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The Prophet Adam (A.S.)
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 The Almighty had created
from the elements of clay . The Holy Qur'an
"0' mankind! Surely We created you from
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."
According to the latest scientific research the
man has been created from clay with all its
elements 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 quality of any of these
elements gets diminished.
such case vitamins
are used to supplement the deficiency and restore
normal health.
The Creation of Prophet Adam: Before the
creation of mortal, The Almighty directed all the
angels to assemble. Thousands upon thousands
of angels (created from light) and Jions (created
from fire) gathered in groups. They bowed
respectfully in the presence of The Almighty The
Creator of the universe declared that he intended
to create the man 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
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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
Angels were asked to make Obeisance to Adam:
The Almighty taught Adam the names of all
things and inculcated into his mind the
knowledge of their properties . The Holy Qur'an
"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 The Almighty questioned Adam in the
presence of all angels about the names of
different objects. He gave correct answers on the
basis of this superiority. The Almighty 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 Thlis Refused: When the
angels heard the Commandment of Almighty
they all complied without hesitation. They bowed
with respect and admiration to the new creation
and that was Adam. However ThUs
February 1991 / Shaban 1411