. But isn’t al-Jabbar one of the Names that indicates Majesty and Strength, not Mercy and Beauty?
The root of al-Jabbar is ja-ba-ra and has a wide variety of meanings indicating Allah’s strength and majesty. One of the basic meanings of this name is the One who compels and restores, and demonstrates Allah’s Majesty and Strength over His servants. This is a Name for the tyrants and oppressors to be aware of, because their misdeeds will not go unpunished.
Yet this Name has another dimension: al-Jabbar is the One who is able to restore and mend what is broken. Some of the great scholars would supplicate “Ya Jaabir kul kaseer” when they were faced with overwhelming difficulty, meaning “Oh You who mends everything that is broken.” The Arabic word for a splint that is used to help an arm heal when it is broken is “jibeera” from the same root. Thus, when we feel broken, we need to go to the only One who can mend our state–al-Jabbar. Sometimes, shaytan tells us not to go to Allah because we are being hypocritical by only going to Allah when we are down. Yet this is untrue– Allah has named Himself al-Jabbar and given Himself this attribute; you cannot go to the One whose attribute is mending what is broken, and not be healed by Him.
Therefore, we have to always remind ourselves of this blessed name al-Jabbar; Allah will mend your broken heart. Call on Allah like the Prophet ﷺ did, and know that He will manifest this Name in your life.
BY JINAN BASTAKI
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