Genesis 3

1Now the serpent was more crafty than any animal of the field which Allah Ta’ala had made. He said to the woman, Yes, has God said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?‘”

2The woman said to the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat, 3but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.‘”

4The serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die, 5for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

6When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. 7Both of their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves coverings. 8They heard the voice of Allah Ta’ala walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Allah Ta’ala among the trees of the garden.

9Allah Ta’ala called to the man, and said to him, Where are you?

10The man said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11God said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?

12The man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.

13Allah Ta’ala said to the woman, What is this you have done?

The woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate.

14Allah Ta’ala said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every animal of the field. On your belly shall you go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.[1] He will strike your head,[2] and you will strike his heel.[3]

16To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. In pain you will bring forth children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.

17To Adam he said, Because you have listened to your wife’s voice, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18Thorns also and thistles will it bring forth to you; and you will eat the herb of the field. 19By the sweat of your face will you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

20The man called his wife Hawa,[4] because she was the mother of all living. 21Allah Ta’ala made coats of animal skins for Adam and for his wife, and clothed them.

22Allah Ta’ala said, Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he put forth his hand, and also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever… 23Therefore Allah Ta’ala sent him out of the garden of Eden, to till the ground from where he was taken. 24So he drove out the man; and he placed Karubin at the east of the garden of Eden, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.


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[1]  3:15 her offspring. This is the first prophecy in Al-Kitab to predict the coming of the special “offspring of the woman.” Only one of the prophets has his lineage traced through his mother , since only he was born of a virgin, without a human father. That is, ‘Isa Ibn Maryam.

[2]  3:15 He will strike your head. The offspring of the woman, that is, ‘Isa Ibn Maryam, would inflict a mortal wound on Satan, resulting in destruction. See the Injil in Hebrews 2:14,15 and 1 John 3:8.

[3]  3:15 you will strike his heel. That is, Satan would inflict a a non-final wound on the offspring of the woman. This was fulfilled when ‘Isa Ibn Maryam rose from the dead after being put to death by men inspired by Satan.

[4]  3:20 Hawa–traditionally Eve in English translations; Hebrew ­Havvah, meaning Life.