How did the angels prostrate to Adam (peace be upon him)? What kind of a prostration was it?
That prostration is a Divine order. This is a proposal for worship for the angels aside from the declaration that the humankind is superior to the angels and the Jinns (creatures with free will, made from 'smokeless fire' by God). They are obligated to prostrate as God ordered them to. The prostration to Adam was made to God in reality, because it is fulfillment of a Divine order.
We, too, turn to the kiblah (direction of Mecca in worship) when we pray. If we are next to the Kaaba (is the holiest place in Islam- it is a ...more