Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) is also known as Ibrahim Khalilullah(خليل الل), Khalilullah means Friend Of Allah. Ibrahim AS had become the forefather of many Prophets and he is the prophet of the 3 religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) is one of 25 Prophets mentioned in the Quran and also mentioned in the Bible. Ibrahim (A.S.) is also among the 5 prophets (Nuh (Noah) AS, Ibrahim (Abraham) AS, Musa (Moses) AS, Esa (Jesus) AS, and Prophet Mohammad (SAW) who have books and divine religious laws. they are called Ulul’azm Anbiya’ (Arch-Prophets).
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) is mentioned in the holy books of Muslims, Christians, and Jewish. People of all these 3 regions believe in Ibrahim (A.S.) Muslims called Prophet Ibrāhīm (A.S.), Christians called Abraham, and Jewish called Avraham.
Ibrahim (A.S.) lived more than 150 years on earth, as there are different narrations about Ibrahim’s (A.S.) age, Some Islamic Scholars say his age was 169 years, some say 175 years and some say, he lived for 195 years. as per those narrations, we assume Ibrahim’s (A.S.) age was more than 150 years.
Ibrahim (A.S.) was tried out many times by Allah (S.W.T.), Ibrahim (A.S.) was a servant of Allah (S.W.T.) he never disobeyed his duty, he kept his promise, and always showed a respectable attitude. As Allah says in Al-Quran:
And of Ibrahim (Abraham) who fulfilled (or conveyed) all that (what Allah ordered him to do or convey)
(Surah An-Najam: 53:37)
Ibrahim (A.S.) Childhood
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) was the son of Aazar ibn Nahur, ibn Sarough, ibn Raghu, ibn Phaligh, ibn Aher, ibn Shalih, ibn Arfghshand, ibn Sam, ibn Nuh (A.S.). Ibrahim (A.S.) was born in the ancient city of Ur (also known: Babylonia or Babylon) of the Chaldea.
Prophet Ibrahim’s (A.S.) father was a well-known idol sculptor. When Ibrahim (A.S.) was a child, he used to watch his father sculpting these idols from stones or wood.
When people were worshipping idols of stone and wood, stars, sun, moon, and their kings and rulers, Allah (S.W.T.) Gifted Ibrahim (A.S.) spiritual understanding and wisdom from an early age. Allah (S.W.T.) says in Al-Quran:
“Indeed We bestowed aforetime on Abraham his (portion of) guidance, and We Were Well Acquainted with him (as to his Belief in the Oneness of Allah, etc)”
(Surah Anbiya: 21:51)
One day in his childhood, his father made some statues the statues were strange, Ibrahim (A.S.) asked his father what he created, then his father replied to him that these were the statues of the gods. Ibrahim (A.S.) astonished and didn’t believe that.
When he was a child, he used to play with those statues, Ibrahim (A.S.) was playing by sitting on their backs the same as other people sit on the backs of donkeys and mules. One day when he was playing with those statues, his father saw him and was angry with him and ordered him not to play with the statue again. Ibrahim (A.S.) asked: “What is this statue, my father? It has big ears, bigger than ours.” His father answered: “It is Mardukh, the god of gods, and the statue has two big ears as a symbol of intelligence.” So Ibrahim (A.S.) So Ibrahim (A.S.) laughed, at that time he was only 7 years old.
Ibrahim’s (A.S.) Hatred for the Statues (Idols):
Ibrahim (A.S.) spotted that the statues were not able to eat, drink, or speak they were unable to rise and stand if someone overturned them. There was a big temple full of idols. The largest statues were placed in the middle of the temple. Ibrahim (A.S.) used to visit the temple with his father when he was a child. When Ibrahim’s (A.S.) people entered the place of worship, they showed submission and honor in front of the statues. They even cried and begged for various things as if the statues heard what they complained and talked about. What added to the problem was that his father wanted him to be a priest when he was grown? He wanted nothing more from his son but reverences for those statues from Ibrahim (A.S.), yet Ibrahim (A.S.) never stopped his hatred and disdain for them.
Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) Discovered ALLAH (S.W.T.):
One night, Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) went to the mountain and was seeing stars and the moon, he was thinking about those stars and the moon, which were worshipped by other people. When he realized that they appeared only for sometime during the day or night, they can’t be a god. So, he continued to search for God. He started thinking about what’s beyond the moon, the stars, and the sky. Then, he came back to his home and asked his father and other people who worshipped celestial bodies.
As Allah narrates Ibrahim’s (A.S.) words in Al-Quran in Surah Al-Anaam (6: 74 to 76):
And (remember) when Abraham said to his father Azar: “Do you take idols as aliha (gods)? Verily, I see you and your people in manifest error.” Thus did We show Abraham the kingdom of heavens and the earth that he be one of those who have Faith with certainty. When the night covered him over with darkness he saw a star. He said: “This is my lord.” But when it set, he said: “I like not those that set.
And in Surah Al-Anaam (6: 77 to 79)
This is my lord.” But when it set, he said, “Unless my Lord guides me, I will surely be among the people gone astray.” And when he saw the sun rising, he said, “This is my lord; this is greater.” But when it set, he said, “O my people, indeed I am free from what you associate with Allah. Indeed, I have turned my face toward He who created the heavens and the earth, inclining toward truth, and I am not of those who associate others with Allah.
One day, Allah (S.W.T) guided Ibrahim (A.S.) to the truth and let him know that He(Allah S.W.T) existed and he is the god of the Universe and he the only one who created everything. Then Ibrahim (A.S.) called to his people, including his father, to Islam and that Allah (s.w.t) is the only God, the only one to worship. But, his father and the other people didn’t believe it and warned him to be punished.
Ibrahim (A.S.) then made a plan, He destroyed all the idols in the temple when all the people were at a festival. But, he did not destroy the biggest one, he left his Axe on that biggest statue instead, before leaving the temple.
The next day, people came to the temple and saw the idols were broken. and they suspected Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) to be responsible. When they asked Ibrahim (A.S.) whether he did this act, Ibrahim (A.S.) replied to them that it was the biggest God who did it as he held the Axe. Despite that the people realized that the idols were not able to speak, their foolishness led to decide to burn Ibrahim (A.S.).
The story will be continued in the next post – Story of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) Part 2