Story of Prophet Adam in Islam
Story of Prophet Adam (A.S.) is the beginning of stories of all prophets, beginning of all mankind. Prophet Adam’s Story (PBUH) is also well known to Jews and Christians. The history of the prophets is unquestionably a useful example for modern living. Therefore, it would be quite beneficial for us to learn about the many wisdoms of their lives.
The first man sent by Allah to the earth was Prophet Adam (A.S.), together with his wife Hawwa (Eve). One of the 25 prophets named in the Quran is Adam.
Prophet Adam (a.s) lived for roughly a thousand years after creation, according to various narrations from various Islamic scholars. The Qur’an makes reference to Prophet Adam in a number of verses, including verses 30 to 38 of Surah Al-Baqarah (the second Surah of the Qur’an) and verses 11 to 25 of Surah Al-A’raaf (7th Surah of Quran). Adam and Eve’s children were born as twins.
The first human being that Allah SWT ever created was Prophet Adam. His first human being was given the name “Adam.” This page will detail Story of Prophet Adam (AS) in Islam.
Giving the Angels information about the creation of the Prophet Adam (A.S.)
Adam was created by Allah to be a human and His vicegerent (Khalifah in Arabic, which means successor or deputy), who worked to benefit the earth. Allah revealed this to the angels. This discussion is mentioned in the Quran by Allah.
Remember, when your Lord said to the angels: “I have to place a successive authority (Khalifah) on the earth,” they said: “Will You place one there who would create disorder and shed blood, while we intone Your litanies and sanctify Your name?” And Allah said: “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:30)
The angels’ words were not intended to be a kind of disagreement with Allah’s judgment, nor were they said out of envy for the Children of Adam, as some people believed. Angels, according to Allah, are those who do not speak before Him, i.e., they do not approach Him with questions until He has given His consent. The angels’ only worry was that this creature (human) would cause trouble on earth when Allah told them He was going to make a creation on the earth and they knew.
The phrase “Indeed, I know that which you do not know” used by Allah in this verse indicates, “I know that the good of creating this kind of creature outweighs the damage that you indicated, that which you do not know. I will raise up Prophets among them and dispatch Messengers. The truthful, martyrs, upright believers, worshippers, the modest, the pious, the scholars who impart their knowledge to the humble, and those who adore Allah and obey His Messengers will also be created among them.
The virtue of Prophet Adam (A.S.) above Angels:
Prophet Adam (A.S.) was directly crafted from clay by Allah, and the Almighty Himself instantaneously blew his soul into being. The Prophet Adam (A.S.) also possessed the intellect necessary for learning, observing, and comprehending things. The following passages of the Quran make this clear:
Then Allah gave Adam knowledge of the nature and reality of all things and everything, and set them before the angels and said: “Inform Me of the names of these if you are truthful.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:31)
And they (Angels) said: “Glory to You (O Allah), we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:32)
Then Allah said, “O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, Allah said, “Did I not tell you that I know the unknown of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:33)
Because He taught Adam the names and knowledge of everything—that is, the names that people use, rather than the angels, Allah praised Adam above the angels. Angels had just bowed to Adam when this happened.
Prophet Adam’s Height.
Adam was exceedingly tall when he was created. As is clear from the following Hadith:
Narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet (S.A.W.) said, “Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall” (Al-Bukhari: 3326)
According to the hadith quoted above, Prophet Adam was 60 ziras (or 40 meters) tall when Allah created him. Some scholars, such as Ibn-e-Khaldun (1332-1406), acknowledge that this is Adam’s height in Paradise and that, after he was sent to the Earth with Eve, he was granted a height suitable for Planet Earth.
How did Allah create Adam?
After completing the elements of the universe, Allah (swt) formed Adam from clay gathered from various locations on Earth and brought him to life after 40 years.
Angel’s prostration before Adam a.s. and Iblis’s disobedience
The angels and Iblis were told by Allah (swt) to bow down before Adam as a gesture of respect. All of them followed orders, with the exception of Iblis, who felt superior to Adam because he was formed of fire rather than clay. He said, “I am superior to him. You created me from the fire and created Adam from the clay/mud.” He was expelled from heaven and Iblis became the devil (Shaitan) at that point and remained such until the day of judgment. This was the first act of disobedience ever committed.
Knowing that the Hellfire would be his end, he prayed to Allah (s.w.t.) for a particular power that would allow him to deceive people and drag them along with him to the Fire. Allah (swt) granted him his wish, but He forewarned us (humans) that if we choose to walk in Iblis’ footsteps, the Hellfire will be our final resting place. In order to protect mankind from Shaitaan, he sent down the Qur’an as a guide.
Hawwa (Eve)’s creation
As the years passed, Adam (p.b.u.h) grew lonely and needed a companion. So, using a portion of his left shortest rib, Allah (swt) made Eve go with him and be his lifelong companion, taking away his loneliness and satisfying his natural need to reproduce. Allah let Adam and Eve enjoy anything they wanted while they were in Heaven, with the exception of eating the Forbidden Tree’s fruit.
The first humans forgot this rule one day. Their vulnerability was exploited by Shaitaan, who urged them to eat the forbidden fruit by whispering in their ears. Every day after that, he began to whisper to him, “Shall I lead you to the tree of immortality and the endless kingdom?” Both overlooked Allah’s warning regarding the tree. Adam selected fruit from it and presented it to Eve. They both consumed the tree’s forbidding fruit. When Adam felt his heart tighten and began to feel anguish, sadness, and guilt, he had barely finished eating. He and his wife both started chopping tree leaves to cover themselves after realizing they were both naked. They were both expelled from paradise for disobeying and came to Earth naked on a Friday.
According to Ibn Asakar, Adam cried for 60 years over the loss of paradise and for another 70 years over his error. As a result of their sincere repentance, which Allah accepted, they were also denied the benefits of paradise or heaven. Eve and Adam both left the Garden of Eden and came to live on Earth. They would live and die on earth, according to what Allah said would be their realm and place of origin. According to the Qur’an:
[ Allah ] said, “Descend, being to one another enemies. And for you on the earth is a place of settlement and enjoyment for a time.” He said, “Therein you will live, and therein you will die, and from it you will be brought forth.”(Surah Al-Arraf 7:24 – 25)
Prophet Adam’s life on Earth
Adam was aware of the difficulties of existence on Earth. He gathered clothing and weapons as a result to shield his family. He understood that he had authority over the planet and needed to use it to produce things. He was responsible for maintaining, cultivating, building, and populating the world. He was also responsible for bearing offspring who would alter and better the planet. As time passed on Earth, Prophet Adam continued to expand. The parents, who had two sets of twins as a blessing, enjoyed watching their kids grow.
The first four children of Prophet Adam A.S.
A male child named Qabil (Cain) and his sister made up the first set of twins, and Habil (Abel) and his sister made up the second set. As time went on, Cain developed into a farmer who cultivates crops and tills the soil, while Abel raised livestock.
Then Allah commanded Adam to instruct his sons to make a sacrifice, and the one who succeeds would be granted the right to wed the spouse of his choosing. While Cain presented his inferior crops, Abel offered his best animal. Naturally, Cain’s sacrifice was rejected by Allah, and because he was upset that he was unable to wed his own sister, Cain chose to follow Shaitan’s lead and threaten Abel with death.
Kabil (Cain)’s disobedience and first murder/death:
One day Cain became so enraged that he threw a stone at Abel, striking him in the head and causing him to fall to the ground dead. The world’s first murder occurred here. Allah gave Cain instructions, and he buried his sibling.
Adam’s lament and teachings to other children
The prophet Adam was devastated by the loss of his son and was aware that Cain was already in evil’s hands. As a result, he prayed for his son and gave his other children and grandchildren advice, telling them to believe in Allah and to guard against the devil’s whispers.
Adam’s Successor: Sheeth (a.s.)
As the years passed, Adam became older and older, and his offspring multiplied all across the planet. Sheeth (Seth), his son, was chosen to take his place as the future leader of humanity.
Death of Prophet Adam (AS)
The prophet Adam (p.b.u.h) developed a craving for the heavenly fruits as his death drew near. The angels advised his children to return to visit their father because he was passing away when they went out looking for them. Eve recognized the death angel when she saw him and fled to Adam out of fear. She was aware that due to Allah’s will, her companion would no longer be by her side eternally. However, Adam (p.b.u.h.) taught his offspring that Allah (s.w.t.) would send prophets to lead them; these prophets would have various names, characteristics, and feats of miracle-working. They will all join together to demand that only Allah (s.w.t.) be worshipped.
The angels gathered in Adam’s room to surround his body as soon as he closed his eyes. He smiled when he realized it was the death angel. His soul was taken and enveloped by the angels. At his grave, where he was laid to rest, they prayed for him. Various accounts claim that Eve passed away and was buried close to the Prophet Adam one or two years after his passing.
This was the Story of Prophet Adam in Islam. The story of Prophet Adam is also vividly mentioned in Bible.
Location of Adam and Eve’s Grave:
Location of Adam and Eve’s Grave: According to these narrations, Adam’s grave is located in Makkah’s Abu Qubays cave, the first mountain that Allah created. Another story claims that after the flood, Noah placed Adam’s coffin aboard the Ark and buried it in Jerusalem’s Baitul-Maqdis (Mosque Al-Aqsa).
The lesson learned from the Story of Prophet Adam (A.S.)
Prophet Adam’s Story (PBUH) tells us that the cause of pride and arrogance is always suffering and devastation. See Satan, who was stripped of his status among the angels and banished from heaven by Allah with curses that would remain on him until the Day of Judgment because of his haughtiness and refusal to bow before Him.
May we learn something valuable from the Story of Prophet Adam (PBUH) and become pious and Trust Allah in challenging times.
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