18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Height of Aadam

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah created Aadam. His height was sixty cubits. He said to him, ‘Go and greet that group of angels and listen to how they reply, for that will be your greeting and the greeting of your offspring.’ Aadam went and said, ‘As-salamu alaykum (Peace be upon you).’ And they answered, ‘As-salamu alayka wa rahmat Allah (Peace be on you and the mercy of Allah).’ So, they added the words ‘and the mercy of Allah.’ So, whoever will enter Paradise will be of the shape and picture of Aadam. Since then the stature of the children of Aadam is being diminished continuously till the present time.” [Sahih Bukhari]

When Aadam (alaihis salam) was created he had a height of about 90 feet. Height has been decreasing for humankind ever since. In the Hereafter people will have the same height as Aadam (alaihis salam). Scientists today believe that the earth was once much smaller, hence had less gravity. With less pull of gravity, living creatures would be much larger and taller.

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