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60. Al-Mu’eed المعيد

Allah (SwT) has said,

“Surely He it is Who originates and reproduces, and He is the Forgiving, the Loving” (Qur’an, 85:13-14).

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. A man who is mu’eed is one who is knowledgeable of certain issues/topics, etc. Al-Ma’ad means: the Day of Judgment, of the Return to the Almighty.

According to one particular tradition, the Messenger of Allah (S) has supplicated saying,”... And make my abode in the hereafter good, for to it shall I return.” It is narrated that Gabriel asked the Messenger of Allah (S) once,”O Muhammad (S)! Do you have a nostalgic feeling for your place of birth, for your homeland (meaning Mecca, where the Prophet (S) was born)?!” He answered him in the affirmative, whereupon Gabriel quoted the Qur’anic verse saying,

“Most surely He Who has made the Qur’an binding on you will bring you back to the destination” (Qur’an, 28:85).

The Prophet (S) migrated from his birthplace, Mecca, to Medina in 623 A.D. and could not go back to it till he conquered it with his troops in the year 630 A.D., so he stayed away from home for seven years.

Al-Mu’eed brings life back to the dead. He gathers all beings for the Judgment Day together, lifting the veils from them and rewarding or punishing them, each according to what he/she had said and done. He tries them about how they fared with the blessings which He bestowed on them. Allah (SwT) will cause all things (beings as well as inanimate objects) to come to naught, then He will bring them back again into existence:

“Say: The One Who brought them into existence at first will give life [back] to them, and He is Cognizant of all creation” (Qur’an, 36:79).

We ought to return to Allah (SwT) regarding everything, and we have to bear in mind that Allah (SwT) created us when we were nothing at all; He determines our destiny.