Prophets Ibrahim, Ismail, and Ishaq, and the Ibrahim's sacrifice

Prophet Ibrahim (a)

Many years ago a boy
called Ibrahim lived
in Canaan.
he was very clever and was always asking questions.
Most of the people he knew
worshipped idols but
Ibrahim did not.

The people had
forgotten the messages
that Adam, Hud, Nuh
and Salih had
brought them.
Instead of praising
Allah they worshipped

Ibrahim told his father
he didn't think people should
worship objects they had
made themselves. His father
was angry and told him
not to say anything about
the gods again.
Ibrahim decided he must
show the people they were
wrong so he thought of a

One night he sneaked into
the place where all
the statues were
kept. With an axe
he chopped off the
heads from all but
one of the statues.
The biggest one
he left.

The next morning the
people were very angry
and upset at what had
happened. They were
sure Ibrahim had done it.
They gathered in the
public square and asked
him if he had done it.
Ibrahim told them to ask
their big idol if he
knew who was responsible.

But, of course, the statue
could not speak and the
people knew it was only
stone. Ibrahim shouted at
them and asked how
they could worship lumps
of stone. The bad people were
even more angry.
They started to collect wood
for a fire. They were
going to burn Ibrahim
to death.

They made a big bonfire
and put Ibrahim on the top.
Everyone came to watch. They
lit the wood. The fire burned,
the flames grew higher and
higher. The people had to
back away from the heat
of the flames.

Ibrahim was a good
person. He believed in Allah.
Allah would protect him.
Allah would not let the
fire harm him. When the
flames dies down the people
could not believe their eyes.

They saw that Ibrahim
was alive and the flames
had not harmed him at all.
How had this happened?
They all knew this was a
great miracle and they
fell to their knees.

This wonderful thing had
made them believe in Allah.
Some people would still not
listen. They thought
Ibrahim was just a magician

Nimrod, the king of Canaan,
heard all about Ibrahim.
He wanted to talk to him.
He asked Ibrahim about Allah.
Ibrahim told him that
Allah could do all things.
He could give life and death.
Nimrod said that he too
could do that.

His soldiers brought
two men in. Nimrod
ordered one to be
killed and the
other to be saved.

Nimrod thought that
this made him like Allah.
Ibrahim told him that
Allah brings the sun
every morning from the

He asked Nimrod if
he could bring the sun
from the west next
day, of course, Nimrod
was unable to do that.

Ibrahim married a girl
called Sarah. They lived
very happily in Palestine.
They worked and had
plenty of everything.

Ibrahim became very
wealthy, but he was
a good man. He
always helped
other people too.

After many years Ibrahim
and Sarah still had no
children. This made
them very sad. They
both wanted a
child to share
their life with.

Sarah told Ibrahim
that he should marry
her servant Hajar too,
so that Ibrahim and
Hajar could make a
child together.

Prophet Ismail (a)

After a while Ibrahim
did marry Hajar and
she had a son.

They called him Ismail.
They were all very

Ibrahim, Hajar and Ismail
moved to a valley in
Arabia. They settled in
a good place with hills
and mountains on all
sides to protect them.

After a while Ibrahim
said that he should go
back to see Sarah and
to get more food and water.
Before he left he prayed
to Allah to look after
his wife and son because
they did not have much
food and water left.

The food and water
soon began to run low.
Hajar was very worried. What
could they live on?
They prayed to Allah.

Hajar went to the top of
the mountain, Mount Safa,
to look for Ibrahim.

Now their water was all gone
and they were desperate.
She went to the other
side of the valley and
climbed to the top of Mount
Marwa. She looked towards
the North, East, West and
South for help but found

Hajar kept running
backwards and forwards
between Mount Safa and
Mount Marwa.
She did this seven times.
Suddenly she saw
Ismail kick the ground
with his heel.
A spring of water gushed
out - beautiful, pure water,
they were saved.

Even today this water, called
Zamzam, still flows in the
Valley of Hijaz and when
people go to Makkah on Hajj
they go seven times between
the two mounts in memory
of this miracle that saved
the lives of Hajar and Ismail.

When Ibrahim returned he was
amazed to see the valley.
The water had made the place
very fertile. All the animals
and caravans visited and
made it a prosperous place.



 Prophet Ishaq (a)

The Well of Zamzam
where water first flowed
to save the lives of
Hajar and Ismail, became
a popular place for the
caravans to stop.

Some people liked the
place so much they decided
to stay there.
This place became known
as Makkah.

One day Ibrahim had
a message from Allah.
He and Ismail were to
build a place for
people to pray.
They were to build
an altar, it was to
be known as the Ka'aba.

The angel Jibrail
brought the message
saying that the Ka'aba
should be built near
the Well of Zamzam,
the most sacred place
on earth.

The foundation stone
for the Ka'aba was to
come from heaven.
It is found today in a
corner of the Ka'aba and is
known as the black stone.

When Ibrahim was
building the Ka'aba
he was standing on
a large rock. Allah
softened the rock and
the shape of Ibrahim's
bare feet was left in
it. It is still there,
for all to see.

When Ibrahim was
very old the angels
came to see him and
said Allah was
going to give a son
to him and Sarah.

Sarah could not believe
it was true. She too was
old. The angels said that
all things are possible
to Allah. They said the
son was to be called
Ishaq. He was to be a prophet.

Sure enough,
Sarah did have
a son and they called
him Ishaq. he grew
up to be a great

Ishaq married a
girl called Rebecca.
They had two sons,
called Esau and Yaqub.
Yaqub became a
great prophet.

Yaqub grew up and
married Zia and they
had lots of children,
both boys and girls.
His second wife
Rohsie had two sons,
Yusuf and Benjamin.

Yusuf and Benjamin
were very good, obedient
sons and they became
Yaqub's favourites because
of their good behaviour.
Yusuf too grew up
to be a prophet.

All of these great
prophets were
descendents of Ibrahim.
He is known as
the father of all
the prophets.

Muhammad (s), our great
and beloved prophet,
the last of all the
prophets was a
descendant of Ismail.

The Sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (a)

One night Ibrahim had
a bad dream.
He dreamt Allah told
him to sacrifice Ismail.

Ibrahim thought it was
Shaytan playing nasty
tricks on him.

The next night Ibrahim had
the same horrid dream.

Ibrahim knew that
Allah would only
ask him to do such
a thing if he had good

Even though he loved
his son dearly, he was
prepared to do this
difficult thing for Allah.

Ibraim told
Ismail they
had to go to
Mount Arafat.
He took a knife
and a rope with him.

On the way they passed
a place called Mina.
The devil, Shaytan, came
to Ibrahim and
tried to talk him
out of sacrificing
his son.

Ibrahim turned his back
on him and would not listen.

When they reached Mount
Arafat, Ibrahim told Ismail
what Allah wanted him to do.
Ismail listened and accepted
what was to happen. He was
an exceptional child.
He too was a
great prophet.

Ismail told his father to tie
his hands and legs and blindfold
himself so he would not struggle and
make his father even more upset than
he was going to be and Ibrahim was
blindfolded so he would not see his
son suffer.

Ibrahim did as Ismail
had said. He then took
the knife and did what
Allah had told him to
do. When he took
the blindfold from his
eyes he looked down, not
at his son but at a
dead ram.

Ismail was at his side.

Ibrahim was afraid.
He thought he had disobeyed
but then he heard a voice
telling him not to worry.
Allah looks after his
followers. Ibrahim and Ismail
had passed a difficult test.

Each year, during the
month of Dhul Hijjah,
many Muslims, from all
over the world, travel
to Makkah.

They want to remember
what Ibrahim and
Ismail did.

In the month of Dhul Hijjah
these pilgrims go to Makkah,
Mina and Arafat.
They visit places
where Ibrahim and Ismail
lived and preached.

They give a sacrifice just
as Allah commanded
Ibrahim to do. The pilgrims
sacrifice animals in
memory of the deed.

We must obey
Allah's commands
as Ibrahim and
Ismail did. We
obey by doing
the things we
know are right,
praying, obeying
our parents and
always telling
the truth.