Prophet Abraham : The Father of the Prophets

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Prophet Abraham : The Father of the Prophets  

Understanding Islam

Prophet Abraham is one of the most brilliant personalities in history, be it in the area of religion, morals, social life or fatherhood.

He in reality is the Father of the prophets because Allah the Almighty chose many prophets from his offspring including Isaac, Jacob, David and
their sons, along with Ishmael the forefather of the last messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all).

He entered into serious debates with the monks of his day, refuting their tendency to worship idols, stars and fire. 

There are long chapters in the Qur’an about prophet Abraham. His biography and glorious deeds are mentioned in different places of the Qur’an.

Abraham thought about the oneness of the Creator from a very early age. He entered into serious debates with the monks of his day, refuting their tendency to worship idols, stars and fire. He told them that these idols are not worthy or eligible of worship, so they tried to burn him alive. Allah saved him from the heat of the fire and chose him as a prophet to guide his people.

He was a prophet, model father and a model son. Here are some glimpses about his life mentioned in the Qur’an:

• Abraham was a very obedient son to his disbelieving father, kind and very patient.

• Allah showed him the kingdom of the heavens and the earth so that he should be of those possessing certainty.

• He debated with his people about the false celestial gods and declared that he can not worship them because they are not worthy.

• Allah the Almighty mentioned him in the Qur’an as a chosen one: “And mention in the Book (the story of) Abraham. Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet.” (Qur’an 19: 41)

• Allah gave him the wisdom and ability to affect others: “And that was Our [conclusive] argument which We gave Abraham against his people. We raise by degrees whom We will. Indeed, your Lord is Wise and Knowing.” (Qur’an 6: 83)


Author : Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, Qatar

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