Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was born in Babylon, where everybody practiced idolatry. Intelligent and protected by Allah (s.w.t), the 7-year-old Ibrahim questioned his father about the ‘God’ he was building with his own hands and laughed at the idea.
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Prophet Ibrahim (AS) confronting idolatry
One night, Ibrahim (AS) decided to go to a mountain and was thinking about the stars and the moon, which other people worshipped. When he realized that they appeared only at some point during the day, he continued to search for God.
One day, Allah (s.w.t) guided him to the truth, and came to know that Allah (s.w.t) existed. He then called to his people, including his father, to Islam and that Allah (s.w.t) is the only God, the only one to worship. However, his father and the people denied it and warned him to be punished.
Ibrahim (AS) then planned to destroy all the idols in the temple when all the people were at a festival on the riverbank. However, he did not destroy the biggest statue, but instead, he left his axe on it before leaving the temple.
The next day, the people were stunned to see the ‘Gods’ broken into fragments and suspected Prophet Ibrahim to be responsible. When they asked Ibrahim whether he did this act, he told them it was the biggest ‘God’ to have done it as he held the axe. Despite that, the people realized that the idols were not able to speak, and their foolishness led them to decide to burn Ibrahim (AS).
The miracles of Allah (s.w.t) shown to Prophet Ibrahim (AS)
They chained Ibrahim (AS), dug a deep hole, filled it with firewood, and lit an intense fire. Before throwing him in, Angel Jibrail came close to his head and asked him whether he wished for something. Ibrahim (AS) said that he only wanted Allah (s.w.t) to be pleased with him. The shooter was launched, and Ibrahim (AS) was thrown into the fire. At that moment, Allah (s.w.t) ordered the fire to be cool for him. The fire obeyed, and Ibrahim (AS) came out unharmed. Nevertheless, the people denied Allah’s (s.w.t) miracle.
When the king of Babylon learned about this event, he was angry and claimed himself as the God and that Ibrahim (AS) was an imposter. He asked Ibrahim (AS) what Allah could do that he could not. Ibrahim (AS) said that Allah could give and take lives. The king said he could kill people and cancel death sentences to save lives! Ibrahim (AS) then said Allah (s.w.t) could make the sun rise from the East and asked the king whether he could make the sunrise from the West. The king was left speechless.
After preaching to people about Allah, only one man, who later was his nephew Lut (AS), and one woman named Sarah (p.b.u.h), who later became his wife, believed him. All three left Babylon for Egypt, calling people to worship Allah (s.w.t), helping them, and doing good things. Then, Lut (AS) migrated to an area close to the Dead Sea.
One day Ibrahim (AS) asked Allah (s.w.t) how dead people would come back on The day of judgment. Allah (s.w.t) commanded him to take four birds, tear them apart into pieces and then mix the bodies up. He then divided the mix into four parts and placed each on the top of four hills. He asked Ibrahim (AS) to call back the birds by Allah (s.w.t)’s name. Immediately, the birds reassembled to their original parts and came back to life.
Prophet Ibrahim (AS)’s son, Ismail (AS)
In Egypt, the king of Babylon was a dictator and tried to harm Sarah (p.b.u.h). The King tried to hold her hand, but his hand got stiff, and asked Sarah (p.b.u.h) to ask Allah (s.w.t) to cure him. Her wish was granted. On his second attempt to hold Sarah (p.b.u.h), his hand got stiff again, and Allah (s.w.t) cured his hand upon Sarah (p.b.u.h)’s wish. He then realized that Sarah (p.b.u.h) was not an ordinary woman. Before she left, he ordered a servant named Hajira (p.b.u.h) to go with her.
As the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Sarah (p.b.u.h) became older, the latter told the prophet to marry Hajira (p.b.u.h) and asked Allah (s.w.t) to bless them with a child named Ismail (AS).
The Prophet Ibrahim (AS), Hajira, and Ismail all went on a long journey and reached a desert with no food, fruit, or water. Then, the Prophet left them with some food and water for two days which they brought with them and left in the desert. Despite Hajira’s call to explain why he did so, she learned that it was Allah (s.w.t)’s wish. She knew that Allah (s.w.t) was with them.
When the last drop of water was over, Hajira was thirsty, and the baby was crying. She kept running between the Al-Safa and Al-Marwa mountains 7 times, searching for someone or some comfort to provide for her child and her. When she came back to sit beside her baby, tired, she heard a noise. She asked for help and saw an angel digging a hole to bring up water. She gathered the water by surrounding it with the earth, drank it, and nursed her baby. That water was the “Zam Zam” water.
Prophet Ibrahim (AS)’s sacrifice
Pleased with her strength and faith in Him, Allah (s.w.t) sent some Arab travelers to Makkah and saw birds flying over Al-Marwa. They saw Hajira and her son and asked her if they could join her. She agreed. The place changed, and the travelers became residents around the Zam Zam water. There were fruits, and the place became alive.
One day Prophet Ibrahim dreamt that he was sacrificing his son, who is now a grown-up. The next night, Allah (s.w.t) showed him the same dream. He then walked the desert to tell his son about his dream, and Ismail (AS) told his dad to fulfill Allah (s.w.t)’s command. When Ibrahim (AS) took his knife, the devil came to stop them and not to fulfill Allah’s order. They chased him away and moved to Mount Arafat to do the sacrifice.
Prophet Ibrahim (AS) placed Ismail’s forehead on the ground. At that moment, Allah (s.w.t) sent down a sheep instead of Ismail for fulfilling his command.
Prophet Ibrahim (AS)’s sacrifice, construction of the Ka’aba and his death
When Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Sarah (p.b.u.h) were very old, the angels as humans. He welcomed them as guests and offered them a roasted calf. However, they did not have any food. The angels announced to him that he was going to have a son.
By then, Ismail (AS) was already married, and his mother, Hajira, had died. The Prophet Ibrahim (AS) came to visit Ismail (AS), and his wife was ungrateful about Allah (s.w.t)’s blessings and complained to her father-in-law. The latter then sent a secret message asking Ismail (AS) to divorce his wife as he knew he was not good for her. Ismail obeyed his father and married another one. When Ibrahim (AS) came to revisit his son, he was happy that he was married to a kind lady.
Allah (s.w.t) ordered Ibrahim (AS) to build a house for worship. He then went to his son, Ismail, for some help. They both set the Ka’aba’s foundation using a rock from Heaven. Today, this rock is found in the core of the Ka’aba, known as the black stone. They started to build it, and when the walls became high, Ismail brought a stone for his father, who stood over it. This stone was called the Makkah-e-Ibrahim. The Ka’aba was finished, and everyone worshipped there.
Prophet Ibrahim (AS) lived for 175 years, and when he died, he was buried in Hebron.
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