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Saturday, October 24, 2020

99 Attributes of Allāh: 'Al-Mubdi’ - The Originator, The Initiator


Allāh - The 'Al-Mubdi’ " ٱلْمُبْدِئُ  " - The Originator, The Initiator : He Who has created everything from nothing without any model for the first time. Now look around and imagine who trillions of stars, planets, living beings have been created from nothing. It is 'Al-Mubdi’ who planned and created and then shaped them beautifully everything that exists in the entire universe. and He alone is the producer, none can claim to be his co-producer or His equal.
This just our Solar System out of countless billions and trillions such systems of the universe- each planet different in colour and shape. It is only 'Al-Mubdi’ Who can originate, shape and produce such awesome creations [Photo: Pixabay]

Although 'Al-Mubdi’ is not specifically mentioned in the Quran as an attribute of Allah, it has been derived from many verses which mean creativity of Allah:

قُلۡ هَلۡ مِنۡ شُرَكَآئِكُمۡ مَّنۡ يَّبۡدَؤُا الۡخَـلۡقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيۡدُهٗ​ ؕ قُلِ اللّٰهُ يَـبۡدَؤُا الۡخَـلۡقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيۡدُهٗ​ؕ فَاَنّٰى تُؤۡفَكُوۡنَ‏ 
Ask them: 'Is there any among those whom you associate with Allah in His divinity Who brings about the creation of all beings in the first instance and will then repeat it?' Tell them: 'It is Allah Who brings about the creation of all beings and will then repeat it. How are you, then, being misled? [Surah 10 Yunus :34)

As can be seen from the above verse, the attribute is from the root b-d-' " بۡدَ "which in classical Arabic means: (1) to begin, create, make something new, (2) to make something be first, have precedence, (3) to contrive a new thing, (4) to invent, to do first, (5) to commence, start, at the beginning. 

اَمَّنۡ يَّبۡدَؤُا الۡخَـلۡقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيۡدُهٗ وَمَنۡ يَّرۡزُقُكُمۡ مِّنَ السَّمَآءِ وَالۡاَرۡضِ​ؕ ءَاِلٰـهٌ مَّعَ اللّٰهِ​ؕ قُلۡ هَاتُوۡا بُرۡهَانَكُمۡ اِنۡ كُنۡتُمۡ صٰدِقِيۡنَ‏ 
Who is it Who creates in the first instance and then repeats it? Who is it Who provides you with sustenance from the heavens and the earth? Is there any god associated with Allah (in these tasks)? Say: "Bring forth your evidence, if you are truthful." [Surah 27. An-Naml:64] 

And the same theme is repeated again:

اَوَلَمۡ يَرَوۡا كَيۡفَ يُبۡدِئُ اللّٰهُ الۡخَـلۡقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيۡدُهٗ ؕ اِنَّ ذٰ لِكَ عَلَى اللّٰهِ يَسِيۡرٌ‏ 
Have they never observed how Allah creates for the first time and then repeats it? Indeed (to repeat the creation of a thing) is even easier for Allah (than creating it for the first time). [Surah 29. Al-Ankabut: 19]

In fact this attribute 'Al-Mubdi’ is embodiment of many other attributes of Allah:
  • Al Khaliq (The Planner) is the One Who originally creates and has the power to change things from one state to another, in and out of existence.
  • Once  Allah creates a thing it is the Al Mussawar (The Fashioner) attribute of Allah that arranges forms and colors, and shapes objects and livings beings to give them beauty. Seen with the Al Khaliq attributes, for instance a lion is created, then it is the Al Mussawar that gives it a unique shape, colour and add tones to add to its beauty.
  • Al Bāri' (The Evolver) creates from existing matter, making and evolving that which is free and clear of imperfections, free and clear of any other thing.
  • Al Badi (The Originator) creates amazingly original ways that have no precedent whatsoever.
  • In order to restore and add perfection it is Al Mu'īd Who repeats and revives that which had been previously invented. In 13th verse of Surat 85. al-Buruj, it is said: "Surely He it is Who originates and reproduces." 
The two attributes 'Al-Mubdi’ (the Originator) Al-Mu'īd (the Restorer) - have a thin line difference. When a thing is originated which had no precedence it is called a beginning. And when that creation is no more, like a man dies and is buried, it is Allah alone who would restore him on the Day of Resurrection and made answerable to their deeds.

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

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