When Adam (alayhi salam) was being sent out from Paradise to the earth, Jibreel (as) came and said to him, “Allah is sending three rewards that you should take with you. But you should take one of them. He is sending three. You should choose one and take one from those three. And go down to the earth with it.” And Allah sent intelligence, faith and modesty, these three things to Adam (as). Adam (as) looked at it and said, `I am choosing intelligence.’ And as soon as he took the intelligence, Jibreel (as) said to the other ones, `Allah is saying to you to go back to where you came from.’ They said,
`No, we cannot go back.’ He said, `Why is that?’ They said, `Because Allah has given us order where the intelligence is that’s where the faith is going to be and that’s where the modesty is going to be.’
The animals don’t have intelligence. They don’t have modesty. Man is not responsible until he reaches to the maturity age, meaning, now he is able to use his intelligence. He is responsible for his actions, he knows what he’s doing and he knows why he’s doing it. Then he’s responsible. And when you look at it through intelligence then Holy Prophet (sws) is saying, “As much intelligence you have that much is your faith.” As much as you are using your intelligence that much your faith is growing. The more your faith is growing, the more modesty you have then.
-Sheykh Abdul Kerim El Kibrisi Hz.