Al-Matin / Al-Mateen

(The Firm One)

Al-Matin Meaning:

The One with extreme Power which is un-interrupted and He does not get tired.

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Matin (in Arabic: ٱلْمَتِينُ), meaning His power is steadfast. It is the same as it was yesterday and will remain tomorrow. He is ever constant, firm, and loyal.

Mentions of Al-Matin:
From Quran & Hadith

From the root m-t-n which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to be strong, stout, firm, hard, to be solid, robust, to be steadfast, certain, sure, to possess any quality in a strong degree, the hard outer or apparent part of something, elevated and hard ground.

The names al-Qawiyy (The Strong) and al-Matin (The Firm) are often grouped together for being closely related in their meaning. The distinction is Al-Qawiyy refers to Allah's strength, He possesses perfect power. Al-Matin/Al-Mateen is an extensions of His strength but focuses on it's intensity. It refers to the quality of being solid, unwavering, unshakable. When used in pairing with the name ar-Razzaq it means His provision is firm, it refers to how it flows and never gets interrupted or depletes. When paired with the name al-Qawiyy, it means His strength is firm, nothing can challenge it or disrupt it.

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ هُوَ ٱلرَّزَّاقُ ذُو ٱلْقُوَّةِ ٱلْمَتِينُ

Innal laaha Huwar Razzaaqu Zul Quwwatil Mateen

English Translation:
"Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength." (Qur'an 51:58)

Mentioned as a discrete name, there is only one instance of al-Mateen. There are two others verses where Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ describes His plan as being firm. We can't truly comprehend the nuances and intricacies of His plans but we know His plans are without flaws. "And you see the mountains, thinking them rigid, while they will pass as the passing of clouds. [It is] the work of Allah, who perfected all things. Indeed, He is Acquainted with that which you do." (Qur'an 27:88)

وَأُمْلِى لَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ كَيْدِى مَتِينٌ

Wa umlee lahum; inna kaidee mateen

English Translation:
"And I will give them time. Indeed, my plan is firm." (Qur'an 7:183)

وَأُمْلِى لَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ كَيْدِى مَتِينٌ

Wa umlee lahum; inna kaidee mateen

English Translation:
"And I will give them time. Indeed, My plan is firm." (Qur'an 68:45)

In life, we are either coming out of some difficulty or heading towards one. It's going to happen; life is a joyful experience mixed with some sadness. It's the way of life for everyone - to believe otherwise is naïve. We don't think anything can ever go wrong when things are going well. And when things are bad, we feel as though they will remain bad forever.

The believer benefits from learning about how Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is al-Mateen. We recognize the importance of being firm in both the good and the bad. We must try our best to be firm in our patience and in our deen. Anas said, "The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, most frequently said, "O Allah, O Overturner of hearts, make my heart firm in Your deen."[1] But we must also show flexibility with what Allah's has planned for us. The trials of life are not unique to us; many have gone through something similar. We need to not ask how to avoid the winters. That's not a possibility. Instead, we need to learn how to handle them. Some winters will be short, others will be long, and they will regularly come after fall. When it comes, remember to be firm in your faith and try to be relentlessly resourceful to find a way to handle the situation to the best of your capability.

It was narrated from Al Bara bin Azib that the Prophet said: "Allah will keep firm those who believe, with the world that stands firm in this world, and in the Hereafter. This was revelated concerning the torment in the grave. It will be said to him (the deceased: 'Who is your Lord?' and he will say: 'My Lord is Allah and my Prophet is Muhammad. That is what is (the meaning of) His saying: Allah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world, and in the Hereafter". [2]

[1] Sahih (Al-Albani) Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 683
[2] Sahih (Darussalam) Sunan an-Nasa'i 2057

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