Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength. (Quran, 51:58)
This Name relates to Al–Samad in that it means the One who is firm in strength. Linguistically it also means something that rises and stays, as well as the hard or apparent part of something.
Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) reminds us He is Al-Mateen to address any trepidation we might have. We all have worries and fears, and we might even consider giving up on our values and principles for worldly gain. But Allah reminds us that He is Firm in strength.
Whenever you feel your resolve wavering, hold on to Him. When you feel weak, seek strength from the One who is the Most Strong. When you feel that you cannot be steadfast, hold on to the One who is Firm so you do not slip.
Allah reveals His Names to us so that we can turn to Him in every situation and be reassured no matter what troubles there are around us. Whenever you feel unsure, turn to Him and understand His Names and attributes so that you can have certainty that Allah can address all your fears and hesitation.
Allah’s Plan is Firm
And I will give them time. Indeed, my plan is firm (mateen). (Quran, 7:183)
When the world gets too hard to bear and all we see and hear are stories of injustice and pain, remember this verse: “Allah’s plan is firm.”
No one will escape His justice. He gives everyone time, and He gives everyone an opportunity to turn back. But if people persist with injustice, they will not escape the plan of Allah and will ultimately be brought to justice. No one, no matter how untouchable they might seem in this world, will escape the plan of Allah.
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(From Discovering Islam archive)