Land of Israel and Jewish heritage – 22

Land of Israel and Jewish heritage

A series from the book written by Naveed Anjum

Leaving Isaac in Canaan and Ishmael in Makkah, cont’d

According to Qur’an 37:102: “And, when he (his son) was old enough to work with him…….) (that is the time Abraham was to sacrifice his son).” However, Abraham was not with Ishmael when Ishmael was of working age. Ishmael had already married before his father saw him again after leaving him in Makkah. Therefore, Ishmael was not the son sacrificed “when he (his son) was old enough to work with him…) (that is the time Abraham was to sacrifice his son).

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The Qur’an describes the settling of Ishmael outside of Canaan near Kaaba in the following terms that Abraham prayed to God:

Our Lord, I have settled some of my offspring by Your Sacred House in an uncultivated valley. Our Lord, let them perform prayer. Make the hearts of humanity incline toward them and provide them with fruits, so that, hopefully, they will be thankful.” (Qur’an, 14:37)

According to all Islamic exegesis, the sacred house mentioned here is Kaaba and the uncultivated valley is Makkah. The phrase, “some of my offspring,” denotes the descendants of Ishmael. We, being good Muslims, must accept God’s decision to settle Ishmael’s descendants outside of Canaan in Makkah.

Arabs and Palestinians call themselves the descendants of Ishmael. Should they not, then, pay special regard to the Holy Qur’an and Islamic traditions, which establish God’s plan to reconcile Ishmael’s progeny outside of Canaan?

(To be continued…)


Land of Israel and Jewish heritage – 22 — 2 Comments

  1. ….but, was it born in one day ~for instance, in modern times the tiny nation state of israel had its inception during worldwoeOne, then, in accordance to the Balfour Agreement, during worldwoeTwo, General Ashby marched into Yerushalayim to formally occupy the city by British command in 1945; it was formally conceived by U N counsel in 1947, being formally announced as an inserted nation by UN sanction 05/14/1948>>>it is far more likely that Zekaryah saw the restoration of Yisra’el at Messiah’s return—–>it is He Who will rebuild the temple ~He shall bear the splendour~ in that Day there shall be ONE Yahuweh, and the counsel of Peace shall be between Them BOTH

    • My god friend; Good point. We all denote he arrival of Moshiac with the greeting of His People. I have a question; who shall greet him? According to Holy Writ, it is suppose to be the Direct descendants of Jacob/the Hebrew People. For this to be possible, would we not have to have these descendants of Jacob in the Holy Land? And if so, what if our enemies succeed to not have Jacob’s descendants in the Holy Land? No Moshiac? PS on this; in 1935, the League of Nations formally accepted that there shall be a Jewish Sate there, with the agreement of several Arab Leaders. So Israel being there is both, by our never giving up on it, as per G-d’s command, and with the international agreement that the UN ratified in 1948.

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