Al-Qayyūm (The All-Sustainer)

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

O Originator of the worlds, You are the One God, the Ever - Living, the All - Sustainer, You are the One upon Whom hopes are pinned.

All existence points to Your existence, and to Your majesty we fall in prostration.

The Prophet ( may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) heard a man supplicate, saying: “Allāhumma inni as’aluka bi’anna laka al

- hamd la ilāha illa ant Al - Mannān Badī‘u as - samāwāti wa al - ard ya Dhal - Jalāl wa Al - Ikrām ya Hayy ya Qayyūm ( O Allah, I implore You by virtu e of the fact that all praise is due to You, there is no god but You, the Bestower of Favors, the Originator of the heavens
and earth, the Owner of Majesty and Honor, O the Ever - Living, the All - Sustai ner).”

Thereupon, the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“By the One in Whose Hand my soul is, he asked Allah by His greatest name, which if He is supplicated therewith, He answers the supplication, and if He is asked therewith, He gives.”

[Narrated by Al - Tirmidhi; Sahīh (authentic)]

This is a message from our Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) to everyone leading a rough life; come to your Lord, empty your heart of anything apart from Him, and supplicate Him by His names Al - Hayy and Al - Qay yūm. He will surely respond to you and give you beyond what you hope for 

To Him alone we should turn. And only upon Him we should pin our hopes. We pause here with one of the beautiful names of Allah,  namely “Al - Qayyūm” (the All - Sustainer).

Allah Almighty says:

{And [all] faces will be humbled before the Ever - Living, the All - Sustainer...}

[Surat Taha: 111]

Our Lord, Exalted be He, He is self - subsisting and does not rely upon anyone for His existence or for His eternity. He is self - sufficient and is in no need for anyone.

{O people, it is you who stand in need of Allah; as for Allah, He is the Self - Sufficient, the Praiseworthy.}

[Surat Fātir: 15]

Our Lord, Exalted be He, sustains all creatures, whether in the heavens or the earth. None of them can remain alive without Him. They stand in need of Him from all aspects, and He does not need them in any way. Even the Throne and those angels who carry it, Allah Almighty sustains them.

Our Lord, Exalted be He, sustains the entire universe and all the creatures existing therein, in all their conditions. He preserves them, provides for them, and manages all their affairs at all times.

He also sustains His servants and records their deeds and words, the good and bad thereof, and He will recompense them accordingly on the Day of Judgment.

{Is He who is a Sustainer of every soul, [knowing] what it has done, [like any other]? But to Allah they have attributed partners. Say: “Name them. Or do you inform Him of that which He knows not upon the earth or of what is apparent of speech ?” Rather, their [own] plan has been made attractive to those who disbelieve, and they have been averted from the way. And whomever Allah causes to stray - there will be no guide for him.}

[Surat ar-Ra‘d: 33]

As part of His perfect divinity, the heavens and the earth got established and settled by His command and power, without any pillars.

{Indeed, Allah holds the heavens and the earth, lest they cease. And if they should cease, no one could hold them [in place] after Him. Indeed, He is All - Forbearing, All - Forgiving.}

[Surat Fātir: 41]

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