AN-NAFI’-The Propitious, the Benefactor The Bestower of Benefits
The One who helps and who grants all advantages. The One who creates all that produces benefit and usefulness.
The One who grants all favorable circumstances. The One who confers all benefits.
The One who is continually blessing all of creation with goodness and all that is useful. The One through whom all needs are fulfilled.
From the root n-f-‘ which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
to profit, to be of use
to be beneficial, useful
to have the use of something
The name Nāfi’ is not specifically used as a Beautiful Name in the Qur’ān.
Nāfi’ (creator of good) is the opposite of Dārr (distresser).
The names Dārr and Nāfi’ are often used together to acknowledge the way that balance and harmony are established and maintained. These opposing attributes are often inseparable, since that which is the sweetest nectar to one person may be bitter poison to another.
Such opposites help to make one aware that every action accomplishes some purpose and is, in the grand scheme of things, subservient to the all-knowing hand of Allāh, through whom balance and harmony are created and maintained… even if we don’t understand.
Shaikh Tosun Bayrak wrote:
When man looks at the universe, what he sees is Allāh’s will, what he with is Allāh’s will, what he sees is Allāh’s will, and what he seems to have chosen is Allāh’s will.
And in that manner, the pairs of opposites serve to remind one to constantly focus our attention on the glory of the One, regardless of whether the situation is smooth and easy or rough and difficult.
There is only one virtue
and one sin for a soul on the path:
virtue when he is conscious of God and sin when he is not.
Abu Hashim Madani
The phrase ad-Dārr un Nāfi’ is is often recited to honor these two complementary attributes.