My husband and I lived for years on the edge of the Sahara desert working in the country of Chad. We saw camels everywhere because there are many nomadic groups in that region. Wherever you see nomads, you are going to see camels, because nomads love their camels.
One day we had guests in our home – a nomad chief and his friend. They told us something that let us know just how highly nomads think of their camels.
100 Names for God
Muslims say that there are 100 names for Allah, but only 99 names are known to man. The nomads believe that the camel is the only being who knows the 100th name of God. That is why camels have such a haughty look and always seem to be looking down on us!
God’s 100th Name
When we look through the 99 names of God, many are magnificent and glorious names. As my husband and I thought about it, we realized that we also know what the camel knows. We too know the name of God that is missing from the list.
This name was prophesied in the Old Testament and had its fulfillment over 2000 years ago in the birth of a baby in Bethlehem. It’s the name IMMANUEL—God with Us! “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
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It’s not Jesus or Emmanuel. It’s “Love.” But this it not the whole reason Allah told the camel the name. He did it so a Muslim would always look up to Allah. A human being can know everything about Allah except this one name, which makes Allah more superior than any human being.
Isa, or Jesus, is called Emmanuel, which means God is with us (Isaiah 9:14; Injil, Matthew 1:23). You are right that God is Love.
God loves the world. Through the Old Testament, which consists of the Taurat, Zabur, and the Prophet’s Books, we know that God looked for men and wanted to have relationships with them. But because of sin, man’s relationship with God was broken. God repaired this relationship by sending Isa to the world. Isa is love because He came to earth, lived a perfect life, and chose to die a horrible death as the payment for our sins. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not die but have eternal life.”
He also wants you to be His child. Galatians 4:7 says, “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son: and if a son, then an heir through God.” By trusting in Isa as the sacrifice for your sins, there’ll be no more separation between you and Him. Your relationship with God won’t be broken anymore! To learn more about how you can have a relationship with God, please go to: https://www.isaandislam.com/way-of-salvation/the-divine-way.html
Helena Eklund says
Interesting reflection! I also think that the 99 names are for sure beautiful descriptions of God!
Interestingly, Zabur, Psalm 148 and Psalm 19 in the Bible taught us that His entire creation praise His most precious names without a speech (Zabur, Psalm 19:3). Zabur, Psalm 148:10,13 say that “all you domestic animals” , “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.” Among all those domestic animals is camels.
Also, Isa Himself taught us to pray: “Our father in heaven, let your name be sanctified” (Injil, Mathew 6:9). Isa Himself praise His Father, Ye·shuʹaʽ or Yehoh·shuʹaʽ, which means “Jehovah is Salvation.”
Isa preaches that God’s purpose is to restore the relationship between mankind and Himself and He invites us to have a closed relationship with Him through Isa Al-Masih (Injil, John 17:6).
“Muslims say that there are 100 names for Allah, but only 99 names are known to man.” Please show proof from Islamic religious books or scripture.
It’s written in the Hadith, Sahih al-Bukhari 50:894.
Hadith, Sahih Al- Bukhari 50:89
Narrated Abu Huraira: “Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise.”
Hadith, Sahih Al- Bukhari 75:419
Narrated by Abu Huraira: “Allah has ninety-nine Names, i.e., one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Paradise; and Allah is Witr (one) and loves ‘the Witr’ (i.e., odd numbers).”
These Hadiths don’t explain the one hundred Names of Allah. But one hundred minus one which is ninety nine.
100 names of Allah is a common discussion among Muslims. If this is not important, why did Muhammad have to reiterate that “ninety nine is one hundred minus one”?
Stu P. Guy says
The Koran Proves Jesus is God by the 99 Names of Allah
Jesus said “I Am Truth” AL HAQ
The Resurrection AL BAETH
King of kings AL MALEK
the Gude al Hadi
The Light AL NUR
(Hebrews 6:18) – It is impossible for God to lie.
Jesus is more than a prophet because Jesus is alive and eternal. He will returns to complete the mission of Allah as the Judge (al-Hakam), one of Allah’s 99 names. Jesus is the just ruler and fair judge, all the names of Allah.
Augustine Serafini says
Thank you. At last we have a possible answer: God is with us. A second possibility comes to mind but I will keep it to myself like the camel. Peace to all!
What you saw in North Africa were not Camels but instead Dromedaries.
Thanks for your comment. I just know it!
Jason Robert Hubler says
The angels administered to the spirit within me and told the spirit which I do not own nor do I have any credit. They say sometimes when I do certain things. To say his name. And I know even if I began to pronounce it I wouldn’t have even slightly enough time to say it even if I started from birth to death even if I lived 120 years. It’s futile. His name is All
Thank you for your comment.
I agree with you that Allah is All because He is the Creator of this Universe. His Names cannot be limited by words. But one name that clearly states Allah’s concern for humans is He Is With Us.
Halkano Guyo says
Narrated Abu Huraira: “Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, i.e. one-hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 50:894, Book 54, Hadith 23)
Surely, I went through all the 99 names and missed ”Emmanuel, God is with us” which is Jesus who came to earth in flesh.
The Hadith confirms whoever knows and believes in the name of Jesus will surely go to paradise. That was the assignment the prophet gave to mankind which is to find the Light (the 100th Name) to enter paradise.
Dear Halkano Guyo,
Thank you for your encouraging comment. As written in the Quran, Jesus [Isa] is the guidance and the light for the righteous (Qs 5:46). Jesus is the word of Allah (Qs 3:45) and the straight way to Allah (Qs 43:61).
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus is the truth and the way to paradise in heaven.