Adam’s first test

21 Apr

وَقُلْنَا يَا آدَمُ اسْكُنْ أَنتَ وَزَوْجُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَكُلَا مِنْهَا رَغَدًا حَيْثُ شِئْتُمَا وَلَا تَقْرَبَا هَٰذِهِ الشَّجَرَةَ فَتَكُونَا مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

And We said, “O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat there from in abundance from wherever you will. But do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers.” [2:35]

  • Adam’s name could have been omitted, since it is understood who the command is to. This illustrates the love Allah showed to Adam. He SWT did not say do this, that, and also that. Rather, throughout the story we find, O Adam do this, O Adam do that…
  • This is the nature of Allah’s commands: Most things are permissible except a few. As for the former, there are no limitations placed.
  • As for the impermissible, we are commanded not to even come close; this closes all paths to the prohibitions.
  • This is a prohibition (don’t do) and not an order (do). The former is more difficult than the later, since it requires far more effort.

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