Ibrahim (a.s), known as Abraham in the Hebrew Bible, was given the title KHALILULLAH’, which means ‘the friend of Allah’. He was the forefather of many great Prophets and is among the 25 prophets mentioned in the Quran.
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) was born in a house of idolaters and his father was a well-known idol sculptor. As a young child, Ibrahim (A.S.) would curiously watch his father sculpting these strange idols from stones or wood. Upon asking, when his father told him these were statues of God, he immediately rejected the idea.
IBRAHIM’S (A.S.) HATRED FOR THE IDOLS/STATUES:
Ibrahim (A.S.) noticed that the statues, which were made by his father, did not eat and drink and were unable to speak, even if somebody overturned it unable to rise and stand as it was. How do humans imagine that these statues can bring harm and benefit to them?
He reflected and reflected till he came to the realization that the celestial bodies, the earth, the universe and everything in it was made to worship their Creator. He tried to reason this with his people (including his father), but to no avail.
IBRAHIM (A.S.) BREAKS THE IDOLS:
When people refused to reason with him, he destroyed the false gods that were worshiped by people when nobody was around. When people returned, they were shocked to see their gods smashed to pieces, lying scattered all over the temple. At last, they questioned Ibrahim.
THE MIRACLE: ALLAH SAVES IBRAHIM (A.S.) FROM THE FIRE:
The idolaters decided to punish Ibrahim (a.s) by throwing him into the biggest fire they could build. Surprisingly, the fire did not burn him. This miracle shamed the idol worshippers, but it did not cool their hearts. However, after this incident, many of the people believed Ibrahim’s (A.S.) preaching of Oneness of Allah, although they kept their belief a secret for fear of harm or death at the hands of the rulers/people.
THE TRIAL OF ISMAIL (A.S.):
Another notable incident in the life of Ibrahim (a.s) was his trial with his son. It was after years of longing and Duá that Allah blessed him with a son. However, when this child grew young, Allah gave the command that he is to be sacrificed for His sake.
Ibrahim (a.s.) did not even flinch at the idea. His priorities were always right. Allah’s command came before any worldly thing – including his love for his son.
So he set out to sacrifice him. But just as he raised his axe, Allah stopped him. This was a test which Ibrahim had passed. Allah did not want him to sacrifice his son. Rather, he was testing Ibrahim’s priorities.
LESSONS FROM THE STORY OF IBRAHIM (A.S.):
So following are some of many lessons that we can learn from the story of Ibrahim (A.S.):
1 – Always have your trust in Allah.
2 – Always be good to your parents and never disrespect them.
3 – Be patient in all situations and have faith in Allah.
4 – Sacrifice the things that are dearest to us in the way of Allah.