Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
Ismail (as) was the son of Ibrahim (as) and Hajar (as), the son of the sacrifice. Ibrahim (as) came to visit Ismail (as) and requested his help to build the Ka’bah. Without questioning his father on his mission or even asking what it was, Ismail (as) replied to his father “Do what your Lord has ordered you to do.”
This is one of the main lessons we can take from the story of Ibrahim (as) and Ismail (as), obedience to parents. It also shows the kind of results you can achieve if your child is raised by a mother and father of righteousness. Hajar (as) did not pour poison into the ears of Ismail (as) over the years when Ibrahim (as) was not present. She didn’t manipulate his mind against his father and carry tales and speculations as to why Ibrahim (as) left them in the desert. She truly was one of the best mothers to walk the face of the Earth and was an obedient servant of Allah swt, may Allah swt have mercy on her.
Ismail (as) diligently helped his father Ibrahim (as) build upon the foundations of the Ka’bah and raise the house of Allah swt. Along the way, Allah swt helped them by providing then with the al-Maqam (a sort of step latter) when the structure became too high for them to reach the top. To this day, the Maqam Ibrahim is still in Makkah and in it are engraved the blessed footsteps of Ibrahim (as). A reminder of Allah’s swt favours to both father and son.
From the story of Ibrahim (as) and Ismail (as), we can take 2 lessons. That we as children should be obedient to our parents and as parents, we should always try to involve our children in any good that we do inshaAllah. They were a team alhadulillah, brought together not just because they were father and son but also through their love of Allah swt. May Allah swt have mercy on them both.
In the next post, I’ll cover the Prophet Ismail (as), exclusively and the conversation he had with Ibrahim (as) concerning the “threshold” of his home. You don’t want to miss this one!