Habeel (Abel, son of Adam)

Abel (Habeel) and Qabeel (Cain) are believed to be the first two sons of Adam and Hawwa (Eve). Adam is a figure from the Book of Genesis, also mentioned in the New Testament, the Quran. According to Prophetic Calendar Abel was born in 5275 AM (3261 BCE).


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circa 5275 AM

Biblical description of Abel

An imagined portrait of Habeel (Abel) tending his herd, based on biblical description. He was murdered by Cain out of jealousy, because both of them offered sacrifice to God and only Abel's was accepted. The story appears in the Quran, in Surah 5, verses 27 to 31 as well and has always been used as a deterrent from murder in Islamic tradition.

circa 1577 CE

A depiction of Qabil (Cain) burying Habil (Abel)

A depiction of Qabil (Cain) burying Habil (Abel) from an illuminated manuscript version of Stories of the Prophets by 12th-century CE Persian writer Ishaq Ibn-Ibrahim al-Nishapuri. This splendid and richly illuminated manuscript containing 22 miniatures was copied in Shiraz (in present-day Iran) in 1577, at the time a center of the arts in Safavid Persia. The manuscript once belonged to the collection of the German diplomat and orientalist Heinrich Friedrich von Diez (1751–1817) and is now in the Berlin State Library–Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

circa 1599 CE

Tomb of Abel (habil)

The Mausoleum of Abel (son of Adam) is located in the outskirts of Damascus, Syria. According to Shi'a Muslim belief, Abel ("Habeel") is buried in the Nabi Habeel Mosque, located on the west mountains of Damascus, near the Zabadani Valley, overlooking the villages of the Barada river (Wadi Barada), in Syria. Shi'a are frequent visitors of this mosque for ziyarat. The mosque was built by Ottoman Wali Ahmad Pasha in 1599.

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