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Abraham and the Sacrifice

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This influence could not affect the word of God in the Quran but found its way into the Hadith books that were written 200 years after the death of the prophet. The prophet was not around to defend all the false teachings in them.

Instead of teaching the Quran, these scholars tried to explain the Quran by using the Bible, despite the information given to them by God in the Quran. The Quran teaches us that the Bible should be viewed only in light of the Quran and not vice verse. The Bible teaches that God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son by slaughtering him with a knife.

Why is this teaching against the Quran and Islam?

(1) Quran teaches us that God never advocates evil. (See 7:28 and 16:90) It is Satan who advocates evil and vice (24:21). For a father to slaughter his son is an evil that cannot be coming from God. It can only come from Satan.

(2) The Quran never said that God told Abraham to kill (sacrifice) his son. Instead, it teaches us that Abraham had a dream in which he saw himself slaughtering his son. Abraham believed the dream and THOUGHT that the dream was from God (The Quran never said that the dream was from God). The choice of the wording in the Quran is crucial. No word was chosen by accident or out of control.

(3) Because Abraham thought the dream was from God and he proceeded to sacrifice his son Ismail, God sent him the lamb to be sacrificed instead, and to save the son, and the father-son sacred relationship.

(4) No where in the Quran does God say He gave Abraham that dream. God does not forget and does not choose His words except for a specific reason.

The Bible account

22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God tempted Abraham, and said to him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, [here] I [am].

22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thy only [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and go into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will name to thee. (Genesis).

The Quran account

When he grew enough to work with him, he said, “My son, I see in a dream 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.”

They both submitted, and he put his forehead down (to sacrifice him).
We called him: “O Abraham.
“You have believed the dream.” We thus reward the righteous.
That was an exacting test indeed.
We ransomed (Ismail) by substituting an animal sacrifice.
And we preserved his history for subsequent generations.
Peace be upon Abraham.
We thus reward the righteous.
He is one of our believing servants.