64. Al-Qayyum القيوم

Allah (SwT) has said,

“Alif, Lam, Mim. Allah, (there is) no god but He, the ever-Living, the self-Subsisting, the One through Whom all things subsist” (Qur’an, 3:1-2).

One who is qayyim is a master and organizer of affairs. The”qayyim” creed is the Hanafi faith. The day of qiyama is the Day when everyone will stand before Allah (SwT), Lord of the Worlds, for judgment. Al-Qayyum is never created; He manages all affairs.

Al-Qayyum exists absolutely on His own, not through others, while every living being exists through Him and because of Him. Nothing, no life whatever, can ever be sustained without Him. Al-Qayyum is the ever-Lasting, the Eternal Who never suffers extinction. He affects justice and equity, Who is self-Sustaining, Who never sleeps.

According to Abdullah‎ ibn ‘Abbas‎, whenever the Messenger of Allah (S) صused to stand up to perform his night prayers, he would say,”Lord! All Praise is due to You! You are the Lord of the heavens and the earth! All Praise is due to You! You are the Qayyum of the heavens and the earth and everything in them; all Praise is due to You! You are the Light of the heavens and the earth; all Praise is due to You! You are the King in the heavens and the earth; all Praise is due to You! You are the Truth; Your promise is true, the meeting with You is true, Your speech is the truth; Paradise is true; the Fire is true; the prophets ص are truthful; Muhammad (S) is truthful, and the Hour is true! Lord! To You have I submitted; in You have I believed; on You have I relied; to You is my return; for Your sake do I dispute; Your judgment do I seek; so, I implore You to forgive my sins, the ones I have committed and the ones I may commit in the future, what I have concealed and what I have declared, for You are the One Who advances and Who postpones; there is no god but You, and there is no strength nor might except in Allah (SwT).

According to another tradition, he has invoked His Maker saying,”O hayy! O Qayyum! We solicit Your help by Your mercy! Lord! I invoke You to mend my affairs, all of them, and not to permit me to rely on my own self even for a twinkling of an eye, nor for a shorter period, nor on anyone from among Your creation.”

Imam Ali has said,”During the Battle of Badr, I participated in the battle for some time, then I came to the Messenger of Allah (S) to see what he was doing, and I found him making sajda while repeating, ‘O hayy! O Qayyum!’ So I went back to the battlefield, then I came back to him and I saw that he was still repeating the same words. I kept going there and coming back to him, and he was still doing exactly the same thing till Allah (SwT) granted us victory.”

Abdullah‎ ibn ‘Abbas‎ is quoted as saying that the Greatest of all Attributes of Allah (SwT) is al-Hayy al-Qayyum. Anyone who truly realizes that He, Glory to Him, is the Qa’im, Qayyim, Qiyam and Qayyum will never detach his heart from loving the Creator.

Al-Qayyum connotes His independence and the dependence of all others on Him, that He does not need anyone while everyone needs Him.

Allah (SwT), Glory to Him, is the Only al-Hayy al-Qayyum: He exists on His own, whereas everything that exists depends on Him to continue existing. So rely on al-Qayyum besides Whom you need no other supporter, nor is there anyone else besides Him who can sustain you, nor can anyone else teach you whatever you need to know.