Sunday 21 June 2020

99 Attributes of Allāh: Al-Muqīt - The Maintainer

Allāh is Al-Muqīt " ٱلْمُقِيتُ " (pronounced Al Muqeet) - The Maintainer, the Sustainer and the Controller. 

مَّن يَشْفَعْ شَفَاعَةً حَسَنَةً يَكُن لَّهُ نَصِيبٌ مِّنْهَا ۖ وَمَن يَشْفَعْ شَفَاعَةً سَيِّئَةً يَكُن لَّهُ كِفْلٌ مِّنْهَا ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ مُّقِيتًا ۝

"Whoever joins himself (to another) in a good cause shall have a share thereof, and whoever joins himself (to another) in an evil cause shall be responsible for it, and Allah controls all things" (Quran, 4:85).

Linguistically, Al Muqīt means the Sustainer. It is Allāh who has created the universe and all living beings and it is He alone who Maintains and Sustains them. It is He who Over Watches them and Controls the affairs of the world.  Allah says in 10th verse of Surat 41 Fussilat: 
"And He made in it mountains above its surface, and He blessed therein and made therein its foods, in four periods: alike for the seekers" 
Sustenance includes not only a supply of food for the body, but also an endless supply of loving-kindness for the heart. Thus Al Muqīt hears the silent supplication and responds to it and knows the affliction and removes it.

In fact the entire world is like a big dinning table where means of sustenance for every creature that Allah has created have been laid out. No one goes hungry, materially or spiritually from it. That is Al Muqīt not only caters for the bodily needs of His creations but also the spiritual needs as well and gives them peace of mind by listening to their supplications and fulfilling these. And it is Only He who can sustain and maintains His entire creation.

You may refer to our post "99 Attributes of Allāh" for complete list of 99 attributes of Allah Almighty with meaning and explanation.

You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Quran

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