Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The chapter of the meaning of the First and the Last
Hadith #1

حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم بن هاشم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن ابن أذينة، عن محمد بن حكيم، عن ميمون البان قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام وقد سئل عن قوله عز وجل " هو الأول والآخر " فقال: الأول لاعن أول قبله ولا عن بدء سبقه، وآخر لا عن نهاية كما يعقل من صفات المخلوقين ولكن قديم أول [و] آخر لم يزل ولا يزال بلا بدء ولا نهاية، لا يقع عليه الحدوث، ولا يحول من حال إلى حال، خالق كل شئ.

1. We were told by Muhammed bin Musa bin Mutawakkil, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim, from his father, from Ibn Abi Umayr, from Ibn Adheena, from Muhammed bin Hukaym, from Maymun al-Baan, that he said: I heard Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, whilst he was asked about the saying of Him, Exalted and Glorious is He: «He is the First and the Last» (57:3) to which he said: The First, not (in the sense) of a first before Him, nor of a beginning that preceded Him, and the Last, not (in the sense) of an end, as is conceivable about the characteristics of creatures. Rather, (He is) Ancient; a First and a Last, has not perished nor does perish, with no beginning nor end. No incidence occurs upon Him, nor does He change from one condition to another condition, the Creator of everything.