Prophet Adam (peace be on him)
Adam is an Arabic word for man.
He was the progenitor of human race. He is reckoned to be the first prophet
by the Muslims. He was also the first man whom Almighty Allah had created from the
elements of clay. The Holy Qur'an affirms:
"0' mankind! Surely We created you from dust." (30:20)
The gradual process of man's physical development has been referred to in the
following Verses of the Holy Qur'an:
"He began the creation of man from dust. Then He made his
progeny of an extract of water held in light esteem. Then He made him complete and
breathed into him of His spirit and made for you ears and eyes and heart." (32:
According to the latest scientific researches the man has been created from clay
with all its element and their inherent properties. It is discovered by a chemical
analysis of the human body that a defect occurs in its normal functioning when the
quantity of any of these element gets diminished. In such case vitamins are used to
supplement the deficiency and restore normal health.
The Creation of Prophet Adam:
Before the creation of mortal, Almighty Allah directed all the angels to assemble.
Thousands upon thousands of angels (created from light) and Jinns (created from
fire) gathered in groups. They bowed respectfully in the presence of Almighty Allah.
The Creator of the universe declared that he intended to create the man and sought
their counsel. The angels and Iblis (Satan) disapproved the idea and pointed out
that human beings would cause disorder on the earth. They would make mischief and
shed blood indiscriminately. The Holy Qur'an gives a description of this event in
the following Verses:
"And when your Lord said to the angels: I am about to appoint a
vicegerent in the earth. They said: Will you place therein such as will cause
disorder in it or shed blood ? We celebrate your praise and extol your holy names.
He answered: I know what you know not." (2:30)
Angels were asked to make Obeisance to Adam:
Allah taught Adam the names of all things and inculcated into his mind the knowledge of
their properties. The Holy Qur'an says:
"And He taught Adam the names of all things; then presenting them to
the angels, He said: Tell Me the names of these if you are right." (2: 31)
The angels did not know their names and said:
"Glory be to You. We have no knowledge except what You have taught
us. Surely, You are Knowing, the Wise." (2: 32)
After that Allah questioned Adam in the presence of all angels about the names
of different objects. He gave correct answers on the basis of this superiority.
Allah asked all the angels to bow as a mark of respect to Adam who was created so
miraculously. The Holy Qur'an affirms:
"0' angels! Fall down making obeisance to Adam" (15:29)
Angels Prostrated but Iblis Refused:
When the angels heard the Commandment of Almighty Allah, they all complied without
hesitation. They bowed with respect and admiration to the new creation and that was
Adam. However Iblis (Satan) did not surrender on various pretexts and stood still.
The Holy Qur'an says:
"And when We said to the angels: Make obeisance to Adam, they did
obeisance, not so Iblis, he refused and was haughty and he was of the: rejecters."
Challenge of Iblis:
Iblis disobeyed Allah and became defiant. He arrogantly refused to accept the
authority of a creature who was made of rubbish. Iblis thought himself superior to
human being. As a result, God expelled Satan from the Garden of Bliss and deprived
him of all Divine favours. Satan requested Almighty Allah to allow him to exist
until the Day of Judgement. I would bring most of the descendants of Adam under my
sway. I would lead them astray from the Right Path. Allah gave him respite.
The conversation between God and Iblis has been narrated in the Holy Qur'an as
"Iblis said: Give me respite till the Resurrection Day. Allah
said: Be you among those who are given respite. He said: Because You have thrown me
out of the way, I will certainly lie in wait for them on Your Straight Path. Then
will assault them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left,
nor will You find most of them grateful." (7: 14-18)
Devil is, in fact, an evil spirit which temps the man to indulge in sins.
It invites the heart to do bad deeds and disobey Allah. It tries to weaken
our sense of morality but if we are spiritually too strong to yield to its temptations, we
become immune from all sins. Those who follow the Commandments of Allah, invite
God's grace to protect them. On the other hand those who deliberately follow the
wrong way, are responsible because they put themselves into the hands of Evil Spirit.
In order to remove the lonesomeness of Adam, a female mate named Hawa (Eve) was created.
The Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) and his wife Hawa were given a place in the
Garden (of Bliss) to reside. The Holy Qur'an affirms:
"And O' Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Garden (of Bliss) and
eat therefrom wherever you will but approach not this tree lest you should be: among the
wrong-doers." (7: 20)
Trial of Prophet Adam:
The Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) and his wife Eve continued enjoying each others
company and carefully avoiding that specific prohibited tree. Iblis became very
jealous when he saw the favours of the Almighty Allah on the Prophet Adam (peace be upon
him) and he began to devise ways and means to humiliate them. He kept on making evil
suggestions to the couple in a sneaky way. He tried to persuade them to approach the
prohibited tree. One day the Iblis sympathetically said to them:
"Your Lord has only forbidden you this tree lest you should become
angels or immortals, and he swore to them saying: Surely, I am a sincere counsellor unto
you. So he beguiled them by deceit." (7:22)
On hearing this both Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) and Eve became curious.
They started wondering as to why God did not want them to approach the specific
tree. This temptation gradually became stronger but Allah guided them alright and
warned that not to be taken in by the evil suggestions of Iblis. The Holy Qur'an
"Then We said: O' Adam! Verily, this Iblis is an enemy to you and
your wife, so let him not get you both out of the Garden so that you are landed in
misery." (20: 117)
The Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) and his wife used to live happily in the
Garden of Bliss. They were endowed with the knowledge to discriminate between good
and evil. They were also warned of the power of evil. They overpowered all
sorts of evil temptations at first and tried hard to ward off the influence of Satan.
But he made numerous attempts to misguide them off and on. Finally Satan
succeeded in his mission and made them approach that specific tree. Instantly evil
consequences appeared. The Holy Qur'an says:
"When they both tasted of the tree, their private parts became
manifest to each other and they both began to cover themselves with the leaves of the
trees (in the garden), and their Lord called them saying: Did I not forbid you both from
that tree and tell you that Satan was your avowed enemy. They said: Our Lord! We
have wronged ourselves. If you forgive us not and bestow not upon us Your mercy, we
shall surely be of the losers." (7: 23, 24)
The Prophet Adam and Hawa Feel Penitence:
The Prophet Adam (peace be upon him) and Eve followed the temptations of Iblis and were
deprived of the heavenly bliss. They were, however, overflowed with grief.
They requested Almighty Allah to forgive them. Allah, the Most Merciful
accepted their repentance and chose them for His mercy. At the same time He
dispelled them from the Garden of Bliss. They became ordinary people. They had
to live like us for only a certain span of life on this earth. They would be
recreated again to be judged for their actions on the Day of Judgement.
Allah gives Directions:
They lived for many years. Allah sent directions and guidance to the Prophet Adam
(peace be upon him). He taught others about the religion of Allah. He advised
his followers to do good and avoid evils. He told the people to act upon the
Commandments of Allah and follow his guidance. It would serve the purpose of shield
to do away with the attacks of the devil. Allah says:
"Whoso shall follow My Guidance, on them shall come no
fear, nor shall they grieve. But those who will disbelieve and treat Our Signs as
lies, they shall be the inmates of the fire and they shall abide therein." (2: 39,