Archive for the ‘Sarah’ Category

Is this a contradiction in the Quran?

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

The Quran states that the family of Pharaoh has been cursed and are going to Hell. But it also says that Pharaoh’s wife, Asia, was a role model for believing women. Is that a contradiction, or an exception?

The Quran does not condemn the family of Pharaoh, it condemns “Aal” of Pharaoh. The difference is that the word Aal, which is often translated as “family of” or “house of”, actually means “followers of”. Asia was not one of those. She was a believer and a follower of Moses, not of Pharaoh. Thus, while she was from the family of Pharaoh, she was not from his Aal.

In each prayer, we Muslims acknowledge that God has blessed Aal of Abraham. We do that a minimum of nine times everyday! But we know that Abraham’s father is declared in the Quran as “an enemy to God!” (9:114) Therefore, he cannot be from Aal of Abraham! Sarah, Haajar, Isaac, Ishmael, etc. are.

This is further confirmed by the story of Noah (PBUH) and his son. Noah thought that his son would be saved from the Flood, but God explained to him that Noah’s son “is not from his family!” See verses 11:40-49.

I read this poem on another forum and thought it articulated this concept quite well,
The Aal of the Prophet are the followers of his religion,
Be they foreign or Arab.
If his Aal were only his kinsmen,
We would be praying for his tyrant uncle Abu-Lahab!

Who was the sacrificial son?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Muslims believe that the son who was to be slaughtered by Abraham, by command from God, was Ishmael, but the Jews and the Christians believe it was Isaac. Who is right? What is the reason for the discrepancy?

The reason is simple: The Jews edited the Torah. They were jealous that the honor of the sacrifice was given to the child of Hagar, whom they viewed as an illiterate slave, and not to themselves, and they viewed themselves to be educated and privileged.  So, they simply changed words to ensure that the name Ishmael gets less attention, even though in their tradition the first born son has tremendous advantages.

In their editing of the Torah, they overlooked one place! There is a verse there where God tells Abraham, peace be upon him, that He wants him to slaughter his only son. It is established by most scholars of the Bible that Ishmael was 13 years older than his brother Isaac, peace be upon them, and therefore, Isaac was never Abraham’s only son!

Realizing this, the Jews had to come up with an explanation, so they explained that obvious verse away by claiming that Ishmael was not a legitimate son because, they claimed, Hagar was a slave and not a wife. Hagar was Abraham’s legitimate wife. In fact, she was Sarah’s maid and when Sarah saw how sad her husband was that he did not have children, it was she who suggested to him to marry Hagar, so he can have children. I firmly believe that it was because of this selfless love for her husband that God rewarded her with her own son, Isaac, at an age no woman can normally conceive. Praise the Lord, and may peace be upon the house of Abraham.

Was Sarah jealous of Hagar?

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Sarah, the first wife of Abraham, peace be upon him, has been accused of being jealous of Hagar, his second wife, (Haajar in Arabic) and that is why she had Abraham send her away and her son, Ishmael, peace be upon him.

If Sarah was such a terrible person then why would God tell us in 11:73 in the story of the angels visiting her house and giving her the good news that she will be pregnant with Isaac and then give her and her husband the wonderful greeting, “The mercy of God and His blessings are upon you, people of the house. He is Praiseworthy and Glorious.”?

Far from it. Sarah was a virtuous, believing woman and the wife of the patriarch of the prophets. When she saw how much her husband wanted a son and she knew she couldn’t give him one, she did a most generous and unselfish thing that only a few wives will ever consider: She gave him her maid to marry! She picked a virtuous, believing woman because that’s what her husband deserved. May God have been pleased with Sarah. I strongly believe that it’s precisely because Sarah was so unselfish, compassionate and loving to her husband that God rewarded her with her own son.

In every prayer, during Tashahhud, all Muslims say this, “O God, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You have blessed Abraham and the family of Abraham.” How many confirmations have Muslims made so far that Sarah was blessed? Trillions!

I find it infinitely amusing that the evidence that Ishmael was the sacrificial son comes from the Torah and not from the Quran! The Quran seems to be deliberate in not telling us the name of the sacrificial son while the Torah states that God instructed Abraham to slaughter his only son. Isaac was never Abraham’s only son since he was younger than Ishmael by all accounts. Thirteen years difference in their ages seems to be the consensus. In fact, the entire story of the sacrifice may have taken place before Isaac was even born.

Don’t believe any talk of mad jealousy between Sarah and Haajar. It’s an attempt from religious agitators to sew the seeds of hatred between Muslims and Jews. Muslims and the authentic Jews are not only cousins in blood line, they are also cousins in faith.