Taking a break from my travel logs, I'd like to share something interesting that I've learnt. Since these past few days, I've been wondering about the beginning of mankind, how did this all happen and stuff related to it. I've searched the web, read books, I practically go beyond my usual limit to really understand the history of Adam and Eve according to Islam. Alhamdulillah, with Allah blessings I found a mufti's youtube channel that answered my questions. I somehow see it as Allah's way of answering my questions through my discovery of the lectures in that youtube channel.
Let's get started! :)
Allah s.w.t created many creatures, among them are the angels and the jin. He sent the jin on Earth to deal with another kind of creation that has been causing havoc and destruction. The jin dealt with them and eventually overpowers them. The head of the jin was the one known as Iblis. He was a very very proud creature, he was very proud of his good deeds and very arrogant because he was once addressed as one of those from the heaven. When Allah speaks about 'malaika', the jin was also included in it even though he was not from amongst them. So, Iblis was good at the time. After that, Allah informed the angels of something important as made mention in surah al Baqarah. He informed them that He's putting on the Earth a Khalifah. Immediately the angels uttered ''O Allah, are you going to create someone and placed them on Earth who are going to cause chaos and they are going to spill blood, causing damage on Earth and yet we are here, worshipping You''. Allah said ''I know that which you do not know''.
Now let's talk about how Adam was created. The words dust, soil, clay and dark clay were used to depict the different stages of growth even though it was for just a particular creation. Amazingly, Allah took the dust from different parts of the globe and put it all together. The different types of dust differ from their colours and their qualities. Allah then speaks about how He created this man. Do you know that the narration has made mention of the fact that Allah swt had this dust and then he added water to it and it became soil and He shaped it up into clay and He left it for awhile.Then He mentioned that it is similar to the clay of pottery but it is not the clay of pottery. What's the difference? Clay of pottery uses heat to be shaped while the one that Allah has created doesn't need heat.
The size of Adam was about 60 feet tall, he was HUGE! Allah created Adam upon Adam's own image from day one meaning when he was created he was already big, had all the features and he was already an adult. When Allah left Adam for awhile, this certain pious being, Iblis, questioned why did Allah do this after all that he has done, worshipping Him and all that. He began to look up and down, literally monitoring the creature that Allah has made and he saw the belly. He found out that the being was not consistent and he knows that he can control it. He already made a promise even before the roh or soul was blown into Adam. He promised that he will lead Adam astray if he had an opportunity and if Adam were to be higher than him, he'll never follow Adam. An arrogant creature Iblis is.
Then Allah blew the roh into Adam, starting from the top of his head. This shows that the most honoured organ that we have is the brain which distinguishes us from all other creatures because Allah gave it life first before anything else. As the roh was blown into Adam, the clay turned into flesh and blood and everything starts to work, the brain came to live and the eyes opened. Adam was granted the full knowledge of everything from day 1 by the will of Allah, he was born with it unlike us, who slowly learn stuff as we grow up. As his eyes opened, he saw the fruits of Jannah. He was so happy as he already understood what he saw. Then life came into his nose and he immediately sneezed. A sneeze is a sign of goodness as it is a gift from Allah that protects us from illness. An angel said 'O Adam, thank Allah' and Adam said 'Alhamdulillah' which means 'All praise is due to Allah'.
As life came into his hands, he stretched out to get the fruits but life had not yet come into his legs yet so he couldn't move. Allah makes mention of this, He said 'Men are always in haste' :') Then Allah instructed the angels to prostate to Adam, not to worship him but only in order to acknowledge Adam's status which is higher than all of them. They all prostrated immediately besides Iblis. He refused out of arrogance and became amongst them who disbelieve. This was the first sin ever made. Let's be clear that arrogance is not the pride of owning expensive things, it is when we rejects the truth and despises others. Allah asked Iblis 'What is it that stoping you?' and Iblis answered 'I am much better than him, You made him from dust and You made me from fire. Who is he? He should prostrate to me!'. The lesson is, never underestimate others. People are equal, no one is better than the other when it comes to access to Allah. Iblis also said to Allah 'If You give me til the day of Judgement, then I will show You, I will lead astray all of them' and Allah granted him his wish, He said 'Those who are my true worshippers, you will not have any authority on them, you will not be able to control them'
Adam was now standing, Allah told him to go to the angels and greet the angels. He went up to the angels and greeted them saying 'Assalamualaikum' and the angels answered 'Waalaikummusalam'. Assalamualaikum means may peace be upon you which guarantee that we will not harm them. The mufti also said that it is hypocritical when we greet someone saying Assalamualaikum but behind their back we are harming them by talking bad about them. Imagine how peaceful our lives would be if we use the greeting properly. :)
Unfortunately, I have to stop this post right here and get back to my pharmacology books. InshaAllah I'll continue the rest of the story soon. Bear in mind that I am not a scholar, a pious girl or anything, I am just another person trying my best to learn about my religion and become a better person. I intend to share this story on my blog because it touched my heart and I want to immortalise it. If I've said anything wrong please correct me, I'll be very grateful !