Saturday 17 October 2020

99 Attributes of Allah: Al Muqaddim - The Expediter

Allah in His al might is the Al Muqaddim  " ٱلْمُقَدِّمُ " - The Expediter, The One who Brings Forward.

Allah has well planned the affairs of the universe and mankind. It is He alone who creates conditions for anyone to be advanced in higher status, rank or position at the appointed time. None can hasten the working of the clock and time for time and a man's luck or fall moves at a time established by Allah. It is up to the man to strive sincerely and faithfully for his ambitions and goals to be realized. It is only then Allah chooses sincere and obedient servants for higher ranks, living and position.

Likewise, Allah gives time for the wrong doers to correct their paths and steer their lives to the truth which has been brought to them by the messengers and prophets of Allah. But that is not forever. Once a guidance has been given, time is given, sometimes shorter and sometimes again and again, as is evident in the promise made by Allah in the 61st verse of Surah 16. An Nahl (The Bee):

وَلَوۡ يُؤَاخِذُ اللّٰهُ النَّاسَ بِظُلۡمِهِمۡ مَّا تَرَكَ عَلَيۡهَا مِنۡ دَآبَّةٍ وَّلٰـكِنۡ يُّؤَخِّرُهُمۡ اِلٰٓى اَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى​​ۚ فَاِذَا جَآءَ اَجَلُهُمۡ لَا يَسۡتَـاۡخِرُوۡنَ سَاعَةً​ وَّلَا يَسۡتَقۡدِمُوۡنَ‏ 
(16:61) Were Allah to take people to task for their wrong-doing, He would not have spared even a single living creature on the face of the earth. But He grants them respite until an appointed term. And when that term arrives, they have no power to delay it by a single moment, nor to hasten it.

That is if Allah were to punish for wrong doings, who else could be there to stop Allah from doing so. The name Muqaddim is not specifically used as a Beautiful Name in the Qur'ān. From the word "  يَسۡتَقۡدِمُوۡنَ‏  " linguistically, q-d-m, the root word of this Attribute, has been derived means advancing, promoting, or preferring.

Many nations flourished which found the truth and sincerely held on to it and Allah advanced them in higher positions of respect and wealth. both spiritual and material. But those who refused to obey Allah and His messengers and prophets and openly defied, were obliterated from their very basic roots and foundations. So while Allah, the Al Muqaddim, expedites elevation of His obedient servants, He delays His wrath, owing to His attribute Al-Mu'akhkhir (المؤخر) - The Delayer, on the disobedient and disbelievers and affords them time to mend their ways. The names Muqaddim (promoter) and Mu'akhkhir (delayer) are opposites.

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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