AL-AWWAL (الأول) The First
AL-AKHIR (الآخر) The Last
AL-AWWAL is the One whose existence is without a beginning. No one is before Him. He is the beginning, before the existence of all of creation. He is the beginning of every action, command or thought. AL-AKHIR is the One whose existence is without end. No one is beyond Him. He is the last, after all of creation has passed away. These two names occurred only once in the holy Quran. They are complementary attributes, so they must be always used together.
- He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward. He has knowledge of all things. [Al-Hadid 57:3]