Al-Khaliq – The Creator
Al-Khaliq appears 8 times in the Quran. This name has a root word Khalaqa, which means to create. It also refers to measuring and proportioning.
An apt example of Allah’s Power is mentioned when Allah is reminding Isa (as) of His favours upon him: “…who you designed from clay [what was] like a form of a bird with My permission…” (Al-Maidah 5:110)
Referring to the basis of life, Allah reminds us in the Quran: “Is it you who created it or are We the Creator?” (Al-Waqi’ah 56:59)
He also states: “He has created everything, and has measured it exactly according to its due measure.” (Al-Furqan 25:2)
A person should recognize his insignificance before the Creator, knowing the One who can create is also the One who will question one day. This attribute should also apprise the feeling of gratitude in a person realizing what a wonderful world and its inhabitants Allah has created for him. The slightest bit of imbalance in the galaxy alone can lead everything to its doom. But Allah’s Creation is perfect and controlled. He has not only created but set everything in its place too till an appointed time.
Al-Bari – The Evolver / The Maker
It means to create without previous example. It refers to inventing and bringing into existence what He has created and measured. The root word for Al-Bari is Bara’a. Allah creates everything from nothing and creates all things with the knowledge of what will happen to them.
Despite revolutionary advancements in science and research today man has still not been able to create life from nothing. To initiate the process of building life man is still dependent on a living cell. Al- Bari, the Evolver, created that cell. Genetic engineers are still clueless about this miracle. Another theory that is blatantly proved incorrect is the Darwin’s theory, which propagates how lifeless chemical compounds came together to create life.
Allah states: “He is Allah, the Creator, The Evolver- The Bestower of Forms. To him belong Al-Asma Ul Husna (the best names)…” (Al-Hashr 59:24)
Al-Mussawwir – The Bestower of Forms / The Fashioner
It comes from the word Sawwarah- To fashion, to give something a shape or appearance. Allah is the one, who designs all things and gives them their shape and form. Al-Mussawwir has been mentioned in the Quran 4 times.
Quran states: “Allah, it is He who has made for you the earth as a dwelling place and the sky as a canopy, and has given you shade and made your shapes good (looking) and has provided you with good things…” (Ghafir 40:64)
This is an incredibly important Ayah. For all of us who criticize and marvel at others’ looks must realize, whose creation are we challenging? Allah has declared that the form and appearance He gave us is the best according to Him. Why then do we belittle faces? Is it not equivalent to disgracing Al-Mussawwir’s creativity? Truthfully there is great wisdom and beauty in the tiniest creature like an insect right up to the huge mountains Allah formed.
He is Allah, Al-Khaliq, Al-Bari, Al-Mussawwir. If Allah wills something, He merely says to it ‘be’ and it comes into existence.