We know that the Quran affirms that man is the best creation of Allah. But, does the Quran go further to suggest that 'Man is made in the image and likeness of God' or the lesser 'man is made in the image of the universe' that is claimed by the Christian theology in the Bible and Eastern traditions like Hinduism? Here image is not necessarily a physical image or form.

Edit: There are some references in the Hadiths which suggests that Man is made in the image of God. Is this accepted as a genuine hadith by Islamic scholars? The hadith “Allah created Adam in His/his image (`ala suratihi)” was narrated from Abu Hurayrah by both Bukhari and Muslim.


Answer on seekershub.

Al-futuhat al Makiyyah of ibn 'Arabi

  • Does Allah have a form or formless? I've have heard different opinions on this from scholars. – Naveen May 27 '16 at 3:28
  • @Naveen May I know the reason behind this question? – ARYF May 27 '16 at 6:29
  • Maybe this is helpful islamqa.info/en/20652 – Medi1Saif May 27 '16 at 8:34
  • @ARYK I am a self taught student on comparative theology. On the question of whether Allah has form, I have heard a lecture of Zakir Naik and some Salafi scholar say that Allah has a form, but should not be speculated upon by humans and will be revealed only in Jannat. Other scholar say Allah has no form. I want to know if the Quran or any reliable hadith passage gives a decisively statement about the form of Allah. – Naveen May 27 '16 at 14:00
  • I recommend this video: youtube.com/watch?v=QOiYKJaZLiE – Kilise May 28 '16 at 11:21

Absolutely not. On the contrary, Islam says clearly that nothing is alike God, neither the man nor any thing else : " ليس كمثله شئ و هو السميع البصير " Surat Alashura , Aya 11.

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    I guess Quran has the final word on this, but there is a hadith which differs as per the following link. seekershub.org/ans-blog/2009/08/16/… The hadith “Allah created Adam in His/his image (`ala suratihi)” was narrated from Abu Hurayrah by both Bukhari and Muslim. – Naveen May 26 '16 at 17:42
  • One more reference. Adding an edit. books.google.com/… – Naveen May 26 '16 at 17:43
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    In such minute and delicate subjects, one should learn Arabic to be able to understand religious text in its original language . "ala suratihi" here means "with similar adjectives" not " in the same form, or image" . Man sees , God see , Man hears, God hear, and so on. and the adjectives are according to the owner : the sight of Almighty is not like that of any other creature, he is البصير , Albaseer, the all seeing. and so on for any other adjectives. – DrWael May 26 '16 at 17:59
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    And again, in such delicate subject, at least a question should be made to a qualified scholar, not on a forum, where all the qualification is reduced to a username and a password. – DrWael May 26 '16 at 18:00

Brother yes you are right in saying that nothing is alike God neither man nor anything else. But there is a hadith that you should know. God created man in the form of the Most Merciful. ﺍِﻥَّ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪَ ﺧَﻠَﻖَ ﺍﻟْﺎِﻧْﺴَﺎﻥَ ﻋَﻠَﻰ ﺻُﻮﺭَﺓِ ﺍﻟﺮَّﺣْﻤَﻦِ. See, Bukhari, Isti’dhan, 1; Muslim, Birr, 115; Janna, 28; Musnad, ii, 244, 251, 315, 323, 434, 463, 519. Please read the link in my answer above. The fifth mystery part you should read. This is very delicate so I am not here to just dispute but make the subject clear. Because saying it is not a hadith even if it was a hadith is very dangerous. So just read the 5th mystery part in Flashes Book in 14th Flash.

  • If you take a look at your Post you may find at bottom left an "edit" link so instead of posting a new answer you could have edited your first answer! – Medi1Saif Jul 27 '16 at 10:15

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