There are some attributes that man shares with God. After all, the purpose of man’s creation is to manifest in himself God’s attributes:


And when thy Lord said to the angels: ‘I am about to place a vicegerent in the earth.’ (2:31)

A vicegerent is a Prophet who manifests divine attributes and becomes an image of God.

As it says in the Bible, ‘So God created man in his own image.’ (Genesis 1:27)

The Holy Quran teaches that man has been created to serve as a manifestation of God’s attributes and to illustrate them in his life.

But man’s attributes are not the same as God’s attributes, just like an image is not the same as the real thing. Man is limited in his abilities to manifest God’s attributes, whereas God manifests these attributes fully.

For example man can create things out of other things, whereas God created the whole universe out of nothing.