Is it appropriate to use the words "creator" and "create" for human beings?
Submitted by on Wed, 28/10/2009 - 07:51
Dear Brother / Sister,
First of all, we would like to state that we do not find it appropriate to use the attribute of creation for human beings even if it is used metaphorically.
There is a great difference (like absence and presence) between the creation by Allah and the creation by human beings. Those who cannot realize that difference think that those who say, “I created” are regarded unbelievers. However, there is a difference between the creation by Allah and the creation by human beings. Creation by Allah means creation out of nothing. Creation by human beings means giving shape to something that exists...
Therefore, no human being can create something out of nothing. There is a seed, essence and origin of all creatures in the first place. Man is shaped and developed from that seed, essence and origin. The word creation can be used for human beings in that sense. However, it cannot be used in the sense of creation out of nothing. A cabinetmaker cannot create trees but he can make nice furniture out of created trees. If he says he has created, he does not create it out of nothing. He makes, or in his words he creates, nice shapes from the tree that exists.
The same thing is valid for cloning too. It is not creation but developing the gene that exists.
As a matter of fact, Prof. Dr. Hayreddin Karaman answers the reader who asks about cloning as follows in his book “Hayatımızdaki İslam”:
“Cloning is not creation! Creation is making something out of nothing. Allah created all of the living and non-living things out of nothing, without looking at and benefiting from a previously existing thing. Genetic cloning is carried out by manipulating existing genes. It has nothing to do with creation; so, there is not a “second creator”.
“Genetic cloning cannot be carried out on human beings. It can be carried out on animals and plants in order to be beneficial to human beings as long as nothing and nobody are harmed.”
We should state that the intention of those who use the word “create” is important.
A person who uses the sentence “I created” cannot be called an unbeliever if there is evidence that he is a believer. That utterance is regarded as the habit of using that sentence or as not knowing the real meaning of that sentence because there is evidence that he is a believer.
As a matter of fact, the following words that a man who goes to the mosque with his son utters after coming out of the mosque include kufr (unbelief): “O my son! Do not pick the flowers. Allah father in the sky will punish you”
That sentence, which is uttered in order to educate the child, includes two words that have the meaning of kufr. The first one is calling Allah as father, saying that Allah has the attribute of fatherhood like the Christians. The second one is stating that Allah is in a definite place by saying He is in the sky.
If someone says that the person uttering those words is an unbeliever, he will be asked the following question:
–Why does an unbeliever go to the mosque with his son? The man has just come out of the mosque.
The fact that he performs prayers is evidence for his belief. Then, it cannot be decided that he is an unbeliever based on the words he utters (Allah father, and Allah is in the sky).
Badiuzzaman warns us regarding the issue by saying this famous sentence:
– Sometimes, a word may appear to be unbelief, but the one who spoke it is not an unbeliever!.
It looks as if that explanation of one sentence is as satisfying and convincing as a large book and saves believers from the accusation of unbelief.
Otherwise, we would not avoid accusing the man with whom we prayed together in the same rank in the mosque of unbelief due to the words he said to his son, because he clearly said “Allah father” and “Allah is in the sky”.
Yes, this sentence must be repeated and memorized:
– Sometimes, a word may appear to be unbelief, but the one who spoke it is not an unbeliever!..
However, one should not use the words of unbelief that can be misunderstood and should not cause others to think of wrong things. There is no disagreement about it.
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