A non-Prophetic report about Aadam’s garment in Paradise
Fatwa No: 107682

  • Fatwa Date:5-5-2008 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 29, 1429
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Question

Kindly analyze the evidence that the nails that exist on the ends of our fingers were originally the clothing all over Aadam ('alayhi-s-salaam) and his wife prior to their initial disobedience of Allaah ('azza wa jalla), after which they lost most of it and their nakednes became obvious to them.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

 

It is reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: “When Allaah admitted Aadam to Paradise, He clothed him with a garment of nail, and when Aadam committed the sin, Allaah withdrew from him the garment and it [the garment] remained only on the tip of his nails.

He  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him also said: “The original clothing of Aadam  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention was nails, like feathers are to birds, and when he  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention disobeyed his Lord, his clothing was dropped and the nails were left (for him) as an adornment and to benefit from.” He  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him further said: “The tree from which Allaah forbade Aadam and his wife, may Allaah exalt their mention, to eat was the spikenard, and when they ate from it, their nakedness appeared and it was their nails that covered their nakedness.

These statements were reported from Ibn ‘Abbaas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him by Ibn Abu Haatim, ‘Abdur-Razzaaq, ‘Abd ibn Humayd and Ibn Al-Munthir and others  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them however, this was not reported from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as far as we know.

Finally, it should be noted that investigating this matter does not yield any benefit.

Allaah Knows best.

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