Islamic Ethics

The Sacrifice of Prophet Abraham (a)

One night Abraham  had a bad dream. He dreamt Allah told him to sacrifice Ismael. Abraham  thought it was Satan playing nasty tricks on him.


The next night Abraham  had the same horrid dream. Abraham  knew that Allah would only ask him to do such a thing if he had good reason. Even though he loved his son dearly, he was prepared to do this difficult thing for Allah. Abraham  told Ismael they had to go to Mount Arafat. He took a knife and a rope with him.


On the way they passed a place called Mina. The devil, Satan, came to Abraham  and tried to talk him out of sacrificing his son. Abraham  turned his back on him and would not listen.

When they reached Mount Arafat, Abraham  told Ismael what Allah wanted him to do.
Ismael listened and accepted what was to happen. He was an exceptional child. He too was a great prophet. Ismael told his father to tie his hands and legs and blindfold himself so he would not struggle and make his father even more upset than he was going to be and Abraham was blindfolded so he would not see his son suffer.Abraham did as Ismael
had said. He then took the knife and did what Allah had told him to do.

 When he took the blindfold from his eyes he looked down, not at his son but at a dead ram. Ismael was at his side. Abraham was afraid. He thought he had disobeyed but then he heard a voice telling him not to worry. Allah looks after his followers.Abraham and Ismael had passed a difficult test.

Each year, during the month of Dhul Hijjah, many Muslims, from all over the world, travel to Makkah. They want to remember what Abraham  and Ismael did.

In the month of Dhul Hijjah these pilgrims go to Makkah, Mina and Arafat. They visit places where Abraham and Ismael lived and preached. They give a sacrifice just as Allah commanded Abraham to do. The pilgrims sacrifice animals in memory of the deed.


We must obey Allah's commands as Abraham and Ismael did. We obey by doing the things we know are right, praying, obeying our parents and always telling the truth.

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