that the children of Adam would do
violence and would shed blood on the
earth. The angels, by contrast, were
doing Allah’s Will, in constant praise
and worship of Allah: ‘‘Behold, thy
Lord said to the angels: ‘I will create a
viceregent on earth.’ They said: ‘Wilt
Thou place therein one who will make
mischief therein and shed blood whilst
we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify
Thy holy (name)?’ [Allah] said: ‘I know
what ye know not’ ’’ (Sura2:30).
[ 6 ] Bukhari, vol. 4, book 60, no. 3409.
[ 7 ]Ibn Kathir’s Commentary on the
Qur’an, Ali Baythony, Dar AlKutub
AlIlmiya, Beirut, Lebanon, 1997.
[ 8 ]It is very interesting to note the
curious similarities that exist between