Stories Of The Prophets

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  • Stories Of The Prophets

  • Prophet
    Isma'il (Ishmael)

    leaves Hajar and Ishmael

    One day, Abraham woke up and asked his wife Hajar to
    get her son and prepare for a long journey. In a few days Abraham
    started out with his wife Hajar and their son Ishmael. The child was
    still nursing and not yet weaned.

    Abraham walked through cultivated land, desert, and
    mountains until he reached the desert of the Arabian Peninsula and came
    to an uncultivated valley having no fruit, no trees, no food, no water.
    The valley had no sign of life. After Abraham had helped his wife and
    child to dismount, he left them with a small amount of food and water
    which was hardly enough for 2 days. He turned around and walked away.
    He wife hurried after him asking: "Where are you going Abraham, leaving
    us in this barren valley?"

    Abraham did not answer her, but continued walking. She
    repeated what she had said, but he remained silent. Finally she
    understood that he was not acting on his own initiative. she realized
    that Allah had commanded him to do this. She asked him : "Did Allah
    command you to do so?" He replied: "Yes." Then his great wife said: "We
    are not going to be lost, since Allah Who has commanded you is with us."

    Abraham invoked Almighty Allah thus:

    "O Our Lord!
    I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley with no
    cultivation, by Your Sacred House (the Ka'ba at Mecca); in order, O our
    Lord, that they may offer prayers perfectly (Iqamat 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. O our Lord! Certainly, You
    know what we conceal and what we reveal. Nothing on the earth or in the
    heavens is hidden from Allah."
    (Ch 14:37-38)

    Hajar and Ishmael -
    Narrated by Ibn Abbas

    Ibn Abbas narrated: "The first lady to use a girdle was
    the mother of Ishmael. She used a girdle so that she might hide her
    tracks from Sarah (by dragging it). Abraham brought her and her son
    Ishmael while she was suckling him to a place near the Kaba under a
    tree on the spot of ZamZam at the highest place in the mosque. During
    those days there was nobody in Mecca, nor was there any water so he
    made them sit over there and placed near them a leather bag containing
    some dates and a small water skin containing some water and set out
    homeward. Ishmael's mother followed him saying:

    "O Abraham! Where are
    you going, leaving us in this valley where there is no person whose
    company we may enjoy, nor is there anything to enjoy?" she repeated
    that to him many times, but he did not look back at her. Then she asked
    him : "Has Allah ordered you to do so?" He said: "Yes." She then said:
    "Then He will not neglect us," and returned while Abraham proceeded
    onwards. On reaching the Thaniya where they could not see him, he faced
    the Kaba and raising both hands, invoked Allah saying the following

    "O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring dwell
    in a
    valley without cultivation, by Your Sacred House (Kaba at Mecca) in
    order, O our Lord that they may offer prayer perfectly. So fill some
    hearts among men with love towards them, and O Allah provide them with
    fruits so that they may give thanks."
    (Ch 14:37)

    Ibn Abbas's narration continued; "Ishmael's mother went
    on suckling Ishmael and drinking from the water (she had) When the
    water in the water skin had been used up, she became thirsty and her
    child also became thirsty, She started looking at him (Ishmael) tossing
    in agony. She left him, for she could not endure looking at him, and
    found that the mountain of As-Safa was the nearest mountain to her on
    that land. she too on it and started looking at the valley keenly so
    that she might see somebody, but she could not see anybody. Then she
    descended for As Safa and when she reached the valley, she tucked up
    her robe and ran in the valley like a person in distress and trouble
    till she crossed the valley and reached the mountain of Al Marwa. There
    she stood and started looking expecting to see somebody, but she could
    not see anybody. She repeated that running between Safa And Marwa seven

    Hajar sees Zam-zam -
    by Prophet Muhammad

    The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "This is the source
    of the tradition of the Sa'y (rituals of the hajj, pilgrimage) the
    going of people between them (As-Safa and Al-Marwa). When she reached
    Al Marwa (for the last time) she heard a voice and she asked herself to
    be quiet and listened attentively. She heard the voice again and said:
    "O whoever you maybe! You have made me hear your voice; have you got
    something to help me?" And behold! She saw an angel at the place of Zam
    zam, digging the earth with his heel (or his wing) till water flowed
    from that place. She started to make something like a basin around it,
    using her hand in this way, and started filling her water skin with
    water with her hands and the water was flowing out water she had
    scooped some of it."

    The Prophet (pbuh) added: "May Allah bestow mercy on
    Ishmael's mother! Had she let the zam-zam flow without trying to
    control it, or had she not scooped from that water to fill her water
    skin, Zam zam would have been a stream flowing on the surface of the

    Makka is Settled -
    Told by Prophet Muhammad

    The Prophet (pbuh) continued: "Then she drank water and
    suckled her child. The angel said to her: "Don't be afraid of being
    neglected, for this is the House of Allah which will be built by this
    boy and his father, and Allah never neglects His people." The House
    (Kaba) at that time was on a high place resembling a hillock, and when
    torrents came, they flowed to its right and left.

    "She lived in that way till some people from the tribe
    of Jurhum or a family from Jurhum passed by her and her child as they
    (the Jurhum people) were coming through the way of Kada. they landed in
    the lower part of Mecca where they saw a bird that had the habit of
    flying around water and not leaving it. they said: "this bird must be
    flying around water, though we know that there is no water in this
    valley." They sent one or two messengers who discovered the source of
    water and returned to inform them of the water. SO they all came
    towards the water. Ishmael's mother was sitting near the water. They
    asked her: "Do you allow us to stay with you?" She replied: "Yes, but
    you will have no right to possess the water." They agreed to that.
    Ishmael's mother was pleased with the whole situation, as she used to
    love to enjoy the company of the people, so they settled there, and
    later on they sent for their families who came and settled with them so
    that some families became permanent residents there. The child
    (Ishmael) grew up and learned Arabic from them and (his virtues) caused
    them to love and admire him as he grew up and when he reached the age
    of puberty they made him marry a woman from amongst them."

    Ishmael's Wives

    The Prophet (pbuh) continued: "After Ishmael's mother
    had died, Abraham came after Ishmael's marriage in order to see his
    family that he had left before but he did not find Ishmael there. When
    he asked Ishmael's wife about him, she replied: "He has gone in search
    of livelihood." Then he asked her about their way of living and their
    condition, and she replied, "We are living in misery; we are living in
    hardship and destitution," complaining to him. He said: "When your
    husband returns, convey my salutations to him and tell him to change
    the threshold of the gate (of his house)."

    When Ishmael came, he seemed to have felt something
    unusual, so he asked his wife: "Has anyone visited you?" she replied,
    "Yes, an old man of such and such description came and asked me about
    you and I informed him and he asked about our state of living and I
    told him that we were living in a hardship and poverty." On that
    Ishmael said: "Did he advise you anything?" She said: "Yes he told me
    to convey his salutation to you and to tell you to change the threshold
    of your gate." Ishmael said: "It was my father and he has ordered me to
    divorce you. Go back to your family." So, Ishmael divorced her and
    married another woman from among them (Jurhum).

    The Kaba is Built - by
    Prophet Muhammad

    "Then Abraham stayed away from them for a period as
    long as Allah wished and called on them again but did not find Ishmael.
    So he came to Ishmael's wife and asked her about Ishmael. She said: 'he
    has gone in sof our livelihood.' Abraham asked her; 'how are you
    getting on?' asking her about their sustenance and living. she replied:
    'we are prosperous and well off (we have everything in abundance).'
    then she thanked Allah. Abraham said: 'What kind of food do you eat?'
    she said: 'meat.' he said: 'what do you drink?' she said: 'water.' he
    said: 'O Allah! bless their meat and water.""

    The Prophet (pbuh) added: "At that time they did not
    have grain, and if they had grain he would have also invoked Allah to
    bless it. If somebody has only these two things as his sustenance, his
    health and disposition will be badly affected unless he lives in Mecca."

    The Prophet (pbuh) continued: "Then Abraham said to
    Ishmael's wife: 'When your husband comes give my regards to him and
    tell him that he should keep firm the threshold of his gate.' When
    Ishmael came back he asked his wife, 'did anyone call no you?' she
    replied: 'yes, a good looking old man came to me,' so she praised him
    and added: 'He asked about you and I informed him that we were in a
    good condition.' Ishmael asked her:' did he give you any piece of
    advice?' she said; 'yes, he told me to give his regards to you and
    ordered that you should keep firm the threshold of your gate.' on that
    Ishmael said: 'It was my father, and you are the threshold of the gate.
    He has ordered me to keep you with me.'

    Then Abraham stayed away from them for a period as long
    as Allah wished and called on them afterwards. He saw Ishmael under a
    tree near Zam Zam, sharpening his arrows. When he saw Abraham, he rose
    up to welcome him (and they greeted each other as a father does with
    his son or a son does with his father). Abraham said: 'O Ishmael! Allah
    has give me an order.' Ishmael said: 'Do what your Lord has ordered you
    to do.' Abraham asked:'Will you help me?' Ishmael said: 'I will help
    you.' Abraham said: 'Allah has ordered me to build a house here,'
    pointing to a hillock higher than the land surrounding it.

    "Then they raised the foundations of the House (the
    Kaba). Ishmael brought the stones while Abraham built and when the
    walls became high Ishmael brought this stone and put it for Abraham who
    stood over it and carried on building. While Ishmael was handing him
    the stones, and both of them were saying:

    "Our Lord! Accept this
    service from us, verily, You are the All Hearer, the All Knower.
    (Ch 2:127 Quran)

    The Prophet (pbuh) added: "Then both of them went on
    building and going round the Kaba saying:

    "O our Lord! Accept this
    service from us, verily, You are the All Hearer, the All Knower."
    (Sahih Bukhari).

    Hajar sees zam -
    zam  - by Ibn Abbas

    Ibn Abbas narrated a slightly different version: "When
    Abraham had differences with his wife (because of her jealousy of
    Hajar, Ishmael's mother), he took Ishmael and his mother and went away.
    They had a water skin with them containing some water. Ishmael's mother
    used to drink water from the water skin so that her milk would increase
    for her child. When Abraham reached Mecca, he made her sit under a tree
    and afterwards returned home. Ishmael's mother followed him and when
    they reached Kada, she called him from behind: 'O Abraham! To whom are
    you leaving us?' He replied: '(I am leaving you) to Allah's care.' she
    said: 'I am satisfied to be with Allah.' She returned to her place and
    started drinking water from the water skin and her milk increased for
    her child.

    "When the water had all been used up, she said to
    herself: 'I had better go and look so that I may see somebody.' she
    ascended As-Safa mountain and looked hoping to see somebody but in
    vain. When she came down to the valley, she ran till she reached Al
    Marwa Mountain. She ran to and for (between the two mountains) many
    times. Then she said to herself; 'I had better go and see the state of
    the child.' she went and found it in a state of one on the point of
    dying. She could not endure to watch it dying and said to herself: 'If
    I go and look I may find somebody.' she went and ascended al-Safa
    mountain and looked for a long while but could not find anybody. thus
    she completed seven rounds of running between As-Safa and Al-Marwa.
    Again she said to herself: 'I had better go back and see the state of
    the child.' but suddenly she heard a voice, and she said to that
    strange voice. 'help us if you can offer any help.' lo! it was Gabriel
    (who had made the voice) Gabriel hit the earth with his heel like this
    (Ibn Abbas hit the earth with his heel to illustrate it), and so the
    water gushed out. Ishmael's mother was astonished and started digging."

    Abu Al Qasim, the Prophet (pbuh) said: "If she had left
    the water, (flow naturally, without her intervention, ) it would have
    been flowing on the surface of the earth."

    Makka is Settled - by
    Ibn Abbas

    Ibn Abbas continued narrating: "Ishmael's mother
    started drinking from the water, and her milk increased for her child.
    Afterwards some people of the tribe of Hurhum saw some birds while
    passing through the bottom of the valley and that astonished them. They
    said: "birds can only be found at a place where there is water." They
    sent a messenger who searched the place and found the water and
    returned to inform them about it. Then they all went to her and said:
    "O Ishmael's mother! Will you allow us to be with you (or dwell with
    you)?" Then they stayed there.

    Ishmael's Wives - by
    Ibn Abbas

    "Later on her boy reached the age of puberty and
    married a lady from them. Then an idea occurred to Abraham, which he
    disclosed to his wife (sarah). 'I want to call on my dependants I left
    at Mecca.' When he went there he greeted Ishmael's wife and said:
    'where is Ishmael?' She replied: 'He has gone out hunting.' Abraham
    said to her: 'When he comes, tell him to change the threshold of his
    gate.' When Ishmael came she told him the same and whereupon Ishmael
    said to her: 'you are the threshold so go to your family (you are

    "Again Abraham thought of visiting his dependents whom
    he had left at Mecca, and told his wife (Sarah) of his intentions.
    Abraham came to Ishmael's house and asked: 'Where is Ishmael?'
    Ishmael's wife replied: 'He has gone out hunting,' and added: 'will you
    stay for some time and have something to eat and drink?' Abraham said:
    'what is your food and what is your drink?' she replied: 'our food is
    meat and our drink is water.' he replied: 'O Allah! Bless their meals
    and their drink.'

    Abu Al Qasim (the Prophet)(pbuh) said: "Because of
    Abraham's invocation there are blessings in Mecca."

    Kaba is Built - by Ibn

    Ibn Abbas continued: "Once more Abraham thought of
    visiting his family he had left at Mecca and he told his wife (Sarah)
    of his decision. HE went and found Ishmael behind the Zam-zam well,
    mending his arrows. He said: 'O Ishmael, your Lord has ordered me to
    build a house for Him.' Ishmael said: 'Obey the order of your Lord.'
    Abraham said: 'Allah has also ordered me that you should help me
    therein.' Ishmael said: 'Then I will do so.' So both of them were

    "O our Lord! Accept this service of us, verily, You
    are the
    All Hearer, the All Knower."
    (Ch 2:127)

    When the building became high and the old man
    (Abraham) could no longer lift the stones to such a high position, he
    stood over the stone of Al Maqam and Ishmael carried on handing him the
    stones and both of them were saying:

    "O our Lord! Accept this
    service of us, verily You are the All Hearer, the All Knower.""

    Abraham and Ishmael (PBUT) - The Sacrifice

    Allah the Almighty told us of Abraham's affliction with
    his beloved son:

    "And he said after his rescue from the fire:

    'Verily! I am going to my Lord. He will guide me! My
    Lord! Grant me
    (offspring) from the righteous." SO We gave him the glad tidings of a
    forbearing boy. And when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him,
    he said: "O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you
    (offer you in sacrifice to Allah), so look what do you think!ý"
    "O my father! Do that which you are commanded InshAllah (if Allah
    wills), you shall find me of the patient."

    Then when they had both submitted themselves to the
    Will of Allah and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (or on the
    side of his forehead for slaughtering); and We called out to him: "O
    Abraham! You have fulfilled the dream (vision!" Verily! Thus do
    Wereward those who perform good deeds, totally for Allah's sake only.
    Verily, that indeed was a manifest trial and We ransomed him with a
    great sacrifice (a ram;) and We left for him ( a goodly remembrance)
    among generations (to come) in later times. "Salamun (peace) be upon
    Abraham!" Thus indeed do We reward the Muhsineen (good doers). Verily,
    he was one of Our believing slaves.
    (Ch 37:99-111 Quran)

    Time passed. One day Abraham was sitting outside his
    tent thinking of his son Ishmael and Allah's sacrifice. His heart was
    filled with awe and love for Allah for His countless blessings. A big
    tear dropped from his eyes and reminded him of Ishmael.

    Tidings of Isaac

    In the meantime, three angels descended to the earth;
    Gabriel, Israphael, and Michael. They came in human shapes and saluted
    Abraham. Abraham arose and welcomed them. He took them inside his tent
    thinking they were strangers and guests. He seated them and made sure
    that they were comfortable, then excused himself to go to his people.

    His wife Sarah arose when he entered. She had become
    old and white haired. Abraham said to her: "We have three strangers in
    the house." "Who are they?" she asked. "I do not know any of them," he
    answered. "What food have we got?" He asked. Half a sheep." she
    replied, "Half a sheep! Slaughter a fat calf for them; they are
    strangers and guests." he ordered while leaving.

    The servants roasted and served a calf. Abraham
    invited the angels to eat and he started eating so as to encourage
    them. He continued, but when he glanced at his guests to assure they
    were eating, he noticed that none of them had touched the food. He said
    to the them: "Are you not going to eat?" He resumed eating, but when he
    glanced at them again he found that they were still not eating. Their
    hands did not reach out for the food. He began to fear them.

    Abraham's fears increased. The angels, however were
    reading his inner thoughts and one of them said: "Do not fear." Abraham
    raised his head and replied: "Indeed I am in fear. I have asked you to
    eat food but you do not stretch out your hands to eat. Do you intend me

    One of the angels smiled and said: "We do not eat. We
    are Allah's angels." One of them then turned towards his wife and
    conveyed the glad tidings about Isaac (Ishaaq).

    Tidings of Isaac

    Almighty Allah revealed:

    "Verily! There came Our
    Messengers to Abraham with glad tidings. They said: "Salaam (greetings
    or peace)!" he answered: "Salaam (greetings or peace)!" and he hastened
    to entertain them with a roasted calf. But, when he saw their hands
    went not towards it (the meal), he felt some mistrust of them, and
    conceived a fear of them. They said: "Fear not, we have been sent
    against the people of Lot." And his wife was standing there and she
    laughed (either, because the Messengers did not eat their food or for
    being glad for the destruction of the people of Lot). But We gave her
    glad tidings of Isaac, and after him of Jacob.

    She said (in astonishment): "Woe unto me! Shall I
    bear a child while I am an old woman, and here is my husband an old
    man? Verily! This is a strange thing!" They said: "Do you wonder at the
    Decree of Allah? The Mercy of Allah and His Blessings be on you, O the
    family (of Abraham). Surely, He (Allah) is All praiseworthy,
    (CH 11:69-73).


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