The greatest name is not the same for everyone; it differs. For example, for Imam ‘Ali (May God be pleased with him) it was the six names Single, Ever-Living, Self-Subsistent, Sapient, All-Just, and Most Holy. For Imam al-A‘zam, it was two names; Sapient and All-Just. While for Ghawth al-A‘zam it was Ever-Living. For Imam Rabbani, the greatest name was Self-Subsistent, and so on; many other people held different names to be the greatest name.
In connection with this Fifth Point being about the name Ever-Living, as both a blessing, and a witness, and an evidence, and as a sacred proof, and as a prayer for ourselves, and as a happy conclusion to this treatise, we include the following, uttered by God’s Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) in the supreme supplication called al-Jaushan al-Kabir, which shows the extremely elevated and comprehensive degree of his knowledge of God. We shall travel in the imagination to that time and saying “Amen” to what the Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) said, shall utter the same supplication with his voice as though saying it ourselves:
O He who was living before all living beings;
O He who shall live after all living beings;
O Living One whom no living being resembles;
O Living One whom nothing is like;
O Living One who needs no other living being;
O Living One who takes no living being as partner;
O Living One who causes all living beings to die;
O Living One who provides the sustenance of all living beings;
O Living One who restores to life the dead;
O Living One whom death touches not —
Glory be unto You! There is no god but You! Mercy! Mercy! Deliver us from Hell-fire! Amen!
Glory be unto You! We have no knowledge save that which You have taught us; indeed, You are All-Knowing, All-Wise.(2:32)