As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


Addressing someone as, ‘The King of Kings' is prohibited

Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) narrated, 'The Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'the most disgraceful man near Allah is a man who calls himself Malikul-Amlak (i.e., the King of kings), for there is no King except Allah.'' [Agreed upon]

Allah's Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) informs us in this Hadeeth that the most disgraceful man in the Sight of Allah is, the one, who calls himself, 'King of the Kings' or the like, or is so called by others and he is pleased with it. Sufyan said, 'This is like the tile ShahanShah.' [See,Kitab at-Tawheed by Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab]

Tawheed necessitates that none should be described with Names that are exclusively for Allah or names that have a similar meaning. Addressing someone as, 'The King of Kings' contains the sin of naming the person with what is exclusively to Allah and it is like making oneself similar to Allah by using this name, and comparing oneself to Him, the true King of the kings. Verily, the kings are numerous and the One who possesses all the kings is, Allah. The human being is only described as being king of something specific and he is not the king of everything. Thus, the one who owns a possession is called a king of that possession. However, the absolute comprehensive title of, 'The King of kings' - this is for Allah Alone. Here is a warning to all those who take such names and titles for themselves or attribute them to others, without perhaps, fully understanding the meaning or being aware of the great sin which they commit in doing so.

Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter -


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