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Man is Honored and Rendered Better Knowledgeable

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Man's Honor and Knowledge

Both the Bible and the Qur’an honor man and teach that God has rendered him knowledgeable more than all other creatures

As a matter of fact, both the Bible and the Qur’an honor man and teach that God has subjected all creatures to man for him to worship God. The fact that man was created in God’s image is confirmed in both the Qur’an and the Bible.

In addition, both the Bible and the Qur’an teach that God has rendered man the most knowledgeable creature. That is why God has appointed him as His vicegerent on earth.

The following verses in the Bible tell us how God honored man by creating him in His own image and subjected all creatures to him:

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. (Genesis 1:26-29)

The following verses in the Bible tell us how God rendered man the most knowledgeable creature by teaching him the names of the other creatures:

Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. (Genesis 2:19-20)

The following verses in the Qur’an state that God honored the children of Adam and subjected all creatures to man for him to worship God:

And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference. (Al-Israa’ 17:70)

Prophet Muhammad confirms the fact established by the Bible that man is created in God’s image. Prophet Muhammad said: “Allah created Adam in His image, and his (Adam’s) height was sixty cubits (about 30 meters). 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, ‘As-Salamu ‘Alaika wa Rahmatullah (Peace and Allah’s Mercy be on you).’ So they increased ‘wa Rahmatullah’”. The Prophet added, “So whoever enters Paradise will be of the shape and image of Adam. Since then the creation of Adam’s (offspring) (i.e. stature of human beings) is being diminished continuously up to the present time.” (Al-Bukhari)

The following verses in the Qur’an tell us how God honored man by giving him such knowledge which angels themselves did not have:

And He taught Adam the names – all of them. Then He showed them to the angels and said, “Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful.”

They said, “Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.”

He said, “O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.” (Al-Baqarah 2:31-33)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- Sahih Al-Bukhari

3- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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