Thus Taught the Prophets: We are certainly a nation united, fully prepared against danger

Salman ibn Fahd al-'Awdah
We are certainly a nation united, fully prepared against danger

CONCERNING THEIR SUSPICION about the future of the Prophets, the disbelievers of all ages mimic the allegation made by Pharaoh against Musa and those who were with him.

Behold, these [Children of Israel] are but a contemptible band; but they are indeed filled with hatred of us seeing that we are, verily, a nation united, fully prepared against danger. (Surah Al-Shuara: 54-56)

This is the image Pharaoh presented to his deceived slaves that Musa and those who were with him were a small despicable band of troublemakers who hated and begrudged them. Pharaoh then asserts that he and his followers were neither unaware nor incapable of taking action. Indeed, they were all fully aware and observant of their activities. In so many words Pharaoh directed this veiled threat to Musa and his followers, indicating that he would soon draw the limits for the Children of Israel. Clearly he thought that his forces of coercion and repression and his political and economic capabilities were enough to ensure his success. The same attitudes and policies are executed today by the national and international security agencies which have devoted their efforts to fight Islam. Little did Pharaoh know that the fate which awaited him was that he would become a stiff corpse in the sea. Then the sea would throw him on the shore. Today We shall save only your body, so that you may be a warning [sign] to those who will come after you. (Surah Yunus: 92) This is the fate of the arrogant transgressors. They were unaware that Allah decreed not only victory for Musa and his believing followers but also preeminence and authority in the land.

Among misgivings displayed by the transgressors were their doubts in the future outcome of the Messengers, as expressed by Azar to his son Ibrahim. He said: Do you dislike my gods, O Ibrahim? Indeed, if you desist not, I shall most certainly cause you to be stoned to death! Now begone from me for good. (Surah Maryam: 46) This is how Azar threatened his son – if he did not end his Call to monotheism and ridicule of the idols – he would be stoned. Hence he ordered him to keep away from him henceforth. Thus, the bonds of fatherhood and kinship were lost when there was this battle between Tawhid and shirk. Despite the fact that Ibrahim on his part addressed his father with the most gentle and courteous expressions: O my father! Why do you worship something that neither hears nor sees and can be of no avail whatever to you? O my father Behold, there has indeed come to me [a ray] of knowledge such has never yet come unto you: follow me, then; I shall guide you onto a perfect way. O my father! Do not worship Satan – for, verily, Satan is a rebel against the Most Gracious! O my father! I dread lest a chastisement from the Most Gracious befall you, and then you will become [aware of having been] close unto Satan! (Surah Maryam: 42-45).

Clearly Ibrahim pitied his father and was very concerned about his guidance and salvation from the punishment of Almighty Allah. Even so he was confronted with the threat: Indeed, if you desist not, I shall most certainly cause you to be stoned to death! Now begone from me for good! (Surah Maryam: 46). Meanwhile, the verdict of the people surrounding Azar was no less severe. Burn him, and [thereby] succour your gods, if you are going to do [anything]! (Surah Al-Anbiyya: 68) They did

not know that Allah had undertaken to protect Ibrahim, his future, and the future of his message. And whereas they sought to do evil unto him, We caused them to suffer the greatest loss (Surah Al-Anbiyya:70)

Behold, then, what all their scheming came to in the end: We utterly destroyed them and their people, all of them. (Surah Al-Naml: 51).

Ibrahim escaped their evil machinations and became the Imam of all the believers and will remain so until the Final Hour. He was a good model for them, and even Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets was the manifestation of Ibrahim’s prayer. As he admitted: “I am the fulfillment of my father Ibrahim’s prayer.” (related by Ahmad).

As for Ibrahim, Allah caused him to be remembered and praised by subsequent generations. Muslims will continue until the dawn of the Hour to say in their prayers: “O Allah exalt Muhammad and the true followers of Muhammad as You did exalt Ibrahim and the true followers of Ibrahim: surely You are Praised and Glorified. O Allah bless Muhammad and the true followers of Muhammad as You did bless Ibrahim and the followers of Ibrahim: surely You are Praised Glorified.” (related by Al-Bukhari) To this very day Muslims still pray two rak’ats (units) of prayer behind the station of Ibrahim whenever they visit the holy mosque in Makkah during Haj or Umrah. This is in compliance with the command of Allah Almighty – Take, then, the place whereon Ibrahim once stood as your place of prayer.” (Surah Al-Baqarah: 125) And thus was the tradition of Prophet Muhammad .

In this manner Allah granted Ibrahim a great legacy in this world. As for the Hereafter, the good results will be with the god-fearing. In a fairly length tradition, the Prophet Muhammad mentioned that in his vision, he saw Ibrahim in Paradise and that he was surrounded by the children of believers.

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