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Allah is beautiful and loves what is beautiful

Question: What is the explanation of the hadīth-i sharīf, “Allah is beautiful and loves what is beautiful”?
ANSWER
The more appropriate translation of the hadīth you have mentioned is as follows:
(Allahu ta’ālā is Jamīl and loves those who possess jamāl.) [Muslim]

Jamāl is to show one’s blessings in order to remove ugliness, to have dignity and honor, and to express gratitude. However, it is not jamāl, but conceit, to show one’s blessings in order to show off and boast. The above-mentioned hadīth-i sharīf extols the merit of having jamāl. In this regard, it is good to be neat and tidy in everything. Jamīl means beautiful. Hasan means beautiful, too. But there is difference between these two, like the difference between a beautiful building or beautiful scenery and a beautiful girl. So is the case with love. The love of Allah is quite different from the love of children, parents, wives, or flowers. Like love, beauty is of different kinds. It is declared in the Holy Qur’an, “Allah created everything beautifully.” (Sūrat-us-Sajdah, 7)

There is certainly beauty, art, and harmony in everything Allahu ta’ālā has created, which leave no room for the thought of a better creation. The Qur’ān al-karīm declares, “We created human beings in the best from.” (Sūrat-ut-Tīn, 4)

Our organs are neither more nor less than necessary. It is not even possible to imagine a better creation than the existing digestive system and other bodily systems. It would not be more perfect if we had one or three ears. The case is the same with the other organs. All perfect attributes exist in Allahu ta’ālā, and no defective attributes exist in Him. That is, He is beautiful in every respect. His names, too, are beautiful. The Qur’ān al-karīm says: “The most beautiful names [Asmā-ul-husnā] belong to Allah. Invoke Him by these beautiful names.” (Sūrat-ul-A’rāf, 180)

Allahu ta’ālā uses the word husnā (the most beautiful) for Jannah (Paradise) and the Qur’ān al-karīm as well:
(Follow the most beautiful [the Qur’ān al-karīm] of what has been sent down to you from your Rabb!) [Sūrat-uz-Zumar, 55]

(Allah promised the most beautiful [that is, Paradise] to all [of the Ashāb-i kirām].) [Sūrat-un-Nisā’, 95]

(To all [of the Ashāb-i kirām] We promised the husnā [Paradise].) [Sūrat-ul-Hadīd, 10]

Likewise, the loan which is lent without charging any interest and only for the sake of Allah is termed qard-i hasan, which means beautiful loan. (Sūrat-ul-Mā’ida, 12)

The sabr (patience) which meets the conditions of our religion is called sabr-i jamīl (beautiful patience). (Sūrat-u Yūsuf, 18; Sūrat-ul-Ma’ārij, 5)

Besides, the women of Paradise are described as beautiful in countenance and character. (Sūrat-ur-Rahmān, 70)

Instead of performing a lot of namāz and observing a lot of fasts, that is, instead of a lot of acts of worship, it is necessary to perform them beautifully. It is said in the Qur’ān al-karīm, “In order to test you as to whose deeds are more beautiful…” (Sūrat-u Hūd, 7; Sūrat-ul-Kahf, 7; Sūrat-ul-Mulk, 2)

The following is declared in ahādīth concerning the beautiful and beauty:
(Seek what is good and goodness near the people with beautiful faces.) [Bayhaqī]

(Let the representative you will send to me have beautiful face and name.) [Bazzar]

(If Allahu ta’ālā has bestowed a beautiful creation and beautiful moral qualities upon a person, He never puts him in the Fire.) [I. Adiy]

(If Allahu ta’ālā has bestowed a beautiful face and a beautiful name upon a person and if he, in turn, does not put them in a disgraceful position, he will become one of the selected.)
[Bayhaqī]

(The face of a person who performs a lot of namāzes at nights will be beautiful.) [Mawqūfāt]

(The most beautiful of the beautiful is beautiful morals.) [Ibni ‘Asākir]

(Islam means beautiful morals.) [Daylamī]

(Beautiful hair, beautiful voice, and beautiful face may cause fitnah.) [Daylamī]

(Beauty is more beautiful on some types of people: Justice is beautiful, but it is more beautiful on administrators. Generosity is beautiful, but it is more beautiful on the wealthy. Warā is on savants, patience is on the poor, repentance is on the young are more beautiful. Modesty is beautiful, but it is more beautiful on women.) [Daylamī]

One of the awliyā’ said, “A person’s being a walī is understood from the following: He has a sweet tongue, beautiful morals, a smiling face, and generosity. He never quarrels. He accepts the apologies and shows mercy upon everyone.”
 
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