Prophet Ismael sacrifice

Prophets in the Quran: Ibrahim III

Eman Mahmoud

10 Apr 2018

When Ismael was young, Ibrahim had a vision of sacrificing him. It was a dream he saw several times, and Ibrahim informed his son about it. Being a staunch believer in Allah’s plan, Ismael asked his father to do what he was told, and that he would find him to be among the patient followers of Allah. Ibrahim said, "O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think." He said, "O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast,” [As-Saffat, 102].

When Ibrahim was about to slaughter his son, Allah sent a ram to be sacrificed instead of Ismael; and since then Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha in which they slaughter a sacrifice in remembrance of this grand event. Allah says, “And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice,” [As-Saffat, 107].

Nearly 14 years later after Ismael’s birth, three angels visited Ibrahim and Sarah and informed them of their upcoming child. Allah says, “Then We gave her good tidings of Isaac and after Isaac, Jacob. She said, "Woe to me! Shall I give birth while I am an old woman and this, my husband, is an old man? Indeed, this is an amazing thing!" They said, "Are you amazed at the decree of Allah? May the mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you, people of the house. Indeed, He is Praiseworthy and Honorable." [Hud, 71-73].

After a few years, Allah ordered Ibrahim to build the Ka’aba along with Ismael in Mecca. Allah says, “And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ismael, [saying], "Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing,” [Al-Baqarah, 127]. When they finished, the angel Jibreel informed Ibrahim about the ritual of pilgrimage, and since then all believers travelled to Mecca to perform Hajj.

Allah gave prophethood to Ibrahim’s descendants, that’s why he is called the father of the prophets. This is not strange for Ibrahim who was named Khalil-Allah (the one who Allah took as an intimate friend). However, the best thing that can describe that great prophet is what Allah says, “Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah]. And he was not of the polytheists,” [Ali ‘Imran, 67].

Check what you've missed in the previous Part I and Part II

Read more about Prophets in The Qur'an:

 Omar ibn Al Khattab

Companions of the Prophet: Omar ibn Al Khattab

Perhaps one of the most notable figures in Islamic history and one of Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) most well-known companions is Omar ibn Al Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him). He was so influential that he later became the second Caliph of the Rashidun (righteous) Caliphs, following Abu Bakr, after Prophet Muhammad's death. Under his rule, the Muslim Caliphate expanded extensively.

READ MORE
 Dua'a and Azkar in the Morning and Evening

Dua'a in the Morning and Evening

In order to keep Allah close to our hearts, we must always remember Him through Dhikr (short phrases of glorifying and praising Allah are repeatedly recited silently within the mind or aloud) and Dua'a (prayer and supplication).

READ MORE
 Famous Muslim Women In Islam

Famous Muslim Figures across Time: Aisha Bint Abu Bakr

Many women, during Prophet Muhammad’s time, had a great influence on the spread of Islam across the Arab world and beyond. One of these influential female figures was one of Prophet Muhammad’s wives, Aisha Bint Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with her) who is known as the Mother of the Believers.

READ MORE