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| Topic: The story of prophet Adam (peace be upon him)
Posted: 26 January 2014 at 4:45pm
Long time ago, God created the universe and the earth. He created them within six 'divine' days. Some may argue and say science proved that it took billions of years to form the universe. So, I'd like to say that God created the universe within six divine days. To God, a divine day is equivalent to millions of years on Earth. God created the universe as a home and shelter for a sect of His creatures who will praise His glory and worship Him all day and all night, everywhere and every time. God created the universe for the mankind.
Thus, God told the angels (Servants to God whom had been created from light) that he would create humans from the dust of earth, make them dwell on Earth and establish innovative civilizations; so that they know how great their Creator is and worship Him with pure hearts. The angels replied: "God, we praise your glory and worship you endlessly, why would you create other creatures that may shed blood, disobey you and ruin the earth?". Of course God the omniscient and the All-knowing knows that some humans will disobey Him, but still he knows that there would be prophets, saints, believers and men of renaissance in them who would worship God with true hearts – their worship will even be better than that of angels!!!. So, God said: "I know what you don't know", then He added "Once I create the first human from the dust of earth, make obeisance to him". The angels were to prostrate to the first human as a kind of appreciation, not as worship.
God had ordered one of His angels to get some dust from the Earth. Then, with His own glorious hands, God made out of that clay the shape of an appealing human. After a certain period of time, God breathed life into the shape, giving life to it. The clay turned into blood and flesh. That lifeless clay turned into a living being. That creature was called "Adam", Adam is a word of a Semitic origin meaning "the dust of Earth". The angels gathered around Adam and prostrated to him as God ordered them. But one of them refused to carry out God's order, who is "Iblis" (Satan).
Iblis was one of the most obeying angels of God, he belonged to a class of God's creatures called "Jinn". Some call him Satan, which is a word of Semitic origin meaning "Devil". God said to Iblis when he refused prostrating to Adam: ''Why did you refuse to make obeisance to my creature as I ordered you, Iblis?". Iblis answered haughtily: "How can I, Iblis, who is created from fire, prostrate to a creature made out of clay..don't you see that I'm far better and greater than that good-for-nothing statue in which you breathed life??". Iblis despised Adam and envied him because God had favored him. God created Adam out of clay with his own hands and breathed life into him. On the contrary, God created 'Iblis' from fire by saying 'Let there be Iblis', not by his own hands as did He to Adam.
As a punishment for disobeying God, the Almighty cursed Iblis and drove him out of the Heaven. He's not an angel-like any more, but a cursed rebellious devil who transgressed God's orders. Before leaving the divine presence, Iblis asked God to make him live until the Judgment day, so that he can misguide the children of Adam from the perfect way of God. God gave him that 'short-termed eternity', but still, Iblis wouldn't have authority over the believers and those who love God.
Adam entered the paradise, and saw how beautiful it is. God ordered him to eat from all of its trees and do whatever he liked in it, but he shouldn't eat from the Forbidden Tree. God was testing Adam by forbidding him from eat from it. Days passed, and Adam began feeling lonely, he wanted someone from his kind, someone who would help him, share his happiness and sadness. He wanted a partner in whom he might find shelter. Thus, while Adam was asleep, God took one of his ribs and created a woman out of it. Once Adam woke up, he found a woman sitting by his side and called her "Eve" (Hawaa' in Arabic).
Meanwhile, Iblis (Satan) was plotting against Adam and Eve, he wanted to drive them out of the paradise as he had been driven out of Heaven. So, he entered the paradise in the form of a 'serpent' and talked to Adam and Eve.
"Why don't you eat from that tree over there?" said Iblis.
"Because God had forbidden us from eating from it" Adam and Eve replied.
"Ah!! Do you know why God imposed such a prohibition on you??". Iblis said
"Why?" They replied.
"Because it is the tree of knowledge and eternity, once you eat from it, you will be eternal and wise – distinguishing wrong from right. You'll be angels and even like God!! eternal and knowing the truth?" Iblis answered maliciously. "I swear to God it is the truth, Just believe me and eat from that tree"
Thinking the serpent was telling the truth; Adam and Eve approached the tree, took some of its forbidden sweet fruits, and partook of it!! Suddenly, they found themselves buck naked (as their private parts were covered before eating from the tree). After that, God said to Adam, Eve and the disguised Satan: "Get out of the paradise and dwell on Earth, from it you were created and to it you will return"
Adam and Eve descended from the paradise to Earth, feeling regret and repent for succumbing to Satan's temptation. "Oh, God!! Have mercy on us and forgive us, for you are the most merciful and the most compassionate" Adam and Eve said, with the tears streaming down their faces. God forgave them for their sin, and asked them to dwell on Earth and cultivate it as He destined before creating the whole universe. Through God's inspiration and help, Adam and Eve learned how to make clothes, how to eat, how to plant and harvest crops…etc. Whenever Adam thought of what he had done, he felt sick and sad.
"Will I return back to the paradise, God?!" Adam said one day
"Yes, you and the believers of your children will return back to the paradise in the hereafter life" God inspired Adam.
Days passed, and Adam was gifted with sons and daughters. One of his sons was called "Kabeel" (Cain) and the other one "Habeel" (Hebel). Cain worked as a farmer; he was noted for his sullen behavior. Whereas Hebel was a shepherd who was noted for clemency, mercy and calmness. In the past, Adam's sons were allowed to marry their sisters so as to reproduce and save the human race from extinction. Hebel, the good-natured shepherd, was to marry a beautiful woman. While Cain, the bad-tempered farmer, was to marry another woman, who wasn't as beautiful as Hebel's 'fiancée'.
"I want to marry the beautiful woman!" Cain said to his father.
"Present an oblation to God and ask him to make you marry her!" answered Adam
Both Cain and Hebel were to sacrifice to the Lord. The best of them will be allowed by God to win the beautiful woman. Hebel, who was pious and good-natured as we said before, chose the best of his sheep to sacrifice it to the Almighty. On the other hand, Cain – who was a sullen stingy man – collected some withered herbs and plants to present them to God as an oblation.
Hebel's oblation was accepted by God and white fire came from the sky and took it, while Cain's oblation was left withering!! Of course God doesn't need such oblations, but oblations were just a test from him to Adam's sons. The better of Adam's sons would sacrifice the best of his property for God's sake because God ordered him to do so.
Cain, with his blood boiling with anger, asked Hebel afterwards: "Why did God take your oblation and left mine??".
"God accepts the sacrifices of His true servants" answered Hebel
"I'm going to kill you and shed your blood on the ground!!" said Cain furiously
"If you are going to kill me, I will neither defend myself nor kill you. So please, fear God and do not disobey him. Will you end the life of your own brother for the sake of your carnal needs?" Said Hebel, with a tone of desperation and grief in his voice
In a moment of blind anger, Cain picked up a stone from the ground and hit his brother with it.
"Ahhhh" moaned the bleeding Hebel.
Within few seconds, the body of Hebel went still and he stopped breathing. He was the first human to be murdered and whose blood to be shed on the ground.
"What did I do??" Cain said after seeing the corpse of his brother. "What will I do with my brother's dead body?"
As he was crying, he saw a raven digging a hole in the ground and burying another raven - but a dead one - in it. From that scene, Cain knew what he was going to do with his brother's corpse. So, Cain buried his brother Hebel.
When Adam knew of what happened, he burst into tears and said: "O Hebel, my dear son, O Hebel, May God have mercy on you "
After few years, Adam was gifted another son called "Seth", which means "God's gift". Prophet Adam (PBUH) lead a happy life after that. Then, he passed over at the age of 930 years (in the solar calendar).
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