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Beauty in Islam

“Indeed, We have adorned the nearest heaven with an adornment of stars.”(Qur’an 37:6)

Between the concept of beauty and Islam there is no barrier; further, it is a direct line between them through the creation of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Just think at the creation of the Universe, for instance. You will see the beauty in the way all things were created, put in order and function by the will and power of the Supreme Creator. He tells us about the beauty of His creation in the Qur’an Kareem by what means:

“[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?Then return [your] vision twice again. [Your] vision will return to you humbled while it is fatigued.”(Qur’an 67:3-4)

“[More precisely], is He [not best] who created the heavens and the earth and sent down for you rain from the sky, causing to grow thereby gardens of joyful beauty which you could not [otherwise] have grown the trees thereof? Is there a deity with Allah ? [No], but they are a people who ascribe equals [to Him].” (Qur’an 27:60)

“It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases – that you may know the number of years and account [of time]. Allah has not created this except in truth. He details the signs for a people who know.” (Qur’an 10:5)

And the things He created for our use are adorned with beauty for us to behold:

“And the grazing livestock He has created for you; in them is warmth and [numerous] benefits, and from them you eat. And for you in them is [the enjoyment of] beauty when you bring them in [for the evening] and when you send them out [to pasture].” (Qur’an 16:5-6)

Even on the Day of Judgment, beauty will have its role to play as it radiates from the faces of the people of Paradise showing their happiness and full satisfaction:

“[Some] faces, that Day, will be radiant,” (Qur’an 75:22)

And when Allah mentions what He has prepared for the righteous on the Day of Judgment, He describes this in a more fascinating and beautiful way:

“In them are women limiting [their] glances, untouched before them by man or jinni – So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? – As if they were rubies and coral.” (Qur’an 55:56-58)

So in light of all these and many other verses in the Qur’an, how can one say that beauty is not reckoned with in Islam?




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