Text: Al-Zaahir Al-Baatin
Al-Zaahir and Al-Baatin are two of the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah.
Al-Zaahir: The One Whose Signs are evident, visible “zaahir” in all of His Creation. The One Who is above all creation. The One Whose Nature, Essence and Attributes are apparent/obvious through all of creation.
Al-Baatin: The One Who is Invisible, Unseen, Veiled by human sensory perception. The Immanent, The Inherent. The One Who knows all our secrets, our innermost thoughts, fears and desires.
‘Al-Zaahir’ and ‘Al-Baatin’ have opposite meanings, but they also complement each other. While Allah is Al-Baatin (Invisible), He is Az-Zaahir (Manifest/Apparent) through His Signs in Nature, through His Mercy, Grace and Blessings.
The two Names are paired in Surah Al-Hadid Verse 3:
“He is the First and the Last the Evident and the Immanent: and He has full knowledge of all things.”
Calligraphic Style: Diwani
Medium: 20 x 15 inches
Large: 31 x 22 inches
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