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How Was hawwa created.

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I want to know one question.

With the reference of Quran please tell us the origin or birth or Hazrat Hawa(AS) from Hazrat Adam(AS).


As I know the birth of Hazrat  Hawa was from the Hazrat Adam's 12 or 13 number of Rib by the process of budding.

But please guaid in the light of Quran about this.



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How Was hawwa created

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There is no mention in the Glorious Quran regarding the creation of the first woman and the mother of mankind, Hadrat Hawwa, from the rib of man….but what is mentioned in the Glorious Quran is that Hadrat Hawwa was created from the ‘nafs’ (soul or person) of Hadrat Adam.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 1:

1 O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord Who created you (all) from a single ‘nafs’, and from it (the nafs) created his mate (Hawwa), and from them twain scattered countless men and women. Reverence Allah through Whom ye demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for Allah ever watches over you.


Beloved brother, the term used by Allah Subhanah in the Glorious Quran is ‘nafs’ which has been translated by some commentators as soul, and some commentators as person. Regardless of whatever meaning of the term ‘nafs’ is taken, it clearly means that Allah Subhanah created the first woman, Hadrat Hawwa, from the ‘nafs’ of Hadrat Adam (a.s.).


There is mention in the authentic and established traditions of the Messenger of Allah (saws) regarding the creation of the woman from the rib:


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.114 Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet (saws) said, "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt (trouble) his neighbor. And I advise you to take care of the women, for they are created from a rib and the most crooked portion of the rib is its upper part; if you try to straighten it, it will break, and if you leave it, it will remain crooked, so I urge you to take care of the women."


In the above Hadith, the Messenger of Allah (saws) guided mankind that the women are created from a rib. The parable implied is that just as the rib has a natural turn or bent or crookedness in its nature, the nature of woman is distinct and different from the man’s. Just as the rib would break if one tried to change or bend it, the woman too should be accepted, appreciated, and honored with her distinct nature; for if one tries to change or distort the natural nature of the woman she was created in, she too would break.


The hadith does not specify that the woman was actually created from the physical rib of man, and most of the good commentators and scholars of the hadith state that the hadith is but a parable to guide man to recognize, identify and appreciate the distinct difference in the nature of the woman from the man. And Allah Alone Knows Best.


The Bible in the Book of Genesis 2:21-24 describes in detail the creation of Hadrat Hawwa from the actual rib of man, but the absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam have not agreed with their theory….and Allah Alone Knows Best.


So the Lord God caused the man (Adam) to fall into a deep sleep: and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.

Then the Lord God made a woman (Eve) from the rib he had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man.

The man (Adam) said:

“This is now bone of my bones,

And flesh of my flesh:

She shall be called ‘woman’,

For she was taken out of man.”

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother, and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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