How tall was Adam Alayhis Salam and which location did He and Hawwa descend to from Paradise

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Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah


What is exactly was the height given to Adam and Hawwa when Allah sent them to earth and which location on earth did Allah put them based on Quranic history and what is the exact explanation regarding the words (Dhira) I’m just concern the history about Adam and Hawwa 



In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

Your question will be answered in three parts. Firstly, the hadith which tells us how tall Saaiduna Adam Alayhis Salam was. Secondly, what is the meaning of dhira and lastly which location did Saaiduna Adam Alayhis Salam and Hawwa descend to.

It is mentioned in a hadith narrated by Saaiduna Abu Hurairah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) from the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) who said, “Allah created Adam Alayhis Salam and he was sixty cubits (dhira) tall. Then He said, ‘Go and greet those angels and listen to how they greet you, for that will be your greeting and the greeting of your progeny.’ He said, ‘Assalamualaikum.’ They said, ‘Asalamualaikum wa rahmat-Allah.’ So they added the words ‘wa rahmat Allaah.’ And everyone who enters Paradise will be in the form of Adam. People kept on growing smaller until now.” (Sahih al-Bukhaari, 3336; Muslim, 7092)

Dhirah is a unit of length based on the length of a forearm.

Regarding the final issue the following opinions have been given by the commentators of the Holy Qur’an regarding the location where Saaidun Adam Alayhis Salam and Hawwa descended.   

 ‘Imraan ibn ‘Uyaynah said, (narrating) from ‘Ata’ ibn al-Saa’ib, from Sa‘eed ibn Jubayr, from Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said: Adam came down from Paradise in Dahna, in the land of India.  

Ibn Abi Haatim narrates from Saaiduna Ibn Abbas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) who said: Adam Alayis Salam came down in a land called Dajna, between Makkah and Taaif. 

It is narrated by Hasan Basri raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) that Adam Alyhis Salam came down in India and Hawwa in Jeddah, and Iblees in Dastumeesaan a few miles from Basrah, and the serpent came down in Asbahaan.

Ibn Abi Haatim narrates from Saaiduna Ibn Umar raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) who said Adam Alayhis Salam came down on Mount Safa and Hawwa Mount Marwah. (Extracted from Imam Suyuuti’s Durre Manthuur p.111-p.112 v.1)

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Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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