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Tuesday 14 April 2020

99 Attributes of Allah: Al-Muqtadir - The All Powerful Determiner

Allah is Al-Muqtadir " ٱلْمُقْتَدِرُ " - The All Powerful Determiner, The Dominant. The One whose Might is Great and through His overwhelming Power controls all His creatures. The One whose power enforces all decrees and ordains the course of all affairs. The One whose decree prevails in every situation.

Allah calls Himself Al-Muqtadir— The Omnipotent, The All Powerful Determiner— on two occasions in the Quran:

وَاضۡرِبۡ لَهُمۡ مَّثَلَ الۡحَيٰوةِ الدُّنۡيَا كَمَآءٍ اَنۡزَلۡنٰهُ مِنَ السَّمَآءِ فَاخۡتَلَطَ بِهٖ نَبَاتُ الۡاَرۡضِ فَاَصۡبَحَ هَشِيۡمًا تَذۡرُوۡهُ الرِّيٰحُ​ؕ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ عَلٰى كُلِّ شَىۡءٍ مُّقۡتَدِرًا‏ 

"(O Prophet), propound to them the parable of the present life: it is like the vegetation of the earth which flourished luxuriantly when it mingled with the water that We sent down from the sky, but after that the same vegetation turned into stubble which the winds blew about. Allah alone has the power over all things." (Surah 18 Al Kahf :45) 

Allah has power over everything. He gives life and also death, He causes the rise and the downfall. It is by His command that the seasons change. Therefore, O disbelievers, if you are enjoying prosperity today, you should be under no delusion that this condition will remain forever. That God, by Whose command these things have been bestowed on you, has the power to snatch away all this by another command.

None can escape Allah's wrath and chastisement when they transgress the bound laid by Him:

كَذَّبُوۡا بِاٰيٰتِنَا كُلِّهَا فَاَخَذۡنٰهُمۡ اَخۡذَ عَزِيۡزٍ مُّقۡتَدِرٍ‏  

"but they gave the lie to Our Signs, to all of them. Thereupon We seized them with the seizing of the Most Mighty, the Most Powerful."(Surah 54. Al-Qamar: 42) 

Al-Muqtadir is from the root q-d-r which has the classical Arabic connotations as (1) to measure something, know the measure of something, (2) to distribute, allot or apportion the suitable measure, (3) to decree, to ordain, to decide a matter (as though measuring it to fit), (4) to exercise thought in preparing something, to make use of reason, (5) to intend or determine something, (6) to have the power to accomplish, to be rendered able. 7) to be able to prevail, to be empowered.

This root appears 132 times in the Quran in 11 derived forms. Examples of these forms are taqdiru (“is decreed”), qadran (“a measure”), and maqdooran (“destined”).

In fact "Al-Muqtadir" is a superlative of "Al-Qadir" which enhances the prestige and awe inspired by the latter. Qādir, from this same q-d-r root,  indicates the supreme ability to make a decree or ordain something, while Muqtadir points to the supreme power by which that decree is enacted.

Related attributes:
Qawī - Strong - the One who is all-mighty and possesses inexhaustible strength.
Matīn - Firm - the One whose nature it is to be firm, determined and steadfast.
Qahhār - Dominator - the One who dominates, conquers, overpowers
Qādir - the One whose nature it is to decree, ordain, appoint, measure-out, decide.
We must be humble in our lives for whatever we are or whatever we have, has been blessed by Allah, for He alone is the Determiner to decide how much is to be given to who. And we just cannot on our own fetch even a straw if it has not been willed by Allah.

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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