Adam's Soul Mate
4:1 O people, fear your Lord Who created you from a single soul (Adam), and from it He created its mate (Eve), and from both He scattered abroad many men and women; and fear Allah in Whose Name you appeal to one another, and invoke family relationships. Surely Allah is a Watcher over you.
Eve, whom the Prophet said was responsible for wives cheating on their husbands – Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Had it not been for Eve, woman would have never acted unfaithfully towards her husband. Sahih Muslim 8:3471 – may not have been worthy of being mentioned by name in the Koran, nonetheless, Adam's wife may have been the first to disturb the sands where Mecca would rise.
In one Tradition of the Prophet, Adam and Eve were literally flung out of Paradise, Adam landing in present day Sri Lanka on a mountain appropriately named Adam’s Peak and Eve near Mecca. A rock depression near the summit, in Islamic tradition, is believed to be the footprint left by Adam when he landed. At 1.8 m, it is a sizeable dent that only a big man could have made.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "Allah created Adam in his complete shape and form (directly), sixty cubits (about 30 meters) in height. When He created him, He said (to him), '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 (went and) said, 'As-Salamu alaikum (Peace be upon you).'
They replied, 'AsSalamu-'Alaika wa Rahmatullah (Peace and Allah's Mercy be on you) So they increased 'Wa Rahmatullah'"
The Prophet added "So whoever will enter Paradise, will be of the shape and form of Adam. Since then the creation of Adam's (offspring) (i.e. stature of human beings is being diminished continuously) to the present time."
Adam, just before he was bodily thrown out of Paradise held onto a large stone which followed him down. He dragged this rock all the way to where Eve was patiently waiting for him in the desert of present day Southern Arabia. He used this stone to set up an altar to Allah, which would become the Ka'bah and around which grew the town of Mecca.
First in a Verse
The implication of the following revelation is so astounding that I have provided alternate translations.
In Fakhry’s interpretation of revelation 7:189, Eve appears to have been created before Adam – my understanding (italics mine) of “It is He Who created you from a single soul from which He created her mate.”
7:189 It is He Who created you from a single soul from which He created her mate to live in comfort with her. Then when he approached her she bore a light burden; and so she carried on easily. When she became heavy, they called upon Allah, their Lord, saying: “If You grant us a righteous child, we shall be thankful.
7:189 IT IS HE who has created you [all] out of one living entity, and out of it brought into being its mate, so that man might incline [with love] towards woman. And so, when he has embraced her, she conceives [what at first is] a light burden, and continues to bear it. Then, when she grows heavy [with child], they both call unto God, their Sustainer, "If Thou indeed grant us a sound [child], we shall most certainly be among the grateful!"
7:189 It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love). When they are united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed). When she grows heavy, they both pray to Allah their Lord, (saying): "If Thou givest us a goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful."
Mohsin Khan’s interpretation is the only translation consulted which confirms that the couple in question is indeed Adam and Eve.
7:189 It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and (then) He has created from him his wife (Hawwa (Eve)), in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. When he had sexual relation with her, she became pregnant and she carried it about lightly. Then when it became heavy, they both invoked Allah, their Lord (saying): "If You give us a Salih (good in every aspect) child, we shall indeed be among the grateful."
Was the first couple the first to set up associate gods; as unlikely as that may seem?
7:190 He then gave them a righteous child. But they considered it to be given not only by Him, but also by associates whom they set up with him. But Allah is exalted above those associates.