Tonight we reviewed the lesson for 38. Illuminated Quran: Sad.
We read the story of Adam (a) in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil because his story is explored in this surah.
For this surah I asked my son why Allah (s) told the angels to bow to Adam (a). He said that he did not know. We talked about how Allah (s) was maybe testing the angles.
I asked my son why Iblis refused to bow to Adam (a). My son said that it was because Iblis thought he was better than clay, the clay that Allah (s) used to make Adam (a). My son asked if Iblis was jealous of Adam (a) and I answered that Iblis was jealous of Adam (a).
My son asked if Iblis was an angel and I said that I did not know but that angels are made from light and that Iblis is made from fire.
My son asked if Iblis was good in the beginning, when he was a baby. I said that is did not know if Iblis was ever a baby but that he used to pray all the time before he was cursed. My son asked if Iblis had prayed to Allah (s) and I said yes, there was a time when he did.
My son asked why Adam (a) is higher than Iblis. I said that I do not know for sure but I asked what did Allah (s) use to make Adam (a). My son said clay and water and I added that ruh/breath was the third ingredient. I asked my son if he thought that ruh was the secret ingredient and he said yes.
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