Allah, Exalted be He, says, “O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Most Gracious.” (Surat Al-Infitaar, 82:6)He, Exalted be He, also says, “Read! And your Lord is the Most Bountiful.” (Surat Al-‘Alaq, 96:3)
This beautiful name includes numerous wonderful meanings. Allah is the One who gives His slaves abundantly and benefits them immeasurably, the One who bestows blessings on His slaves even before they become deserving of them. He is also the One who has created man in the best possible form.
He is the Most Bountiful. He graciously and continually gives His slaves His bounties. He makes His bounties readily available to them and helps them enjoy them effortlessly. He is free of all imperfections. He is the Most Generous who gives without measure and without being asked, in His immense generosity. He gives all His creatures without exception, whether they are needy or not. He fulfils all their needs, small and big. He never breaks His promise and never lets down those who turn to Him.
Benefits of belief in these names include the following:
Loving Allah for His graciousness and demonstrating true love of Him by showing gratitude to Him, worshipping none but Him, praising Him with the tongue and demonstrating such gratefulness through our actions.
Showing due respect to Allah, observing good etiquette when calling on Him and demonstrating total humility to Him.
Being totally attached to Allah, Exalted be He, totally relying on Him, entrusting all our affairs to Him and asking none except Him.
Continually invoking Allah, Glorified and Sublime be He, thinking well of Him and having good expectations of Him, being assured that when He does not sometimes grant our request immediately He only does so for some good or some wisdom we do not know.
Acquiring this excellent quality and trying as much as we can to show kindness and generosity to Allah’s slaves, for Allah loves those who are generous.
Those who are truly granted Allah’s bounty are in reality those whom Allah has guided to faith and true guidance even if they are poor; conversely, those who are truly disgraced are those whom Allah humiliates due to their unbelief, wickedness and disobedience, even if they are rich and enjoy a high status.