Surah Baqarah, 34

“Remember when We ordered the Malaaikah (and Jinn) to prostrate (make sajdah) to Aadam. Accordingly everyone fell into sajdah.”

(Surah Baqarah, 34)

A senior and saintly person stated that just as the Malaaikah making sajdah to Aadam (Ala Nabiyyina Wa’alaihis Salaatu wassalaam) is proof of his (Aadam’s Alaihis Salaam) greatness, in like manner Iblees not making sajdah is also proof of his (Aadam’s) greatness. The reason for this is that had Iblees made sajdah it would have appeared that Shaitaan certainly had some affinity with Aadam (Alaihis Salaam) for Shaitaaan to be attracted to him and make sajdah to him. Now in the scenario of him not making sajdah it is confirmed that there is no affinity whatsoever between Aadam (Alaihis Salaam) and Iblees for as the adage goes: ‘Birds of a feather flock together’.

(Ashrafut Tafaaseer)