The Call of Ibrahim(A)
By: Ashique Nilambur
Every year in during the month of Dhul Hijja, we read, hear and speak the story of Ibrahim. Yes, it proclaims the message of monotheism, peace, equality, unity and sacrifice. But, do Muslims have the real right to celebrate it? Do you?
The story of Ibrahim is the call of Monotheism. Yet the people who claim to be among the ‘Millat of Ibrahim’ (The Religion of Ibrahim) have the worst form of Shirk (Polytheism) in their life. While Ibrahim was an Ummah (Community), an admonisher against the major sin, Shirk. He solely relied on Allah in all his matters. Unfortunately, some Muslims seek assistance from dead pious people, keep mediator to their Lord and put their faith in treatments of shirk (ruqya shirkiyyah) and more.
“He (Ibrahim) said: ‘Then do you worship instead of Allah that which does not benefit you at all or harm you?” (Qur’an 21: 66)
The story of Ibrahim is the narrative of sacrifice. Allah’s commands to leave his family in desert of Mecca, to sacrifice his son etc are a few incidents Muslims ruminates as an event of sacrifice. However we are not ready to sacrifice our desires and interests that which goes against sharia’a.
“O Ibrahim! You have confirmed the Vision Thus indeed do We reward those who do right This is indeed the manifest trial!” (37: 104- 105)
Ibrahim was abandoned, tortured and subjected to murder. No, not because he tried to establish an Islamic State, but he was calling to monotheism and to abstain polytheism. That was the Millat of Ibrahim and of all prophets.
“And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghut.” (Qur’an 16: 36)
The story of Ibrahim is the narrative of submission. How could someone who misinterpret or completely reject the Islamic sources for not being able to comprehend some issues with their limited ‘brains’, celebrate the ideology of Ibrahim, whereas Ibrahim obeyed Allah’s command to sacrifice his son without doubt and love of self.
“And when it is said to them, “Believe as the people have believed,” they say, “Should we believe as the foolish have believed?” Unquestionably, it is they who are the foolish, but they know [it] not.” (Qur’an 2: 13)
The story of Ibrahim is the symbol of unity and brotherhood. Muslims gather in the Masjid of Ka’aba for Hajj enchanting the same takbir, with same clothing proclaiming the great message of unity. However, sectarianism; individually, collectively and organizationally have divided the Muslim community whole over the world, to the extent that some of them accused disbelief and polytheism on others without any evidence. Leadership who are expected to heal the wounds of separation became sectarian splitting hearts who once was brothers.
Prophet (S) said: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.”
The story of Ibrahim is the call to equality. There is no place for segregation in Islam, not in name of caste, class, color, region, economic background and more. You see the rich wearing the same clothing as the poor, the white performing Salah behind the black e.t.c., but once we are back we return to the old notions and behavior of the superior.
The story of Ibrahim is the call against extremism in religion. Hajj demands moderation in religion. And we Muslims go to extremes announcing others off the religion and waging war against them; proclaiming people off from the way of salaf for not adhering to their opinion which are matters scholars agreed as issues of difference that should not be disputed.
Prophet (S) said on Hajj: “He then said, ‘O you people! Keep away from extremism in religion, for that which destroyed those who came before you was extremism in religion.’”
The story of Ibrahim is the narrative of wisdom and naseeha, terms which encompasses the whole of religion. Muslims who claim to call people to monotheism and to the way of the salaf should read repeatedly the manner of calling (to tawhid) Ibrahim adopted. It was full of wisdom and sincere advice. While, our propagation is full of humiliation and dispute. Silence has never been a response. Emotion and excitement have governed the pages and stages.
“Verily! He (Ibrahim) was a man of truth, a Prophet. When he said to his father: “O my father! Why do you worship that which hears not, sees not and cannot avail you in anything O my father! Verily! There has come to me of knowledge that which came not unto you. So follow me. I will guide you to a straight path. O my father! Worship not Shaytan. Verily! Shaytan has been a rebel against the Most Beneficent (Allah). O my father! Verily! I fear lest a torment from the Most Beneficent (Allah) overtakes you, so that you become a companion of Shaytan (in the Hell-fire).” He (the father) said: “Do you reject my gods, O Ibrahim If you stop not (this), I will indeed stone you. So get away from me safely before I punish you.” Ibrahim said: “Peace be on you! I will ask forgiveness of my Lord for you. Verily! He is unto me, Ever Most Gracious. And I shall turn away from you and from those whom you invoke besides Allah. And I shall call on my Lord; and I hope that I shall not be unanswered in my invocation to my Lord.”
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