The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Aadam (‘alayhis-salaam) Part 1

Prophet Aadam (‘alayhis salaam)

Part 1

Aadam (‘alayhis salaam) was created from clay. Allaah told the Angels, “I will place on earth a Khalifah.”

Khaleefah comes from the word Khalaf – to succeed/assume position of someone else.

Salaf are the early three generations, all after are called Khalaf.

Abu Bakr (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) came after Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), and assumed the position of Rasuulullaah. Hence he became a Khaleefah.

The Angels replied, “Will you place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood while we glorify You with praise and thanks?”

Two explanations are given for their reply:-

  1. Allaah told the Angels ahead of time that this is what human beings will do.
  2. Ibn Abbaas (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) said – Jinn were living in this world before, causing corruption and caused evil. Allaah sent on them armies from the Angels and Iblees to fight against them. They were cornered to the ocean.

Allaah replied, “I know what you know not.”

Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Allaah created Aadam from a handful of dirt picked from all of earth, so the children of Aadam became red, white, yellow, black and all in between, they became good, sad, righteous and all in between.”

Their personalities and looks came according to where on Earth they were taken from.

Aadam was created from Turaab (dirt) Teen (mud) Teen Laazim (sticky clay) Hamain Masnoon (black, smooth, smelly clay) Salsaal Kal-Fahaar (clay like pottery) and other different terms were used to describe Aadam.

Turaab was mixed with water to make Teen, this was left for a while it became sticky due to lack of water – this was Teen Laazim. And then it was left for a longer while – its smell and colour changed, it became darker – Hamain Masnoon. That was taken, and Allaah moulded out of it the form of Aadam and left it to dry and it became Salsaal Kal-Fahaar.

Iblees came to the mould of Aadam and knocked it, it made a ringing noise and he knew it was hollow. He though himself to be better than it and he said, “If I am given influence over you, I will guide you astray. And if you are given influence over me, I would disobey you.”

Hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim: Rasuulullaah (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Allaah created Aadam in his image.”

Nawawi explains this Hadeeth, he says, “This isn’t referring to Allaah, its referring to Aadam. Allaah created Aadam in the image of Aadam. He created Aadam as he was, in his adult form that remained with him.”

Allaah blew the soul into Aadam; our bodies without souls are like the dirt. When the soul leaves, the body decomposes into its origins.

When the soul entered the body of Aadam, the first thing he did was he sneezed. Then he said, “Alhamdulillaah.” Allaah replied, “Yarhamukullaah.”

Allaah told Aadam, “Go to those Angels who are sitting over there and deliver salaam to them.”

He said, “Assalaamu ‘alaikum.” They replied, “Wa ‘alaka assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.”

Allaah said to him, “This is your greeting and the greeting of your descendants.”

There is an agreement between us and Allaah – a covenant. We worship no-one but Him. We canont say on the Day of Judgement that we didn’t know about this.

There are two explanations to this:

  1. This covenant is of Fitrah – original state – Islaam. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Everyone is born upon the Fitrah of Islaam, and then their parents make them Jew, Christian or a disbeliever.”
  2. Allaah took out the seed of Aadam and we were placed in the Hand of Allaah, and He asked us, “Am I your Lord?” And we said, “Yes.” – Hadeeth.

To be continued in shaa Allaah…

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