Land of Israel and Jewish heritage
A series from the book written by Naveed Anjum
Arrival of Abraham in Canaan, cont’d
Harun Yahya, the renowned Islamic scholar gives observation on this immigration event in his book on Prophet Abraham and Prophet Lot as:
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Israel The Legitimate State Thank youHijra is a religious observation that only devout believers can perform. People who live far removed from religion can never agree to suddenly leave behind everything they own and immigrate to an unknown destination. Their homes, goods, and property are most important to them. Yet wherever believers may go, since they know that God will meet all of their needs, they have no hesitation about leaving everything behind and emigrating for God’s good pleasure. Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and Prophet Lot (pbuh) demonstrated their submission to God in the finest possible manner. They renounced their material possessions and homelands to gain His good pleasure. In return, our Lord settled them in a good land and endowed them with the infinite blessings of Paradise in the Hereafter.
So here, we can see that prophet Abraham was commanded by God to enter the land, which God had blessed for all beings. The Qur’an does not specifically mention the name of the place, but again we will go through Islamic resources to discover whether it was Canaan. The Islamic website, TalkIslam.com, states:
THE PROPHET ABRAHAM: His unknown destination was Canaan, which is modern-day Palestine. So they came to the land of Canaan. And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared————
(To be continued…)
Hijra sounds a little like hagira, which means migration in Hebrew.