Abraham and the Child of Sacrifice – Isaac or Ishmael?

This article is a rebuttal to the piece written by Sam Shamoun on Answering Islam.

Abraham (a.s) had a dream in which he saw himself sacrificing his own son Ishmael (a.s), which was in direct reference to an age of great trials and punishment that was to come.

Here are the passages of the Qur’an which described that event.

And [then] he said, “Indeed, I will go to [where I am ordered by] my Lord; He will guide me. [99] My Lord, grant me [a child] from among the righteous.” [100] So We gave him good tidings of a forbearing boy. [101] And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.” [102] And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead, [103] We called to him, “O Abraham, [104] You have fulfilled the vision.” Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. [105] Indeed, this was the clear trial. [106] And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice, [107] And We left for him [favorable mention] among later generations: [108] “Peace upon Abraham.” [109] Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. [110] Indeed, he was of Our believing servants. [111] And We gave him good tidings of Isaac, a prophet from among the righteous. [112] [Qur’an, 37:99-112]

Athough Abraham never literally sacrificed his son, Allah declared to him that he had fulfilled what was required of him in the vision.

Allah wanted Abraham to accept the sacrifice of his son in the form of his son’s seed. Prophet Muhammad traced his lineage directly to Ishmael, who was the son of the sacrifice.

The Arabs, who are Ishmael’s seed, would be sacrificed as part of a divine plan in which they become the primary targets of great trials in the End Time and Allah wanted Abraham to accept that sacrifice. When he did, Allah left the event to occur at a later time [37:108].

The sacrifice of the Arabs was conveyed to prophet Muhammad in a vision. He was asleep at the home of his wife Zainab when he woke up with a flushed red face. He had seen a terrible vision which affected him tremendously.
Then he spoke words which were connected to the fulfillment of Abraham’s dream: “Woe unto the Arabs because of an evil which now draws close.”

Then he went on to confirm the destruction of the Arabs in the End Time:

Narrated Zainab bint Jahsh: One day Allah’s Apostle entered upon her in a state of fear and said: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah! Woe to the Arabs from the Great evil that has approached (them). Today a hole has been opened in the barrier of Gog and Magog like this. The Prophet made a circle with his index finger and thumb. Zainab bint Jahsh added: I asked: O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we be destroyed though there will be righteous people among us? The Prophet said: Yes (it will come to pass) when wickedness increases (i.e. overtakes the world). [Sahih Bukhari]

This indicates not only political, economic and military oppression of Arabs but also, they would be demonised in every conceivable obscene and malicious way.

Talhah ibn Malik narrated that Allah’s Messenger said, “One of the signs of the approach of the Last Hour would be the destruction of the Arabs (i.e., war on Arabs).” [Sunan Tirmidhi]

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said,
“There will be civil strife which will wipe out the Arabs, and their slain will go to Hell. During it the tongue will be more severe than blows of the sword.” [Al-Tirmidhi]

The Qur’an said that Gog and Magog and dajjal would one day be released into the world which was during the lifetime of the prophet, and would target the Arabs in particular for oppression which has today found fulfillment in the Judeo-Christian Zionist alliance.

It was only after the conclusion of his vision that Allah gave Abraham the glad tidings of another son whose name would be Isaac.

Isaac (a.s) was not born when the trial of the sacrifice took place. The child of the sacrifice was also described by Allah in the Qur’an as patient and forbearing (37:101), while Isaac was described as wise (15:53).

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