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"He is Allah, Al-Bari (the Creator, the Inventor), Al-Musawwir (the Bestower of Forms or Colours)." (Qur'an, 59:24).



There different viewpoints regarding the explanation of "al-Bari": One says it refers to the One Who brings about something out of nothing, the One Who creates something which was never there before. Allah is al- Bari of creation, the One Who brought about all things into existence out of non-existence.

The other meaning conveys the cutting off or severing of something. The root verb of this word means cutting and shaping something.  Allah has created or initiated the creation without a model; bariyyah means those whom He has created.

Another meaning is curing or healing. A wise saying state that one who is cured should express gratitude to the One Who cured him.

Ja`fer ibn Sulayman is quoted to have said that he passed once by a blind old woman grieving over herself and wailing, so he asked her, "What does it take to sustain you?" She answered him saying,

"Stop sticking your nose where it does not belong; I have reached this stage of life without needing you or others."

Then she added, "Have you not heard the statement made by the Friend of Allah who said, `[Allah] Who created me then showed me the way, and He provides me with food to eat and with water to drink, and when I am sick, He restores my health to me' (26:78-80)?"

One, who knows the real meaning of "al-Bari", therefore, is not one whose heart is not affected by events, nor can momentous events overtake him by surprise. It is also said that anyone who comes to know Who al-Bari really is will dissociate himself from claiming to have anything to do with his own form or shape, fearing his Creator's Might, knowing that he is not doing Him a favor by worshipping and obeying Him.

It is also said that He is the One who has dissociated Himself from everyone else; the One Who is never surprised by whatever events take place. It is also said that anyone who recognizes Him as al-Bari will dissociate himself from committing anything prohibitive, seeking refuge with the King, the Most Forgiving One.

In the light of the aforesaid, it is a core trait of a true believer to know well the meaning of the name of Allah "Al-Bari" because it makes one of the actual foundations of his true faith.



Allah, in the Qur'an, called Himself Al-Musawwir. This can be said to mean "The Fashioner and Bestower of Forms. He is the One who forms and shapes all that exists. Al-Musawwir gave everything its own distinct shape and inclination or desire. Even eith the known great variety of the creation, yet every single creature is unique!

Al-Musawwir comes from the root saad-waw-raa, which points to three main meanings: to form, fashion, sculpt, imagine, or picture something; to make something incline, lean, or bend.

Linguistically, khaaliq, baari’, and musawwir (as it came in the verse above) are interrelated in meaning and deal with the aspects of Allah 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 manner that He wills.

Al-Musawwir Himself says (translation): 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. [Quran, 59:24]

A true believer, then, has nothing to grieve about when he knows that Allah, his Creator fashioned for him the form and colour he found himself. If beautiful and admirable to all, he thanks God and becomes grateful. But if he finds his form not admirable to all, he knows Allah had a wisdom for fashioning him like that and thus he is grateful too for being saved from the temptations other forms would have put him through.



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