Explanation of 17:110

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English Translation of Al-Quran [17].Surah Al-Isra’ [The Journey By Night] also known as Surah Bani Israel [The Children of Israel] Ayat 110. Say (O Muhammad SAWW: "Invoke Allah or invoke the Most Beneficent (Allah), by whatever name you invoke Him (it is the same), for to Him belong the Best Names. And offer your Salat (prayer) neither aloud nor in a low voice, but follow a way between. [Tafseer] Rahman describes one of the attributes of Allah—His Grace and Mercy which come to the sinner even before he feels conscious of the need of it the preventive Grace which saves Allah’s servants from sin. Allah can be invoked, either by His simple name, which includes all attributes, or by one of the names implying the attributes by which we try to explain His nature to our limited understanding. The attribute of Mercy in Rahman was particularly repugnant to the Pagan Arabs that is why special stress is laid on it in the Qur’an. These Beautiful Names of Allah are many. The Hadith related by Tirmidhi, accepted by some as authentic, mentions 99 names of Allah. All prayer should be pronounced with earnestness and humility, whether it is congregational prayer or the private outpouring of one’s own soul. Such an attitude is not consistent with an over-loud pronunciation of the words, though in public prayers the standard of permissible loudness is naturally higher than in the case of private prayer. In public prayers, of course, the adhan or call to prayer will be in a loud voice to be heard near and far, but the chants from the Sacred Book should be neither so loud as to attract the hostile notice of those who do not believe nor so low in tone as not to be heard by the whole congregation.