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The Islamic Bulletin
Volume I No. 1
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As a result, Allah expelled Satan from the Garden of Bliss and
deprived him of all Divine favors. Satan requested Allah to
allow him to exist until the Day of Judgment. “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 follows:
“Iblis said: Give me respite till the Resurrection Day. Allah
said: Be you among those who are given respite. He said:
I will certainly lie in wait for them on Your Straight Path.
Then I will assault them from before them and behind
them, from their right and from their left, not will You find
most of them grateful.” (Quran 7:14-18)
Devil is, in fact, an evil spirit which tempts 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 spiritu-
ally 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 be-
cause they put themselves into the hands of Evil Spirit.
Hawwa (Eve) Created:
In order to remove the lonesomeness of Adam, a female mate
named Hawwa (Eve) was created. The Prophet Adam (A.S.)
and his wife Hawwa 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; approach
not this tree, lest you should be among the wrong-doers.”
(Quran 7:20)
Trial of Prophet Adam:
The Prophet Adam (A.S.) and his wife Eve continued enjoy-
ing each others company and carefully avoiding that specific
prohibited tree. Iblis became very jealous when he saw the
favors of Allah on the Prophet Adam (A.S.) and began to
devise ways and means to humiliate them. He kept on mak-
ing evil suggestions to the couple in a sneaky way. He tried to
persuade them to approach the prohibited tree. One day, 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 counselor unto you. So he
beguiled them by deceit.” (Quran 7:22)
On healing this both, Prophet Adam (A.S.) and Eve, became
curious. They started wondering as to why Allah did not want
them to approach the specific tree. This temptation gradually
became stronger, but Allah guided them aright and warned
them not to be taken in by the evil suggestions of Iblis. The
Holy Qur’an says:
“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.” (Quran 20:117)
The Prophet Adam (A.S.) and his wife used to live happily
in the Garden of Bliss. They were endowed with the knowl-
edge 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 influ-
ence of Satan. But he made numerous attempts to misguide
them off and on.
Finally, Satan succeeded in his mission and made them ap-
proach that specific tree. Instantly, evil consequences ap-
peared. The Holy Qur’an says:
“When they both tasted of the tree, their private parts be-
came 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.” (Quran 7:23-24)
The Prophet Adam (A.S.) and Hawwa Feel Penitence:
The Prophet Adam (A.S.) and Eve followed the temptations
of Iblis and were deprived of the heavenly bliss. They were,