Adam, The First Man

At a moment of divine favour and mercy, Allah breathed life into the clay statue. The statue sneezed and said: “Praise belongs to Allah.”

The spirit crept into Adam. He breathed, opened his eyes, moved his hands and legs. He became a normal human being.

Then he rose and walked away. He began to think and consider. He knew the beautiful and the ugly. He recognised the truth and falsehood, good and evil, happiness and unhappiness.

Allah ordered angels to prostrate to Adam. He ordered them to prostate to what He had created with His own hand. All angels prostrated to Adam.

Angels knew nothing except obedience to Allah. They always glorified Allah. They always submitted to Allah. They prostrated to Adam, for Allah appointed him as a caliph in the earth.

Allah appointed Adam as a caliph in the earth, for he was higher in rank than angels.

However, there was another creature. The creature did not prostrate to Adam. This was a jinn. Allah created the jinn six thousand years before He created our father, Adam. No one knows whether these years were spent on the earth or on other stars.

Allah created the jinn from fire. Iblis did not prostrate to Adam. He did not obey Allah. He spoke to himself: “I am better than Adam, for I have been created from fire.” Iblis was haughty. He refrained from prostrating to Adam, who was created from clay.

All angels prostrated to Adam. They obeyed Allah, glorified His name, and circled Him. Iblis belonged to the jinn. He disobeyed Allah’s order when he did not prostrate to Adam. Allah, the Glorified, asked: “Iblis, why don’t you prostrate to Adam?” Iblis replied: “I’m better than him. You created me from fire and created him from clay. Fire is better than clay.”

Allah dismissed Iblis from His presence. He dismissed him from His mercy. Iblis bore malice against Adam from that time.

Iblis envied Adam, and then harboured hatred against him. He was a haughty, envious, and spiteful creature. He loved no one except himself.

Iblis devoted all his time to misleading Adam.

Allah dismissed Iblis from His mercy. He said to him: “Go out” You are cursed! My curse will be on you till the Day of Judgement!”

Iblis said: “My Lord, give me time till the Day of Judgement.” Allah, the Glorified, said: “You are of the respited ones till the Judgement Day.”

Iblis said: “As You have caused me to remain disappointed, I will surely lie in wait for them in Your straight path.”

How cursed Iblis was! How stubborn and deceitful he was! He said that Allah, the glorified, tempted him. He did not blame himself for his disobeying to Allah. He did not say that he envied Adam and bore malice against him. He did not say that he was haughty, for he did not prostrate to Adam and did not obey Allah.

Iblis became an unbeliever. He became haughty, and then he became an unbeliever. He thought that he was better than Adam, for he was created from fire and Adam was created from dust and clay.

Iblis was selfish. He forgot that Allah created him. Allah ordered him to carry out His orders. However, Iblis disobeyed Allah.

Title: Our Father Adam and Mother Eve
Author: Kamal al-Sayyid
Translator: Jasim al-Rasheed
Ansariyan Publications, Islamic Republic Of Iran – Qum