Beautiful Names

Al-Badi

The Originator

God, may He be praised and exalted, is the Originator of creation, having created it without prototype.

He does not need previous knowledge to think, to investigate or to determine. He invents the originality of everything in creation. Everything He creates is a wonder, a marvel, unique, matchless, unequalled by anything else, since He created it from His knowledge.

Like the original creations, all the continuously created things are different from one another. Although they resemble each other, they are also diverse. Hadrat Omar, in reply to a man marvelling at a chessboard replied, “Why don’t you look at a man’s face, which smaller than a chessboard. Although his eyes, nose and mouth are in the same place, if you look at millions of men, you won’t find two faces alike. And when you add the variety of expressions, there are no end to the differences, as there is no end to the power, wisdom and originality of God, the Most High.”

Human beings cannot originate things in the same way; all we can do is discover what God has already created. As people observe phenomena with the gift of attention and investigate with their curiosity, they make discoveries based on the creation around us.

“The Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says, ‘Be!’ – and it is.” (Quran 2:117)

“He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have children when He has no wife? He created all things, and He is the All-Knower of everything.” (Quran 6:101)

“Everyone in the heavens and earth belong to Him, and all are obedient to Him. He is the One who originates creation and will do it again – this is even easier for Him. He is above all comparison in the heavens and the earth; He is the Almighty, the One who governs.” (Quran 30:26-27)

And God knows best.

 

Extracts from:-
‘The Meaning of the Names of our Lord’ by Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Jamal ar-Rifai ash-Shadhuli.
‘The Name and the Named’ by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak.