4 Jul

The Prophet Abraham had prayed for many years for a son to help him in the task given to him by *G-D.

His prayers were answered when G-D blessed his second wife Hagar with a son called Ismail.

Shortly after the birth of Ismail, Abraham saw in a vision that he should take Hagar and Ismail to a place without water or shelter in the desert of Arabia (see Hagar: The Founder of Mecca).

After water was discovered in this place and it became an oasis for travelers and later the town of Becca (later called Mecca) was established.

Abraham would make periodic visits to his family in Mecca.

This is what the Holy Qur’an says about Abraham prayers for a son and later his attempt to kill him:

With The Name of The One True G-D, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer

(Abraham prayed) “O my Guardian-Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!”

So **WE gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.

Then, when (his son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: “O my dear son! I see in vision that I offer you in sacrifice: Now, what do you think?” (His son) replied: “O my father!

Do as you are commanded (by G-D)”:

“You will find me, if G-D so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!”

So when they had both submitted their wills

(to obey G-D), and (Abraham) had laid him prostrate

on his forehead (for sacrifice),

WE called out to him “O Abraham!

“You have already fulfilled the vision!” – thus indeed do WE reward those who do right.

For this was an obviously test (for Abraham and his son)-

And WE ransomed his (son) with a momentous sacrifice:

And WE left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:

“Peace and salute to Abraham!”

Thus indeed do WE reward those who do right.

For he was one of OUR believing Servants.

And (later) WE gave him the good news of (a second son) Isaac – a Prophet,- one of the Righteous.

WE blessed him and Isaac: but of their offspring are (some) that do right, and (some) that obviously do wrong, to their own souls.

(End of verses from the Holy Qur’an)

He loved his son Ismail dearly.

He had prayed for a son for so many years and he had seen his birth as a great gift and blessing from his G-D.

He was extremely proud of the way Ismail had grown into a fine, devoted servant of G-D.

Now, after all these years he began to sense that maybe his love for his son had superseded his love for G-D.

That is when he had a vision where he saw himself killing his son.

He relay his vision to his son and ask him what did he think about it. 

Ismail who had been blessed with insight from G-D and who would later be a Prophet himself answered;

“O my father!”

“Do that which you have been commanded. G-D Willing you will find me of the steadfast.”

(This is an excerpt from the book “Prayer and Al-Islam”

by Imam Wallace Mohamed)

It has been reported that Ismail told his father.

“Sit upon my shoulders so I do not harm you when the sharp blade strikes me.”

And turn my face towards the ground, and do not kill me while looking at my face, less you should have mercy on me.” 

“Give the greetings of peace to my mother, and give her my shirt in order that my death may be easier for her.”

It has also been reported that Abraham tried to cut the back of his son’s neck, but was unable to because the knife slipped several times.

(End of quote)

The Angels interceded before his son was harmed.

The Angels, instantly revealed to Abraham’s heart that he had already fulfilled the vision.

His complete willingness to sacrifice someone whom he loved dearly;

All because he believe that, this was what G-D wanted him to do.

This showed Abraham’s complete love and devotion to his Creator.

In the ***Holy Qur’an this is what The Merciful Creator says about Abraham:

Who can be better in religion than one who submits his whole self to G-D, does good, and follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith?

For The One G-D did take Abraham for a friend.”

(End of Qur’anic verse)

The Angels inform Abraham that he should sacrifice a male lamb that was found in the vicinity.

(Another excerpt from Prayer and Al-Islam)

“G-D was testing Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in order to serve HIS Divine Order.

When G-D stopped Abraham from killing his son, HE ordered him to sacrifice a ram and feed it to the poor…….

G-D does not want us to kill our children, but HE does ask that our faith and love be greater for HIM than for our children.

We should be willing to sacrifice our desires, aspirations, inclinations and appetites to HIS Cause.

We should willingly relegate all our sentiments to HIM.

(end of quote)

This incident with Abraham and his son and the sacrifice, is celebrated yearly during the time of the annual Pilgrimage to the vicinity of Mecca by Muslims worldwide.

It is one of two Observant Days (holidays) for Muslims.

It is called the Eid-ul Adha, The Festival of Sacrifice.

Muslims all over the world sacrifice animals and share the meat with the poor.

(Another excerpt from Prayer and Al-Islam)

We celebrate during the Festival of Sacrifice because the world needs the attitude of sacrifice to G-D to which it calls our attention.

There will be no peace or justice in the world as long as we are dominated by our blind appetites.

We must learn to discipline ourselves for G-D.

Our self-discipline alone is not strong enough to control us for long.

The only force that can discipline us forever, is faithful obedience to G-D.

This is what we need for a peaceful world

G-D has guided us to realize our greatest hope in life.

We make the world better when we share with our fellow man, but there is no peace or charity in a society which is controlled by its’ appetites.

We can only achieve peace when we want to dignify ourselves as individuals for G-D’s Sake.

Our greatest victory on Earth will come only when we give the best of ourselves in the service of G-D.

We must tell our appetites to be dead to all except that which G-D approves.

(end of quote)

*G-D instead of god which spelt backwards is dog. This is not a respectful spelling of a term to be used in reference to the Lord-Creator of the Heavens and Earth.

**WE, US, OUR are references in the Holy Qur’an to all of the forces of power (Angels) under the control of The Creator. They manage all creation. They are totally obedient to The All-Mighty G-D, and obeys HIS Commands without question.
***The Holy Qur’an was revealed over a 23 years time period to Muhammed the son of Abdullah in Arabia.
Muhammed could neither read nor write.
Everything in the Qur’an is the Revealed Messages given to him from G-D through the Angel Gabriel

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