Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet ﷺ said, “Allah has ninety-nine names, one hundred less one. Whoever ‘ahsaaha‘ will enter Jannah.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
The word ‘ahsaaha’ in the Arabic language could mean five things:
1) Memorising the names of Allah – We spend much time revising and memorising for our exams, yet have we ever thought about dedicating a few hours or days in memorising the names of Our Creator? Try and make it a goal this Ramadhaan to memorise the names of Allah and do it with the intention to get to know your Lord better and to be able to be of those with His pleasure granted.
2) Believing in them – To believe in them means to live with them and by them. For example, when we are going through a difficult time or circumstance, we should not lose hope due to our situation because we understand and acknowledge that Allah is Ar-Raheem, the Most Merciful, and Al-Mujib, the One who will respond to our situation. We also remember that Allah is Al-Fattaah, and He will open doors for us in ways we could not have even imagined.
3) Calling upon Allah with them – Part of understanding and living with these beautiful Names is to call upon Allah with them in your Du’aa! If you want something, ask Him by using His glorious names. For example you may say: “O Allah, Al-Wahhaab (The Giver of Gifts) , bestow upon me a righteous offspring who will be the coolness and delight to my eyes.” or you may say, “O Allah, Al-Mujeeb (The Responsive), remove the difficulty I am facing and have mercy upon me, O Rahmaan (The Most Merciful).”