Prophet Adam

Beware of sins for they brought forth humiliation to the forefather of mankind after he had enjoyed the glory of His commanding Angels to “prostrate to Adam” (al-Isra 17:61) and it is what made him leave the comfort of “dwell you and your wife in Paradise” (al-Baqarah 2:35)

From the moment Adam, peace be upon him, was captivated by his desire, he fell and sorrow became long-lasting; thenceforth, those of his offspring who are rational (i.e. pious) are in grief whenever they commit a son whereas those of his offspring who became captive to their desires are in a state of humiliation. Indeed, the most intense darkness is that which is preceded by light, the most deleterious kind of abandonment is that preceded by close ties, and the most severe emotional suffering of a lover is when his beloved is remembered. It is indeed a surprise how humans were born unable to walk, yet afterwards they manage to walk into sins.

It is surprising how Jibril, peace be upon him, prostrated to mankind at the beginning but afterwards he is the one to drag them on their foreheads, while the haggard one begs him, “Be gentle!”.

All grief lies in the remembrance and longing of the days that have passed by and ended, when Adam, peace be upon him, has been close to his Lord; the tongue of his state says, woe to me, and the heart exclaims, relieve my longing! How many distressing incidents did he post in secret that only the heart knows of the contents of which are ruefulness and conceal regret.

The aching breaths of Adam, peace be upon him, started burning him when Allah said, “Adam disobeyed” (Taha 21:121) and would have overcome him had he not been saved by the water of “He accepted his repentance” (al-Baqarah 2:37)

Every time he saw Angels descending from heaven to earth where he was sent down, he was reminded of the joy of his stay in Paradise, and so his eyes would immediately start shedding tears to lessen his grief. Seeing his earthly possessions always reminded him of what he had been granted in paradise, and the ensuing sorrow would almost make his hope turn into despair. Thereafter, he mounted the back of hope and started his journey to the land of Mina (i.e. Makkah) and had he not been inspired with the words of repentance he would have perished.

I wonder at the worries of the son of Adam, peace be upon him; he does not have the reels of his sorrow, the creatures of the earth cannot comprehend what he utters and the Angels of heaven still have the remnants from “will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood.” (al-Baqarah 2:30)

And so he is left alone in distress with no one to console him. Indeed, the weeping of Adam, peace be upon him, for his exile from Paradise is incomparable to the weeping o any other. His overwhelming deep sorrow and distress is not because of losing Paradise itself, but rather because of his being distanced from the Lord of Paradise.

Wahb ibn Munabbih [of the Tabi’in who was an exegete in the field of Jewish narrations and tales] may Allah be pleased with him, related: After Adam departed from Paradise and was sent down to earth he prostrated for one hundred years crying on the mountain of India until his tears flowed into the valley of Sarandib, causing carnation and cinnamon to grow and caused the peacocks to migrate to the valley. Thereafter, Angel Jibril came down and said to him, ‘Raise your head for you have been forgiven.’ So Adam, peace be upon him, raised his head and went to circulate around the sacred House for a whole week, and scarcely had he completed it before he was drowning in his tears.

If the state of Adam, peace be upon him, was expressed in words, it would say, O Lord, you have captured those who love You, and so I seek your Mercy, for I am a pot that is meant to break, and because of that it was handed to a shaky hand; and You have said, “If you have not sinned I would have replaced you with people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness.” (Reported in Muslim no.2751) He wept for the loss of his house (Paradise) once, and a thousand times for losing their Neighbour (Allah), for indeed departure disturbs and distance agitates.

Seed of Admonishment and Reform by Iman Ibn Jawzi Pages 34-27