Adam and Eve According to the Qur’an

angels-kneel-before-adamThe Qur’an and hadith give the same account of the creation of Adam and Eve. Taking the Qur’an with Sunni hadith produces the following narrative. According to the Qur’an, when Allah told the angels that he was going to put a successor on Earth, they questioned whether the human would cause blood shed and damage, but He told them that He knew what they did not.

And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.” Qur’an 2:30

He created Adam from clay and He breathed life into him. Hadith add that he was named Adam after the clay he was made out of, or the skin of the earth

According to the Qur’an, when Allah required all the angels to prostrate before Adam, they all obeyed, except for a Jinn named Iblis. (are supernatural creatures in early Arabian and later Islamic mythology and theology) He said, “I am made from fire, when Adam is from clay. I am better than him. I am not going to prostrate before him.

Sunni hadith say that while Adam was sleeping, God took a rib from him and from it He created Eve; however, while the creation of Adam and Eve is referred to in the Qur’an, the exact method of creation is not specified. The Qur’an then says that God commanded that Adam and Eve not eat from one tree in the garden of Eden, but Iblis was able to convince them to taste it. Then they realized that they were naked and began to cover themselves.  For this reason God cast them out of the Garden. Fruit turned to thorns and pregnancy became dangerous.

I believe that Eden was in heaven and according to a non-canonical Sunni Hadith, when the came to the earth, Adam and Eve had to search for each other.

Unlike the biblical account in Genesis, there is no mention of the making of creation in the Qur’an.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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