The meaning of “that which I Created with my Own Hands”

Quran 38:75:

[Allah] said, “O Iblees, what prevented you from prostrating to that which I created with My hands? Were you arrogant [then], or were you [already] among the haughty?”

The following excerpt is taken from “The Message of the Quran” by Muhammad Asad pg. 894 Note 58:

Cf. the metaphorical phrase “the things which Our hands have wrought” in 36:71, explained in the corresponding note 42. In the present instance, the stress lies on the God-willed superiority of man’s intellect – which, like everything else in the universe, is God’s “handiwork”


Quran 36:71:

Do they not see that We have created for them from what Our hands have made, grazing livestock, and [then] they are their owners?

The following excerpt is taken from “The Message of the Quran” by Muhammad Asad pg. 864 note #864:

I.e., “which We alone have or could have created” (Zamakhshari and Razi). The above metaphorical expression is based on the concept of “handiwork” in its widest sense, abstract as well as concrete

References:

 Asad, Muhammad (1980). (pg. 864). The Message of the Quran. http://www.islamicweblibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/55877864-54484011-Message-of-Quran-Muhammad-Asad-Islam-Translation.pdf

 Asad, Muhammad (1980). (pg. 894). The Message of the Quran. http://www.islamicweblibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/55877864-54484011-Message-of-Quran-Muhammad-Asad-Islam-Translation.pdf