There is a difference of opinion as to whether the angels are superior to mankind as Ibn Katheer mentions in al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah (1/58). However, Ibn Taymiyyah suggested in Majmoo al-Fatawa (11/350) that righteous human beings will be better in the end; when they enter Paradise, attain nearness to Allah, dwell in the highest levels, are greeted by the Most Merciful, are brought even closer, Allah manifests Himself to them & they have the joy of looking upon His Noble Face, & the angels will stand to serve them by the permission of their Lord.
But the angels are better at the beginning, because the angels now are closer to Allah. They are above the things that the sons of Adam indulge in, & they are devoted to the worship of their Lord. Undoubtedly, at this point, their situation is more perfect than that of mankind.
Before creating Adam, Allah informed the angels that He will create a human being, & when He had finished forming him, He ordered them to prostrate before him. Allah reminds Adam’s offspring of this great honor granted to Adam in numerous Holy Quranic verses. Allah says in Surah al-Baqarah (2): 34, “And (remember) when We said to the angels, ‘Prostrate yourselves before Adam.’ & they prostrated…”
This prostration of the angels before Adam was a sign of honor & respect & out of obedience to the Command of Allah. Qatadah commented, “The obedience was for Allah & the prostration was before Adam. Allah honored Adam & commanded the angels to prostrate before him.”
[Tabrani (1): 512]
Some people said that this prostration was just a prostration of greeting, peace & honor, hence Allah’s statement, “And he (Prophet Yusuf) raised his parents to the throne & they fell down before him prostrate. & he said, ‘O my father! This is the interpretation of my dream afore time! My Lord has made it come true!’
[Surah Yusuf (12): 100]
The practice of prostration was allowed for previous nations but was abolished for us. Mu’adh said to the Prophet, “I visited ash-Sham & found that they used to prostrate before their priests & scholars. You, O Beloved Prophet (Pbuh), are more – 12 deserving of prostration.” He said, “No. If I was to command any human to prostrate before another human, I would command the wife to prostrate before her husband because of the enormity of his right on her.”
[See, Tafseer Ibn Katheer]
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