Most of us know the story of Abraham. Ever since our childhood we have heard from many narrators how Abraham was tried by having to sacrifice his son due to a promise he had made.
So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.
Then, when (the son) reached ( the age of) (serious) work with him, He said: “O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is they view!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do as thou art commanded: Thou will find me, if God so will one practicing Patience and Constancy!” So when they had both submitted their wills (to God), and he laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice) We called out to him: “ O Abraham! Thou hast already fulfilled the vision! – thus indeed do We reward those who do right. For this was obviously a trial – VERSES 101-106 THOSE RANGED IN RANKS (SAFFAT), SURA 37
In life, there are certain persons who are very dear to us. In general this might be our mother, father and brother or sister; and even our spouse. But we value our children more than our life. We are disappointed when we lose a parent, brother, sister or a spouse. . . But we are devastated by the pain of the loss of a child more valuable to us than our life.
Prophet Abraham underwent the most difficult trial for any person to experience. Yet, there is a point in Abraham’s story which has not been brought up.
Prophet Abraham was compelled to sacrifice his son because of a promise he had made.
Sometimes we all do this. . .We promise things we cannot do. . .without realizing the burden we assume by making the promise. Or, we just do not care. Whereas every promise we make is a commitment we must assume.
Ye who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not?! Greviously odious is it in the sight of God that ye say that which which ye do not? VERSES 2-3 BATTLE ARRAY (SAFF), SURA 61
To promise things we cannot do, are blunders committed by politicians. They never think or care about the burden they assume when they make a promise. Because the people they govern have fish memories and quickly forget.
There are two lessons to be drawn from Abraham’s story.
The first one – which has been a current issue for a couple of decades – is how important and devastating the loss of a child is; the other one, which is not mentioned, is the burden such a promise weighs on us.
May God not try anyone with Abraham’s question.
MAY GOD BE YOUR BELOVED AND YOUR COMPANION
(AKIN ÖRSMEN 3.28.2008)
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