The Restorer - Al-Muʿīd
Al-Muʿīd, The Reinstater Who Brings Back All
Imam Al-Ghazali, may God have mercy on him, says about this Name that just as God started creation, "He is also the One who will restore them.” This Name is paired with His Name Al-Mubdi. There is another aspect to His Name Al-Mu`īd that is related to our hearts. Some of us may have gone through years of being on an “eman (faith) high.” Our acts of worship were improving and submission to God Almighty was easier. But somewhere along the way, something was lost. Slowly, our faith chipped away; things that we would never dream of doing before became acceptable. And if you think you can never go back to how you were before - or better - you are negating God's power to bring up and restore—to bring you back. So don’t give up on yourself. We all mess up and sometimes it lasts for a while, but God Almighty can bring you back. The companion Hanḍala told the Prophet ﷺ that he felt like a hypocrite because he could not maintain his levels of faith when he was away from the Prophet ﷺ. But the Prophet ﷺ told him that that was normal, and fluctuations in faith do not make one a hypocrite. The important thing is to keep up our good deeds and stay away from the bad.