Posted on 06/08/2012 by __socrates

A. teacher in a school or mosque. Al-Mu’allimu ‘l-Awwal, “The first teacher,” is a term used by philosophers for Aristotle. Amongst the Sufis it is used for Adam, who is said to be the first prophet. Mu’allimu ‘l-Mala’ikah, “Thu teacher of angels,” is also used by the Sufis for Adam, because it is said in the Qur’an, Surah ii. 31: “O Adam, declare unto them (the angels) their names.”

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam