Islamic Ethics

Prophet Abraham and the Idol Temple


Abraham started his heavenly mission and so addressed his people: What are these inanimate statues before which you have kneeled down?

They said, "Our fathers had been worshipping idols and we do just as our fathers did."

Abraham said: "you and your fathers have all been misled"

They said: "Have you brought us true words or are you making fun of us?"

Abraham said, "There is the unique God who is the creator of earth and heavens and the supervisor of all their affairs."


When Abraham noticed that people didn't accept to leave idolatry, he decided to break idols and prove their inability and weakness. At the time of festivity, when all the people had to leave the city Abraham pretended to be sick and stayed home. When he found the city deserted of people and the idol-temple without any guards as he easily stepped in the idol-temple, and walked around. Idols were decorated with different ornaments and were placed all around the idol-temple. Abraham who was determined broke all the idols except the big one which had put his axe in its hand.


People having performed the ceremonies, returned to the city, but when they saw the mess in the temple as well as the broken idols, they became so sad and angry. You could hear some saying:
"We know the young man who's done this. He is the one who always insults the idols, his name is Abraham. He believes it's foolish to worship idols and he reproaches us for doing that, we believe he has broken our idols."

They sent for Abraham, brought him to the temple and asked him: "Have you broken our idols"?
Abraham answered firmly: "How do you know. May be, the big idol has done so with the other idols. It is better to ask him and get reassured of course if he is able to answer your question".


People said, "But Idols can't talk and answer!"

Abraham immediately said, "Instead of great God, you worship something which has no use or harm for you and can't even answer you shame upon you and what you worship."

No one could give any answer to what Abraham said, and so they all became quiet and started to think about what had happened.

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