The Promoter - Al-Muqaddim
Al-Muqaddim, The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward
The root for Al-Muqaddim is q-d-m (ق-د-م) which can mean to precede and also to put at the front. The word for ‘foot’ in Arabic is ‘qadam’, as our feet move forward when we walk. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “O God! Forgive my past and future sins and whatever I have done in secret, and whatever I have done in public, and what You are more knowledgeable of than I. You are The One Who brings forward and Who delays, there is no deity worthy of worship but You”. (Muslim) We do not know what is in the unseen world, and thus we do not know the things that will be delayed and the things that will be hastened. The key is to trust in God's timing, and make the best of wherever you are put. One of the fruits of knowing God's attributes of bringing forward and delaying is that we should strive to ‘bring forward’ our good deeds, meaning hasten to them.