(The Restorer)

Al-Mu'id Meaning:

The Reproducer, The Restorer, The Renewer.

Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ is Al-Mu’id (in Arabic: ٱلْمُعِيدُ), He is the restorer, the one who refashions a thing. He is the One who on the day of resurrection will recreate us back to life.

Mentions of Al-Mu'id:
From Quran & Hadith

From the root ‘-w-d which has the following classical Arabic connotations: to return to something to repeat, reproduce, to come back to restore, to renew.

As we've mentioned in the last name, different scholars have different criteria for what qualifies as a name of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ. Of the 99 names, 81 are explicitly mentioned in the Qur'an. Therefore, there is not one agreed-upon list for the remaining 18 names. al-Mu'id is one of those names which is not included by certain scholars. This list includes Ibn Mandah, Ibn Hazm, and Ibn Hajar, among others. However, others, such as Ibn Arabi, Imam al-Bayhaqi, and al-Ghazali, have included this name in their lists. More commonly, al-Mu'id is included in lists that mention the 99 Names of Allah.

Al-Mu'id is often used in juxtaposition with the name al-Mubdi (the starter). In this case, al-Mu'id refers to the quality of Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ as being able to restore. He is the starting point from which all creation begins and to Him we will be restored. This attribute is also understood to be the one who repeats. He creates a thing which is new and unique and it is repeated.

يَوۡمَ نَطۡوِي ٱلسَّمَآءَ كَطَيِّ ٱلسِّجِلِّ لِلۡكُتُبِۚ كَمَا بَدَأۡنَآ أَوَّلَ خَلۡقٖ نُّعِيدُهُۥۚ وَعۡدًا عَلَيۡنَآۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا فَٰعِلِينَ

Yawma natwis samaaa’a kataiyis sijilli lilkutub; kamaa bada’naa awwala khalqin nu’eeduh; wa’dan ‘alainaa; innaa kunna faa’ileen

English Translation:
"The Day when We will fold the heaven like the folding of a [written] sheet for the records. As We began the first creation, We will repeat it. [That is] a promise binding upon Us. Indeed, We will do it." (Qur'an 21:104)

قُلْ هَلْ مِن شُرَكَآئِكُم مَّن يَبْدَؤُا۟ ٱلْخَلْقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيدُهُۥ ۚ قُلِ ٱللَّهُ يَبْدَؤُا۟ ٱلْخَلْقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيدُهُۥ ۖ فَأَنَّىٰ تُؤْفَكُونَ

Qul hal min shurakaaa ‘ikum mai yabda’ul khalqa thumma yu’eeduh; qulil laahu yabda’ul khalqa thumma yu’eeduhoo fa annaa tu’fakoon

English Translation:
"Say, “Are there of your ‘partners’ any who begins creation and then repeats it?” Say, 'Allah begins creation and then repeats it, so how are you deluded?'" (Qur'an 10:34)

أَمَّن يَبْدَؤُا۟ ٱلْخَلْقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيدُهُۥ وَمَن يَرْزُقُكُم مِّنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۗ أَءِلَـٰهٌۭ مَّعَ ٱللَّهِ ۚ قُلْ هَاتُوا۟ بُرْهَـٰنَكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ صَـٰدِقِينَ

Ammany yabda’ul khalqa thumma yu’eeduhoo wa many-yarzuqukum minas sammaaa’i wal ard; ‘a-ilaahun ma’allah; qul haatoo burhaanakum in kuntum saadiqeen

English Translation:
"Is He [not best] who begins creation and then repeats it and who provides for you from the heaven and earth? Is there a deity with Allah? Say, 'Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.'" (Qur'an 27:64)

إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ يُبْدِئُ وَيُعِيدُ

Innahoo Huwa yubdi’u wa yu’eed

English Translation:
"Indeed, it is He who originates [creation] and repeats." (Qur'an 85:13)

أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا۟ كَيْفَ يُبْدِئُ ٱللَّهُ ٱلْخَلْقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيدُهُۥٓ ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ يَسِيرٌۭ

Awa lam yaraw kaifa yubdi’ul laahul khalqa summa yu’eeduh; inna zaalika ‘alal laahi yaseer

English Translation:
"Have they not considered how Allah begins creation and then repeats it? Indeed that, for Allah, is easy." (Qur'an 29:19)

We've written more extensively on how the believer benefits from the knowledge of these two names. We recommend reading the reflection provided at the end of the guide for the name al-Mubdi. There is one additional comment that can be made and that it's to realize when it comes to Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ it's never too late. We may feel as though the things we've done are irredeemable, that there is no saving for us. That much is not up to us to decide, “Verily, Allah has one hundred portions of mercy. From one portion the creation has been given mercy by virtue of which there is mutual love between the people and ninety nine portions are reserved for the Day of Resurrection.” [1]. We should focus on the things within our control, which include restoring our faith, doing good, and asking for His forgiveness. The rest is up to Allah سُبْحَٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَٰلَىٰ who we know is Ar-Rahman (The Beneficent), Ar-Raheem (The Merciful), and Ar-Ra'uf (The Benign One).

[1] Sahih Muslim 2753

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