How old were Adam and Eve when they were born? Were they babies, kids or teenagers when they were first created?

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How old were Adam and Eve when they were born? Were they babies, kids or teenagers when they were first created?
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Adam and Eve were not born of a mother.

Childhood is the continuation of a period that starts in the womb. However, Adam (pbuh) was directly created from soil thanks to Allah’s power; so, childhood is not in question for him.

The case of being created from soil does not let childhood period and it is not possible in terms of Allah’s wisdom for him to have a caretaker and a tutor.

The expressions about the creation of man in the Quran are different from one another. In these different expressions, man is defined as soil, rancid mud, gluey mud, worthless water; or it is emphasized that he was created from baked mud. Scholars remark that it is not a contradiction; on the contrary, it is a sign about human’s different creation periods. (see al-Hazin, VII/139). Each period may be thought as infancy and childhood compared to the upper period.

Accordingly, origin of man is indicated by the following verse: ‘’This similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam: He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be" and he was.’’ (Aal-e-Imran, 3/59) The second phase when it becomes a sticky item mixed with soil and water is indicated by the following verse: "We created out of a sticky clay!" (as-Saffat, 37/11)Thethird phase when it is rancid black mud is indicated by the following verse "We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape." (al-Hijr 15/26) The fourth and last phase of his creation is indicated by the following verse: "He created man from sounding clay like unto pottery." (ar-Rahman, 55/14)   (see Tabari, VIII/ part. 14, p. 28; Sawi, IV/154; Niyazi Beki, Rahman surah, tafsir of verse 14)

According to clear expression of the Quran, the first man is Adam (pbuh). When Allah created him, He preferred the component of soil; He created man out of soil and gave him a soul later. Divine wisdom created mother Eve so that she would be a  companion to Adam and human beings would reproduce.

In verse 1 of the chapter of an-Nisa, this creation is expressed as ‘’Allah created of like nature, his mate.’’

When this verse is interpreted in famous tafsirs, the following is stated: Allah created Eve from Adam’s left rib. At that time, Adam fell asleep for a short time. When he woke up, after a while, he saw Eve. At first, he was surprised but then he was delighted very much. He took a shine to her and an intimate friendship occurred between them.

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