وصلاتك وسلامك على نبيك وعبدك محمد
وعلى آله وازواجه وذريته
Allah Holy and Exalted is He says:
إِنَّ اللهَ اصْطَفَىٰ آدَمَ
Verily, Allah chose Adam
The act of choosing means to select someone as being the best or most appropriate of two or more alternatives. The presence of alternatives is therefore understood. Likewise, Allah Holy and Exalted is He mentions:
وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةِ إِنِّى جَاعِلٌ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً ۖ قَالُوٓا۟ أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ ٱلدِّمَآءَ وَنَحْنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ ۖ قَالَ إِنِّىٓ أَعْلَمُ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
And when your Lord said to the Angels, Indeed, I will make upon the Earth a successive authority. They said, Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You? Allah said, Indeed, I know that which you do not know.
The question of the Angels could only have arisen as a consequence of their observation of pre-Adamic humans. When Allah announced His intention to select Adam, the prototypical man, the Angels questioned this, because they were already familiar with the species of Adam. The latter stands out from the pre-Adamic humans in that he was chosen by Allah, Who breathed into him of the Spirit, thus animating him as a composite, spiritual being, whereas the pre-Adamic humans were purely animal beings.