“He is the First, the Last, the Manifest and the Inward. He is the All-Knower of everything.” (Surah al-Hadid:3)
The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him explained these Beautiful Names of Allah to us in the following dua:
“You are the First, there was none before You. You are the Last, there will be none after You. You are the Manifest, there is nothing above You. You are the Inward, there is nothing close to you.”
Allah, all praises and glory be to Him, is the First, al-Awwal, and He is also the Last, al-Akhir. There was none before Him and there will be none after Him. Allah, all praises and glory be to Him, was there at the beginning and He will be there at the end. Nothing compares to Allah, He is the Eternal, Self Subsisting One. From Him we come and to Him we return.