Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
Asalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakatuh
I am looking for the meanings of and the benefits of reading the names of ALLAH (SWT) and the methods in which to read them.
Although I have read them at times but I was hoping I could get some suggestions to sources for their authentic meanings ( names of books, links etc) because I have heard some say that you should know what the actual meaning is of the name by which you are calling upon ALLAH (SWT) or else you may not get the benefit you are looking for.
Also I have heard/read somewhere ( not sure at this moment where ) that excessive reading of these names may have an effect on the person, since ALLAHs names have powerful meaning & effect.
I have found some info on the internet and in some books
For eg : The name "Ar Rahman" ( The Most Beneficient ) : to be read as "ya Rahmanu" 100 times after every Salah . Benefit : improves memory ( in one place I read) and removes hardheartedness ( in another place I have read).
In case of many other names the number of times to be recited varies not always 100.
I would like to know if there is authentic hadith that backs up any of these or any work of any scholar etc so that I too can benefit from them.
I will InshaALLAH keep all muslim brothers & sister in my duas (please keep me in yours). If I have written something wrong please feel free to correct me as I am just an ordinary muslim of limited knowledge.