Sujood is only for Allah. Allah states that in the Quran (41:37). Thus I have chosen to interpret Allah's command of 'sajda to Adam' as 'their acknowledgement of superiority of intellect'. It makes sense for angels to prostrate to Allah. After all, they had misgivings about Allah's wisdom in creating man. Therefore they must make amends for that haughtiness. This is a personal interpretation. I acknowledge that Quran states that 'they should to do sujood to Adam' and literally it might mean just that.alwan wrote:though not relevant to the topic, but i am curious to know why do you think "they all prostrated to God instead of Adam".porus wrote:
When Adam was paraded in front of angels and jinns they were awe-struck by his intellect and, with a little prompting from God, they all prostrated to God for such a magnificent achievement. (Quran says they prostrated to Adam but I think they prostrated to God.)
if God's command was to prostrate to Him and not to Adam, then surely Iblis would not have have objected it.
Iblis would not acknowledge superiority of intellect and was arrogant, with some justification, to think that his method of corrupting would lay waste to man's intellect. Since sujood to Allah was in explicit recognition of man's intellect, Iblis would have refused it in any case.