John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He is the editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of Unholy War, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, and many other acclaimed works. Click here for books by John Esposito
Within Islam, the God Most-High, Allah is known to have 99 names. The 99 names of God shed light into God’s many attributes. Prayer and reflection on the 99 names of God, give Muslims the opportunity to be representatives of these attributes in the world. The 99 names of God include loving, peaceful, compassionate, generous, and patient.
Muslim theologian Bediuzzaman Said Nursi wrote that The Most Beautiful Names of God, help show that: “the true meaning of your life is this: it’s acting as a mirror to the manifestation of Divine oneness and the manifestation of the Eternally Besought One” (Nursi, The Words, 141). Mirroring the divine attributes of love, kindness, and peace have profound neurological effects. For more on Nursi: