First Death

Remember the story of the two brothers, Kane and Abel a.k.a. Habeel and Qabeel. They were the sons of Adam. Kane became jealous of his brother because of his sincerity. Instead of improving himself, Qabeel brewed in so much jealousy that he tortured his own brother before giving him a final blow. He killed Abel. This marked the first death in the history of humanity and it started with a murder. How insane is that!

Jealousy is such a venomous emotion which started with a negative thought and in this case, it ends with a murder. However, I am not sure if Abel’s death brought any resolve to Kane’s dilemma and his self-worth? Suddenly, there was no more competition in his life to provoke him anymore but his heighten emotions left him in toil. Kane didn’t even know what to do with this body. God sent a crow that started digging the ground to bury something or some say, a dead crow. To this day, crows have become a symbol of death because it appeared at the death of first human.  And here Kane is learning from a crow to bury his dead brother’s body in the ground. Imagine the scenario for a moment, he obviously has never seen death before let alone murder and this was a result of his rage and jealousy. O Human! What have you done? Shame and embarrassment surrounded him that left him in bigger agony than before. Could he have repented and pleaded God for his forgiveness?

Based on his knowledge and experience I would say, yes he could. Of course, it is repentance and asking God for forgiveness which is also one of first lessons God taught Adam. I am sure Kane heard about the famous incident from his parents many times before they came to the earth. There they were forbidden from only one thing that was, not to eat from one tree out of the infinite bounties in Heaven. God forgave them because of their sincere repentance when they ate from the tree. But Kane, he didn’t ask God for forgiveness.

In Surah Maa’idah, Allah swt narrates this epic story:

(27. And recite to them the story of the two sons of Adam in truth; when each offered a sacrifice, it was accepted from the one but not from the other. The latter said to the former: “I will surely, kill you.” The former said: “Verily, Allah accepts only from those who have Taqwa*.) (28. “If you do stretch your hand against me to kill me, I shall never stretch my hand against you to kill you, for I fear Allah; the Lord of all that exists.”) (29. “Verily, I intend to let you draw my sin on yourself as well as yours, then you will be one of the dwellers of the Fire, and that is the recompense of the wrongdoers.”) (30. So the soul of the other encouraged him and made fair-seeming to him the murder of his brother; he murdered him and became one of the losers.) (31. Then Allah sent a crow who scratched the ground to show him how to hide the dead body of his brother. He said: “Woe to me! Am I not even able to be as this crow and to hide the dead body of my brother” Then he became one of those who regretted.)

 Allah favored one over another because Allah is All-Knowing. He knew who was sincere and tried to do well. Likewise, wrongdoers get what they strive for. He felt ashamed but that was of no use because he did not ask Allah swt for forgiveness therefore his shame was of no use to him.

  • Taqwa means acknowledging Allah swt for who He is and having love for Him because of everything we have is a favor and blessing from Him. We must also fear Allah swt because we don’t want to be ungrateful, arrogant. This will surly make him angry.

Points of Clarity and Moral from the Story:

  • Sincerity is the key to success.
  • When you begin to feel jealous, say “I seek refuge in Allah …”
  • Everyone is capable of doing good and improving themselves.
  • A life for life is one thing but saving a human life is saving like saving entire human race.
  • Ask for sincere forgiveness from Allah swt even if it is murder.    
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