Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) was one of Allah’s chose and beloved prophets who was convinced about the Oneness of Allah and denounced idolatry. He was chosen by Allah to sanctify the Ka’abah.
Allah commanded Prophet Ibrahim to leave his wife and infant son Ismail in a valley near the Kaabah under a tree on the spot of zamzam. During those days Makkah was not populated nor was there any water. So he made them sit there and placed near them a leather bag containing some dates, and a small water skin containing some water. To leave ones infant son and wife in an inhabited land can be worrisome for anyone. But Prophet Ibrahim (A) sought Allah’s protection for his wife and son with this supplication / dua:
“O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an uncultivable valley by Your Sacred House in order that they may perform As-Salat. So fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks.”
(Quran, Surah Ibrahim, Verse, 37)
Allah answered his prayer and made water spring from the spot where the little child was placed. Later, some people passed by, saw the water and settled in the valley with their families.
Later in life, while he and his son Prophet Ismail were raising the foundations of Kaabah, Prophet Ibrahim prayed the following to to Allah:
……….”Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.”
“Our Lord! And make us submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show us our Manasik (all the ceremonies of pilgrimage – Hajj and Umrah, etc.), and accept our repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.
“Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own (and indeed Allah answered their invocation by sending Muhammad Peace be upon him ), who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them in the Book (this Quran) and Al-Hikmah (full knowledge of the Islamic laws and jurisprudence or wisdom or Prophethood, etc.), and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.”
(Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah; Verses 127-129)
Allah (SWT) answered Prophet Ibrahim’s supplication by sending the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) and revealing to him the Quran which contains full knowledge of the Islamic laws, jurisprudence and wisdom.
“And We bestowed on him (Ibrahim (Abraham)), Ishaque (Isaac) and Yaqoob (Jacob), and ordained among his offspring Prophethood and the Book (i.e. the Taurat (Torah) (to Moosa Moses), the Injeel (Gospel) (to Iesa Jesus), the Quran (to Muhammad SAW), all from the offspring of Ibrahim (Abraham)), and We granted him his reward in this world, and verily, in the Hereafter he is indeed among the righteous.”
(Quran, Surah Al-Ankabut, Verse 27)
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