Aqida Tahawiyya – 6

لَا يَفْنَى وَلَا يَبِيدُ

He does not perish (yafnaa) or pass away (yabiid)

This is to affirm that Allah is everlasting as he has said:

كُلُّ مَنْ عَلَيْهَا فَانٍ ﴿٢٦﴾ وَيَبْقَىٰ وَجْهُ رَ‌بِّكَ ذُو الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَ‌امِ ‌

Everyone upon the earth will perish, And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor. [Ar-Rahman 55:26-27]

Faniya – yafnaa – to pass away, to perish, cease to exist, come to naught, to come to an end.
baada – yabiidu – to perish, die, pass away, become extinct

As you can see fanaa (perish) and bayd (pass away) are mutaqaaribayn (synonymous) in meaning. The shaykh has put them together for ta’kiid (emphasis). And this statement also affirms and emphasises the statement, ‘daaimun bilantihaa – everlasting without an end’ as was discussed earlier.