The Prostration Before Adam (the Perfect Man)

“Joseph said to his father: Father, I dreamt of eleven stars and the sun and the moon. I saw them prostrate themselves before me.” (Joseph, 4)

“Verefea ebeveyhi ale’l arşi ve harru lehu söcceden-He helped his parents to a throne. (He exalted them) All fell on their knees and prostrated themselves before him (Joseph). Joseph said to his father: Father this is the meaning of my old vision, my Lord has fulfilled it.” (Joseph, 100)

Some interpreters say that the Angels have prostrated before Adam because Adam was more superior than the Angels. It is said that human beings had not prostrated before Human, but according to the 100th verse of the Chapter Joseph, human beings prostrated before human (MAN). The person before whom is prostrated is not an ordinary man, but he is an exalted Prophet, a saint who bears the heart which Allah is in, and the spirit which is Scholar, Gnostic and Divine.

“When your Lord said to Angels: ‘I am placing on the earth one that shall rule as My Deputy’ they replied:

“Will you put there one that will do evil and shed blood, when we have for so long sung Your praises and sanctified Your name?”

He said: “I know what you know not.”

He taught Adam the names of all things and then set them before the Angels saying: ‘Tell me the names of those if what you say be true!’ Glory to You, they replied, We have no knowledge except that which You have given as. You alone are all-knowing and Wise.

Then said He: “Adam, tell them their names” and when Adam had named them, He said: “Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of Heaven and Earth and all that you hide and all that you reveal” And, when we said to the Angels: ‘Prostrate yourselves before Adam’, they all prostrated themselves.” (Al-Baqarah 30, 31, 32, 33, 34)

Our Prophet did not approve of the way of respecting of materialists. Yet, He would accept the honoring towards his spiritual personality in order to make it a blessing for those who show respect. He wanted the prostration to be with heart. It is written in the books about Islam History that He would greet others reverencing with his holy body. Our last word about this subject is the following Koran Verse: “The unbelievers do not prostrate, they walk proudly on the Earth.” (Al-Isra, 37) Allah knows the best of all.