When the Beauty of Creation convinces an Athiest

When the beauty of creation convinces an atheist…
Despite singing in the choir, Zahira from the UK, didn’t believe in God. But the more she looked at creation, the more it made sense that there had to be a creator. And when she discovered Islam, nothing could stop her.

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An Explanation of Allahs Beautiful Names and Attributes part 13

Al Khaaliq, Al Khallāq, Al Bari, al Mussawir
These Names are truly appreciated when taken together. They are all to do with Allah having the characteristic of creating.
26) Al Khaaliq
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an 8 times. It is mentioned in the singular form.
For example Allah says:
O mankind, remember the favor of Allah upon you. Is there any creator other than Allah who provides for you from the heaven and earth? There is no deity except Him, so how are you deluded? [al Faatir 35:3]
It is mentioned twice in the form of tafdeel – Khaliqeen. The plural khaaliqun is mentioned once. Altogether it has been mentioned 11 times.
27) Al Khallāq 
This Name of Allah appears in the Qur’an twice. Allah says:
Indeed your Lord He is the Knowing Creator [al Hijr 15:86]
Allah also says:
Is not He who created the heavens and the earth Able to create the likes of them? Yes, [it is so]; and He is the Knowing Creator. [Ya seen 36:81]
Linguistic meaning:
comes from root word khalaqa, meaning to create when there was nothing like it before. Both the Names have this meaning.
Shar’ee meaning:
Al Khataabi says; al-Khaaliq is the Name of Allah, and means Allah creating something from the very beginning, the very first thing for example, creating the pen, creating Adam. Al-Khallāq is creating everything else from that category – the exaggerated form of creating.
Then is He who creates like one who does not create? So will you not be reminded? [al Nahl 16:17]
The product of Allah
Allah azza wajal mentions in the Quran that He is ahsaanul khaaliqeen, the best of creators. This is meant metaphorically there are no other creators. When we look at tawheed our belief in the oneness of Allah we see two aspects: the unity of Allah and the unity of the creation. They are not mixed in any way. The creation is the product of Allah Al-Khaaliq. For example a chair: the cotton fabric comes from plants, the metal from rocks, and the wood from trees; all that people did is reassemble these sources into a piece of furniture. Human beings manipulate or reassemble that which already exists we cannot and will never create anything.
A mind-blowing argument
Most ayaat of the Quran are a reminder for those who believe in Allah azza wa jall, reminding them of Him as Creator and how to praise and be thankful to Him. In a few ayaat Al-Khaaliq powerfully presents the truth to atheists:
Or were they created by nothing, or were they the creators [of themselves]? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Rather, they are not certain. [al Tur 52:35-36]
The argument starts with Allah azza wa jall giving the atheists a first option: if they don‘t believe in a creator then were they created from nothing? Nothing cannot produce something, that‘s the first option cancelled. Allah gives them a second option: then, did you create yourselves? If you didn‘t exist then you can‘t do any creating. Allah azza wa jall continues: did you create the heavens and the earth? Even if they claim to have created themselves, did they create the vast heavens and earth? Indeed, they are uncertain; somebody had to create them. Al-Khaaliq leaves mankind with these two options to think about. That is the logic of belief in Allah azza wa jall, and the believers should be able to convey these ayaat or verses.
Benefits we can learn from these Names
1. True belief in the Oneness of Allah. He created and continues to create. He is unique in being the creator. The one who creates deserves worship. The very fact that He created us and everything else is a sign that Allah deserves to be worshipped. Affirm that Allah has true control over us. Have muhabba for Him.
2. Strengthen your relationship with al-Khaaliq. If there is anything you desire, ask the One who creates everything; if you desire children ask Al-Khaaliq, but also turn to Him for the smallest matters. The Messenger of Allah salallahu alayhi wa sallam said: Each of you should ask for his needs from Allah, even if the strap of your sandal breaks, because if Allah does not facilitate it, it will never be possible. [At-Tirmidhi] No evil eye, magic, or any force on earth can prevent what Al-Khaaliq has destined to come into existence. Fir’awn tried his best to prevent Musa alayhi sallam from coming into being and growing up to destroy his kingdom, but when Al-Khaaliq decides to create something, it will be. So ask Him for all your needs and wishes.
3. Don‘t fear created things. Don‘t fear the creation, only fear the Creator. Stop fearing people‘s opinions, poverty, failure, etc., and focus on pleasing Al-Khaaliq. He will suffice for your needs. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam said: Whoever sought the pleasure of Allah though it was displeasing to the people then Allah becomes pleased with him, and will make the people pleased with him, and whoever sought the pleasure of the people though it was displeasing to Allah then Allah becomes displeased with him and will make the people displeased with him. [Ibn Hibban, At-Tirmidhi]
4. Don‘t call people creator. In the English language to create is also used in the senses of forming, producing, or making. However, referring to creating we must not use it for people in the sense of making something existent from nothing, calling people creator.
5. Look at nature. Allah al-Khaaliq says: [And] who created seven heavens in layers. You do not see in the creation of the Most Merciful any inconsistency. So return [your] vision [to the sky]; do you see any breaks? [al Mulk, 67:3]
And the earth We spread it out and cast therein firmly set mountains and made grow therein [something] of every beautiful kind, Giving insight and a reminder for every servant who turns [to Allah]. [Qaaf 50: 7-8] Remember Al-Khaaliq by looking at and pondering over His creation.
Al Khaaliq and other Names 
Allah says Khaliq al-Aleem the Knowing Creator. These Names are mentioned together because Allah created everything and knows everything that the creation is doing and all that they will do. He is the Creator and Only He knows what’s best for creation. So when He commanded or prohibited something then it‘s with His full knowledge that He has and He knows what’s good and what’s not good for the creation.
28) Al Baari’
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Quran 3 times. For example Allah says:
He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best Names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [al Hashr 59:24]
Lingustic meaning: 
something that is far away. Something that it is free from another thing. Something that could be similar. Something that differs.
Shar’ee meaning:
The One who makes species, likens things, puts into categories, makes things similar. When He does this, He makes it so that every single creation/species is different from one another – being far from each other. Khaaliq creates initial creation, Khallāq extended creations and Al Baari sorts out the creation.
Benefits we can learn from this Name:
1. Appreciate who Allah is and how great He is. Every single creation is different. For example everyone has a different fingerprint. When we understand these 4 Names, we can understand how great Allah is. Greatness in the field of creation. Perfect In everything.
2. Have firm belief in Allah as creator. A Bedouin who lived in the desert and who expressed it most eloquently, when he was asked, How do you know your Lord? He said: If you see the camel dung you know that a camel has passed this way, and if you see a footstep you know that a person has passed this way, so the heaven with its stars and the earth with its mountain passes and the oceans with their high waves all point to the existence of the All-Hearing, All-Seeing.
3. The Messenger of Allah salallaahu alayhi wa sallam said: There is no obedience to the creation, in disobedience to the Creator. Obedience is only in what is good. [al-Bukhari]. Be very honest with yourself and look at how many occasions in your life you‘ve actually tried to please the creation instead of pleasing al-Baari‘. Then renew your intention (niyaa) to strive for the pleasure of Him only.
4. Ponder over the creation. Look at the morning or evening sun, at tiny insects, flies, plants, and flowers. Study science and do so with the intention of pondering His creation. Also seek cure in the places Al-Baari‘ revealed to His Prophet.
29) Al Musawwir
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qu’ran once. Allah says:
He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best Names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [al Hashr 59:24]
Lingustic meaning: 
to fashion, to design, to complete.
Shar’ee meaning:
Allah designs how each creation looks like, and fashions them and completes them in appearance inside/out. Al Musawwir gave everything its own distinct shape and inclination or desire despite the great variety of the creation every single creature is unique. Linguistically, khaaliq, baari‘, and musawwir are interrelated in meaning and deal with the aspects of Allah azza wa jall as Creator; all the rest is creation. Al-Musawwir bestows forms and not by way of copying He is far above that. Al-Musawwir says Be! and it is, with the Attributes and the form that He has chosen for it. He does what He wills and creates what He wills in the form that He wills.
The Relation of Al Khaaliq, Al Baari’ and Al Musawwir
In Surah al-Hashr, Al Musawwir is mentioned after al-Khaaliq (The Creator, The Maker) and al-Baari‘ (The Originator). Some scholars have said that in this ayah the attribute of creation refers specifically to Allah‘s determination of what He creates, so it comes first. The Name Al Baari‘ refers to the creative act of bringing about what Allah wills to create. Finally, the Name Al-Musawwir (the Fashioner) refers to giving each created thing its particular form. So Allah decrees what He creates, brings it into existence, and specifies its particular, unique form.
Scholars also have differentiated between these three Names as follows: Al Khaaliq is the One who created from nothing all creatures that exist, according to their decreed qualities. Al Baari‘ is the One Who made man from al-baraa, i.e., clay. Al Musawwir is the One Who creates various forms and shapes. So Al Khaaliq is a general word, Al Baari is more specific and Al Musawwir is even more specific.
Benefits we can learn from this Name
1. Be happy with how Al Musawwir shaped you. Allah azza wa jall says:
It is He who forms you in the wombs however He wills. There is no diety except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [Ale Imran, 3:6] Be content with how Al Musawwir shaped you by His ultimate wisdom. For example, if we were as beautiful as the Prophet Yusuf alayhi salam, would we be able to withstand the temptations he faced? When you look at yourself in the mirror, say Alhamdulillah. If Shaytan tempts you to complain about any of your facial or body features, remember those who are blind, sick, or disabled.
2. Live up to your potential. Know your position.
Indeed, We have created the human being upon the best of forms. [at Teen 95: 4] Al-Musawwir created and formed you with a particular brain, heart, face, and limbs, which differentiate us from the animals. How do you use them? You will be questioned on the Day of Judgement as to how you use your hearing, your sight, and your hearts. So use these faculties to do as many good deeds as you can and don‘t use them to harm yourself or others by sinning, nor by going to forbidden places.
3. Worship Al-Musawwir alone. Allah azza wa jall alone deserves your worship. This is the Creation of Allah.
This is the creation of Allah. So show me what those other than Him have created. Rather the wrong-doers are in clear error [Luqman 31:11] Remember this ayah when you feel tempted to turn to others for your desires instead of to Al-Musawwir.
4. Ask Al-Musawwir. Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth able to create the like of them? Yes Indeed! and He is the Superb Creator (of all), the Ever-Knowing.
His Command, is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, ‗Be‘ and it is! So exalted is He in whose hand is the realm of all things, and to Him you will be returned. [Ya Seen 36:82-83] Al-Musawwir perfected everything you see around you; don‘t you think He can solve all your problems? So remember when you supplicate: nothing is impossible for Al-Musawwir.
5. Understand the prohibition of making pictures of living creation, those with a soul. What is meant by soorah – means face as pertained in another hadith. Reason is that it could lead to shirk. Allah is Al-Mussawir so we are taking right of Allah by doing this.
Side note: The greatest comfort for the heart is Qur’an. Ayah before the Names and Attributes in Surah Hashr is one about mountain crumbling if the Qur’an was revealed on it, out of fear and awe of Allah. We should remember this when we read and listen to the Qur’an.

An Explanation of Allahs Beautiful Names and Attributes part 7

13) Al-Jabbaar
This Name of Allah appears in the Qur’an once. Allah says:
He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. [al Hashr 59:23]
Linguistic meaning:
· comes from Jabara – to repair/mend/correct/provide a remedy.
· Jabbaar means ‘adheem (mighty), qawee (powerful), taweel (high over everything)
Shar’ee meaning:
· at-Tabari says: it means one who takes care of whole of creation, commands the whole of creation, does what will help/benefit them and does things that will test them.
· Qatadah says: al-Jabbār is One who does what He wants, commands what He wants. He makes it obligatory on the creation like the rain, the sun, the clouds, to run on its fixed courses, they are compelled by Allah to do exactly what He wants them to do. As for mankind some say we are compelled to do everything, we have no free will. Some say Allah doesn’t know what we are going to do; we do it however we want to do it. Ahlus-Sunnah say, Allah has allowed for us to do good deeds and bad deeds and He knows exactly what we are going to do.
4 ranks of Qadar
1. Al ilm – the knowledge. Allah knew exactly what was going to take place, before anything happened. He knew absolutely everything.
2. Al kitaaba – the writing. Allah commanded the pen to write down what will occur, from the beginning of time to the end of time.
3. Mashe’ah – free will. Then Allah allowed the things to take place, He granted the things to happen.
4. Khalq; creation/creating – then He created the creation for these things to happen / to be carried out.
The writing of the qadar hasn’t forced the creation to do anything because Allah has allowed things to happen. Then He created the things that will happen. Free will has already been allowed even before we were created. Thus Allah being Al Jabbaar, the One who compels and does what He wants to the creation, He compels and forces the creation that doesn’t have free will to run exactly how He wants. Then, He has prohibited what He wanted to prohibit and made obligatory what He wanted to make obligatory. He has rule over the whole of creation but as a sign of being just, He allowed us to have free will to do what we want to do so that on yawmal qiyamah, we have no argument that we didn’t have a choice in what we chose to do. Imam S’adi said Al Jabbār is the Compeller. Includes being above the whole of creation. He is the one that deserves the du’a [calling] of the people.
Three types of jabr
Jabbaar occurs ten times in the Quran, but is only used once for Allah ‗azza wa jall. Nine times jabbaar refers to the people oppressing others and only Allah is al-Jabbaar in a positive sense. His might is in the sense of power; Al-Jabbaar is the One who compels the tyrants, overwhelming them with His power and might.
His might is in the sense of mercy; Al-Jabbaar mends the broken-hearted by restoring peace of mind as well as reward if they are patient. Allah says about Umm Musa
And the heart of Musa‘s mother became empty [of all else]. She was about to disclose [the matter concerning] him had We not bound fast her heart that she would be of the believers. [al Qasas, 28:10]
Allah Al-Jabbaar mended her heart and so is He comforting to the oppressed and firm with the unjust; both Fir‘awn and the mother of Musa alayhi sallam will deal with Al-Jabbaar. He is the One Who solaces and comforts the oppressed and punishes the tyrants and arrogant. His might is also in the sense of greatness; Al-Jabbaar is far above His creation, yet close to them, hearing and seeing all they say, do, and even what they think.
Al Jabbaar – The Mender
An amazing example of Allah being Al Jabbaar the Mender is seen in the story of at-Taa‘if. After Rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wassalam was driven out of the city in such a cruel way, his body and heart were literally broken and this is seen in the du‘a he made immediately after this incident.
O Allah I complain to you of my weakness, my lack of resources and being unimportant before the people. O Most Merciful of those who are merciful. You are the Lord of the weak and You are my Lord too. To whom do you leave me? To a distant person who receives me with hostility? Or to an enemy You have given authority over my affairs? As long as You are not angry/displeased with me, I do not care. Your favour is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your countenance by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the hereafter is set aright lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased and there is no might nor power except with You.
This was the call of Our Prophet, broken out of fear that Allah was displeased or angry with him. Allah mended his heart in many ways after this incident. He first sent the Christian slave Addas to Rasoolullah with grapes, who recognised him as a Messenger of Allah and who hugged and kissed his blessed feet. Then Allah sent Jibreel who told him about the angel of the mountain who was ready to destroy the people if the Messenger so wills. But we all know Rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wa sallam said not to do so, for he had hope that from the descendents of the people of Taa‘if, will come those who say la ilaaha illalah. And soon after this incident the biggest mending came from Al Jabbaar in the form of the miraculous journey of Israa wal mi‘raaj. Also the people of Taa‘if did become Muslim, after the opening of Makkah. Truly Allah heals the hearts of the broken. So when we are broken due to any of life‘s hardships and calamities, we should call upon Allah just like Rasoolullah sallahu‘alayhi wassalam did, and then we will see the way Allah manifests this name Al Jabbaar in our lives.
Benefits that we can learn from this Name
1. Everything is predestined. Know that Allah has decreed what He wants to decree and He changes the decree how He wants but any changes are already part of what He wrote. The du’a of a person is raised up to Allah and if something that was going to befall a person was coming down, the du’a fights the qadar, until the qadar returns. But that du’a itself was part of qadar and it was allowed by Allah to overcome the qadar that was coming down.
2. Allah does everything with a Principle, He is the law giver, Al Jabbār, doesn’t command anything except that it is completely or predominately beneficial. And that He doesn’t prohibit anything except that it is completely or predominantly harmful. An example of this is alcohol. Although there may be some benefit in alcohol, it is predominantly harmful and thus it is prohibited. Allah says:
They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, “In them is great sin and [yet, some] benefit for people. But their sin is greater than their benefit.” And they ask you what they should spend. Say, “The excess [beyond needs].” Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought. [al Baqarah 2:219]
3. Reflect on how Al Jabbaar compels you. Al Jabbaar compels you by creating you in the way He wills you to be. You are compelled to accept your form and shape as well as the beating of your heart, your blood circulation, firing nerve cells, the way your brain works, falling asleep, and waking up. These are all involuntary actions– they are compelled by Allah‘s power. Every day, take time to reflect on the way you are made and let it increase you in emaan in the perfect power and might of Al Jabbār, who compels the creation to be as He wishes.
4. Don‘t be jabbaar. The attribute of jabr does not befit people; you are supposed to be an ‗abd (slave) of Al-Jabbaar. Jabbaar is not just tyrant ruler; you can be jabbaar when you harm or hurt other people‘s feeling or undermine their authority. Thus does Allah seal over every heart [belonging to] an arrogant tyrant. [al Ghaafir, 40:35]. An example is not listening to your parents and hurting them by your words or actions. Allah says to not say to them [so much as], uff, and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. [al Israa, 17:23]. So never be arrogant.
5. Mend someone‘s heart. If you have oppressed someone, ask for their forgiveness straight away. If you see people suffering, try to talk to them and show them your care. Mend someone‘s heart because Al Jabbaar will mend yours in times of need.
6. Turn to Al Jabbaar to fix your faults . Do you feel like you don‘t have enough time or skills to accomplish your goals? Never lower your standards; rather raise your faith in Al Jabbār to fix your deficiencies, put your life in order, and transform your sins.
14) Al Mutakabbir
This Name of Allah is mentioned in the Qur’an once. Allah says:
He is Allah, other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. [al Hashr 59:23]
Linguistic Meaning
1) To be great/kabeer, like the Name al-Kabeer or al-Akbar.
2) To be proud – something that is disliked in the characteristic for the creation, but as for the Creator it is pure and perfect.
Shar’ee meaning:
How is Allah Al-Mutakabbir? Allah is the only one that can be Mutakabbir for every benefit and blessing the creation has, it is due to Allah. We haven’t perfected any of the characteristics that Allah has given us, such as hearing, seeing – they are all limited because we are from the creation. But Allah is perfect in every characteristic. He was Al-Khāliq, before He even created. He was Al-Ghafoor before He forgave. He has no limit. He is proud for all of His Names and Attributes, they come from a pure, perfect form. Al Qatadah says: He is proud that He has no shar (evil). He is proud because He has no deficiencies, He judges justly. He has no sign or characteristic of evil. He is proud because He is the greatest, the Lord above the throne, He has the greatest reward and greatest punishment. He can command whatever He wants.
Allah Al-Mutakabbir versus the arrogant 
Allah azza wa jall describes people as mutakabbireen (arrogant) on multiple occasions in the Quran. They have arrogance in their hearts and actions towards Allah by disbelieving in His signs and they are arrogant to other people by looking down on them due to position, race, wealth, etc. The Prophet salallahu ‗alayhi wa sallam said: Allah is beautiful and loves beauty, arrogance is: rejecting the truth and looking down on people. [Muslim, At-Tirmidhee] Only Allah is al-Mutakabbir in a positive sense.
A lesson on how to battle pride
What is the opposite of kibr (arrogance)? It is humility, the adornment of a believer. Abu Hurayrah radiyallaahu anhu narrated that the Prophet salallaahu alayhi wa sallam said: no one will exercise humility for Allah‘s sake, except that Allah will raise him up [Muslim]
Urwah ibn Zubair radiyallaahu anhu said: I saw Umar carrying a large leather water canteen on his shoulder. I said to him, O Amir-ul-Mu‘mineen, you shouldn‘t be carrying that‘. Umar replied by saying, a delegation came to Medina and I saw their obedience to me, and some ‗nakwah‘ entered into my heart and I wanted to destroy it. We all know of the strong personality of Umar radiyallaahu anhu and yet when a small amount of pride (nakwah) entered into his heart, he hurried in an attempt to destroy it before it destroyed him.
Benefits we can learn from this Name
1. Fills the heart with true understanding and true comprehension that Allah has perfect Names and Attributes. Fills our heart with knowledge that Allah is Al Mutakabbir.
2. Sign to us all, that whenever we have any pride for any of the blessings Allah has given us, it can cause it to be taken away by Allah due to this pride.
3. Be great by being humble. The greatest strength that you can attain is to have true reliance upon Allah azza wa jall and to seek His support in hardship and ease. The highest level of greatness you can attain is to show humility to your Lord.
4. Respect others for the sake of Allah. Allah says:
O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the Name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers. [al Hujaraat 49:11].
Your knowledge of others is only by perception. Don‘t mock or insult others as they might have a higher position with Al-Mutakabbir than yourself. The Prophet salallaahu alayhi wa sallam said: Whoever possesses an atom‘s weight of kibr will not enter into the paradise [Muslim]. Abu Bakr radiyallaahu anhu said: Let not any Muslim belittle another Muslim, for the lowest of the Muslims is great in the Sight of Allah.
5. Battle arrogance. Allah azza wa jall is the only true king and you are His slave let‘s not forget this. It‘s easy to fall into arrogance (takabbur), thinking you know better and transgressing the limits set by Allah al-Mutakabbir. Keep checking your heart for feelings of arrogance creeping in and deal with them straight away by reminding yourself of the greatness of Allah. Al-Hasan al-Basri said: I wonder at the son of Adam! He uses his hand to wash himself from his waste once or twice a day, yet he seeks to compete with the All-Mighty? Don‘t get carried away with your wealth or achievements, know it is from Al-Mutakabbir and not from yourself. The way to avoid arrogance is to remember Allah as much as we can until it becomes a habit to instantly thank Him for any good that comes our way, so increase in saying alhamdulillah. Every day ask Allah al-Mutakabbir to save you and protect you from the evil of pride and arrogance.