How did the angels prostrate before Adam (as)? What kind of a prostration did they perform?

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How did the angels prostrate before Adam (as)? What kind of a prostration did they perform?
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It is clear that this prostration is not a kind of prostration performed by putting the heads on the ground. Prostration is a preeminent indicator of obeying divine orders; also, it is the utmost limit of modesty. This enormous universe was put at the disposal of the helpless humankind; and as a magnificent divine bounty, man was appointed as the caliph on the earth. The real nature of the event of Hz. Adam’s prostration is a declaration of this divine appreciation to the realms of angels.

This prostration is a divine order. Apart from the declaration of humankind’s superiority to angels and jinn, it is an offer of worship for angels as well. As Allah (swt) orders, they are bound to prostrate like that.

In fact, prostrating before Adam (as) in terms of a carrying out a divine order was performed for Allah (swt).

While performing prayers, we turn towards the Kaaba. If we are near the Kaaba, we turn to the Kaaba, perform prayers and prostrate.

Apparently, this prostration of ours is towards the Kaaba; however, in reality, it is towards Allah (swt).

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