Is al-Shafi narrated as a Name of Allah (Most High)?



Islamic Text

Yes, al-Shafi is a Name of Allah Most High which is narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari.

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا: أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، كَانَ إِذَا أَتَى مَرِيضًا أَوْ أُتِيَ بِهِ، قَالَ: أَذْهِبِ البَاسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ، اشْفِ وَأَنْتَ الشَّافِي، لاَ شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ، شِفَاءً لاَ يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا

(Sayidah) A’isha (May Allah Most high be pleased with her) said, that when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ would visit a sick person, or a sick person was brought to him, he ﷺ would say: ‘Remove the difficulty O Lord of people, heal (him or her) for you are the Healer. There is no healing except your healing. A healing that leaves behind no illness.’ (Sahih al-Bukhari 5675).

In the authentic Hadith above we see the Holy Prophet ﷺ call upon Allah Most High using the name al-Shafi, which may be translated as the Healer. Therefore we have clear and authentic evidence to say al-Shafi is one of the names of Allah Most High.

وَلِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَسْمَاءٌ سِوَى هَذِهِ الأَسَامِي أَتَى بِهَا الْكِتَابُ وَالسُّنَّةُ، مِنْهَا: الرَّبُّ، وَالْمَوْلَى، وَالنَّصِيرُ، وَالْفَاطِرُ، وَالْمُحِيطُ، وَالْجَمِيلُ، وَالصَّادِقُ، وَالْقَدِيمُ، وَالْوِتْرُ، وَالْحَنَّانُ، وَالْمَنَّانُ، وَالشَّافِي، وَالْكَفِيلُ، وَذُو الطَّوْلِ، وَذُو الْفَضْلِ، وَذُو الْعَرْشِ، وَذُو الْمَعَارِجِ وَغَيْرُهَا

Allah Most High has names other than those mentioned in this particular Hadith, they are mentioned in the Book (al-Quran) and the Sunnah (other Hadith). Amongst those names are the following: The Lord, The Master, The one who gives victory, The Creator, The one who Encompasses, The Beautiful, The Truthful, The Pre-Eternal, The Unique, The Compassionate, The Bestower, The Healer, The Executor, The Possessor of Prosperity, The Possessor of Virtue, The Possessor of the Throne, The Possessor of Elevation, and others. (Imam al-Baghawi, Sharh al-Sunnah).

And Allah Most High Knows Best.

– Answered by Shaykh Noorud-deen Rashid (14.02.2022)

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