Monday 19 October 2020

99 Attributes of Allah: Al-Muqīt - The Nourisher, The Sustainer

Allah has created a fathomless universe which has no bounds. It houses billions and trillions of stars, galaxies and planets and perhaps many earthlike planets where people like us may be dwelling. Despite the colossal set up, no stars bump into each other and everything moves in a pure mathematically calculated timeframe. Who is in in charge of all this? Who is sustaining and maintaining this? 

It is Allah,  the Al-Muqīt " ٱلْمُقِيتُ " (pronounced Muqeet) - The Nourisher, The Sustainer, The Preserver, The Maintainer, who is the only Master who has the power and ability to control, over watch and maintain His unversed. Besides, He also sustains countless living species on earth like ours and has made ample arrangements for their sustenance. Even living things inside rocks and under the sea bed where human have yet to reach are being provisioned for their living. 

Allah also over watches His servants and is on the lookout to reward those who walk on the path of truth and gives time to evil doers to come back to His path. While instantly rewards those doing good, He keeps giving leverage to those following the ways of Satan so that His wrath may not catches them before adequate time has been afforded to them for repentance. Thus He not only sustains His creation physically, but also conditions and maintains their souls.

مَنۡ يَّشۡفَعۡ شَفَاعَةً حَسَنَةً يَّكُنۡ لَّهٗ نَصِيۡبٌ مِّنۡهَا​ ۚ وَمَنۡ يَّشۡفَعۡ شَفَاعَةً سَيِّئَةً يَّكُنۡ لَّهٗ كِفۡلٌ مِّنۡهَا​ ؕ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ عَلٰى كُلِّ شَىۡءٍ مُّقِيۡتًا‏ 
(4:85) He who intercedes in a good cause shall share in its good result, and he who intercedes in an evil cause shall share in its burden. Allah has power over everything.
It is all a matter of choice and luck. One has the opportunity to struggle for the cause of God, and to urge others to strive for it in order to raise the banner of the Truth and be rewarded by God for so doing. Likewise, one also has the opportunity to expend one's energy trying to create misunderstanding among God's creatures and to demoralize people in their struggle for His cause thus incurring His chastisement.
Muqīt come from the root qaaf-waw-taa, which carries four main meanings. The first meaning is to supply, maintain, and sustain. The second main meaning of this root is to feed and nourish. The third is to keep, preserve, and guard, and the fourth is to witness, observe, and watch over.

So while Al Muqīt sustains and nourishes us, we should too make our efforts to help those who are in need and needed to be maintained. This can be done by paying Zakat and giving away charities and alms profusely to those in need for we have been given not only for our own sustenance but also to help others by sustaining them. Allah gives ample to some and less to others to test those who have been given enough or even more than their needs whether they fill their coffers with extra or give out to others in need.

May Allah helps us to sustain and nourish others as He keeps our needs and sustains and maintains us. Aameen.

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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