by Fadwa Wazwaz
This video discusses the fourth chapter of my book, God Intervenes Between a Person and Their Heart: Key Lessons From the Prophets.
1. Adam, upon him peace, first words were: “Alhamdulillah.”
2. The story begins with a Divine Plan, gift of the Divine Breath, and Adam responding with gratitude to that gift.
3. The Angels bore witness to that gratitude, since they responded to Adam, with Yar HamukaAllah or May God have mercy upon you.
4. Finding utopia will not protect us from the human condition, like Satan, in the company of Angels, did not protect him from disobedience. Hence, accept who you are.
5. The world is the abode of trials and tribulations, not utopia. Hence, don’t search for utopia.
6. The Angels modeled to Satan how to respond in the face of command that confuses you.
7. Adam, upon him peace, modeled to Satan how to respond when you disobey God.
8. Adam, upon him peace, accepted his humanity, was willing to accept leaving heaven, coming down to earth, but not losing his relationship with God. Like Moses, upon him peace, who was willing to lose his station of being a prince in the kingdom of the Pharaoh but not his relationship with God.
9. Satan was not willing to accept that he was bound by error. He was willing to lose God, but not his station of privilege and high rank or utopia.
10. Satan prayed for time to prove God wrong, and Adam is ungrateful. God accepted his prayer.
11. Adam prayed for mercy and forgiveness. God accepted his prayer.
12. God will answer your prayer, so be careful what you pray for, as it might lead you to heaven or hell. What you seek, you will find. Acceptance of your prayer does not imply God is with you.
13 God shows us what Faith and genuine love of God look and responds.
In summary, we can see the following verse unfold in this story
. “O ye who believe! if any from among you turn back from his Faith, soon will Allah produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him,- lowly with the believers, mighty against the rejecters, fighting in the way of Allah, and never afraid of the reproaches of such as find fault. That is the grace of Allah, which He will bestow on whom He pleaseth. And Allah encompasseth all, and He knoweth all things.”(Quran 5:54)
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