The Everlasting - Al-Bāqī

Al-Bāqī, The Immutable, The Infinite, The Everlasting

The Everlasting - Al-Bāqī - Al-Bāqī

The Name Al-Baqi and its derivatives come from the root baa-qaf-ya, which means: to remain, continue and to be permanent. Imam Al-Ghazali, may God have mercy on him, tells us that “the everlasting is such that the projection of its existence into the future has no end.” The root of our heartbreak is attachment to that which does not last. And this is where we can see how intimately God knows us. He tells us His attribute of permanence—He is Al-Baaqi. When everything else leaves or dies, He is with us. There is no heartbreak if we are attached to Him—He will always remain. As He tells us Himself: “Whatever you have will end, but what God has is lasting. And We will surely give those who were patient their reward according to the best of what they used to do.” [Qur’an, 16:96] So just like we work hard to make temporary things last, let us work even harder for the ultimate permanence. As God tells us: “Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring (Al-baaqiyaat) good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.” [Qur’an, 18:46]

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