Allah Created Adam in His Image

Posted: November 10, 2013 by millatibraheem in al-Imaan

Some of the early scholars, aka “Salaf,” made the claim that when Rasoolullaah said:

خَلَقَ اللَّهُ آدَمَ عَلَى صُورَتِهِ

“Allah created Adam in his image…”

 The word “sooratihi” (image) is referring to Allah himself and not Adam. As a consequence, they went on to say it means Allah gave Adam a face, sight, hearing etc. But they negated these to be similar to Allah himself. Like Allah has a face, therefore Adam had a face but Adam’s face was not like Allah’s.

And that is what some scholars, such as Abu Bakr al-Khallal, have attributed to Ahmad bin Hanbal.   However, to believe that “image” is referring to Allah and not Adam, opposes how Rasoolullaah explained the word “sooratihi.” Therefore, to adopt what Ahmad bin Hanbal believed is no doubt baatil and haraam.

Nabi of Allah said “sooratihi” is in regarding  Adam and NOT Allah. To say it is Allah’s image is wrong and a bid’ah.  The full narration is collected in the Saheehayn:

” خَلَقَ اللَّهُ آدَمَ عَلَى صُورَتِهِ، طُولُهُ سِتُّونَ ذِرَاعًا، فَلَمَّا خَلَقَهُ قَالَ اذْهَبْ فَسَلِّمْ عَلَى أُولَئِكَ النَّفَرِ مِنَ الْمَلاَئِكَةِ جُلُوسٌ، فَاسْتَمِعْ مَا يُحَيُّونَكَ، فَإِنَّهَا تَحِيَّتُكَ وَتَحِيَّةُ ذُرِّيَّتِكَ. فَقَالَ السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ. فَقَالُوا السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ. فَزَادُوهُ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ، فَكُلُّ مَنْ يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ عَلَى صُورَةِ آدَمَ، فَلَمْ يَزَلِ الْخَلْقُ يَنْقُصُ بَعْدُ حَتَّى الآنَ “

The wording is from Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Book of Asking Permission, Chapter “How the Salaam began” narrated by Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet said:

“Allah created Adam in his image, sixty cubits in height. When He created him, He said, “Go and greet that group of angels sitting there, and listen what they will say in reply to you, for that will be your greeting and the greeting of your offspring.” Adam said, ‘As-Salaamo ‘Alaykum.’ They replied, ‘As-Salaamo ‘Alayka wa Rahmatullaah So they increased ‘Wa Rahmatullaah’

The Prophet added ‘So whoever will enter Paradise, will be of the shape and image of Adam Since then the creation of Adam’s to the present time.”

As Rasoolullaah fulfilled his duty of not only conveying the revelation, but also explaining it, the only acceptable way to understand this hadeeth is to believe that “image” or “soorat” is regarding Adam and not Allah.  Whoever believes Allah has an image has opposed Allah’s Messenger.

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Comments
  1. Still I dont see where and how words of Resulullah explain that it is not image of Allah…I,m sure it is not the image of Allah but sometimes your explanation is not complete and clear

    • Admin says:

      It has to do with the Arabic and how the Prophet explained it. Rasoolullaah went on the describe the creation of Aadam. If Aadam was created in Allaah’s image, then we’re to say that Allaah is also the same height as Aadam.

  2. Ibn Hazm Zaahiri says:

    JazakAllahu Khairan brother for writing this article. The “Salafis” argue this hadith means Adam had some certain attributes like Allah and they try to explain them in that way like for example Allah has Hand and Adam has hand but the Hand of Allah is different to the hands of creation.

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