The All-Knowing, The Omniscient, The Certain-Knowing
Al-‘Alim is the One Who knows the details of affairs, and the intricacies of things, and the hidden things of the hearts and the souls. Nothing is hidden from His knowledge, not even an atom’s worth. His knowledge encompasses everything, so do not be deluded by His beautiful veiling, and be ashamed of yourself before Him in the open and in secret.
Human knowledge is derived from things that exist, while existence is derived from Allah’s infinite knowledge. In comparison to what we know of this creation, what we do not know is infinite. This world of ours is like our very own house. For these millions of years we have inhabited it, yet we still do not know what is hidden in the closets, in the attic, and in the basement. Sometimes we are like someone who is dying of hunger who has a treasure buried a foot under him. Our knowledge stays on the surface of a very few things. When we attempt to look under the surface, we see our impotence. And what about the future? We do not know what is going to happen to us in the next moment. What is this human life in comparison to the infinite past and the infinite future? It is a blink of the eye. How much can we see? Happy is he who can see that he cannot see.
Indeed Allah bestows upon us all sorts of blessings, perfections commensurate to us. He taught us His Names, and what is right and what is wrong. But our life is limited. Our power is limited. Our knowledge is limited. We are limited. Try to feel the unlimited perfection, the unlimited knowledge of Allah, Knower of all, and seek His pleasure. Eternal salvation is contained within all that.
The One who comprehends everything. The One who is intuitively aware of all things, even before they happen.
The One who knows with certainty. The One whose knowledge of past, present and future is deeply rooted and complete in all respects.
One from whom no knowledge is concealed. The One who is aware of the complete details of all matters. The Omniscient One.
From the root ‘a-l-m which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
to have knowledge, be cognizant, be certain
to be aware, thoroughly informed
to be find out, gather information
to have intuitive knowledge
to have firmly rooted knowledge of the minute particulars
to act according to knowledge
This name is used in the Qur’ān. For example, see 2:32
‘Alīm denotes knowing with certainty, especially intuitive knowing, omniscience.
Khabīr denotes an understanding of the inner qualities, secrets and true reality.
(Also written as al-alim, al-aleem, al-aliim, the All-Knowing: ya alim, ya aleem, ya aliim)
Benefits of Reading ya Alimu : Anyone who recites ya Alimu much, Allah will open the gates of knowledge and wisdom for them. Moreover, their heart will be filled with the Ma’rifah (cognizance) of Allah.
If one recites ya Alimu 100 times after one’s prayers, one may be able to see certain things which escaped one’s notices until then. If one makes a habit of reciting this Name 150 times daily, one’s mind and understanding may improve.