WHEN Prophet Adam and Eve were created in Paradise, God said: “O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat there in [ease and] abundance from wherever you will. But do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers.” Quran 2/35.
As in the Bible, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree. But in the Quran 20/121 God said “And they ate of it, and their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten over themselves from the leaves of Paradise” which caused their bodies to have major biological changes to digest the fruit of the forbidden tree and as a consequence, became in need for a toilet and had to come down to planet earth to use one.
God tells that the sin that Adam and Eve committed in paradise was forgiven before they came down to earth and coming down to earth was never a punishment “Then Adam received from his Lord words (on how to repent), and He accepted his repentance. Indeed, it is He who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.” Quran 2/37.
God has stated in more than two hundred places in the Holy Quran that He is “The Forgiver” and that He forgives all our sins but one “God forgives not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgives anything else, to whom He pleases; to set up partners with God is to devise a sin most heinous indeed” Quran 4/48.
Because God grants us forgiveness when we truly repent, He helps us get rid of the burden of sins and gives us a chance to be better ourselves next time. Human beings should learn that forgiveness creates perfections and success and punishment creates stubbornness and failure.
Dr. Issam Ghannam
Chairman, Solihull Islamic Education Academy