“He shaped you and then made your shapes beautiful (Fa aḥsana ṣuwarakum)” (40:64)
This Quranic verse has been kicking around in my head for the past week, trying to unravel its intrinsic meaning. I’ve read the taf
Usually, the first question that pops into one’s mind is, if Allaah shaped us in the best forms, then why
You see, one of God’s names is Al-Musawwir (The Shaper of Beauty). In this verse, Allaah says not only did He sculpted each and every one of us but that He did it so well and with perfection. Allaah uses the verb
Conventional wisdom already teaches us that the concept of beauty
Allaah shaped each and every one of us with the real properties of objective beauty. Our
It’s only when humans interact with
In the same way, these two individuals will have established a form of a subjective measure of beauty based on each other’s physical attributes even though it doesn’t alter the real beauty that Allaah endowed us with. In other words, how others might perceive your physical appearance (based on their taste) does not change in any way or form the objective beauty you were shaped with. Similarly, how people’s opinions cannot change the facts.
Allaah says in his Qur’an that the human being was created weak — forever bound to the inherent constraints of human nature. And we judge each other based on these superficial beauty standards that we constructed in our weakened state. Which is why the Prophet (SCW) acknowledged that some people will always assess others based on their subjective interpretations of beauty: “Allaah does not look at your outward appearance and your wealth. He looks only at your hearts and your deeds.” (Muslim). Essentially, saying that Allaah already knows our objective beauty since He shaped us with excellence and as such can never become
If Allaah, in His infinite wisdom, proclaimed that He not only shaped you but made your forms beautiful, who can say otherwise?