Allah SWT says: “Say, ‘Call upon Allah or call upon the Most Merciful. Whichever [name] you call - to Him belong the best names.’” (Al-Isra’: 110)
Al-Bukhari, Muslim and at-Tirmidzi narrated a hadith of the Prophet (pbuh), that is: “Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated – he said: ‘Allah has ninety-nine names – one hundred less one – no one memorises them except that he enters Paradise, and He (Allah) is [an] odd [number] and He loves odd.’” (Muslim: 2677)
Now, let us make it a practice (‘amal) that which has been studied by the previous ulama pertaining to the benefits and virtues of al-Asma ul-Husna for which the ulama had conducted many experiments (and through their own experiences) in terms of the meaning, fadilat (virtues) and khasiat (benefits), as a branch of knowledge that gives benefits and virtues to the people of faith. As for the people of faith, they will put them into practice sincerely as one of the methodology in a du’a (supplication). The method of making du’a by mentioning al-Asma ul-Husna has certainly met that which is required by Allah SWT who motivates and recommends the people of faith to recite (mention) His names upon beseeching or imploring Him in their supplications to Allah SWT for something good.
YAB Tuan Guru Dato 'Haji Nik Aziz bin Nik Mat was born in Kelantan on January 10, 1931. His education started in Malay and Arabic. After graduating from high school, he continued his studies at Deoband (Darul Ulum), India and obtained Master Degree in Arts (M.A) in the field of Islamic Law and Judiciary from al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
Initially, he served as a teacher at Ma'ahad Muhammadi, Kota Bharu before venturing into a political and independent preacher. In 1967, he began to be active in politics.
He was the Kelantan Hilir Member of Parliament (1967 - 1974), Pengkalan Chepa Member of Parliament (1974 - 1986), Kelantan State Assemblyman of the Semut Api (1986 - 1995) and Kelantan State Assemblyman Chempaka (1995 - 12 February 2015).
Appointed as the Chief Minister of Kelantan on 22 October 1990 to 6 May 2013. This well-known figure was also the Head of the Central PAS Ulama Council (1971 - 1995), Kelantan PAS Commissioner (1978 and General Adviser (Mursyidul Am) of PAS (1991 - 12 February 2015)
He married Datin Hajjah Tuan Sabariah binti Tuan Isaac and they were blessed with 10 children.
On 12 February 2015, the late Master Dato 'Nik Abdul Aziz bin Nik Mat passed away at his home, Melaka Island, Kota Bharu, Kelantan.