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Allah made the mountains and the seas. He made all the animals. He made the heavens and the stars. He made the sun and the moon and he made the angels. The angels were like Allah's servants and did everything He ordered.

Then Allah decided to make a man. He called this first man Adam. He taught him many things so that Adam had more knowledge than the angels. There was one Jinn, called Iblis and he thought he was better than Adam so Allah would not let him stay with the other angels.

He was to be called 'Satan', the Devil. Satan blamed Adam for what had happened to him and was very angry. Allah let Adam live in a beautiful place because he was good. The place was called Paradise.

It was a very nice place but Adam was a little lonely, on his own all of the time. Allah decided to help Adam. He made Hawa to be Adam's wife. They were happy and liked living in Paradise. There was, however, one thing they were not allowed to do.
There was a special tree and Allah had told them they must not eat any fruit from that tree.

At first Adam and Hawa were very good and kept away from the tree. Satan decided to do something very naughty. He told them they were silly to keep away from the tree. He said nothing would happen if they ate its fruit. He said the fruit was delicious and they should try it.

After a while they began to listen to Satan and thought they would have just a little taste of the fruit, just to see what it was like. Satan was very happy because he had made them disobey Allah. As soon as they had eaten the fruit, Adam and Hawa realised that they had been very naughty and they felt guilty for what they had done. Allah forgave them but He wouldn't let them stay in Paradise any more so He sent them to live on earth.

Adam had two sons called Habil and Qabil. Adam thought that Habil, the younger son, should take over after him. But Qabil didn't like this idea and was very jealous.

To settle the argument Adam thought of an idea. He told his sons to think of a present to give to Allah and to leave it on top of a certain hill.

The one whose present Allah accepted, would win the argument. Allah chose Habil's present because Habil had taken a lot
of time and trouble to choose his present.

Qabil was very upset and angry. He was so angry that he killed his own brother. Afterwards, when he realised what he had done, he cried and cried but it was too late to be sorry.



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