DHUL MA’ARIJ (ذو المعارج) Owner of The Ways of Ascent
DHU, which literally means “with, in, on,or of” is translated as “Lord/Owner/Possessor of” in the holy Quran. M’IRAJ (ascent), singular form of MA’ARIJ, is related to Highness because to ascend means to go up, higher and higher to the One who is All-High.
The angels ascend to Allah
Narrated Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu): Allah’s Apostle said, “A group of angels stay with you at night and another group of angels by daytime, and both groups gather at the time of the ‘Asr and Fajr prayers. Then those angels who have stayed with you overnight, ascend (to Heaven) and Allah asks them (about you) – and He knows everything about you. ‘In what state did you leave My slaves?’ The angels reply, ‘When we left them, they were praying, and when we reached them they were praying.'” [Bukhari]
The good deeds of people ascend to Him
Whoever desires honor [through power] –then to Allah belongs all honor. To Him ascends good speech, and righteous work raises it…. [Fatir 35:10]. Narrated Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu): Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said, “If somebody gives in charity something equal to a date from his honestly earned money for nothing ascends to Allah except good – then Allah will take it in His Right (Hand) and bring it up for its owner as anyone of you brings up a baby horse, till it becomes like a mountain.” Abu Hurairah said: The Prophet said, “Nothing ascends to Allah except good.” [Bukhari]
- [It is] from Allah, Owner of the ways of ascent. [Al-Ma’arij 70:3]
- Audio: Explaining the Names of Allah by Dr. Fadi Yousef Kablawi (Abu Ubeidah Al-Maqdisi): Dhut Tawl, Dhul Fadl, Dhul Ma’arij