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Allaah is Beautiful and Loves BeautyImaam ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah 
>From ’Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood 
said, “What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look 
good?” He said, 
beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on 
radiallaahu ’anhu said, commenting upon this hadeeth:
Ibnul-Qayyim (d.751H) 
‘‘The phrase 
about in the same hadeeth. It is included by way of generalization, meaning 
that beauty in all things
is what is meant here. In Saheeh Muslim, it says: 
In Sunanut-Tirmidhee it says: 
was reported that Abul-Ahwas al-Jashamee said: The Prophet 
wearing old, tattered clothes, and asked me, “Allaah loves to see the effects 
of His blessing on His slave.’’ [3] Itsallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam saw me“Do 
you have any wealth?” I said, “Yes.” He said,“What kind of wealth?” 
show the generous blessings that He has given you.” 
Allaah, may He be glorified, loves the effects of His blessings to His slave to 
be made manifest, for
this is part of the beauty that He loves, and that is part of the gratitude for 
His blessings which forms
an inner beauty (beauty of character). Allaah loves to see the external beauty 
of His slaves which
reflects His blessings on them, and the inner beauty of their gratitude to Him 
for those blessings.
Because He loves beauty, He sends down on His slaves clothes and adornments 
with which they
may make their outward appearance beautiful and He gives them 
characters beautiful. Allaah says:taqwaa which makes their inner        “O 
Children of Adam!We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover
        yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and 
        raiment of righteousness, that is better.” 
And He says, speaking of the people of Paradise:        “…and He gave them 
Nadrataan (a light of beauty) and joy. And their
        recompense shall be Paradise and silken garments, because they were
Their faces will be made beautiful with the 
and their bodies with silken garments. Just as Allaah loves beauty in words, 
deeds, garments and
outward appearance, so He hates ugliness in words, deeds, garments and outward 
appearance. He
hates ugliness and its people, and loves beauty and its people. But two groups 
are misguided with
regard to this issue: a group who say that everything that He has created is 
beautiful, so He loves all
that He has created and we should love all that He has created and not hate 
anything. They say:
whoever realizes that all that exists comes from Him will see that it is 
beautiful … these people have
no sense of jealousy for the sake of Allaah or hatred and enmity for the sake 
of Allaah, or
denouncing what is evil (
They regard the beauty of images, male or female, as being part of the beauty 
that Allaah loves, and
seek to worship Allaah through immoral acts. Some of them may even go so far as 
to claim that the
One Whom they worship is manifested or incarnated in those images.
The second group, on the other hand, say that Allaah condemns the beauty of 
images, forms and
        “And when you look at them, their bodies please you…” 
        “And how many a generation haveWe destroyed before them.Who were
        better in wealth, goods and outward appearance?” 
In Saheeh Muslim it is reported that the Prophet 
not look at your outward appearance and your wealth, rather He looks at your 
hearts and
According to another hadeeth: 
extravagant, which applies to extravagance in clothing as well as in food and 
In order to settle this dispute, we may say that beauty in clothing and outward 
appearance is of
three types, one of which is commendable, one is blameworthy and one of which 
is neither. The kind
of beauty which is to be commended is that which is done for the sake of 
Allaah, to help one to obey
Allaah and fulfill His commands, such as when the Prophet 
himself look beautiful (i.e. handsome) when meeting the delegations that came 
to him. This is like
wearing armour or battle-dress when fighting, or wearing silk and showing off 
(in front of the
enemy). This is commendable because it is done to make the word of Allaah 
supreme and to support
His religion and annoy His enemies. The blameworthy kind of beauty is that 
which is done for the
sake of this world, for reasons of power, false pride and showing off, or to 
fulfill some (selfish)
desires. This also includes cases where beauty is an end in itself for a person 
and is all he cares
about. Many people have no other concern in life. As for the kind of beauty 
which is neither
commendable nor blameworthy, it is that which has nothing to do with either of 
the two purposes
mentioned above (i.e., it is neither for the sake of Allaah nor for the sake of 
worldly purposes).
The hadeeth under discussion refers to two important principles, knowledge and 
behaviour. Allaah
is to be acknowledged for beauty that bears no resemblance to anything else, 
and He is to be
worshipped by means of the beauty which He loves in words, deeds and attitudes. 
He loves His
slaves to beautify their tongues with the truth, to beautify their hearts with 
sincere devotion
beautify their bodies by showing His blessings upon them in their clothing and 
by keeping them
pure and free of any filth, dirt or impurity, by removing the hairs which 
should be removed, by
circumcision, and by clipping the nails. Thus they recognize Allaah through 
these qualities of beauty
and seek to draw close to Him through beautiful words, deeds and attitudes. 
They acknowledge Him
for the beauty which is His attribute and they worship Him through the beauty 
which He has
prescribed and His religion. The hadeeth combines these two principles of 
knowledge and
[1] Related by Muslim (no. 131)
[2] Related by Muslim (no. 1686)
[3] Hasan Saheeh: Related by at-Tirmidhee (no. 2963), who said it was hasan 
[4] Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (no. 15323), at-Tirmidhee (no. 1929) and 
an-Nisaa‘ee (no. 5128)
[5] Related by Muslim (no. 1356)
[6] Saheeh: Related by Ibn Maajah (no. 4108), Aboo Dawood (no. 3630)
[7] al-Fawaa‘id (1/185)
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Your Sis in Islam
!*!LuLu!*!“Shabbiness is part of faith.” [6] Allaah condemns those who 
aresallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam madeikhlaas), love, repentance and trust in 
Him, to beautify their faculties with obedience, and to[7]sallallaahu ’alayhi 
wa sallam said: “Allaah does[5][Soorah Maryam 19:54][Sooratul-Munaafiqoon 
63:4]nadrah (light of beauty), their innermost being with joymunkar), or jihaad 
(struggle) for the sake of Allaah, or adhering His limits.outward appearances. 
Allaah says about the munaafiqoon (hypocrites):[Sooratul-Insaan 
76:11-12][Sooratul-A’raaf 7:26]I said, “All that Allaah has given me of camels 
and sheep.” He said, “Then[4]‘Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty,’ includes 
the beautiful clothing which was asked“Allaah is good and only accepts that 
which is[2]rahimahullaahradiallaahu ’anhu who said that the Prophet sallallaahu 
’alayhi wasaid, “No one will enter Paradise who has an atom’s weight of pride 
in his heart.” A
 man“Allaah is[1]


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