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The story of prophet Adam

By Hauwa YusufPublished about a month ago 4 min read

Prophet Adam

Informing the Angels About Adam

Allah the Almighty revealed:

"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.' Allah said: 'I know that which you do not


Allah 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: "O 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 unseen in the

heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been


Remember when We said to the angels: "Prostrate yourself before Adam" They

prostrated except Iblis, he refused and was proud and was one of the

disbelievers(disobedient to Allah)."

We said: "O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and 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 (wrongdoers)."

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


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 those who prostrate.

Allah said: "What prevented you (O Iblis) that you did not postrate 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: "O 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 (Day of


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 (they will not be dutiful to You)."

Allah said: "Get out from Paradise, disgraced and expelled. Whoever of them

(mankind) will follow you, then surely I will fill Hell with you all."

"And O 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 wrongdoers)."

“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."

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). 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 (resurrected)." (Chapter 7:11-25 Qur'an).

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!" (Chapter 2:30 Quran).

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 progency by the jinn

who lived before Adam. Abdullah Ibn Umar said that the jinn had existed for about 2000 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.


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