Thursday 10 January 2019

99 Attributes of Allah: Al Khaliq (The Creator)

This is our third post on the 99 attributes of Allah, the Almighty. The five attributes mentioned in this post appear in the 24th verse of 59th Surah of the Holy Quran "Surah Al Hashr":

هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
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.

The Creator  الْخَالِقُ 
The first of the five attributes mentioned in the Surah Al Hashr is The Creator (Al Khaliq). And there seems no need actually to further explain this attribute as we are the bare witnesses ourselves to see the creations of Allah all around us. But what we see is only a very small fraction of Allah's creations as one cannot even fathom the vastness of the universe Allah has created.

It is revealed in 62nd verse of Surah Az-Zumar (The Companies) سورة الزمر:

ٱللَّهُ خَٰلِقُ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ ۖ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ وَكِيلٌ
Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is, over all things, Disposer of affairs.

The attribute "Khaliq" is from the root word "kh-l-q" which describe this attribute of Allah the best in the classical Arabic connotations:
  • To bring a thing into existence from non-existence 
  • To create something based on a pattern or model which one has devised
  • To measure accurately
  • To determine the proper measure or proportion for something
  • To proportion one thing according to another
Now in view of the definition and meaning of the word Kh-l-q above, look around once more and see for yourself how every thing has been precisely created with no deformity or mis-measurement. Our solar system is an excellent example of harmonious movement of planets that revolve around the sun, never being late even for a nano second. The winds and the weather changes that bring in seasons like spring with abundant multi coloured flowers adorning the earth  canvas with pleasing aroma that the flowers fill the environment around us. 

Ever noticed how many shades of green are around us? Trees and shrubs and grass are all green yet in one vicinity, there are many shades of green. Even if man had tried to do this, he would never have been able to.  No doubt, this is all by Allah; the Creator, the Maker, the Designer.
Triangulum Galaxy [Photo: NASA]
Just a few days back I came across a few photos of taken by the Hubble Telescope which had showed the Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy approximately 3 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. This is one of the farthest galaxies, but who knows what is even beyond this galaxy. And now just imagine how many billions and trillions of stars that are between us and the Triangulum Galaxy - this amply exhibits the Creation attribute of Allah.

And do you know Man is the best creation of the Almighty Allah. Just imagine who a fetus is conceived, nurtured and nourished in a protective seven layered mother's womb. The milk that is produced by the cows and sheep from green grass. The mountains that hold the earth in place and the oceans that are the birth place of clouds by evaporation of water that make raining making clouds. We have abundance of vegetable and animals that provide us food and from the green grass fodder is produced for the animals. Even a bee or an ant has a function to perform and ever wondered how this tiniest of creatures still have all the living organs for them to be living.

Wandering around one comes across so much creations by One and Only Allah which leave him in awe and bewilderedness. That is why Allah reminds the man much too often: So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? [Surah Ar Rehman 55 th Chapter]

We have here in this post touched only one attribute of Allah as mentioned in the opening verse mentioned. Although the second and third attributes mentioned above are correlated with the first attribute, we thought to take the Creator attribute separately for its is so powerful that it had to be narrated separately and individually. The remaining will be mentioned in posts to follow.
You may refer to our post "99 Attributes of Allah" for complete list of 99 attributes with meaning and explanations

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