CHAPTER 7 : THE FALSEHOOD ABOUT ABRAHAM AND THE FALSE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON.
CHAPTER 7 : THE FALSEHOOD ABOUT ABRAHAM AND THE FALSE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON.
The Ahlul Sunnah and Shiah have invented many falsehoods about Abraham – whom God appointed the imam or leader for all mankind (imamu lin nass). The evil falsehoods which the Ahlus Sunnah and Shiah have fabricated about this important Rasul or Messenger of God seek to corrupt the image of Abraham, his wife, his son and family.
Again these falsehoods are all plagiarized from the Christian Bible. These falsehoods also completely contradict the Quran. We will show proofs from the Quran and expose these lies against the good Prophet and Messenger Abraham and his family.
Firstly here is one concocted story from the Christian Bible. This Biblical slander against the Prophet Abraham forms the basis for the false hadith that has been written down by the ulema of Ahlul Sunnah. This is taken from the Book of Genesis :
Genesis 16 : 1 - 16
Hagar and Ishmael
1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."
Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.
When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me."
6 "Your servant is in your hands," Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?"
"I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered.
9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." 10 The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."
11 The angel of the LORD also said to her:
"You are now with child
and you will have a son.
You shall name him Ishmael, [a]
for the LORD has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone's hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward [b] all his brothers."
13 She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen [c] the One who sees me." 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [d] ; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.
15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.
Now here is the fake hadith from the Bukhari collection which forms the basis of the Ahlul Sunnah’s lies about Abraham. Note the extreme similarity between the Christian Bible and the fake Bukhari hadith.
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 584:
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
When Abraham had differences with his wife), (because of her jealousy of Hajar, Ishmael's mother), he took Ishmael and his mother and went away. They had a water-skin with them containing some water, Ishmael's mother used to drink water from the water-skin so that her milk would increase for her child. When Abraham reached Mecca, he made her sit under a tree and afterwards returned home. Ishmael's mother followed him, and when they reached Kada', she called him from behind, 'O Abraham! To whom are you leaving us?' He replied, '(I am leaving you) to Allah's (Care).' She said, 'I am satisfied to be with Allah.' She returned to her place and started drinking water from the water-skin, and her milk increased for her child. When the water had all been used up, she said to herself, 'I'd better go and look so that I may see somebody.' She ascended the Safa mountain and looked, hoping to see somebody, but in vain. When she came down to the valley, she ran till she reached the Marwa mountain. She ran to and fro (between the two mountains) many times. They she said to herself, 'i'd better go and see the state of the child,' she went and found it in a state of one on the point of dying. She could not endure to watch it dying and said (to herself), 'If I go and look, I may find somebody.' She went and ascended the Safa mountain and looked for a long while but could not find anybody. Thus she completed seven rounds (of running) between Safa and Marwa. Again she said (to herself), 'I'd better go back and see the state of the child.' But suddenly she heard a voice, and she said to that strange voice, 'Help us if you can offer any help.' Lo! It was Gabriel (who had made the voice). Gabriel hit the earth with his heel like this (Ibn 'Abbas hit the earth with his heel to Illustrate it), and so the water gushed out. Ishmael's mother was astonished and started digging.
This is the false Biblical story that has been reproduced in the hadith of Bukhari about the jealousy of Abraham’s wife Sarah towards a supposed bondwoman by the name of Hagar whom she ‘gave’ to her husband Abraham to bed. According to this false hadith, at that time Sarah herself could not bear children and decided to give her bondwoman as a mistress to her husband.
Firstly the names Sarah and Hajar are not mentioned anywhere in the Quran therefore the Quran cannot confirm these names that are mentioned in the Bible as well as in the false hadith books.
The idea that a Prophet and Rasul of God would even have a slavegirl in his household is repulsive of all the teachings of the Quran and what God taught to Abraham and Moses. The Prophets of God came to free slaves - NOT to have slave girls in their household. This is what the Prophet taught us :
Surah [90 : 4 - 16]
[90.4] Certainly We have created man in distress.
[90.5] Does he think that no one has power over him?
[90.6] He shall say: I have wasted much wealth.
[90.7] Does he think that no one sees him?
[90.8] Have We not given him two eyes,
[90.9] And a tongue and two lips,
[90.10] And pointed out to him the two conspicuous ways?
[90.11] But he would not attempt the uphill road,
[90.12] And what will make you comprehend what the uphill road is?
[90.13] (It is) the setting free of a slave,
[90.14] Or the giving of food in a day of hunger
[90.15] To an orphan, having relationship,
[90.16] Or to the poor man lying in the dust.
God will show man two paths (two conspicuous ways ?). He must choose the path that requires greater commitment and effort. That is the path of freeing the slaves, feeding the hungry, feeding the orphans and the poor man. Never will God ask anyone, especially His chosen Prophets and Rasuls to keep slave girls in their homes and then take their slave girls as mistresses.
Also God’s teaching for mankind is that men should always marry the women before bedding them but here the false hadith says the Prophet Abraham slept with a slave girl.
But the falsehood against Abraham and his family continues. Long before the Quran, the Christians had already fabricated another slander against the Almighty God that He had commanded the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son. The evil slander by the Christians makes both God and Abraham parties to a barbaric ritual sacrifice of a human life. Even the very thought of this evil slander is preposterous. Here is the Biblical slander against God and Abraham :
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!"
"Here I am," he replied.
2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you."
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?"
"Yes, my son?" Abraham replied.
"The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!"
"Here I am," he replied.
12 "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram [a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."
15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, "I swear by myself, declares the LORD , that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring [b] all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."
This is the Biblical story of Abraham wanting to sacrifice his son because allegedly Abraham thought it was God’s command. The Ahlul Sunnah and Shiah have swallowed this false Biblical story hook, line and sinker. Until today, to commemorate this slander against God and the Prophet Abraham the Ahlul Sunnah and Shiah sacrifice goats, camels and cows on the Feast of Sacrifice or Eid Al Adha which also forms one of the cornerstones of their pilgrimage ritual in Mecca.
The story of Abraham trying to sacrifice his son is recorded in the Quran but in completely different detail. The Quran cannot confirm the Biblical story at all. Here is the beautiful Quranic version :
37: 102. When he (Ismail) grew enough to work with him, he (Abraham) said, "My son, I see in my sleep (araa’ fil manami) that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said, "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, God willing, patient."
37: 103. They both submitted, and he put his forehead down.
37: 104. We called him: "O Abraham.
37: 105. "surely you have confirmed the dream (qad saddakta al ru’ya) ?" We thus reward the righteous.
[The word ‘saddaqta’ means ‘to confirm’. For example refer Surah 66:12 where Mary confirms (saddaqa) the words of her Lord as true].
37: 106. That was an exacting test indeed.
37: 107. We redeemed him with a great sacrifice.
37: 108. And we preserved his history for subsequent generations.
37: 109. Peace be upon Abraham.
37: 110. We thus reward the righteous.
37: 111. He is one of our believing servants.
This is the accurate record in the Quran of Abraham trying to fulfil what he saw in his sleep. But this was definitely NOT a commandment from God. It was just what Abraham saw in his sleep. Let us analyse what the Quran says.
Firstly in the narrative above we see the following:
Surah 37: 102. When he (Ismail) grew enough to work with him, he (Abraham) said, "My son, I see in my sleep (araa’ fil manaami) that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said, "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, God willing, patient."
When God commands his Messengers to do something He gives them clear commandments which leave no room for misunderstanding by the Messengers. See the following verses :
Surah 10:15 “when our signs are recited to them, clear signs”
Surah 7:101 “their messengers came to them with clear signs”
Surah 2:87 “We gave Jesus son of Mary clear signs”
Surah 2:92 “Moses came to you with clear signs”
Hence it is not likely that God would give Abraham unclear commands such that after seeing something in his sleep (manami), we find Abraham asking his son ‘What do you think?’ This cannot be the behaviour of a Messenger of God when carrying out God’s commands.
Then we see that a command to kill one’s own child totally contradicts God’s teachings as follows :
[Surah 6.151] “Say: Come I will recite what your Lord has forbidden to you -- that you do not associate anything with Him and show kindness to your parents, and do not slay your children for (fear of) poverty-- We provide for you and for them -- and do not draw nigh to indecencies, those of them which are apparent and those which are concealed, and do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden except for the requirements of justice; this He has enjoined you with, that you may understand.”
The Prophet taught us God’s command that we cannot kill our children even for fear of poverty. So how can God command another Prophet to kill his own son as a ‘sacrifice’ ? And the verse further says that we cannot kill any soul except in justice. Where was the justice in Abraham killing his son ? What crime or sin had Abraham’s son committed ?
In the following verse God tells us that the killing of children (human sacrifice) is indeed a pagan practice.
[Surah 6.137] “And thus their pagan idols have made fair to the pagan polytheists the killing of their children, that they may cause them to perish and obscure for them their religion; and if Allah had pleased, they would not have done it, therefore leave them and that which they forge.”
God’s command to mankind is that the killing of children (human sacrifice) is a pagan practice. Therefore it is impossible for God to command Abraham to carry out the pagan practice of killing his own son. Here is another verse from the Quran that forbids the killing of children:
The ulema of course reject all the above verses of the Quran. They would rather believe the Biblical slander that God commanded the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son. The ulema prefer the barbaric act of killing your own son.
They say that God never intended that Abraham’s son would be killed. It was merely a test. Here is another verse that exposes the ulema’s slander against God and the Prophet Abraham :
[Surah 60.12] O Prophet! when believing women come to you giving you a pledge that they will not associate aught with Allah, and will not steal, and will not commit fornication, and will not kill their children, and will not bring a calumny which they have forged of themselves, and will not disobey you in what is good, accept their pledge, and ask forgiveness for them from Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
In this verse the test specifically prescribed by God to accept the pledge of believing women includes their promise that they will not kill their children. This is because it is a great sin to kill one’s own child. Therefore it is impossible that God would test Abraham in the the exact opposite manner ie by giving Abraham a command to kill his own child.
Would Abraham have known about these commandments by God that we should not kill our children ? He certainly would have known because God tells us that whatever He revealed in the Quran has been revealed before to Abraham and Moses :
Surah 87 : 18 – 19
“Most surely this is in the earlier scriptures, the scriptures of Ibrahim and Musa.”
Most certainly then God had also taught Abraham previously that human sacrifice was a sinful thing to do. But not the Christian Bible. The Christian Bible teaches the falsehood that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son. Christians also believe that they must perform a cannibalistic type ritual of drinking the blood of Christ who they again believe was ‘sacrificed’ by God to atone for human sins. This belief in human sacrifice alone exposes the pagan origins of Christianity. Unfortunately the Ahlul Sunnah and Shiah have plagiarized this false Christian belief.
And we are told clearly in the Quran that killing an innocent believing soul is a great sin:
"Anyone who kills a believer on purpose, his retribution is Hell, wherein he abides forever, God is angry with him, and condemns him, and has prepared for him a terrible retribution." 4:93
The retribution for killing another believer is hellfire. Here is another verse:
"No believer shall kill another believer, unless by mistake.... " 4:92
Again a believer cannot kill another believer. That would be against God’s teachings.
We are then told in the Quran that God NEVER advocates sin:
" ... Say, "God never advocates sin. Are you saying about God what you do not know?" Surah 7:28.
After teaching mankind that killing their own children is a pagan act and a sin and that the retribution for the sin of killing a believer is the Hellfire – God cannot contradict Himself by giving Abraham a test which requires Abraham to kill his own son.
If we put these facts side by side, we know that Abraham’s son was a good believer, thus killing him would be a sin, and we know that God NEVER advocates sin. The truth becomes clear; Abraham had a dream but it was not from God.
But because Abraham was a righteous believer "We thus reward the righteous" God intervened and saved Abraham’s son. God intervened and saved Abraham from commiting a great sin (37:107).
The ulema of Ahlul Sunnah and Shiah will however reject all these verses from the Quran. That is because they are disbelievers or kuffar. They will prefer to uphold the Christian Biblical story that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son.