Pearl of Wisdom
'The bane of obedience is [the ensuing] disobedience.'
Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Ibid. no. 3918
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"... as We originated the first creation, so shall We reproduce it, a promise (binding on Us); We shall surely bring it about" (Quran, 21:104).
Both "al- Mubdi" and "al-Mu`eed" are among Allah's Attributes, and most of those who have discussed them have dealt with them jointly.
In Surat al-A`raf, we read the following: "Say: My Lord has enjoined justice, and set your faces upright at every time of the prayers and call upon Him, being sincere to Him in obedience; just as He brought you forth in the beginning, so shall you also return (to Us)" (Quran, 7:29).
And in Surat al-Naml, we read: "Or Who originates the creation then reproduces it, and Who gives you sustenance from the heavens and from the earth? Is there a god with Allah? Say: Bring your proof if you are truthful" (Quran, 27:64). In Surat al-`Ankabut, we read this verse: "Say: Traverse the earth and see how He makes the first creation, then Allah creates the latter creation; surely Allah has power over all things" (Quran, 29:20). Surat al-Room mentions these Attributes in two places:
Allah originates creation, then He reproduces it, then to Him you shall be brought back. (30:11) He it is Who originates the creation then reproduces it, and it is easy for Him, and His are the most exalted Attributes in the heavens and the earth, and He is the Mighty, the Wise. (30:27)
In Surat al-Buruj, we read: "Surely He it is Who originates and reproduces" (Quran, 85:13).
Linguistically, the root word of this Attribute means to start, begin, initiate, and the like. Allah starts, begins, initiates, the creation of all beings and Who brings them into existence. In Surat Saba', we read the following: "... falsehood shall vanish and shall not come back" (Quran, 34:49). This verse may be paraphrased thus: "What can falsehood initiate, and what can it bring back?"
Al-Mubdi has brought the cosmos into being without a prior model, Who created all the worlds in a perfect manner, Who initiates the giving to and the assistance of His servants, proving Himself as the best to rely on.
One who remembers the Attribute "al-Mubdi" ought to seek His forgiveness whenever he remembers it and to always stay attentive while supplicating to Him.