The faith of Ibrahim
Asalamu alaykum my dear brothers and sisters,
The second lecture from the Belief series is titled ‘The faith of Prophet Ibrahim’.
Prophet Ibrahim otherwise known as Abraham is revered in three religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. In Judaism, he is seen as the father of the chosen race who believed in One True God. It is also believed he is the father of prophets where a number of revelations occurred. In Christianity, he is seen as the father of all believers who had unlimited trust in God. Similarly, in Islam we believe he was the father of Prophets: Ismail otherwise known as Ishmael. Ishaq otherwise known as Isaac. He was the grandfather of Yaqub otherwise known as Jacob. He is also the ancestor of Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him).
In the Quran, Allah (The Most High) says:
‘Be either Jews or Christians [so] that you may be guided.’ Say [in response], ‘No, [we] rather follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and he was not of the polytheists.’ (2:135)
He had a strong personality that we should all learn from. He had unwavering sincere faith in Allah (The Most High). He faced his father who he loved so much. His tribe. He beared hardships just for believing in Allah (The Most High) which emphasises his commitment in his devotion to Allah (The Most High).
When Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was young, his father Azar used to create idols from stones and wood in Babylon which he used to play with. He was then shocked that the people used to worship the same idols he used to play with. He asked his father as to why they utilize them?. His father responded that these were the Gods. He did not feel that these were Gods and initiated a journey to search for a God. He saw the stars, the moon, the sun but did not feel any spiritual connection as all of them faded after a time frame. He then realised that Allah (The Most High) is the ultimate creator of the heavens and the earth and everything that is in it. Allah (The Most High) called onto him and said ‘O Abraham’.
Prophet Ibrahim responded to him and said ‘Here I am O my Lord’
Allah (The Most High) said ‘Submit to Me! Be a Muslim!’.
This is such an emotional point, Allah (The Most High) who created me and you, the world and everything that you see. He taught man the skills and knowledge to live their lives is asking a man to become a muslim. We communicate with Allah (The Most High) via reading quran, praying and supplicating. Imagine hearing the voice of Allah (The Most High)
This moment caused Prophet Ibrahim to cry and prostate. He responded ‘I submit to Allah, the Lord of the universe’. This moment was indescribable and he went home feeling content that he found Allah.
Another aspect of the faith of Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was that he was willing to sacrifice his own son that he loved Prophet Ismail after visualising a dream. Many of us would cry in Ismail’s position as to how our own father would kill us? But instead of crying, his own son was willing to follow the command of Allah without hesitation. At the last moment when Ibrahim put a knife on his son’s neck. Allah (The Most High). This sent down a ram as Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) passed his test which is why we as muslims sacrifice a sheep during Hajj and in one of our Eid celebrations: Eid ul Adha.
My dear brothers and sisters, the reason why I narrated this story, is because during this Ramadan, many of us are blessed to spend their iftar with their families whether muslims or their families have respected their son or daughter’s decision. On the other hand, there are people whose families have abandoned them for simply believing in Allah and are spending time on their own. When you see a new muslim, I want you to greet and hug them tightly as me and you are unaware of the hardships they had endured in order to have faith in Allah (The Most High).
In this world we undergo many tests that brings us closer to Allah (The Most High) increasing our faiths. There are people out there who have no food, no water, no shelter, want to be a parent and are being patient enough to face the slander of the society but their faith was not reduced. There are people out there who have financial problems but this did not stop them from helping others. There are people out there who have marital problems, problems with their children, but this did not stop them from making a difference. There are people out there that bully and do everything they can to make your life miserable, but they still endure it patiently. Allah tests those He loves. The more Allah (The Most High) tests you, we should increase in His Remembrance.
I hope you benefited from this lecture, in sha Allah the next lecture will be about inspiring individuals from world history.