God is Eternal

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God is Eternal

The Arabic words used to denote eternality in the following verses of the Qur’an are:

  • al-‘awwal, which means “the first without beginning”
  • al-‘akhir, which means “the everlasting”
  • al-hayy, which means “the ever-living”

Al-‘Awwal & Al-‘Akhir

Surah Al-Hadid Chapter 57 Verse 3

He is the First and the Last, the Most High and the Most Near. And He is the All-Knower of everything.[1]


Surah Al-Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 255

Allah [swt]! None has the right to be worshipped, but He, the Ever-Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them in this world and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His r footstool extends over the heavens and the earth and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.[2]

Surah Al-'Imran Chapter 3 Verse 2

Allah [swt]! None has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists.[3]

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