Faith Friday: A Lesson from Adam and Eve

Friday, February 04, 2011

In Islam most of the emphasis is placed on Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) because he is Allah s.w.t.'s Final Messenger. He was sent as a sign of His Mercy because if it weren't for him we wouldn't have received His Guidance through the Holy Qur'an and his Sunnah. It is our responsibility to learn from his honourable example. At the same time, it should be highlighted that there are many lessons to be learned from all prophets.

The story of the downfall of Prophet Adam and Hawa (Eve) (peace and blessings upon them) is one that really hits the nail for me. It all began from Shaytan's whisperings which led to feelings of waswas - insinuating whispers which causes doubt and disobedience towards God. Prophet Adam and Hawa had everything. They lived in the Garden of Eden where Allah s.w.t. provided for their every need and desire. Life was perfect and blissful.

However, because of Shaytan's evil whisperings they jointly disobeyed God's command. It was a simple command too - to stay away from fruits of the forbidden tree. Yet they transgressed, just like we do everyday, because that is human nature. 



We will always make mistakes in this life but the way to obtain Allah's pleasure and forgiveness is by realising our mistakes, learning from them and repenting sincerely. As Allah s.w.t. said in Surah Ta Ha, He will give us guidance but it is our choice whether we follow it or not. We need to seek protection from Shaytan's whisperings because Iblees has promised that he will be the cause of the Children of Adam's downfall to Hell.



The most important thing we should remember about repentance is the vastness of His Mercy and Forgiveness. It's never too late and it's never too big a sin because Allah s.w.t. is always there for us if we always turn to Him and never give up hope on His Mercy. Having said that, we shouldn't take time for granted. Every minute, every hour and everyday is an opportunity for us to seek Allah's love and forgiveness. Can you really say for sure that you will be alive and healthy tomorrow? 

Jumaah Mubarak everyone. Have a blessed Friday. 

12 comments:

Siti Fatimah Zaini. said...

It's only a mistake if we don't learn something.

Thanks sis,a good reminder =)
May Allah bless you.

Love and Sugar said...

My middle name is Hawa :)

Did you know that the meaning of Hawa is desire? SubhanAllah She is Adam's desire. Just as all men have an innate desire for women. SubhanAllah!

RS said...

agreed! and one thing I've learnt from agama class aside from solat taubat is also MANDI taubat which is something we can do everytime we shower as long as we wash our hair!

just niat sahaja aku mandi taubat kerana lillah hitaala

as easy as that! my uztaz says cos 'manusia bnyk dosa' so its good to cleanse ourselves every now and then.

Shahirah Elaiza said...

Siti: "It's only a mistake if we don't learn something." I like that! =)

L&S: Oh wow that is a nice way of putting it ;)

RS: Thank you for sharing that! That's something new to me. Yeah the act of physically cleansing ourselves is also part of the spiritual purification =)

hijabi hippie hypo said...

great post :) yep SubhanaAllah it teaches us that even the best of people- i.e. Prophets do sin too. It's a sin within itself to not worry about your sins.

Shahirah Elaiza said...

hijabi hippie hypo: You made an excellent point! Complacency is a disease.

Ashi said...

masha'Allah what a beautiful reminder. i think i needed this more than anything right now, thank you sha.


[btw the images you've created to outline the Surahs' are simlpy GORGEOUS!]

Anonymous said...

I have a honest question about the Adam and Eve story - How were the Grandchildren of Adam and Eve born? Did the children of Adam and Eve create the grandchildren of Adam and Eve?

Shahirah Elaiza said...

Anon: I am not the best person to ask regarding this topic but if it weren't for your question I wouldn't have researched it so thank you for asking!

This is the answer I've found online.

Regarding the question you have asked, it is a known fact that legislation differs from one Shari'ah to another, while the principles and beliefs remain the same in all of them. So, making of portraits was allowed in the Shari'ah of Sulayman (peace be upon him) but is prohibited in our Shari'ah. Similarly, making prostration of salutation was permitted in the Shari'ah of Yusuf (peace be upon him) but is illegal in ours. Also, war booty was prohibited for nations before us but it is completely legal for us. The Qiblah of people before us used to be towards Bayt Al-Maqdis, but for us it is towards Ka'bah. In a similar way, marriage between brothers and sisters was permitted in the Shari'ah of Adam (peace be upon him) as opposed to those that came afterwards. The following is a clarification on the issue by Haafidh Ibn Katheer, who said:

Allaah allowed Adam (peace be upon him) to marry his daughters to his sons for necessity. Every couple used to have a boy and a girl. Hence, he married the girl of one couple to the boy of another. This is said by Suddi regarding what has been narrated by Abu Maalik and Abu Salih, from Ibn ‘Abbas, by Murrah from Ibn Mas‘ood and by other companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) that Adam did not have (in his grandchildren) a baby boy unless it was accompanied by a girl, so he married the male of a couple to the female of another, and the female of a couple to the male of another.

Tafsir Ibn Katheer, Surat Al-Maa’idah, 5:27


http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/255

I once read somewhere that each time Hawa/Eve (peace be upon her) gave birth, she gave birth to a set of twins of a boy and a girl. However, the twins were not allowed to marry one another.

I know this may sound strange, especially to a non-Muslim, but Allah only allowed the intermarrying of Adam's (peace be upon him) children to take place for the sake of continuing the lineage. After that God deemed it to be FORBIDDEN for brothers and sisters to marry one another.

This can be found in other religious scriptures that Muslims believe were bestowed upon God's prophets but have been distorted by people since its revelation - Injil via Prophet Isa (Bible), Zabur (Psalms) via Prophet Daud, Taurah via Prophet Musa (peace be upon them)

Shahirah Elaiza said...

Adam's, alayhi salaam, lineage:

http://muxlim.com/images/hsindi/prophet-lineage-adam-to-muhammad/

Story of Adam and Hawa (peace be upon them) and the first crime of murder in humanity:
http://interxs.com.my/Books/Books.nsf/9c5ee60eeed551ea852563c000646f91/36fa86503bb8917488256e30000441a2?OpenDocument

Anonymous said...

Shahirah,

So, different people had different sets of laws depending on the situation. So, you are saying that God's laws themselves are not a constant for all time.

Taking a different angle to the story of Adam and Eve are scientists wrong when they produce scientific evidence for the theory evolution?

Shahirah Elaiza said...

Anon, if by mentioning God's laws you are referring to the Holy Qur'an, then yes His laws are constant for the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the eras that come after that because He was the Final Messenger who brought the Final Message.

Allah did prescribe (slightly) different laws for different times BEFORE Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) but the essence of His Message has always been the same: to obey the One and Only Creator.