The Only One, The One, The Creator of Diversity from Unity, The Manifestation of Unity
The Unique, The One without a partner.
The One unique starting point from which all else has arisen. The One source from which all of creation springs forth.
The One whose unity includes all that appears as diverse, separate or individual.
From the root w-h-d which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
to be one, to be made one, to be called one
to connect, join, unite
to be unique, singular
to be one apart from others
This name is used in the Qur'ān. For example, see 39:4
The ancient roots of Ahad point toward to the essential qualities which describe Unity, while the ancient roots of Wāhid point toward the manifestations which arise from that Unity.
That which is Ahad cannot be divided into parts, or any parts distinguished. That which is Wāhid has the appearance of being divisible into separate parts, or being comprised of separate parts.
Ahad is used to refer to the One, the sole One, the One who was not begotten and who has ever been alone, the One who has no second, the Indivisible.
Wāhid indicates the solitary Starting Point, the One Source, the First of the Many, from which all of creation has arisen as manifestations of Unity. From a human point of view, the manifestations may appear separate and diverse, but in reality they are One. (Also written as al-wahid, al-waahid, the One: ya wahid, ya waahid)
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