Praise be to Allaah.
Undoubtedly Allaah is the Only Creator. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“Is there any creator other than
Allaah who provides for you from the sky (rain) and the earth?” [Faatir:
But the word khalaqa (create) has been used in
reference to others apart from Allaah, for example in the verse
(interpretation of the meaning);
“So Blessed is Allaah, the Best of
And in al-Saheehayn it is narrated from the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that on the Day of
Resurrection it will be said to the image-makers, “Bring to life that which
you have created!”
When the word khalaqa (create) is used in reference
to Allaah, it means bringing something into existence from nothing. This is
what no one else is able to do besides Allaah. But when the word khalaqa
is used in reference to man, it means transforming something from one shape
If it is used with reference to someone other than Allaah,
saying that he creates in the sense that he changes a thing from one shape
into another, then this is correct. But if it is used with reference to
someone other than Allaah, saying that he creates in the sense that he
brings something into existence from nothing, then this is not permissible.
And Allaah knows best.
Kitaab al-Qawl al-Mufeed ‘ala
Kitaab al-Tawheed by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 1/6
With regard to what some people say, “So and so has a
creative mind”, what they mean by that is that he is smart, and is able to
come up with new and good ideas. There is nothing wrong with that,
Islamically speaking, but it is better to explain to avoid such phrases
which may be misunderstood.
And Allaah knows best. May Allaah send blessings and peace
upon our Prophet Muhammad.