Hadith on Creation: Allah Created All People from Adam

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2955
Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari: that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Indeed Allah Most High created Adam from a handful that He took from all of the earth. So the children of Adam come in according with the earth, some of them come red, and white and black, and between that, and the thin, the thick, the filthy, and the clean.”

  • This hadith narrated by Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari explains the diversity among the human race in terms of physical appearances, such as skin color, body type, and cleanliness. According to the hadith, Allah created Adam from a handful of earth taken from all over the world, and thus his descendants come in different colors and shapes, which are all part of Allah’s grand plan. This creation story in the hadith is consistent with the Quranic account of the creation of Adam, where Allah created Adam from clay (Quran 38:71-72) and breathed into him the spirit (Quran 15:29). Furthermore, the Quran mentions the concept of human diversity in terms of color and language, indicating that these differences are a sign of Allah’s creative power and wisdom (Quran 30:22, 49:13). The reference to Quran 7:172 in this context emphasizes the idea that all human beings are created by Allah and are accountable to Him. According to this verse, Allah took a pledge from all of Adam’s descendants before their birth, asking them if He was their Lord. They all testified that He was, affirming their recognition of their Creator and their commitment to obey His commandments. Therefore, the hadith and the Quranic verse together underscore the fundamental Islamic belief that all human beings are equal in the eyes of Allah, regardless of their physical appearance or background. The diversity among human beings is a sign of Allah’s power and creativity, and it should be celebrated and appreciated rather than used as a basis for discrimination or prejudice.