In this hadith, it is said that Adam (pbuh) was 60 cubits tall and since then men have been decreasing in stature. The hadith is as follows:-

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "Allah created Adam, making him 60 cubits tall. When He created him, He said to him, "Go and greet that group of angels, and listen to their reply, for it will be your greeting (salutation) and the greeting (salutations of your offspring." So, Adam said (to the angels), As-Salamu Alaikum (i.e. Peace be upon you). The angels said, "As-salamu Alaika wa Rahmatu-l-lahi" (i.e. Peace and Allah's Mercy be upon you). Thus the angels added to Adam's salutation the expression, 'Wa Rahmatu-l-lahi,' Any person who will enter Paradise will resemble Adam (in appearance and figure). People have been decreasing in stature since Adam's creation.

But according to this, the height of the ancient people and us are roughly the same.

Interestingly enough, our heights have been increasing rather than decreasing for the last 150 years.

So isn't the hadith above rendering scientifically inaccurate? If there's any problem in my question please inform me. Thanks!

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  • If we were to take that litteraly, we have shrunk a lot since Adam (A.S). But I don't think we should consider that a metaphore. For which I don't know, I have to figure that out (60 cubits = 27 metres and we humans are on average 1.6m long). They were giants. – user24306 Jul 18 '18 at 9:44
  • @AnonymousI I couldn't understand – Abu Safwan Md farhan Jul 18 '18 at 11:05
  • Maybe Allah referred to something else using those measurements instead of height because it would be counterintuitive to assume that Adam (A.S) was 27 and some bits long and so are the people who lived during his time. – user24306 Jul 18 '18 at 11:08
  • @AnonymousI:*cubits – user24306 Jul 18 '18 at 20:45

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