This is the forty fourth sample of The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims available now on Amazon. This is the first volume of a three volume series with maps, pictures and paintings of important sites and Maqams related to the stories of the Prophets. This series would be an ideal source for the Tree of Prophets project featured here on our website. In this adaptation of Hajiah Amina Adil’s comprehensive history of the Prophets a sage grandfather tells the stories of the Prophets to his two adventurous grandsons who learn that the stories of the Prophets have come to life.
Ibrahim (a) tried to cut Ismail (a) 70 times, but the knife would not cut and Ismail (a) remained whole and unwounded. Both father and son sincerely tried to submit to the will of God. When the knife did not cut Ibrahim (a) asked “why” in a special state of consciousness and used a speech called “Hal,” and the knife said “Why did the fire not burn you?” The knife responded that as the fire was ordered not to burn the knife was ordered not to cut.
Ibrahim (a) and Ismail (a)
The angel Jibrail (a) appeared and brought the ram given by Habil (r) (in the story of Adam [a]) and it was sacrificed in place of Ismail (a). Jibrail (a) then said to name 3 prayers and Allah (s) would accept them. Ibrahim (a) prayed for Allah (s) to have mercy on the Nation of Muhammad (s). Ibrahim (a) prayed that the Nation of Muhammad (s) should not suffer. Ibrahim (a) prayed that Allah (s) forgive the Nation of Muhammad (s). He knew about the Nation of Muhammad (s) from his education in the cave.
Ibrahim (a) and his son Ismail (a) then had a discussion about who had made the greater sacrifice that day, and in the end Allah (s) said that Ibrahim (a) have done so because if he would have killed Ismail (a) he would feel that burn in his heart for the rest of his days while Ismail (a) would enjoy paradise.
One reason given for this trial of Ibrahim (a) is that he had slaughtered a cow calf before its mother one day when he had no other food for his guests. Another reason is that once Ibrahim (a) prayed against a group of wicked people and they died so Allah (s) wanted Ibrahim (a) to experience the pain of sacrificing his precious son to make him understand that the creation of Allah (s) was precious as well.
When Ibrahim (a) was 100 years old and Sarah (r) was 80 years they were visited by four guests who would not eat the food Ibrahim (a) gave them. The guests revealed that they were angels sent to bring the news that Sarah (r) was going to have a baby boy named Ishaq. The unbelievers thought it was funny that a couple so old had a baby. Ishaq (a) and Ibrahim (a) looked so similar that people could not tell them apart, and so Allah (s) made the beard of Ibrahim (a) white.