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The personality and mission of
Father Abraham (as) has many
dimensions and lessons for us.
Throughout his life he was very much
interested in passing on the legacy of
However throughout his travels he
realised that he was not attracting the
people as he would have hoped for
and thus prayed to Allah for a righteous
offspring to carry on his teachings.
Today we will look at one aspect of
his personality which is his total and
complete submission to Allah.
Firstly, we need to understand that
Abraham, up to his teenage years, did
not grow up with his parents. When
he eventually went home to his parents
he was surprised to see them and his
people worshipping idols. As a matter
of fact his father made and sold idols.
So Abraham had a real problem that
manifested in him having many dis-
agreements and theological clashes
with his father and his people.
Abraham used to ask his father"O
father! Why do you worship that which
doesn't hear, doesn't see, and cannot
avail you in anything?" He could not
understand the logic of submitting to
something that was created and had
no life; something that could not even
drive a fly away. He implored his people
to seek sustenance and guidance from
the One True God.
We need to understand that Allah
is The Sustainer. Everything comes
from Him and whatever we want we
should beg of Him. He once told
Prophet Musa (as) "O Musa! Ask Me
for everything, even the mending of
True submission and faith is not
easy for a lot of people. Even amongst
the believers; a lot of people say they
have faith but don't really act upon it
when they seek assistance from sooth
Abraham tried to show the people
in many ways that these creatures
they worshipped cannot help them as
they even do not have any power of
their own. And when his verbal rea-
soning failed he tried another tactic.
A big celebration was planned where
everybody in the village would attend
for a big feast on the riverbank. After
making sure that no one was around,
Abraham went towards the temple
armed with an axe and destroyed all
the statues except one; the biggest of
them all. He hung the axe around its
neck and left.
How big was the shock when the
people entered the temple! They gath-
ered inside watching in awe their gods
broken in pieces. They wondered who
might have done this.Then they all
remembered that the young Abraham
preached against their idol worship.
They brought him to the temple and
asked him"Are you the one who has
done this to our gods?" Abraham said:
"No, this statue, the biggest of them
has done it." "You know well that
these idols don't speak!" They said
impatiently. "Then how come you wor-
ship things that can neither speak nor
see, nor even fend for themselves?
Have you lost your minds?"
Their minds and their senses were
telling them that the Truth is with
Abraham, but their pride prevented
them to accept it, and reject the idols
they were worshipping for generations.
This they thought would be total
defeat. They started yelling at him and
shouting: "Burn him! Take revenge for
When they decided to burn him
Abraham showed no resistance. Even
when he was flung towards the mas-
sive fire Angel Jibreal appeared to save
him. When Jibreal said that Allah did
not command him to save Abraham;
Abraham refused the angels help and
instead relied soley on Allah. He knew
that Allah will take care of him and
in the process was giving his people
practical dawah. Allah records this in
Allah helps His servants from sources
we can never imagine. Abraham under-
stood that he was at all times living
in the presence of Allah and this was
later passed on to us.
This is why, when before we pray we recite
Inni -y wajjahtuwajh -e li- 'alladhefat.ara as-
samaawaatwa- al- 'ard. hanef(an) wa- maa 'anaamin
"For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards
Him (Who is facing me) created the skies and the
earth, and never shall I give partners to Allah."
Excerpt from: Transcript of discourse delivered by
Maulana Dr. Waffie Mohammed
At his weekly Zikir session held at the Hermitage
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