Bismillahir rahmenir raheem
Ibrahim (as) is the father of the prophets, one of the 5 greatest prophets, known as the ‘khalil of Allah swt‘ (friend of Allah swt. There are so many lessons we can take from this man’s life subhanAllah. Even from an early age, Ibrahim (as) followed his fitra and never erred from tawhid (the oneness of Allah swt).
Before prophethood was even bestowed on Ibrahim (as) he recognised that the worshipping of idols (idolatry) was wrong. He would constantly discuss it with his people, the people of Babylon, and his father and they would reject his comments every time. He was around 7 years old when he first started to speak out, subhanAllah. Ibrahim’s (as) father was an idol maker called Azar. Ibrahim (as) would see his father making idols from things like wood and stone and question why people would worship them, knowing that these idols could not benefit them.
We can take 3 lessons from even this short part of Ibrahim’s (as) life. The first one is that we should nurture our children’s fitra because it is strong. Despite his father, Ibrahim (as) was drawn to tawhid and the truth. It is narrated by Abu Hurayrah in Sahih Bukhari that “No child is born except on the fitra and then his parents make him Jewish, Christian or Magian (Zoroastrian).”
We should also be aware that in this day and age, we have a habit of “babying” our children, to the point that when it becomes an obligation upon them to follow the rules of Islam, because they haven’t been exposed to them previously, they’re alien to them. Unfortunately, this is to the detriment of the child who then have to try and rediscover their fitra.
The second lesson is the adab (good character) in which Ibrahim (as) would address his father when raising such issues. He wouldn’t just say “hey dad”, he (as) would address him by saying “Ya abbati” – “O my father”. We should look at this beautiful example of Ibrahim (as) and apply it to our own parents. Even when we are facing difficulties between us, we should always treat them with the respect they deserve.
“And we have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents“. (29:8)
For people that come to the deen especially, it can be difficult to see your parents going against the commands of Allah swt and not understanding the true beauty of Islam. But even so, we should still treat our parents with respect. Whenever the Prophet (saw) was asked about the parents, he never made a distinction between whether the parents were Muslim or non-Muslim, and neither should we.
Ibrahim’s (as) father forsook his son for the worship of his idols and the gods of his forefathers but despite this, Ibrahim (as) always treated his father with the utmost respect. This is the example that we should follow inshaAllah.
Next we’ll continue with the life of Ibrahim (as).
Wasalaam – Peace Be With You