The King

Derived from

mīm lām kāf

l-mul’ki, l-mul’ku, l-mul’ka (masculine noun) = the Dominion, the Kingdom
l-maliku, l-maliki (masculine, singular) = the King (noun), the Sovereign (adjective)
malika (masculine, active participle) = Owner


Surah Ali ‘Imran 26 :

quli l-lahuma mālika l-mul’ki tu’tī l-mul’ka man tashāu watanziʿu l-mul’ka mimman tashāu
Say, “O Allah , Owner of Sovereignty, You give sovereignty to whom You will and You take sovereignty away from whom You will.

watuʿizzu man tashāu watudhillu man tashāu
You honor whom You will and You humble whom You will.

biyadika l-khayru innaka ʿalā kulli shayin qadīrun
In Your hand is [all] good. Indeed, You are over all things competent.


Sa’eed bin Musayyab narrated that Abu Hurairah used to say:
“The Messenger of Allah said: Allah will seize the earth on the Day of Ressurection, and He will roll up the heavens in his Right Hand, then He will say, “I am the Sovereign. Where are the kings of the earth?'”

English reference : Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 192
Arabic reference : Book 1, Hadith 197


‘Abd Allah b. ‘Umar reported the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) as saying:
Allah will fold the heavens an the day of Resurrection, then seizing them in His right hand he will say: I am the king. Where are the mighty men? Where are the proud men? He will then fold the earths and take them in his other hand (According to the version of Ibn al-Ala), and then say ; I am the King. Where are the mighty men? Where are the proud men?

Reference : Sunan Abi Dawud 4732
In-book reference : Book 42, Hadith 137
English translation : Book 41, Hadith 4714


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