Land of Israel and Jewish heritage – 18

Land of Israel and Jewish heritage

A series from the book written by Naveed Anjum

Isaac was the blessed one, cont’d

The Story of Sacrifice: Isaac or Ishmael?, cont’d

As we have seen, Mr. Haroon Yahya has connected verse number 37:101 with verse number 15:54-55 and verse number 11:71-72. In his esteemed observations, he states:

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The fact that he was not expecting a son can be seen from his reply: ‘Do you bring me this good news despite the fact of old age having reached me? What kind of good news are you bringing me?’ (Qur’an, 15:54). However, God willed to create a righteous line of descent for Prophet Abraham (pbuh), and so made his elderly and barren wife fertile. As we stated earlier, He sent angels to inform Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and his wife of this miracle:

And We gave him the good news of a forbearing boy.’ (Qur’an, 37:101)”

In his observations, Mr. Harun Yahya declares of a certainty that verse number 37:101 is the glad tidings sent to Abraham and his elderly, barren wife Sarah. Yahya also establishes without any doubt that son was Isaac according to Qur’an and his own observations. However, Mr. Harun Yahya then makes a dramatic change regarding verse number 37: 102. He states:

One of the many tests that Prophet Abraham (pbuh) had to face was that of sacrificing Prophet Ishmael (pbuh). As the Qur’an relates:

And We gave him [Abraham] the good news of a forbearing boy. When he [Ishmael] was of an age to work with him, he [Abraham] said: “My son, I saw in a dream that I must sacrifice you. What do you think about this?” He said: “Do as you are ordered, father. God willing, you will find me patient.” Then when they had both submitted and he had lain him face down on the ground, We called out to him: “Abraham! You have discharged your vision.” That is how We recompense good-doers. This was indeed a most manifest trial. We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.’ (Qur’an, 37:101-07)”

Now, in his same book, when Mr. Harun Yahya discusses the story of sacrifice, he attributes the same verses to Ishmael that he had already used to prove that God gave the glad tidings of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah.

Harun Yahya is but one example. However, his is the common attitude of Muslim scholars who dismiss the blessings of Isaac when they compare him to Ishmael. This is not Isaac phobia but, rather, Israel phobia. The Qur’an clearly states in the above verses that Isaac was the son to be sacrificed as well as the son of blessing to Abraham, as Harun Yahya has proven.

(To be continued…)

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