القوي المتين

Al-Qawiyyun

(ThePossessor of all Power and strength),

 

Al-Mateen (The Forceful and Firm)

 

The beautiful name Al-Qawiyy came in the Holy Quraan in several places. The translation of some of those verses is:

Surah Al-Shura (Ash-Shura), 19;

19. Allah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves. He gives provisions to whom He wills. And He is the All-Strong, the All-Mighty.

Surah Al-Mujaadila 21:

21. Allah has decreed: “Verily! It is I and My Messengers who shall be the victorious.” Verily, Allah is All-Powerful, All-Mighty.

Surah Hood (surah Hud) 66:

66. So when Our Commandment came, We saved Salih (Saleh) and those who believed with him by a Mercy from Us, and from the disgrace of that Day. Verily, your Lord, He is the All-Strong, the All-Mighty.
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The beautiful name Al-Mateen came in one place, that is surah Al-Dhariyaat 58, its translation is:

58. Lo! Allah! He it is that gives livelihood, the Lord of unbreakable Might.
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The two names are explained together as these together mean the ever-lasting and unbreaking Power and Force of Allah Almighty. Also Al-Mateen means Shadeedul- Quwwah i.e. Allah is extremely Powerful.

The “Al-Mateen” is very well explained as: history proves that Power was and is given to many nations. Although this power given to the nations is not the absolute power but mankind considers it to be very great power. For example,now great power is seen in the air in the form of very strong airplanes and space ships etc. But none of them are given the mataana i.e. firmness in the power. when strong wind or any type of storm comes the strong planes cannot fly and so the power is broken. In the past such strong powerful nations lived on this earth that no one could believe their end. But their power ultimately ended. So mataana is not given to anyone in this world. It is only Allah who is the Qawwiyyun- Mateen i.e. extremely powerful and Firm in Power. So Allah’s Power and Strength never ends, even it never decreases. The two names came together in the Holy Quraan to inform us that Allah’s absolutely extreme Power and Strength is firm and lasting forever!!!

The meaning of Al-Qawiyy is that nothing can make Allah humble in any field. Whatever is ordained by Allah shall happen; no one can stop it from happening. Allah honors whomever Allah wants, and humiliates whomever HE wills. Allah gives kingdom to whomever HE wills and takes kingdom from whomever HE wills. No one can change or overcome Allah’s Commands. Allah said in surah Aali-Imraan 160, its translation is:

160. If Allah is your helper none can overcome you, and if He withdraws His help from you, who is there who can help you after Him? In Allah let believers put their trust.

Surah Al-Baqarah 165, Its translation is:

  1. And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they (should) love Allah. But those who believe love Allah more (than anything else). If only, those who do wrong could see, when they will see the torment, that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is Severe in punishment.
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Think about the wrath of Allah, one jolt of earthquake breaks huge buildings into pieces! Thunder storm, floods and many other kinds were the causes of destruction of disobedient humanbeings. The nation of Aad was utterly destroyed by strong wind that blew continuously for 8 days and 7 nights. The Thamood nation was killed by horrible thundering sound. The homosexual nation of the Prophet Loot (Allah’s Peace andBlessings be upon him) was killed by a rain of stones. 

Again let us see Allah’s Help to HIS Prophets alaihim salaam: A dry path was made for Musa (Moses ) alaihi salaam and his followers in the middle of the sea/ocean. Water was standing as mountains on the two sides of the dry path. Musa alaihi salaam and the Muslims with him passed safely then Pharaoh and his army entered the path. Then by Allah’s Command, the two bodies of water reunited and Pharaoh and his army got drowned. There are many such examples in the Holy Quraan. Allah said in surah Al-Hajj verse 40:

Translation;

40.Those who have been expelled from their homes unjustly only because they said: “Our Lord is Allah.” -For had it not been that Allah checks one set of people by means of another, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, wherein the Name of Allah is mentioned much would surely have been pulled down. Verily, Allah will help those who help His (Cause). Truly, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.

In front of our eyes the proof of Allah’s Power and Strength is the presence of the heaven and the earth along with the huge storage of water in the form of oceans and rivers. We can see the water remaining inside the ocean and leaving the people nearby to live with comfort, but when Allah’s Anger comes due to the rebellion of the people, the same water changes into hurricane to destroy the thankless, disobedient human beings. 

We must fear Allah, must worship and obey HIM and must pray for HIS Mercy and Forgiveness.

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