The story continues from the previous post
The Migration of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.)
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) continued spreading the word of Allah (s.w.t.) and guide his people to the right path. However, people did not listen to him. Only one man named Lut (A.S.) and one woman named Sarah (p.b.u.h) believed him. Lut (A.S.) was also a Prophet and later was his nephew, Sarah (p.b.u.h) later became his wife.
Then three of them left Babylon and traveled to a city called Ur, then to a place called Haran, then to Palestine and kept calling people to worship Allah (s.w.t), showed them the right path, helping the poor, then relocated to Egypt. Lut (AS) then migrated to an area close to the Dead Sea. Allah (s.w.t) says in Al-Quran:
So Lut believed in him (Abraham’s message of Islamic Monotheism). He (Abraham) said: “I will emigrate for the sake of my Lord. Verily, He is the All Mighty, the All Wise.
(Surah Al-Ankabut: 29:26)
Faith is more Important than Relationship
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) invited his father to believe in Allah before his migration. His father was the enemy of Allah and Ibrahim (A.S.) knew that he would not believe. Allah says in Al-Quran:
And the request of forgiveness of Abraham for his father was only because of a promise he had made to him. But when it became apparent to Abraham that his father was an enemy to Allah, he disassociated himself from him. Indeed was Abraham compassionate and patient.
(Surah At-Tawbah: 9:114)
One more time we found something like that we found in the story of Prophet Nuh (A.S.), in the story of Nuh (A.S.) we found that Father is a Prophet of Allah (s.w.t.) and the son is a disbeliever. whereas, in the story of Ibrahim (A.S.), the father is a disbeliever and the son is the Prophet of Allah (s.w.t.). In both the stories, Allah (s.w.t.) tells us that the Relationship of Faith is more important than the Relationship of Blood.
Ibrahim (A.S.) and Sarah
Some time passed, Ibrahim (A.S.) and Sarah married. In Egypt, the king of Babylon was a dictator and tried to harm Sarah. He tried to hold her hand but his hand got stiff and asked Sarah, to ask Allah to cure him. Her wish was granted. On his second attempt to hold Sarah, his hand got stiff again and Allah cured his hand upon Sarah’s wish. The king then realized that Sarah was not an ordinary woman. Before she left, he ordered a servant named Hajarah (Hajar) to go with Sarah as her servant.
Ibrahim (A.S.) and Hajarah (Hajar)
Ibrahim (A.S.) hoping to have children who would help to spread the message of Allah but a long time passed and it seemed Sarah couldn’t give birth.
As Allah has mentioned Ibrahim’s (A.S.) dua in the Quran:
O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!
(Surah Al Saffat 37:100)
Sarah was saddened to see Ibrahim’s (A.S.) hair growing white. She couldn’t see him without any children, so she offered Ibrahim to Marry (A.S.) Hajarah as a second wife. Ibrahim (A.S.) accepted it and married Hajarah.
Ibrahim (A.S.) is an honorable man who has great respect in all Muslim’s hearts. he lived on the earth worshipping Allah, he sanctified for Allah (S.W.T.). He continued calling people to worship only Allah (S.W.T.) and Allah (S.W.T.) alone. He is the most superior of the Prophets after Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.). As a Muslim, we mention Ibrahim’s (A.S.) name in our prayers (Salat/Namaz) along with the name of our Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.). We recite Darood-e-Ibrahimi in our prayers (Salat/Namaz) which is the most comprehensive Darood. This shows what honor Allah has given to Ibrahim (A.S.) as Allah has ordered each believer/Muslim to send peace and blessings on Ibrahim (A.S.) and this will continue till the day of judgment. SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah.
In the next story, we will learn about the Birth of Prophet Ismail (A.S.), Hajar and Ismail’s trials in the desert, Prophet Ibrahim’s (A.S.) sacrifice, Construction of the Ka’aba, sacred rituals of Hajj and Qurbani.