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 Adam ( AS )

Adam also spelt Aadam is the first Prophet of Islam and mentioned in the Qur`an as the husband of Eve (Hawwa).

Adam in the Qur`an

Adam is mentioned in the Qur`an as the first man created by God. A verse in Sura al-Imran states:

The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was. (3:59)

Eve is not mentioned by name in the Qur`an, but she is nevertheless referred to as Adam`s spouse, and Islamic tradition refers to her by an etymologically similar name - Hawwa. Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari recounts the tale of her creation, stating that she was named because she was created from a living thing (since the Arabic word meaning "living" is "`hayy`").

Adam in Hadith


The early Islamic commentator Tabari adds a number of details to the Torah, based on claimed hadith as well as specific Jewish traditions (so-called isra`iliyyat). Tabari records that when it came time to create Adam, God sent Gabriel (Arabic: Jibril), then Michael (Arabic: Mika`il), to fetch clay from the earth; but the earth complained, saying I take refuge in God from you, if you have come to diminish or deform me, so the angels returned empty-handed. Tabari goes on to state that God responded by sending the Angel of Death, who took clay from all regions, hence providing an explanation for the variety of appearances of the different races of mankind.

According to Tabari`s account, after receiving the breath of God, Adam remained a dry body for 40 days, then gradually came to life from the head downwards, sneezing when he had finished coming to life, saying "Praised be God (al-hamd li-allah)".[1] Having been created, Adam, the first man, is described as having been given dominion over all the lower creatures, which he proceeds to name. As one of the people to whom God is said to have spoken to directly, Adam is seen as a prophet in Islam.


According to the Sahih Bukhari, Adam was created about thirty meters in height. Since then the stature of human beings is being diminished continuously. (8:74:246) [2]


At this point, Adam takes a prominent role in Islamic traditions concerning the fall of Satan. In these, when God announces his intention of creating Adam, some of the angels express dismay, asking why he would create a being that would do evil. Teaching Adam the names reassures the angels as to Adam`s abilities, though commentators dispute which particular names were involved; various theories say they were the names of all things animate and inanimate, the names of the angels, the names of his own descendants, or the names of God.

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