The Qur'an informs us that Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) and his son, the Prophet Ishmael (pbuh) built the Ka`bah and further established the rites of pilgrimage or Hajj, which are still followed by Muslims today. Prophet Abraham (pbuh), is praised in the QurÂ’an in these terms: Â“You have an excellent example in Abraham and those with himÂ” ( Surat al-Mumtahana: 4)
This post is the 2nd part of Prophet stories about Prophet Ibraham (phuh) and it also describes the Place of Prophet Ibrahim in Christianity and Judaism.
The Qur'an informs us that Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) and his son, the Prophet Ishmael (pbuh) built the Ka`bah and further established the rites of pilgrimage or Hajj, which are still followed by Muslims today. Prophet Abraham (pbuh), is praised in the Qur’an in these terms: “You have an excellent example in Abraham and those with him” ( Surat al-Mumtahana: 4)
The story of Prophet Ibraham (pbuh) continues here:
This miracle shamed the tyrants, but it did not cool the flame of anger in their hearts. However, after this event many of the people followed Abraham, although some kept their belief a secret for fear of harm or death at the hands of the rulers.
When Ibrahim was a lot older and a prophet of Allah, he had a dream that Allah is telling him to travel and preach. So Ibrahim went to Canaan. He brought his wife Sarah and his nephew Prophet Lut. In Canaan he taught about Allah, and then he moved to Egypt. It was there he married his second wife Hagar. Sarah was happy, she wanted a baby in the family but she was too old. Hagar and Ibrahim had a son named Ismail.
Ibrahim took them back to Mecca, but Ibrahim had to leave to Canaan, Mecca with her boy, Ismail. Not long after the water had ran out. Hagar went looking for water, she ran from the hills of Safa and Marwah 7 times. Then a burst of water came out where Ismail was playing. This water came from a well named Zamzam, it‘s holy water and still here today. again. Hajar knew that he had to go so she stayed in
One day angels (disguised as men) came to Prophet Ibrahim. They told him that Sarah will have a son that will be a prophet named Iss’haq. Prophet Ibrahim went back to Mecca.
One night in Ibrahim’s dream Allah told him to sacrifice his son Ismail. He told Ismail and he agreed to be sacrificed. They went to Mina and he laid down Ismail to kill him. Then as soon as he was about to kill him he replaced Ismail with a goat, and Ibrahim killed the goat. This is the story why we have Eid-ul-Adha.
Later Ibrahim and his son built the Kaaba, and by the Kaaba today are Ibrahim’s foot prints. He died at age 120 from old age.
The Place of Prophet Ibrahim in Islam, Christianity and Judaism:
* In Islam, Prophet Ibrahim is the friend of God and the father of Prophets (Ismail or Ishmael in English and Ishaq or Isaac and the grandfather of Prophet Yaqub or Jacob). He is also one of the ancestors of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
* JUDAISM: According to A Concise Encyclopedia of Judaism by Dan Cohn-Sherbok (Oneworld Publications 1998), Prophet Abraham is the father of Jewish people.
According to Scripture, he was the son of Terah and the father of Isaac, who was born to Sarah, and he is also the father of Ishmael, who was born to Hagar.
In the Jewish tradition, he is the father of the Jews and Judaism. Abraham is also considered the spiritual father of anyone who converts to Judaism. At a Jewish conversion ceremony, a convert is given a Hebrew name and is called a 'child of Abraham our father'.
* CHRISTIANITY: It is through the central figure of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) that Prophet Abraham is given prominence in the Christian tradition.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia Volume 1 (1999, Kevin Knight, online version), in the New Testament, the generation of Jesus Christ is traced back to Abraham by St. Matthew.
According to Christian tradition, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac "to prove that he was 'worthy of becoming the father of a mighty nation, which would be as numerous as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore'"
God’s Messenger Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) took pride and pleasure in his connection with him, saying: I am the one whose coming Abraham prayed for and Jesus gave glad tidings of, and I resemble my forefather Abraham more than anyone else
* Prophet Abraham's story continues in the stories of his two sons, Ismail & Ishaaq. My next post will be about Prophet Ismail(A).
* Prophet Abraham(pbuh)