Saturday 31 October 2020

99 Attributes of Allāh: Al-Mu'īd: The Restorer, The Re-Creator

Allāh is the Creator - The Al Khaliq (الخالق) and Al-Mubdi' (المبدئ - the Starter) of the entire universe and humanity. But all that He has created is time barred for a day will come when every living being will perish and lost in the dust. And then on the Day of Resurrections, He with His infinite powers will resurrect and restore all the living beings to be answerable for their deeds in their earthly life - for He is The  Al-Mu'īd "ٱلْمُعِيدُ " - The Restorer, The Re-Creator: The One Who Brings Back All.

Although, the attribute The  Al-Mu'īd "ٱلْمُعِيدُ "  has not been specifically mentioned in the Qur'an, it has been derived from many verses of Qur'an wherein Allah says that IF He has the capability to create a thing, isn't it easier for Him to recreate the same or restore it after has disintegrated. Herein under are some examples from Qur'an:

Surah 10. Yunus verse 34: 

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?
 This question has been posed to bring home to them the folly of the doctrine of shirk. The argument is this: When Allah originates the creation and has the power to bring it back again, where do the gods you have set up come in? If you think a little, you yourselves will realize that there is no room for anyone in the universe for any claim or title to your reverence or worship or servitude.
Surah 27. An-Naml verse 64:

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?81 Is there any god associated with Allah (in these tasks)? Say: "Bring forth your evidence, if you are truthful.

Surah 29. Al-Ankabut verse 19:

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 85. Al-Buruj verse 13:
اِنَّهٗ هُوَ يُبۡدِئُ وَيُعِيۡدُ​ ۚ‏ 
He it is Who creates for the first time and He it is Who will create again,

Linguistically, the root word of this Attribute means: to return, to go back. We supplicate thus: "Lord! We plead to You to grant us a return to Your House," that is, to go back to the Ka`ba after having visited it or after having been there.

As mentioned before in the beginning, Al-Mubdi' (the Beginner) and Al-Mu'īd (the Restorer) are two opposite attributes. That is He is the one Who initially bestows the existence of everything, specially the living beings, and when this origination is not preceded by something like it, it is called a beginning; but when it is preceded by something like it, then it is called restoration - that is all things began with Him and are restored to Him; began in Him and in Him are restored.

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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