With the name of Allah, Most Kind, Most Merciful…
Prostrate / submit to Adam – The command that lead to Iblees’s downfall
Iblees(AKA – Satan)
Who was he?
وَإِذْ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلائِكَةِ اسْجُدُوا لآدَمَ
Behold! We said to the angels, “Bow down to Adam”:
فَسَجَدُوا إِلا إِبْلِيسَ
They bowed down except Iblis.
كَانَ مِنَ الْجِنِّ
He was one of the Jinns,
فَفَسَقَ عَنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّهِ
and he broke the Command of his Lord.
أَفَتَتَّخِذُونَهُ وَذُرِّيَّتَهُ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِي وَهُمْ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ بِئْسَ لِلظَّالِمِينَ بَدَلا
Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrong-doers! S18V50
What we know
1) Iblees was a Jinn
2) When Allah(SWT) commanded the Angels to prostrate to Adam(AS), Iblees refused
Now Iblees was a Jinn not an Angel, so why was he reprimanded?
Possibly – Allah(SWT) had raised him to the status of the Angels, or as some sources say, though being a Jinn he was brought up by the Angels and had reached a very high rank among the Angels
Whichever way we look at it
IBLEES MUST HAVE BEEN IN THE RANK OF THE ANGELS
FOR HIM TO HAVE REACHED THAT STATUS, HE MUST HAVE BEEN VERY DEVOUTLY OBEDIENT, PIOUS AND TRUE TO ALLAH(SWT)…
So what happened?
Iblees had no problem serving Allah(SWT), right!
BUT – The command came from Allah to serve Adam…this was too much for Iblees
قَالَ أَنَا خَيْرٌ مِنْهُ
(Iblis) said: “I am better than he:
خَلَقْتَنِي مِنْ نَارٍ
thou createdst me from fire,
وَخَلَقْتَهُ مِنْ طِينٍ
and him thou createdst from clay.” S38V76
That, I think is our greatest challenge, serving those whom we consider lower than ourselves in any form,
Financially, racially, colourfully…
Like Iblees who had been, maybe, must have been worshipping Allah(SWT) for a very long time we too have no problems worshipping Allah(SWT)
But we have a major problem following His command to UNITE, to HUMBLE OURSELVES, TO SERVE, HELP, PROTECT, UPLIFT…those whom we either
1) Deem lower than ourselves
2) Deem not to be worthy of our service.
Yap we can spend the whole night in the masjid, read the Quraan in 10 days flat…worshipping Allah(SWT) is easy, our ego is not tested!
We truly get tested when we are expected to bow down to another man, not physically but it maybe
A sunni accepting when the shia is correct OMG or
A shia accepting when the sunni is correct OMG or
A muslim accepting when a non muslim is correct…OR
How about going down to where the really poor live to
1) Give dawah
2) Give food and financial or educational assistance
There are so many example where we actually same like Iblees fail to surrender to our Adam.
ITS EASY TO WORSHIP IN OUR COMFORT ZONES
BUT WHERES THE TEST IN OUR COMFORT ZONES?
THE TRUE TEST LIES IN OUR HUMILITY TO TREAT EVERY HUMAN BEING AS A BROTHER OR SISTER
AND NEVER EVER TO LOOK DOWN ON ANYONE!
وَنَزَعْنَا مَا فِي صُدُورِهِمْ مِنْ غِلٍّ
And We shall pluck out(remove) from their hearts any lurking sense of injury(all prejudice)
إِخْوَانًا عَلَى سُرُرٍ مُتَقَابِلِينَ
(they will be) brothers (joyfully) facing each other on thrones (of dignity).s15v47
When we remove prejudice we become brothers in humanity!