Name: Al Jabbar – In the Names of Allah


Name: Al Jabbar – In the Names of Allah

The One who irresistibly restores all of creation to soundness and sufficiency.

The One who repairs, reforms and completes. The One who irresistibly compels things to be set aright.

The One who compels each and every thing according to divine will, yet is never compelled.

The One who is high, above all creation and utterly irresistible.

From the root j-b-r which has the following classical Arabic connotations:

to restore something to sound, right or good state
to bring back to normal, reform
to benefit, to confer a benefit
to be supreme, high, above all of creation
to be compelling, irresistible

This name is used in the Qur’ān. For example, see 59:23

The essence of the root j-b-r is the irresistible restoration of something, and the name al-Jabbār describes the nature of the One who is the ultimate restorer of the soundness, wholeness and righteousness of all things. For a human being, any claim to such irresistible power would be false pride and arrogance, but for Allāh it is simply the truth.