Four distinguished qualities of the material by which man has been created!

Muhammad Rafiq Etesami

The holy Qur'an makes mentions, "And We created man from sounding clay, and We created the jinn from a flame of fire before him" (Al-Mu'minun). Also mentions,” And, indeed, We have created man out of sounding clay, out of dark-slime transmuted” (Al-Hijr 15:28).

According to the commentators, the statue of the man was made at first from that particular clay and when it was dried and began to grind, then it was passed through the various stages and then it was able to breath the sprit into it, as the holy Qur’an reveals,” and when I have formed him fully and breathed into him of My spirit, fall down before him in prostration” (Al-Hijr 15:29).

And after that, the two qualities hardness and weight remained in it. And then this material was cooked somewhat in fire.
Now this material has four characteristics as: -
(1) All things created by this material, go down due to weight, but man also ‘goes down’ by spiritually due to misleading of Satan.
(2) To hate each other, and the reaction of hatred becomes double.
(3) This material resists against others.
(4) It does not want to see others alive besides himself in some conditions.

Now in details, first of all, things go down created by this material due to weight and gravity but mankind goes down also by spiritually why?
Because man has two paricular enemies, inordinate soul (nafs ammara) and Satan Iblis, who according to the hadith, circulates like blood into the body of man. They try their best to mislead man every time by lure him with beautiful things, delicious food and fulfillment of sexual desires lawfully and unlawfully, and man is deceived by them.

Even though there may be a great pious man, he can also fall into their trap but that whomsoever Allah save from their bad tricks as the holy Qur’an reveals,” O ye who believe! Follow not the footsteps of the devil. Unto whomsoever follows the footsteps of the devil, lo! he commands filthiness and wrong. Had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy unto you, not one of you would ever have grown pure. But Allah causes whom He will to grow. And Allah is Hearer, Knower.” ﴾Al-Noor: 21﴿

This is the example for going down of man by and by as spiritually.

Secondly, to hate each other, as we see that if there is hatred between two men and if someone abuses to other, then other tries even to cut his tongue, and if someone gives a slap on other’s face, he tries to break his face instead, and so on.
Third is resisting to each other, it means to stop others or to push others back, denying a fact, giving incorrect arguments against a reality, and to have frivolous discussion etc.

Everyone can understand to stop others or to push them back each others of the solid material, but here I want to give an example from the religion of Islam it means the submission one’s will to Allah be glorified and exalted.
But due to this substance, man does not surrender himself easily but resists to be a disobedient one. That is why when the holy Prophets PBUT invited their people to the religion of Islam, they disobeyed and hurt them and even killed some of them. Only a few people accepted their invitation.

Fourth,” It does not want to see others alive besides himself,” because this material was cooked somewhat in the fire, that is why it accepts the directions from Satan i.e. whispering and misleading of him because he was created by fire. Since anger arises from fire and the emotions of fighting and killing others also arise from it.

These are the four unique qualities of the material by which man has been created. In this regard the unanimous belief of Muslim Ummah is that, only the Holy Prophets PBUT are protected and safe and sound from the misleading of Satan, otherwise anyone may be he is highly pious and pity man, can be misled any Satan. May Almighty save all of us from the tricks of Satan Iblis, Amin.