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Man is the Most Beautiful of Allah's Creation
  Taleemul Islam
  November 9, 2017

Allah the exalted says in the holy Quran:


لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ فِي أَحْسَنِ تَقْوِيمٍ


 “We have created man in the best composition.” (The holy Quran 95:4)


Allah has created man the most beautiful of all His creation. Ibn 'Arab: asserts that there is no creature of Allah more beautiful than man, because Allah, besides granting him life, he gave him knowledge, power, speech, hearing, sight, planning and wisdom…


A Wonderful Story of Human Beauty

Imam Qurtubi, on this occasion, cites a story of 'Isa Ibn Musa Hashimi. He was a high ranking officer in the royal court of Caliph Abu Ja'far Mansur. The officer loved his wife very much. Once he was sitting with his wife in a moonlit night and suddenly cried out:


'You are divorced thrice if you are not more beautiful than the moon.'


As soon as the wife heard this, she went into seclusion and veiled herself, on the grounds that the husband has pronounced three express divorces on her. It was said in joke. However, the law of express divorce is that it becomes effective whether uttered jokingly or seriously. 


'Isa Ibn Musa spent the night restlessly and in grief. The next morning, he paid a visit to Caliph Abu Ja'far Mansur and recounted to him the whole story. Caliph Abu Ja'far Mansur invited all the jurists (Fuqaha) of the city and put the case before them. All the jurists unanimously agreed that the divorce has become effective, because no human being can possibly be more beautiful than the moon. 


There was, however, one scholar, a student of Imam Abu Hanifah, who remained silent. Mansur asked him: "Why are you so quiet?” He recited 'Bismillah to the end' and then recited Surah Tin (وَالتِّينِ وَالزَّيْتُونِ) and explained: 


"Oh Ruler of the Faithful (Ameerul Mumeneen)! Allah says that He has created man in the best composition or in the finest mould. Nothing can be more beautiful than man." Having heard this, all the scholars and jurists were perplexed. None of them opposed him. Mansur ordered that the divorce is not effective (she is not divorced because human being is beautiful than the moon).


Reference: Ma'ariful-Qur'an , Volume 8, page: 825