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    Adam & Eve- An Islamic Prespective

    Someone asked me a question about what is the Islamic point of view on Adam & Eve and the beginning of the universe?

    I had very little knowledge about the subject and so I pose you all here. Before I answer her I need to get my basis right.

    Please do not use cut & paste. If you cannot justify your answer with refrences, that is fine too. I would just like to know what are the different thoughts about the subject!
    I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
    - Robert McCloskey

    #2
    I don't remember which came first (Adma & Eve) or this 'universe'. I think Allah SWT created universe in six thousand years and set his 'arsh' on the universe.

    and populated earth with 'jinn'. For about some hundreds of thousands years (may be millions) jinns lived but same way as we are doing now (deviating from GUIDANCE) killing each other for any reason etc etc. Then Allah SWT ordered world to be cleansed, almost all of 'jinns' were killed.

    Shaitan was a kid at that time, he survived along with few other (info about them is not significant). Shaitan started to be 'good follower', he prayed Allah more than any other jin/creation. He got promoted to certain levels as time passed. At one time satan started to 'teach'/'preach' the angels.

    Then Allah SWT created Adam, Allah SWT ordered ALL angels and jins to 'bow' (do sajda) for Adam (AH). Everyone followed the command but Satan. He thought that he was better because he was made of fire (you know all that story).

    Did I answer your query? need more? lemme know (i'll try).

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    [This message has been edited by Changez_like (edited September 04, 2001).]

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      #3
      asslamu alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakaatohu!

      First of all..
      Your questions will be answered if u read the Holy Quran Al-Kareem.
      Secondly, I would like to share this piece of info with u..it is informative and hopefully u can tell that "someone" the Islamic view about Adam and Hawwa.. and as u said there are references to this by the light of Quran and Sunnah..
      ( i know its bit tooo long but
      PLZ read it all...for ur own benefit and knowledge...inshAllah

      Science says adam & hawa existed...

      Islam teaches people to treat ones mother and father with honour and
      kindness in their capacity as parents. To this end, remembering one’s
      parents and imploring Allah’s peace and mercy upon them are acts of
      honour and great respect. Such a deference is more than due to humanity’s
      common ancestor. However, with so much emphasis in the educational
      institutions on trying to prove that humankind evolved from apes, people’s knowledge
      and awareness of the Almighty Originator, and His great and gracious act in
      creating Adam and Hawa, for whom there is little regard these days, has
      steadily dwindled. The question to be put is not so much, "What are the
      names of the first man and woman"? but, "Do we really have a common
      ancestor?" and "How much do I know about humanity’s common ancestors,
      Adam and Hawa?".

      The religious and scientific answer to the first question is simply
      yes! On 11th January 1988, the Newsweek Magazine carried an article which
      stated that studies by molecular biologists of an international assortment of
      genes had put them on the trail of the mitochondrial Deoxyribonucleic
      Acid (DNA).

      The studies were carried out on both black and caucasian women "with
      ancestors from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia". Despite the
      fact that the women "were from widely different racial and geographical
      backgrounds", the geneticists "found that all had identical stretches
      of the mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited only from mothers and
      therefore not a mixture of parental genes". This has led them from a Qur’anic and
      Biblical perspective back to the idea of a common ancestor: "to a
      single women from whom we are all descended". The report went on to say, "most
      evidence so far indicates that Eve"..."was more likely a dark-haired,
      black skinned woman (who) lived in sub-Saharan Africa." It is believed that
      our common ancestor - African Eve - must has lived "between 100,000 and
      200,000 years ago", and this is consistent with the findings related to Adam.
      This finding adds weight to the Biblical and Qur’anic statements about the
      existence of a Hawa (Eve), the mother of all humanity, who was not a
      product of an accident or chance in nature, but was created and
      fashioned by the Creator. Also, it is yet another piece of evidence for the
      authenticity of the Holy Qur’an, stating long before this discovery:

      "The Revelation of this Book is from Allah, the Exalted in Power, Full
      of Wisdom... He created you (all) from a single Person:... created, (out
      of it) of like nature his mate... and from them twain scattered (like
      seeds) countless men and women" (S. 39:1,6: S: 4:1).

      This passage was also telling the men of science that to progress their
      understanding about humanity’s common ancestor they must seek to
      establish Hawa’s origin and indeed humanity’s from a single individual, named
      Adam.

      It is therefore not surprising to learn from an article in The Times on
      23rd November 1995 that following a scientific study of the
      Y-chromosomes in a mixed- race group, Dr. Michael Hammer, a geneticist from the
      University of Arizona, was able to establish that all men do have a
      common ancestor "of African origin", who lived less than 200,000 years ago.
      the article went on to say "this opposed a theory that mankind evolved in
      different regions of the Old World from an earlier ancestor, Homo
      Erectus (apes)". What is now missing is for scientists to find the evidence
      which links Hawa to Adam, perhaps they will find the answer among the DNA of
      the bones, in particular, the lower ribs.

      As regards the second question, science has very little to offer human beings who again, must resort to
      the Divine revelations to acquire deeper knowledge of their common
      ancestor.
      Even the fact that Hawa (Eve) was dark-skinned was already known to
      scholars of Islam. E.W. Lane, in his Arabic-English Lexicon, (Book 1,
      Part 2, p.661), says that the name Hawa (the Arabic equivalent of Eve)
      signifies " a brown colour, redness inclining to blackness or a colour intermixed
      with the blackish red dust like the rust of iron".

      In short, she was black or, if you prefer, a dark-skinned women.

      The creation of Eve: a sign and a phenomenon

      The story of Adam is of universal significance not only because of what
      is related about him but also for what we can learn about his "mate". The
      name in the Torah to Adam's mate is Eve, there is no explanation how she
      acquired this name, whether from the Creator or Adam, it simply
      appeared at the beginning of Genesis, Chapter 4. According to Islamic Tradition,
      that same person is known by the Arabic name Hawa, and not Eve although
      again, this name does not appear anywhere in the Holy Qur'an. As regards the
      creation of Hawa, the information in the Torah can be summarised as
      follows: The LORD God said, "it is not good that man should be alone; I
      will make him an help meet" ....the LORD God caused a deep sleep to
      fall upon Adam... and He took one of his ribs... and made He a women... and
      brought her unto the man... and... Adam said,... "she shall be called
      woman" (Gen. 2:18,21-3)

      The Holy Qur'an confirms that Hawa was indeed created out of Adam but
      is silent on the specific process used in her creation. It states: "O
      mankind!
      Reverence your Guardian-Lord Who created you from a single person,
      created, of like nature, his zaowja (wife/mate), and from them twain scattered
      (like seeds) countless men and women" (S. 4-:1).

      Stephen Jay Gould, the Harvard paleontologist and essayist, say, ".. it
      makes us realise that all human beings, despite differences in external
      appearances, are really members of a single entity that's had a very
      recent origin in one place. There is a kind of biological brotherhood that's
      much more profound than we ever realised".

      This is the very point that Allah has related in the Holy Qur'an, which
      evidently Mr Gould was not aware of, or perhaps, like many others, did
      not want to accept until it was endorsed by science. Do they not see
      though, how far modern science lags behind the teachings of the Holy Qur'an?

      It is evident from the above stated Qur'anic verse and Torah that
      Hawa's creation is a phenomenon - she is the only women that was created from
      a man, but clearly not by the natural process that women would give
      birth. Her creation is significant, a sign and the second part of the three -
      part phenomenon of human creation. First was the creation of Adam, a human
      being who was made out of nothing, using only water and earth; second, the
      creation of a women (Hawa) as explained above, and third, the creation
      of a man - Jesus (pbuh) - out of a women without the participation of a man.
      All three creations are on the same footing in being unique, evident
      reasons for faith in Allah, and were all made possible by only the commanding
      word "Be" from the Almighty, attesting His power and knowledge of the
      secrets of the heaven and the earth, and of what is revealed and concealed
      (S. 3:59; 76:1-3).

      In terms of religion and as a phenomenon of human creation, it is easy
      to understand the rank held by Hawa's creation. An unmarried women who
      conceives is open to all kinds of questions about the circumstances
      under which she became pregnant. In contrast, there is little that can be
      said where a women is formed out of the sole male human being in existence -
      that creation is undoubtedly a great feat at which humans should
      marvel.

      In contrast to the Torah, the Holy Qur'an does not say that Hawa was
      created from Adam's rib, but says that she was made "of like nature" to
      him, and this fact is confirmed by reality and what is known about the
      human body. The biblical statement "God caused a deep sleep to fall
      upon Adam... and He took one of his ribs... and made He a women" (Gen. 2:18,
      21-3), can be interpreted literally or as an allegory, the result
      however, in my view, is the same whichever interpretation is applied. This
      biblical notion, though no authenticated by the holy Qur'an, is supported by the
      following hadith. In the absence of any Qur'anic foundation one might
      argue that their authenticity is thus subject to a measure of doubt.
      Nevertheless, these historical sources state: Abu Hurairah (ra) relates
      that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: Treat women kindly. Woman has
      been created from a rib and the most crooked part of the rib is the
      uppermost. if you try to straighten it, you will break it and if you leave it, alone,
      it will remain crooked. So treat women kindly. (Bukhari and Muslim)

      Another version is: A woman is like a rib; if you try and straighten
      it, you will break it and i you wish to draw benefit from it, you can do so
      despite its crookedness.

      Another version is: Woman has been created from a rib and you cannot
      straighten her. If you wish to draw benefit from her, do so despite its
      crookedness. If you try to straighten her, you will break her and
      breaking her means divorcing her.

      In Islam, women are not viewed biologically warped nor generally
      speaking of a criminal mentality (crooked), they are human beings of a similar
      nature (S. 4:1) to men and were also created "in the best of moulds"
      (S. 95:4). As already stated it may well be that an actual rib was take
      from Adam and then clothed with flesh in the formation of Hawa. This idea is
      Lamely acceptable in light of the following verse from the Holy Qur'an:
      Men we did create from quintessence (of clay), then We placed him as (a
      drop of) sperm in a place of rest, firmly fixed; then We made the sperm into
      a clot of congealed blood; the of the clot We made a (foetus) lump; then
      We made out of that lump bones and clothed with flesh; then We developed
      out if it another creature. So Blessed be Allah, the best to create. (S.
      23:12-14)

      wasslaam
      Khuda Hafiz


      [This message has been edited by Uzee (edited September 04, 2001).]

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        #4
        I read my post again and wanted to repharase my question(s).

        1)Was there any human race before Adam & Eve?
        2)Where was the garden of Eden?
        3)If they were the fist human beings, what is the belief about the rest of the animals & plants to have come from?
        4)How many children did Adam & Eve had?
        5)Who did they marry?
        6)Did Adam have a 'Sharia'?

        Uzee,

        Thank you! I have printed this out and will read it when I get home.

        I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
        - Robert McCloskey

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          #5
          Originally posted by ahmadjee:
          I read my post again and wanted to repharase my question(s).

          1)Was there any human race before Adam & Eve?


          NO

          2)Where was the garden of Eden?


          Yes.


          3)If they were the fist human beings, what is the belief about the rest of the animals & plants to have come from?


          Don't know the exact answer, but my guess is it was part of result when 'universe' was created.


          4)How many children did Adam & Eve had?
          5)Who did they marry?
          6)Did Adam have a 'Sharia'?


          4. Heard about two sons (Haroot & Maroot) and a daughter (for whom they fought and one killed the other).

          5. For first few generations (don't know the exact number of generations), they were married to each other (sis n bros) until they reached a point where propagation of human race was possible without sis n bro marriage.

          6. Yes, but it may not have been as detailed as of Islam or it may not have same rules as Islam's.

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            #6
            Genetic 'Adam never met Eve'

            The study confirms the Out of Africa hypothesis

            The most recent ancestor of all males living today was a man who lived in Africa around 59,000 years ago, according to an international team of researchers.
            The scientists from eight countries have drawn up a genetic family tree of mankind by studying variations in the Y chromosome of more than a thousand men from different communities around the world. The Y chromosome is one of the two sex chromosomes (X and Y) which only men carry (women carry two X chromosomes).

            The new research confirms the Out of Africa theory that modern humans originated in Africa before slowly spreading across the world.

            But the finding raises new questions, not least because our most recent paternal ancestor would have been about 84,000 years younger than our maternal one.

            The team believes there is an explanation. They propose that the human genetic blueprint evolved as a mosaic, with different pieces of modern DNA emerging and spreading throughout the human population at different times.

            Origins of man

            Evidence from the fossil record suggests that modern man originated in Africa about 150,000 years ago, before moving steadily across the globe.

            This Out of Africa hypothesis has been confirmed by studies of mitochondrial DNA, the segment of genetic material that is inherited exclusively from the mother.

            Based on these studies, our most recent common ancestor is thought to be a woman who lived in Africa some 143,000 years ago, the so-called Mitochondrial Eve.

            To find the common paternal ancestor, the team drew up a genetic family tree of mankind. They mapped small variations in the Y chromosomes of 1,062 men in 22 geographical areas, including Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, New Guinea, America, Mali, Sudan, Ethiopia and Japan.

            The new genetic family tree supports the Out of Africa scenario. But it suggests that our most recent paternal ancestor would have been about 84,000 years younger than our maternal one.

            Regions of the genome

            "You can ultimately trace every female lineage back to a single Mitochondrial Eve who lived in Africa about 150,000 years ago," said Dr Spencer Wells of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford, UK, who was part of the team.

            "The Y chromosome we trace again back to Africa but the date is about 80,000 years ago.

            He told BBC News Online that the two studies could be reconciled. "There's a different evolutionary history for each region of the genome but they all are consistent in placing the ancestor of all modern humans alive today in Africa."

            The research, published in the journal Nature Genetics, gives an intriguing insight into the journey of our ancestors across the planet, from eastern Africa into the Middle East, then to southeast and southern Asia, then New Guinea and Australia, and finally to Europe and Central Asia.

            Some modern-day men living in what is now Sudan, Ethiopia and southern Africa are believed to be the closest living descendants of the first humans to set out on that great journey tens of thousands of years ago.

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              #7
              The science may NOT be able to find 'adam' or 'eve' using genetic engineering. Noah AH is considered as 'second' father of humanity. When Noah AH's nation was destroyed, he took 'couple' of all animals on one ship with his followers/beleivers in his messenger-being, everything else drowned in the flooding caused by rain. so now what are chances of science finding that out?

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                #8
                Originally posted by ahmadjee:
                I read my post again and wanted to repharase my question(s).

                1)Was there any human race before Adam & Eve?
                2)Where was the garden of Eden?
                3)If they were the fist human beings, what is the belief about the rest of the animals & plants to have come from?
                4)How many children did Adam & Eve had?
                5)Who did they marry?
                6)Did Adam have a 'Sharia'?

                Uzee,

                Thank you! I have printed this out and will read it when I get home.

                Answers:
                1. No, Adam was first and then Eve came from his rib.
                2. Adam was taken to heaven and then was given Eve as his partner.
                3. I am not too sure, but I know that Bible has the chapter on Earth and if formation for us to live in.
                4. I think it was 2 son and 1 daughter.
                5. One brother killed the other for his sister and I think he married her.
                6. Don't know sorry.

                Ahmadjee! I will try and tell you what I know in points:

                1. What I know is that Bible's first chapter tell us about the formation of Earth.
                2. Adam was made first and Allah asked all the angels to bow infront of Adam. Every one did but one Angel who was too proud of being the head of all the Angels. Due to that Allah changed him from Angel to fire Satan. Satan was given permission to go to Earth and do what he likes with human and will be sent to hell on the day of Qayamut.
                3. Allah got Eve from his rib while he was a sleep.
                3. They were transfered to heaven and were told to eat and drink what they like apart from one fruit from the tree.
                4. Satan, asked Eve to pick that fruit and share with her husband which she did.
                5. God wasn't happy about it and sent them down to Earth at two different spots.
                6. Both of them prayed for forgiveness and to get together again.
                7. They met after some time, not sure how long.

                I hope I have been any help to you.

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                  #9
                  Hummmm. If I had answered my friend at that time, my answers wouldn't have been much different from you all.

                  I guess we can take these questions one at a time.

                  Talking about Adam & Eve being the first ones.

                  Recently, Discovery showed a documentry on the finding of 'Neanderthals' which they claim to be another kind of humans. They differ from Humans in not having the height & the same size. But also not having a language.

                  As per that documentary, they became extinct when the modern human came to earth. Now, where does that fits into our notions of Adam & Eve?

                  Also, I always have trouble trying to find out how Adam & Eve came into this world we call earth?
                  I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
                  - Robert McCloskey

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ahmadjee:
                    ....Talking about Adam & Eve being the first ones.

                    Recently, Discovery showed a documentry on the finding of 'Neanderthals' which they claim to be another kind of humans. They differ from Humans in not having the height & the same size. But also not having a language.
                    .........


                    bro, this is all coming from science which in itself is not 'fully matured/developed', so anything we get from it cannot be considered 'absolute truth'.

                    Remember, that Hazrat Noah AH is considered second father of humanity!!! that breaks the genetic chain.


                    Also, I always have trouble trying to find out how Adam & Eve came into this world we call earth?
                    what do you mean "how", they were sent down here, probably with help of angels, before eating 'wheat' or 'apple'(from Israeilites) they resided in Heaven.

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                      #11
                      There is another way of thinking just came in my mind. If we combine the information we been provided by the Scientists and holy books and look at the past that we know through Media, it seems that we as humans have changed from time to time. Like face changes from old faces to new faces. Okay, if you look at TV programs from lets say 40-50s human faces were different then faces today or shell I say skeleton size, shape etc.


                      Please tell me if I make any sense.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by ahmadjee:
                        Recently, Discovery showed a documentry on the finding of 'Neanderthals' which they claim to be another kind of humans. They differ from Humans in not having the height & the same size. But also not having a language.
                        These evolutionist' science-fiction people! Why don't they do a DNA test to determine whether Neanderthals are humans? No language? I suppose Discovery tried to talk to one of them! How ever will they know whether they had language or not? PURE GUESSWORK FROM SO-CALLED SCIENTISTS.

                        [This message has been edited by The Old Man (edited September 06, 2001).]

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                          #13
                          The topic is too broad and I think discussing it will go no where.

                          I will start a post which one specific question!
                          I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
                          - Robert McCloskey

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                            #14
                            asslamu alaikum brothers & sisters!

                            I've been following this discussion and i think most of u r confused or maybe telling stories u'v heard from elders. I see no reference in ur info..some is correct but other is just very confusing ..

                            this is a very broad topic..i would suggest u all to learn or read about it on ur own from books or anything of that sort..

                            i have this article..i know it is very looong but i think if u r seeking the TRUTH..u'll enjoy learning and benefitting from this. Most of u already know this stuff..but some of u r confused...

                            PLZ READ!!!


                            Prophet Adam (PBUH)
                            Purpose and History

                            Informing the Angels About Adam
                            Allah the Almighty revealed: And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: "Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth." They said: 'Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, - while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You." He (Allah) said: "I know that which you do not know." Surah 2: 30

                            Teaching Adam
                            And He taught Adam all the names (of everything), then He showed them to the angels and said: "Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful." They (angels) said: "Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Verily, it is You, the All-Knower, the All-Wise."

                            He said: "0 Adam! Inform them of their names," and when he had informed them of their names, He said: "Did I not tell you that I know the Ghaib (unseen) in the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been concealing?"

                            And (remember) when We said to the angels: "Prostrate yourselves before Adam." And they prostrated except Iblis, he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers (disobedient to Allah)." Surah 2: 31-34

                            The Fall from Paradise
                            And We said: "0 Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and eat both of you freely with pleasure and delight of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Zalimeen (wrong-doers)."

                            Then the Satan made them slip therefrom (the Paradise), and got them out from that in which they were. We said: "Get you down, all, with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be a dwelling place for you and an enjoyment for a time." Surah 2: 35-36

                            Allah's Mercy on Adam
                            Then Adam received from his Lord Words. And his Lord pardoned him (accepted his repentance). Verily, He is the One Who forgives (accepts repentance), the Most Merciful.

                            We said: "Get down all of you from this place (the Paradise), then whenever there comes to you Guidance from Me, and whoever follows My Guidance, there shall be no fear on them, nor shall they grieve. But those who disbelieve and belie Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) such are the dwellers of the Fire, they shall abide therein forever." Surah 2: 38-39



                            Iblis (Satan), Man's Enemy
                            Iblis's Arrogance
                            Almighty Allah also revealed: And surely, We created you (your father Adam) and then gave you shape (the noble shape of a human being), then We told the angels, "Prostrate to Adam'; and they prostrated, except Iblis, he refused to be of those who prostrate.

                            (Allah) said: 'What prevented you (0 Iblis) that you did not prostrate, when I commanded you?"

                            (Iblis) said: "I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay."

                            (Allah) said: "0 Iblis, get down from this (Paradise), it is not for you to be arrogant here. Get out, for you are of those humiliated and disgraced." Surah 7: 11-13

                            Iblis's Vow for Evil
                            (Iblis) said: "Allow me respite till the Day they are raised up (i.e. The Day of Resurrection)."

                            (Allah) said: "You are of those allowed respite."

                            (Iblis) said: "Because You have sent me astray, surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight Path. Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones (i.e. they will not be dutiful to You)."

                            (Allah) said (to Iblis): "Get out from this (Paradise) disgraced and expelled. Whoever of them (mankind) will follow you, then surely I will fill Hell with you all." Surah 7: 14-18

                            Eating from the Forbidden Tree
                            "And 0 Adam! Dwell you and your wife in Paradise, and eat thereof as you both wish, but approach not this tree otherwise you both will be of the Zalimeen (unjust and wrong-doers)."

                            Then Satan whispered suggestions to them both in order to uncover that which was hidden from them of their private parts (before); he said: "Your Lord did not forbid you this tree save you should become angels or become of the immortals." And he (Satan) swore by Allah to them both (saying): "Verily, I am one of the sincere well-wishers for you both."

                            So he misled them with deception. Then when they tasted of the tree, that which was hidden from them of their shame (private parts) became manifest to them and they began to stick together the leaves of Paradise over themselves (in order to cover their shame). And their Lord called out to them (saying): "Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you: Verily, Satan is an open enemy unto you?"

                            They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers." Allah said: "Get down, one of you an enemy to the other (i.e. Adam, Eve, and Satan, etc.). On earth will be a dwelling-place for you and an enjoyment, - for a time." He said: "Therein you shall live, and therein you shall die, and from it you shall be brought out (i.e., resurrected). Surah 7: 19-25

                            Traditions About Iblis
                            There were many traditions about Iblis at the time of the Prophet Muhammad . Ibn Masud, Ibn Abbas, and a group of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad said that Iblis had been the head of the angels in the worldly heavens. Ibn Abbas said in one narration that his name had been Azazil, and in another narration he said it had been Al-Harith. Ibn 'Abbas also said that Iblis was a jinn and that they had once been the keepers of Paradise, with Iblis the most honorable, the most learned and the most pious of them. Another tradition says that he had been one of the famous four possessors of wings (i.e. angels), before Allah transformed him into the accursed Satan.

                            Iblis's Vow to Mislead - Surah 38
                            Allah Almighty recounts Iblis's disobedience in another surah: (Remember) when your Lord said to the angels: "Truly I am going to create man from clay. So when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his) soul created by Me, then you fall down prostrate to him." So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them: except Iblis, he was proud and was one of the disbelievers.

                            (Allah) said: "0 Iblis! What prevents you from prostrating yourself to one whom I have created with Both My Hands. Are you too proud (to fall prostrate to Adam) or are you one of the high exalted?" (Iblis) said "I am better than he, You created me from fire, and You created him from clay."

                            (Allah) said: "Then get you from here, for verily, you are outcast. And verily!, My Curse is on you till the Day of Recompense." (Iblis) said: 'My Lord! Give me then respite till the Day the (dead) are resurrected." Allah said: "Verily! You are of those allowed respite - till the Day of the time appointed." Iblis said: "By Your Might, then I will surely mislead them all, - except Your chosen slaves amongst them (faithful, obedient, true believers of Islamic Monotheism)."

                            (Allah) said: "The truth is, and the truth I say, - that I will fill Hell with you (Iblis) and those of them (mankind) that follow you, together." Surah 38: 71-85

                            Commentary: Prostrating before Adam
                            We imagine when Allah the Almighty decided to create Adam: He addressed His angels and told them to prostrate before him. He did not mean to ask their opinion or take their advice, for He is above that. Allah the Exalted told them that He was going to create a vicegerent on the earth who would have children and grandchildren who would corrupt the earth and shed each other's blood. That is why the angels said to Allah the Almighty: "Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood!" Surah 2:30

                            Traditions about the Angels
                            There are old traditions about the angels before the creation of Adam. According to Ibn Qatadah, it was said that the angels were informed about the creation of Adam and his progeny by the jinn who lived before Adam. 'Abdullah Ibn 'Umar said that the jinn had existed for about two thousand years before Adam and then shed blood. Therefore, Allah sent on them an army of angels that drove them out to the depths of the seas. Thn Abi Hatim narrated from Ali Jafar Al-Baqer that the angels were informed that man would cause wickedness and shed blood on earth. It was also said that they knew that no one would be created on earth who would not be wicked and shed blood.

                            Whether or not these traditions are correct, the angels did understand that Allah would create a vicegerent on earth. Allah the Almighty announced that He was going to create a human being out of clay, that He would mold him and blow His spirit into him, and then the angels should prostrate before him.

                            Creation
                            Brief Version of the Creation of Man
                            Abi Musa Al-Shaarai narrated that Prophet Muhammad said: "Allah created Adam from a handful of dust taken from different lands, so the children of Adam have been created according to the composition of the land. Therefore, from mankind we have white, red, black and yellow ones; we have good and evil, ease and sorrow, and what comes in between them."

                            Getting the Clay to Make Man
                            Ibn Masud and other companions of the Prophet said that Allah the Almighty sent Gabriel onto the earth to get Him clay therefrom. The earth said: "I seek refuge in Allah from your decreasing my quantity or disfiguring me." So Gabriel returned and did not take anything. And he said: "My Lord, the land sought refuge in You, and it was granted."

                            So Allah sent Michael for the same purpose, and the land sought refuge with Allah and it was granted. So he went back and said to Allah what Gabriel had said before him.

                            Then Allah sent the Angel of Death, and the land sought refuge in Allah. The angel said: "I also seek refuge with Allah from returning without carrying out His command." So he took clay from the face of the earth and mixed it. He did not take from one particular place, but rather he took white, red, and black clay (from different places).

                            The Angel of Death ascended with it, and He (Allah) soaked the clay till it became sticky. Then Allah said to the angels: "Truly, I am going to create man from clay. So when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his) soul created by Me. Then you fall down prostrate to him. Surah 38: 71-72

                            The Angels' Fear of Adam
                            So Allah shaped Adam into a human being, but he remained a figure of clay for forty years. The angels went past him. They were seized with fear by what they saw, and Iblis felt this fear most. He used to pass by the figure of Adam, buffeting it, which would make a sound like pottery. Allah told us: He created man (Adam) from sounding clay like the clay of pottery. Surah 55: 14

                            The Breathing of Allah's Spirit
                            When the time drew near to breathe the spirit into Adam, as Allah the Almighty decreed, He commanded the angels:

                            'When I breathe My spirit into him prostrate before him." Allah breathed His spirit into Adam and when it reached his head Adam sneezed. The angels said: "Say all praise belongs to Allah." Adam repeated: "All praise belongs to Allah." Allah said to him: "Your Lord has granted you mercy." When the spirit reached his eyes, Adam looked at the fruits of Paradise. When it reached his abdomen Adam felt an appetite for food. He jumped hurriedly before the spirit could reach his legs, so that he could eat from the fruits of Paradise. Allah, therefore, said: Man is created of haste. Surah 21: 37

                            And then: The angels prostrated themselves, all of them together. Except Iblis - he refused to be among the prostrators. Surah 15: 31-32

                            Another Version of Adam's Creation
                            Another version of the story relates that Allah took a handful of the dust of the earth and mixed into it the colors white, black, yellow, and red. That is the reason why men are born different colors. When Allah mixed the dust with water, it turned into potter's clay that makes a sound. It was fermented and had a smell. Iblis passed by, wondering what was going to be made of that clay. From the clay Allah created Adam. He molded his form with His own hands and blew His spirit into him. Adam's body quivered as life was imbued into it. Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, "Be!"- and it is! Surah 37: 82

                            The Reason for Adam's Creation
                            After this lesson about freedom, Adam learned another lesson, one about knowledge. Adam realized that Iblis was the symbol of evil in the universe and that the angels were the symbol of good. However, he did not yet know anything about himself. Then Allah made him perceive his true identity, the reason for his creation, and the secret of his glorification.

                            Allah the Exalted said: And He taught Adam all the names (of everything). Surah 2: 31

                            Almighty Allah granted Adam the power to know the natures of all things and to summarize them by names: that is a bird, that is a star, that is a tree, that is a cloud, etc. Allah implanted in Adam an insatiable need for and love of knowledge and a desire to bequeath knowledge to his children. This was the reason for his creation and the secret in his glorification.

                            Establishing the Islamic Greeting
                            Abu Hurairah narrated that Prophet Muhammad said: "Allah created Adam from dust after He mixed the clay and left him for some time until it became sticky mud, after which Allah shaped him. After that Allah left him till it became like potter's clay. Iblis used to go past him saying: 'You have been created for a great purpose.' After that Allah breathed His spirit into him. The first thing into which the spirit passed was his eye and then his nose. He sneezed. Allah said: 'May your Lord have mercy upon you, 0 Adam! Go to those angels and see what they would say.' So Adam went and greeted them. They replied saying: 'Peace be upon you and the mercy and blessings of Allah.' Allah said: '0 Adam! This is your greeting and that of your offspring. Sahih Al-Bukhari

                            Adam's Progeny Accept Allah
                            Allah the Almighty revealed: And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the children of Adam, from their loins, their seed (or from Adam's loin his offspring) and made them testify as to themselves (saying): "Am I not your Lord?" They said: "Yes! We testify," lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: "Verily, we have been unaware of this." Or lest you should say: "It was only our fathers aforetime who took others as partners in worship along with Allah, and we were (merely their) descendants after them; will you then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practiced Al-Batil (i.e. polytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allah)?" Thus do We explain the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail, so that they may turn (unto the truth).' Surah 7: 172-174

                            Adam's progeny declared: "Our Lord, we bear witness that You are our Lord; we have no other Lord but Allah." Allah raised their father Adam, and he looked at them and saw those of them who were rich, those who were poor, those who had good forms and those who did not. Adam said: "0 Allah! I wish You to make Your servants equal." Allah replied: "I love being thanked." Adam saw among the prophets like lamps among his progeny.

                            The Prophet's Covenant
                            Almighty Allah declared: And (remember) when We took from the Prophets their covenant, and from you (0 Muhammad), and from Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus - son of Mary. We took from them a strong covenant. Surah 33: 7

                            In another verse Allah the Exalted commanded: "So set you (0 Muhammad) your face towards the religion of pure Islamic Monotheism Hanifan (worship none but Allah Alone) Allah's Fitrah (i.e. Allah's Islamic Monotheism), with which He has created mankind. No change let there be in khalqillah (i.e. the Religion of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), that is the straight religion, but most men know not." Surah 30:30

                            Similarity between Adam and Jesus (PBUT)
                            Allah the Almighty declared: Verily, the likeness of Jesus, in Allah's Sight is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said to him: "Be!" - and he was. Surah 3: 59

                            Angels' Prostate in Front of Adam
                            The Meaning of the Angels' Prostration
                            Adam opened his eyes and saw all the angels prostrating before him except one being who was standing at a distance. Adam did not know what kind of creature it was that did not prostrate before him, nor did he know its name. Iblis was standing with the angels so as to be included in the command given to them, but he was not one of them. He was a jinn, and, as such he was supposed to be inferior to the angels. What is clear is that this prostration was to show respect and did not mean that the angels were worshipping Adam. Prostrating, in worship is done only for Allah.

                            Iblis's Refusal to Prostrate - Surah 15
                            Almighty Allah recounted the story of Iblis's refusal to prostrate before Adam: And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: "I am going to create a man (Adam) from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud. So, when I have fashioned him completely and breathed into him (Adam) the soul which I created for him, then fall (you) down prostrating yourselves unto him." So, the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together. Except Iblis, - he refused to be among the prostrators. (Allah) said: "0 Iblis! What is your reason for not being among the prostrators?" (Iblis) said: "I am not the one to prostrate myself to a human being, whom You created from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud." (Allah) said: "Then, get out from here, for verily, you are Rajim (an outcast or a cursed one). And verily, the curse shall be upon you till the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)." Surah 15: 28-35

                            Iblis's Reason for not Prostrating
                            In another surah Almighty Allah recounted it thus: And surely, We created you (your father Adam) and then gave you shape (the noble shape of a human being), then We told the angels, "Prostrate to Adam" and they prostrated, except Iblis, he refused to be of those who prostrate.

                            (Allah) said: 'What prevented you (0 Iblis) that you did not prostrate, when I commanded you?" Iblis said: "I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay." Allah said: "(0 Iblis) get down from this (Paradise), it is not for you to be arrogant here. Get out, for you are of those humiliated and disgraced." (Iblis) said: "Allow me respite till the Day they are raised up (i.e. The Day of Resurrection)." Allah said: "You are of those allowed respite." Surah 7: 11-15

                            Commentary: Iblis's Refusal to Prostrate
                            Ibn Jarir reported that Muhammad Ibn Sirin said that the first one to reach a conclusion by reasoning was Iblis and that the sun and moon were not worshipped except through this method.

                            This means that Iblis tried to compare himself to Adam. He believed that he was more honorable than Adam. Therefore, he abstained from prostrating, even though Allah had commanded him to do so, just as He had commanded the angels. If an analogy is made, we see that Iblis is vain. For indeed, clay is better than fire because in it can be found the qualities of calmness, clemency, perseverance, and growth; whereas in fire can be found heedlessness, insignificance, haste, and incineration.

                            Iblis tried in vain to justify his refusal: "Shall I prostrate to one whom You created from clay?" (Iblis) said: "See? This one whom You have honored above me, if You give me respite (keep me alive) to the Day of Resurrection, I will surely seize and mislead his offspring (by sending them astray) all but a few!" Surah 17: 62

                            Adam's Perspective of Iblis
                            Adam was following what was happening around him and had feelings of love, awe, and astonishment. Deep love of Allah, Who had created and glorified him and Who had made His angels prostrate before him. Awe of the Creator's wrath when He excluded Iblis from His mercy. Adam was surprised by this creature, Iblis, who abhorred him without even knowing him, and who imagined himself better than Adam without having proved that he was worthier. What a strange creature Iblis was, and how strange was his excuse for not prostrating!

                            He (Iblis) imagined that fire is better than clay, but how did he get such an idea? Such knowledge is exclusive to Allah Who created fire and clay and Who knows which is the better of the two.

                            From the dialogue Adam realized that Iblis was a creature characterized by cunning and ingratitude. He then knew that Iblis was his eternal enemy. He was greatly astonished at Iblis's audacity and Allah's tolerance. Immediately after his creation, Adam witnessed the large amount of freedom that Allah gives to His commissioned creatures.

                            Commentary: Allah's Freedom to Creatures
                            Allah knew that Iblis was not going to obey Him in prostrating before Adam. Allah could have totally annihilated him or turned him into a handful of dust or stifled the refusal in his mouth. Yet, Allah gives His commissioned creatures absolute freedom even to the extent that they can refuse Allah the Almighty's commands. He grants them the freedom of denial, disobedience, and even disagreement with Him.

                            His kingdom will not diminish if the disbelievers do not believe in Him, nor will it be extended if many people believe in Him. On the contrary, the disbelievers will lose, and the believers will gain, but Allah is above all of that.

                            Adam Learns Names
                            After Adam had learned the names of all things, along with their properties and uses, Allah presented them to the angels and said: "Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful." Surah 2:31 The angels admitted their inability: "Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Verily, it is You, The All-Knowing, The All-Wise. " Surah 2:32

                            Allah Almighty then turned to Adam: "0 Adam! inform them of their names," and when he had informed them of their names, He said: "Did I not tell you that I know the Ghaib (unseen) in the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been concealing?" Surah 2:33

                            Allah wanted the angels to know that He knew of their astonishment when He had told them about the creation of Adam and that He also knew of their confusion which they had not revealed, as well as what Iblis had concealed of his disobedience and ingratitude.

                            Angels Acknowledge Adam's Knowledge
                            The angels realized that Adam was the creature who knew what they did not know and that his capacity to learn was his noblest quality. His knowledge included knowledge of the Creator which we call Faith or Islam, as well as the knowledge that he would need to inhabit and master the earth, and all kinds of worldly knowledge which are included in this.

                            Creation of Eve
                            The Reason for Eve's Creation
                            Adam knew the names of everything. Sometimes he talked to the angels, but they were preoccupied with worshiping Almighty Allah. Therefore, Adam felt lonely. One day he slept and when he awoke he found, near his head, a woman gazing at his face with beautiful, tender eyes. Perhaps they had the following conversation:

                            Adam: You were not here before I slept.

                            She: Yes.

                            He: From what...?

                            She: I came out of you. Allah created me while you were asleep. Do you not desire to restore me to you while you are awake?

                            He: Why has Allah created you?

                            She: To be your solace.

                            He: Thanks to Allah I was feeling lonely.

                            Eve's Name
                            The angels asked him her name. He replied: "Eve (Hawwa)." They asked: "Why did you call her Eve?" Adam said: "Because she was created of me, and I am a living being." (The root of the name Hawwa" means "living things.")

                            Adam Sees Eve
                            Ibn Abbas and a group of the companions of the Prophet narrated that when Iblis was sent out of Paradise and Adam was accommodated therein, Adam was alone in Paradise and did not have a partner from whom he could get tranquillity. He slept for some time and when he woke up, he saw a woman whom Allah had created from his ribs. So he asked her: "Who are you?" She replied: "A woman." He asked: "Why have you been created?" She replied: "So that you could find tranquillity in me." The angels, trying to find out the extent of his knowledge, asked him: "What is her name, 0 Adam?" He replied: "Eve." They asked: "Why was she so named?" He replied: "Because she was created from something living."

                            Eve's Creation
                            Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq and Ibn 'Abbas related that Eve was created from the shortest left rib of Adam while he was sleeping, and after a while she was clothed with flesh. That is why Allah the Exalted said: 0 Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam) and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women. Surah 4: 1

                            Allah also said: It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and (then) He created from him his wife (Eve), in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. Surah 7: 189

                            The Location of Adam and Eve's Paradise
                            The location of this Paradise is unknown to us. The Qur'an did not reveal it, and the commentators had five different opinions. Some said that it was the paradise of our refuge and that its place was heaven. Others negated that statement because if it was the paradise of refuge, Iblis would have been forbidden admission and disobedience would have been forbidden as well. Still others said that it was another paradise that was created by Allah for Adam and Eve. A fourth group said that it was a paradise on the earth, located in a high place. Another group of commentators accept what was in the Qur'an without questioning where this paradise was located. We agree with this last opinion, as the lesson we learn from its location is immaterial compared to the lesson we learn from the events that took place there.

                            The Forbidden Tree
                            Allah's Warning to Adam and Eve
                            Adam and Eve were admitted to Paradise and there they lived the dream of all human beings. Allah permitted them to approach and enjoy everything except one tree, that might have been the Tree of Pain or the Tree of Knowledge. Allah forbade them before they were given abode in Paradise: "0 Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and eat both of you freely with pleasure and delight of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Zalimeen (wrong-doers). " Surah 2: 35

                            Adam's Weakness
                            Adam and Eve understood that they were forbidden to eat the fruit of that tree. Adam was, however, a human being, and man tends to forget. His heart changes and his will weakens. Iblis summoned all the envy within him and took advantage of Adam's humanity to exploit him. He started to whisper to him day after day, coaxing him: "Shall I guide you to the Tree of Immortality and the Eternal Kingdom?" And he said to them: "Your Lord did not forbid you this tree save you should become angels or become of the immortals." And he (Satan) swore by Allah to them both (saying): "Verily, I am one of the sincere well-wishers for you both." Surah 7: 20-21

                            Adam asked himself: "What will happen if I eat from this tree? It might truly be the Tree of Immortality." His dream was to live forever in the pure innocence of Paradise.

                            Adam and Eve Eat from the Forbidden Tree
                            Years went by, and Adam and Eve were preoccupied with thoughts of that tree. Then, one day, they decided to eat of its fruit. They forgot that Allah had warned them not to approach it and that Iblis was their sworn enemy. Adam stretched out his hand, picked one of the fruits, and offered it to Eve. They both ate of the forbidden tree.

                            Allah Almighty told us: "So he Satan misled them with deception. "2 Surah 7: 22 Allah also said: Thus did Adam disobey his Lord, so he went astray. Surah 20: 121

                            Old Testament Version - The Forbidden Tree
                            According to the Old Testament, Eve was tempted by the serpent to eat of the forbidden tree. She ate because of the words of the serpent and fed Adam some of it. At that moment, their eyes were opened to the fact that they were naked, and they took the leaves of the fig tree to cover themselves. Wahb Ibn Munabah said that their clothing (before their sin) was made of light on the private parts of both of them.

                            This story in the Old Testament is a falsification and deception. Allah the Almighty revealed: "0 Children of Adam! Let not Satan deceive you, as he got your parents (Adam and Eve) out of Paradise, stripping them of their raiments; to show them their private parts. Verily he and Qabiluhu (his soldiers from the jinn or his tribe) see you from where you cannot see them. Verily, We made the devils protectors and helpers) for those who believe not. " Surah 7: 27

                            Adam and Eve Ask for Forgiveness
                            Adam had hardly finished eating when he felt his heart contract, and he was filled with pain, sadness, and shame. The surrounding atmosphere had changed and the internal music had stopped. He discovered that he and his wife were naked, so they both started cutting tree leaves with which to cover themselves.

                            Allah the Almighty addressed him: "Did I not forbid you that tree and tell you: Verily, Satan is an open enemy unto you?" They said: "Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers." (Allah) said: "Get down, one of you an enemy to the other (i.e., Adam, Eve, and Satan, etc.). On earth will be a dwelling place for you and an enjoyment, - for a time." He said: "Therein you shall live, and therein you shall die, and from it you shall be brought out (i.e. resurrected)." Surah 7: 22-25

                            Various Stories About Adam and Eve's Mistake
                            Again there are old stories about these events. Al-Hafez Ibn 'Asaker narrated that Allah commanded two angels to remove Adam from His holy proximity. So Gabriel stripped him of the crown on his head, and Michael took the diadem from his forehead. Adam thought that his punishment had been hastened and bowed down crying: "Forgiveness! Forgiveness!" So Allah asked: "Are you running away from Me?" Adam replied: "No, my Lord, but I am shy of You."

                            Abdul Rahman Ibn Amru Al-Awzaiy said that Adam spent one hundred years in Paradise. In another narration it was said that he spent sixty years. Ibn Asaker reported that Adam wept for sixty years for his loss of Paradise and seventy years for his mistake, and he wept for another seventy years when his son was killed.

                            Adam and Eve's Decent from Paradise
                            They left Paradise and descended upon the earth. Adam was sad and Eve was crying. Allah accepted their repentance because it was sincere, and He told them that the earth would be their realm and origin where they would live and die and whence they would come on the Day of Judgment.

                            Condensed Story of Adam and Allah's Promise
                            Allah the Almighty recounted this third lesson Adam learned in Paradise: And indeed We made a covenant with Adam before, but he forgot, and We found on his part no firm will-power. And (remember) when We said to the angels "Prostrate yourselves to Adam." They prostrated (all) except Iblis, who refused. Then We said: "0 Adam! Verily, this is an enemy to you and to your wife. So let him not get you both out of Paradise, so that you be distressed in misery. Verily, you have (a promise from Us) that you will never be hungry therein nor naked. And you (will) suffer not from thirst therein nor from the sun's heat."

                            Then Satan whispered to him, saying: "0 Adam! Shall I lead you to the Tree of Eternity and to a kingdom that will never waste away?" Then they both ate of the tree, and so their private parts appeared to them, and they began to stick on themselves the leaves from Paradise for their covering. Thus did Adam disobey his Lord, so he went astray. Then his Lord chose him, and turned to him with forgiveness, and gave him guidance.

                            (Allah) said: "Get you down (upon the earth), both of you, together (from Paradise), some of you are an enemy to some others. Then if there comes to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My Guidance shall neither go astray, nor fall into distress and misery. But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur'an nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection."

                            He will say: "0 my Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, while I had sight (before)." (Allah) will say: "Like this, Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) came unto you, but you disregarded them (i.e. you left them, did not think deeply in them, and you turned away from them), and so this Day, you will be neglected (in the Hell-Fire, away from Allah's Mercy).

                            And thus do We requite him who transgresses beyond bounds i.e. commits the great sins and disobeys his Lord (Allah) and believes not in His Messengers, and His revealed Books, like this Quran. etc., and believes not in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of his Lord, and the torment of the Hereafter is far more severe and more lasting. " Surah 20: 115-127

                            Commentary: Why Adam and Eve Decended
                            Some people believe that the reason why mankind does not dwell in Paradise is that Adam was disobedient and that if it had not been for this sin, we could have been there all along. These are naive fictions because when Almighty Allah wanted to create Adam, He said to the angels: "I shall make a vicegerent on the earth." He did not say: "I shall make a vicegerent in Paradise."

                            Adam's descent on earth, then, was not due to degradation but rather it was a dignified descent. Allah knew that Adam and Eve would eat of the tree and descend to earth. He knew that Satan would rape their innocence. That experience was essential for their life on earth; it was a cornerstone of their vicegerency. It was meant to teach Adam, Eve, and their progeny that it was Satan who had caused them to be expelled from Paradise and that the road to Paradise can only be reached by obedience to Allah and enmity to Satan.

                            Commentary: Adam's Free Will
                            Could it be said that Adam and the rest of mankind were predestined to sin and to be expelled from Paradise and sent to the earth? In fact, this fiction is as naive as the first one. Adam had complete free will, and he bore the consequences of his deed. He disobeyed by eating of the forbidden tree, so Allah dismissed him from Paradise. His disobedience does not negate his freedom. On the contrary, it is a consequence of it.

                            The truth of the matter is that Allah knew what was going to happen, as He always knows the outcome of events before they take place. However, Allah does not force things to happen. He grants free will to His human creatures. On that He bases His supreme wisdom in populating the earth, establishing the vicegerents, and so on.

                            Adam understood his third lesson. He knew now in a practical way that Iblis was his enemy, the cause of his losing the blessing of living in Paradise, and the cause of his distress. Adam also understood that Allah punishes disobedience and that the way to Paradise has to be through submission to the will of Allah. And he learned from Almighty Allah to ask for forgiveness.

                            Allah accepted Adam's repentance and forgave him. He then sent him to the earth as His first messenger.

                            Encounter Between Adam and Moses (PBUT) - Hadith
                            Abu Hurairah narrated that Allah's Messenger said: "Adam and Moses argued with each other. Moses said to Adam: Your sin expelled you from Paradise. Adam said to him: 'You are Moses whom Allah selected as His messenger and as the one to whom He spoke directly. Yet you blame me for a thing which had already been written in my fate before my Creation?' Allah's Prophet Muhammad said twice: "So, Adam outclassed Moses."

                            Umar Ibn Al-Khattab also narrated that Prophet Muhammad said: "Moses said: 'My Lord! May I see Adam who removed us and himself from the Paradise?' So Allah made him see Adam, and he said to him: 'Are you Adam?' Adam said: 'Yes.' And he said: 'Were you the one in whom Allah breathed His spirit, and before whom He bowed His angels, and to whom He taught the names of all things?' Adam answered: 'Yes.' So Moses said: 'What made you remove us and yourself from Paradise?' Adam said unto him: 'Who are you?' He said: 'I am Moses.' Adam said: 'So you are Moses the prophet of the Children of Israel. Were you the one Allah spoke to directly?' Moses answered: 'Yes.' Adam said: 'Why do you blame me for a matter which Allah had predestined?"' So Allah's Prophet Muhammad said twice. "Adam outclassed Moses."

                            Variation on Where Adam, Eve, and Iblis Descended
                            There are many traditions concerning the place of Adam's descent upon earth. Ibn Abi Hatim narrated that Ibn Abbas said: "Adam descended on land called 'Dihna' between Mecca (Makkah) and Taif." Al-Hassan said that Adam descended in India, Eve in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Iblis in Bodistiman (Iraq), and the serpent in Ashahan (Iran). This was also reported by Ibn Hatim.

                            Assady related that Adam descended with the Black Stone1 in India (A large black stone set into the wail of the Kaba in Mecca; it is said to have come from Paradise), and he had a handful of the seeds of Paradise. He sowed them in India and they grew into the fragrant tree therein.

                            Lbn Umar said that Adam descended on As-Safa and Eve on Al-Marwa (As-Safa and Al-Marwa are the names of two mountains in the vicinity of the Sacred House in Mecca; part of the rites of pilgrimage (Hajj) Include pacing between these two hills in commemoration of Hajar's search for water). This was also reported by Ibn Hatim. AbdulRazzaq reported that Abi Musa Al-Shari said that when Allah ordered Adam to descend from Paradise to earth, He taught him the making of everything and provided him with the crops from Paradise.

                            Abu Hurairah narrated that Prophet Muhammad said: "The best of days on which the sun has risen is Friday. On this day Adam was created, and on this day he was descended to earth."3

                            Adam's Life on Earth
                            Adam knew he bade farewell to peace when he left Paradise. On earth he had to face conflict and struggle. No sooner had one ended than another began. He also had to toil to sustain himself. He had to protect himself with clothes and weapons and protect his wife and children from the wild beasts.

                            Above all, he had to struggle with the spirit of evil. Satan, the cause of his expulsion from Paradise, continued to beguile him and his children in an effort to have them thrown into the eternal hellfire. The battle between good and evil is continuous, but those who follow Allah's guidance should fear nothing, while those who disobey Allah and follow Iblis will be damned along with him.

                            Adam grasped all of this, and, with the knowledge of this suffering, he started his life on the earth. The only thing that allayed his grief was that he was master of the earth and had to make it yield to him. He was the one who had to perpetuate, cultivate, construct and populate the earth. He was also the one who had to procreate and raise children who would change and improve the world.

                            The First Four Children
                            The pinnacle of earthly bliss was reached when Adam and Eve witnessed the birth of their first children, a set of twins. Adam was a devoted father and Eve a contented mother. The twins were Cain (Qabil) and his sister. Later Eve gave birth to a second set of twins, Abel (Habil) and his sister. The family enjoyed the bounties and fruits of the earth provided by their Lord. The children grew up to be strong and healthy young adults. Cain tilled the land, while Abel raised cattle.

                            Cain's Disobedience
                            The time arrived when the two young men desired life partners. This was part of Allah's plan for mankind, to multiply and form nations with different cultures and colors. Allah revealed to Adam that he should marry each son to the twin sister of the other. Adam instructed his children according to Allah's command, but Cain was displeased with the partner chosen for him, for Abel's twin-sister was not as beautiful as his own.

                            Commentary: Cain's Disobedience
                            It appears that since the beginning of time, physical beauty has been a factor in the attraction between men and women. This attraction caused Cain to envy his brother Abel. He rebelled against Allah's command by refusing to accept his father's advice.

                            At first glance Cain's rebellion might appear strange, but we should remember that, although man has a pure nature, the potential for dichotomy exists. In other words, he has both good and bad qualities. He can become greedy, covetous, possessive, selfish and even destructive. Man is, therefore, capable of seeking self-satisfaction even if it leads to failure in this life and in the hereafter. The path to goodness lies in harnessing the enemy within him, his baser self, by controlling evil thoughts and deeds and practicing moderation in his desires and actions. His reward then will be the delights of this world and the hereafter. Thus Allah tests us through our divided nature.

                            Cain's Jealousy of Abel
                            Adam was in a dilemma. He wanted peace and harmony in his family, so he invoked Allah for help. Allah commanded that each son offer a sacrifice, and he whose offering was accepted would have right on his side. Abel offered his best camel, while Cain offered his worst grain. His sacrifice was not accepted by Allah because of his disobedience to his father and the insincerity in his offering.

                            This enraged Cain even further. Realizing that his hopes of marrying his own beautiful sister were fading, he threatened his brother: "I will kill you! I refuse to see you happy while I remain unhappy!"

                            Abel, feeling sorry for his brother, replied: "It would be more proper for you, my brother, to search for the cause of your unhappiness and then walk in the way of peace. Allah accepts deeds only from those who serve and fear Him, not from those who reject His commands."

                            The First Death
                            Abel was intelligent, obedient, and always ready to obey the will of Allah. This contrasted sharply with his brother, who was arrogant, selfish and disobedient to his Lord. Abel did not fear his brother's threats, but neither did he want his brother to be hurt. Allah had blessed Abel with purity and compassion. Hoping to allay the hatred seething in his brother, Abel said: "My brother, you are deviating from the right path and are sinful in your decisions. It is better that you repent to Allah and forget about your foolish threat. But if you do not, then I will leave the matter in the hands of Allah. You alone will bear the consequence of your sin, for the Fire is the reward of the wrong-doers."

                            This brotherly plea did nothing to lessen the hatred in Cain's heart, nor did he show fear of Allah's punishment. Even familial considerations were cast aside. Cain struck his brother with a stone, killing him instantly. This was the first death and the first criminal act committed by man on earth.

                            When Abel had not appeared for some time, Adam began to search for him but found no trace of his beloved son. He asked Cain about Abel's whereabouts. Cain insolently replied that he was not his brother's keeper nor his protector. From these words his father understood that Abel was dead and Adam was filled with grief.

                            The First Burial
                            Meanwhile, Cain did not know what to do with his brother's corpse. He carried it on his back wandering from place to place, trying to hide it. His anger had now subsided, and his conscience was saddled with guilt. He was tiring under the burden of the corpse which had started to have a stench. As a mercy, and to show that dignity could be retained even in death, Allah sent two ravens that began fighting, causing the death of one. The victorious bird used its beak and claws to dig a hole in the ground, rolled its victim into it and covered it with sand.

                            Witnessing this, Cain was overcome with shame and remorse. "Woe unto me!" he exclaimed. "I was unable to do what this raven has done, that is to hide my brother's corpse." Cain then buried his brother. This was also the first burial of man.

                            The First Murder - from Qur'an
                            Allah the Almighty revealed: And (0 Muhammad) recite to them (the Jews) the story of the two sons of Adam Abel and Cain - Habil and Qabil respectively in truth; when each offered a sacrifice (to Allah), it was accepted from the one but not from the other. The latter said to the former: "I will surely kill you."

                            The former said: "Verily, Allah accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqeen (the pious). If you do stretch your hand against me to kill me, I shall never stretch my hand against you to kill you, for I fear Allah; the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinn, and all that exists). Verily I intend to let you draw my sin on yourself as well as yours, then you will be one of the dwellers of the Fire, and that is the recompense of the Zalimeen (polyt heists, and wrong-doers)."

                            So the Nafs (self) of the other (latter one) encouraged him and made fair-seeming to him the murder of his brother; he murdered him and became one of the losers. Then Allah sent a crow who scratched the ground to show him to hide the dead body of his brother. He (the murderer) said: "Woe to me! Am I not even able to be as this crow and to hide the dead body of my brother?" Then he became one of those who regretted. Surah 5:27-31

                            The First Murder - from Various Hadith
                            Ibn Abbas, Ibn Masud and a group of the companions of the Prophet related that inter-marriage of the male of one pregnancy with the female of another had been in practice among Adam's children. Abel wanted to marry Cain's sister, but Cain wanted her for himself because she was very beautiful. Adam ordered him to give her in marriage to his brother, but he refused. So Adam ordered both of them to offer a sacrifice, then went to Mecca (Makkah) to perform the pilgrimage. After Adam had left, they offered their sacrifices: Abel offered a fat lamb - he was a shepherd - while Cain offered a bundle of the worst grain. A fire descended and devoured Abel's sacrifice, leaving that of Cain, so he became angry and said: "I will surely kill you so that you will not marry my sister." Abel replied: "Allah accepts from those who fear Him."

                            According to Abu Jaafar Al-Baqer, Adam was watching their offering and was sure that Abel's sacrifice would be accepted. Cain complained to Adam that the acceptance was due to his supplication for Abel and that he had not done the same for him, so he promised his father to settle the matter between himself and his brother. One night, Abel was late returning from tending his flock. Adam sent Cain to see what had happened to him. When he found him, he glared at him saying: "Yours was accepted, and mine was not." Abel replied: "Allah only accepts from the Allah-fearing." Cain became angry on hearing this and hit him with a piece of iron that was with him, thus killing him. In another version it was said that he killed him with a rock to the head while he was sleeping.

                            Adam Preaches to His Children
                            Adam was utterly grief-stricken by the loss of his two sons: one was dead, the other was won over by the devil. Adam prayed for his son and turned to mundane matters, for he had to toil for his sustenance. At the same time, he was a prophet, advising his children and grandchildren, telling them about Allah, and calling them to believe in Him. He told them about Iblis and warned them by recounting his own experience with the devil and of how the devil had tempted Cain to kill his brother.

                            Adam's Successor, Seth
                            Years and years passed, Adam grew old, and his children spread all over the earth. Muhammad Ibn Ishaq related: that when Adam's death drew near, he appointed his son Seth (Shiith) to be his successor, and taught him the hours of the day and night along with their appropriate acts of worship. He also foretold to him the flood that would come.

                            Abu Dhar narrated that Prophet Muhammad said: "Allah sent down one hundred four psalms, of which fifty were sent down to Seth."

                            Adam's Death
                            Abdullah Ibn Al-Iman Ahmad Ibn Hanbal narrated that Ubai Ibn Kab said: "When Adam's death was near, he said to his children: '0 my children, indeed, I feel an appetite for the fruits of Paradise.' So they went away searching for what Adam had requested. They met with the angels, who had with them his shroud and what he was to be embalmed with. They said to them: '0 Children of Adam, what are you searching for? What do you want? Where are you going?' They said: 'Our father is sick and has an appetite for the fruits of Paradise.' The angels said to them: 'Go back, for your father is going to meet his end soon.' So they returned (with the angels), and when Eve saw them she recognized them. She tried to hide herself behind Adam. He said to her: 'Leave me alone. I came before you; do not go between me and the angels of my Lord.' So they took his soul, embalmed and wrapped him, dug the grave and laid him in it. They prayed on him and put him in his grave, saying: '0 Children of Adam, this is your tradition at the time of death."'

                            Before his death Adam reassured his children that Allah would not leave man alone on the earth, but would send His prophets to guide them. The prophets would have different names, traits and miracles, but they would be united in one thing: the call to worship Allah alone.

                            This was Adam's bequest to his children. Adam finished speaking and closed his eyes. Then the angels entered his room and surrounded him. When he recognized the Angel of Death among them, his heart smiled peacefully.

                            Successor After Adam
                            After Adam's death, his son Seth (Shiith) took over the responsibilities of prophethood, according to a hadith narrated by Abu Dhar. Abu Dhar also narrated that Prophet Muhammad said: "Allah sent down one hundred four psalms, of which fifty were sent down to Seth." When the time of his death came, Seth's son Anoush succeeded him. He in turn, was succeeded by his son Qinan, who was succeeded by his son Mahlabeel. The Persians claim that Mahlabeel was the King of the Seven Regions, that he was the first one to cut down trees to build cities and large forts and that he built the cities of Babylonia. He reigned for a period of forty years. When he died his duties were taken over by his son Yard, who on his death, bequeathed them to his son Khonoukh, who is Idris according to the majority of the scholars (Ulama).

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