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“No knowledge have I of the Chiefs on high, when they discuss (matters) among themselves.

The allegory of man’s creation, of God’s
command to the angels to “prostrate themselves” before the new creature, and of Iblis’ refusal to do so
appears in the Qur’an six times (2:30-34, 7:11 ff., 15:28-44, 17:6l-65, 18:50, and 38:69-85),
each time with an accent on a different aspect of this allegory. In the present instance (which
is undoubtedly the earliest in the chronology of revelation) it is connected with the statement,
in 2:31, that God “imparted unto Adam the names of all things”, i.e., endowed man with the
of conceptual thinking (see note 23 on 2:31) and, thus, with the ability to discern between what
is true and what false. Since he possesses this faculty, man has no excuse for not realizing God’s
existence and oneness – the “message tremendous” – referred to in the preceding passage


Asad, Muhammad (1980). The Message of the Quran.

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