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the sacrifice and devotion of Abraham
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Abraham, peace be upon him, was a generous prophet and a great symbol of sacrifice throughout human history and in the different religions. He was named as
.Al-khalil (God’s lover)

The life of this honorable prophet was a chain of sacrifices. Since his childhood, Abraham was smashing the idols, not with the mere objective of destroying them, but in order to mobilize minds and enhance understanding. Mental understanding and mobilization of the thought breaks the idol, not from outside but from inside, and this is the most important goal. He went through a series of sacrifices since his early age: he was thrown in a huge fire, called by its people “hell” (They said, Construct for him a furnace and throw him into the burning fire.”), besides he “ experienced migration from his homeland for the sake of the belief and religion. Abraham’s migration represents a high sense of sacrifice: He [Abraham] said,

Indeed, I will emigrate to [the service of] my Lord, I will emigrate to [the “

service of] my Lord». His sacrifices continued when he was asked to emigrate with his wife and baby to settled in an “uncultivated valley near your sacred House”. There was no house, no residents, no planting, and no water. It was hard indeed. One cannot imagine the size of the sacrifices through the desert and dark nights and the running out of food and water…. We all know the harshness of the desert: it was a killing supporter for that woman and her son, let apart the danger of bandits, the

….scorpions and snakes

Then came the great sacrifice which culminated the series of other sacrifices and which is related to our tradition known as the “udhiyah” (slaughtering of certain animals)… The honorable Prophet was blessed with a son whom he named Ishmael. This son came after Abraham was hopeless of being blessed with offspring. When the boy reached the age of puberty and maturity; the age that would allow his father to benefit from his support and rely on him, at that time the greatest and most unexpected thing happened. The happening is well described in the holy Qur’an as follows: “So We gave him good tidings of a forbearing boy. And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he 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.” Abraham was blessed with Ishmael, peace be upon them, who was born from Hajar at the age of eighty-six. Ishmael was the first son of Abraham peace be upon him, he was the eldest boy. The Almighty God says: “And [then] he said,

Indeed, I will go to [where I am ordered by] my Lord; He will guide me. My “ Lord, grant me [a child] from among the righteous.” So we gave him good
.”tidings of a forbearing boy

When Ishmael peace be upon him has grown up and became able to seek and work as his father, peace be upon him did, Abraham the Khalil, peace be upon him saw a dream where God ordered him to slaughter his son (Bearing in mind that the vision of the prophets is considered a revelation). God says: “And when he reached with

him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.”. This was a great issue and a difficult test for the Prophet Abraham peace be upon him. Ishmael, that lovely young boy, who was born at an advanced age is going to be lost! God had previously ordered him to settled him and his mother Hajar in an uncultivated valley without anyone, and again God is ordering him to slaughter his son, but Abraham the Khalil,

peace be upon him, complied the command of his Lord and responded to his request and quickly obeyed to Him. Then he turned to his son Ishmael, and showed him the order even if he did not wan to kill him forcibly. The great surprise is the response of the boy Ishmael peace be upon him. He said, “O my father, do as you are

.”.commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast
Effectively Abraham stretched his son out on the ground, and stacked his forehead on the ground with the intention of slaying him. The Qur’an describes the scene

saying: “And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead, We called to him, “O Abraham, You have fulfilled the vision.” Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. Indeed, this was the clear trial. And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice, And We left for him [favorable mention] among later generations: “Peace upon Abraham.” Indeed, We thus reward the

.”doers of good

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