Lord of the Heavens and of the earth ... know you of any who is worthy of the same name as Him?" (Q19:65)
Allah is al-Quddus, the Pure One-without the slightest blemish, shortcoming, weakness, heedlessness and error.
Al-Quddus is the equivalent of the attribute mukhalafatun lil hawadith - i.e. Allah is the Creator "bearing no resemblance to the created". This is one of the qualities that indicate the non-resemblance of Allah to anything Al-Quddus is the unique purity that is Allah's. whereby His essence, His attributes, His names, His words. His actions, His justice are devoid of all blemish. He bears no resemblance, in any of His attributes or actions to even the most perfect of His creatures. All pure things derive their purity from al Quddus
"... not one of you would ever have been pure: but Allah does purify whom He pleases". (Q24:21).
All other creatures, however perfect they may be, have something lacking in their essence. attributes, actions, judgements, or words. For one thing, they are temporary, while al-Quddus - the most perfect. the Most Pure, is eternal, free of time and place. The believers who understand and feel this divine purity will wish to praise Allah for His perfection (taqdis) and will remember not to attribute any quality that is defective or imperfect to Allah (tasbih).
"All that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth glorifies Allah, the Sovereign Lord, the Pure (Holy) One, the Mighty, the Wise. " (Q62: 1).
To find the feeling of al-Quddus in oneself, one should work on cleansing one's faith by eliminating doubts. Faith is a whole. The existence of a single doubt blemishes it. One should try to cleanse one's devotions and prayers by sincerity. Sincerity in prayer is to pray to Allah alone for Allah's sake, for no other purpose, seeking no other benefit. Otherwise the prayer itself becomes shirk.
"Allah is He than whom there is no other god the sovereign the Holy (Pure) One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection). The Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah' (high is He) above the partners they attribute to Him". (Q59:23).
'Abd al-Quddus is he whose heart is cleansed and purified, and contains none but Allah. He keeps himself physically pure as well, so that his inside and outside form one single file of righteousness. He constantly keeps himself purified of sins - avoiding it and doing taubah when he commits one
"For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean. "(Q2: 222).
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited