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681 If Adam and Eve were the same caste/race/colour/religion, then how did Blacks, Whites, Asians, Somali’s etc develop?
The answer to this question lies in what ‘Adam’ means.

Imam Qurtubi, a famous scholar specialising in the commentary of the Qur’an, writes that ‘Adam’ comes from the root word ‘Adim’ in Arabic, which means ‘surface’. The reason why ‘Adam’ was so called was because Allah (S.W.T) created him from the different surfaces of the earth. The Angels were sent to collect red, white and black clay from the earth, and this is the reason why man developed into different colours.

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
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