السميع The All-Hearing

He hears all our prayers and needs no intermediary to carry our prayers to Him. Allah said, “Call on Me and I will answer you.” [Ghafir 40:60]. To call in others in prayer (whether prophets, angels or the righteous) besides Him or along with Him is an insult to this divine attribute and an act of Shirk.

Wondering what’s happening to all your Duas? Wondering why you don’t see ease even after calling out to Him? Well, it’s time to remind yourself of As-Sami, the One who is the All-Hearing. He hears your intense supplications and your muffled whispers filled with tears. While calling out to Him, utilize this name of His just as Prophet Ibrahim did while raising the foundations of the House with his son (Prophet Ismail), “Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.” [Al-Baqarah 2:127], just as Prophet Zakariya did while pleading to Allah for an offspring when he finished his Dua with, “Indeed, You are the Hearer of supplication.” [Ali Imran 3:38]. Invoke Allah, As-Sami every time you make Dua. Remind yourself that He hears everything that comes out of your mouth and the whispers of your soul, so indulge in beneficial speech, keep your tongue moist with His remembrance, speak nothing but the best and safeguard your tongue from vain talk, backbite or gossip, for He Hears it all. And for every word someone else uttered that hurt you, remind yourself that Allah, As-Sami heard it too, you will be recompensed!

[Dr. Bilal Philips/IOU]


  1. Video: The Beautiful names of Allah (As-Sami, Al-Basir) by Shaykh Fadel Soliman
  2. Audio: Explaining the Names of Allah by Dr. Fadi Yousef Kablawi (Abu Ubeidah Al Maqdisi): Part 28 (As-Sami)
  3. Article: With the Divine: Part 52 (As-Sami, Al-Basir) by Jinan Yousef

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