AL-AWWAL-The First The Very First
The One who is the first, the beginning, the foremost. The Prior-Existing One who existed before all of creation.
The One who was before any thing or any being. The One who is the cause of all the worlds.
The One who is the beginning of every action, command or thought.
From the root a-w-l which has the following classical Arabic connotations:
to be first, principle, to be before
to come back to, to return
to precede, to be the first part
to be foremost
This name is used in the Qur’ān. For example, see 57:3
Awwal (first) and ākhir (last) are complementary attributes.