The Muslim creation story is one which tells that God made the world and the heavens and all creatures that walk, crawl, swim and fly on it. In Islam god also made angels, the heavens, the sun, the moon and the stars to live in the universe. The Qur’an tells how God then made the rains to pour down on the earth and break up the soil to bring forth fruits and vegetation.
It then tells of how God ordered the angels to go to the earth and return with seven handfuls of different colour soils from which he could model man. Once He had moulded man from the soils He breathed life and power into it and it sprang into life as Adam the first man. God then took Adam to live Paradise; He then created Eve from one of Adam’s side. God taught Adam all of the creature’s names and ordered the angel Iblis to bow down before Adam. Iblis refused to do this and began to disobey God’s will.
In Islam God placed Adam and Eve in a garden in Paradise, telling them they could eat anything except the fruits of the forbidden tree. However, the evil one tempted them to eat the fruits from the forbidden tree. When God knew that Adam and Eve had disobeyed him, he cast them both out of paradise and sent them to earth to live.
The story says that as God is merciful and he created the earth to give food, drink and shelter to humans, the sun, and moon and stars to give light and that the world is good. The Qur’an teaches that if people serve God and obey His will they will be saved and taken to live in Paradise forever.
Muslims believe that God created a good world and when people obey or submit to God then life is good. The word ‘Islam’ means submission and although God made man superior to the rest of creation the earth is not theirs to do what they want with and Muslims believe that humans have been given everything on earth to care for and look after. The Qur’an teaches that Muslims should be grateful for all living things as God is the creator of life.
In Islam God is the sole creator, the Muslim creation story is found in both the Qur’an and explained in the teachings by the prophet Mohammad, which were collected together and are known as the Hadath.