Question ID: 25013

Assalamualaykum Mufti,

1) Was the Prophet (sal-Allahu-alayhi wa sallam) the first Prophet to be created or was Adam the first Prophet to be created. There is a hadith which says that the Prophet (sal-Allahu- alayhi wa sallam) was created “While Adam was between soul and body” (al-Khasa al-kubra, 3-4).

2) How do we understand the Name and Attribute of Allah as “Ar-Rahman?” because grace is also a human attribute. I know that the Allah is unlike the creation. Can you please elaborate.

3) Do animals have souls? My father says that they do not.

Jazak Allah Khair for all of your work.

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Asked on June 16, 2009 12:00 am
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1) One defers to spiritual creation and the other to physical creation.
2) Basically Allaah has two types of qualities - special - only to himself. All knowing - general - like the one you mentioned.
3) They do have but of lower type, level and degree.
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Answered on June 16, 2009 12:00 am