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Dome of the Rock, The Testing of Abraham

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One of the key stone tenants of modern Islam  is that one of it’s patriarchs was set a part as beloved by God. This inaccuracy deals with  of Abraham and sacrificing his son, Ishmael.  Which has been  falsely interpreted in a portrayed in a miniature in the 16th-century manuscript Zubdat Al-Tawarikh. Showing the Dome of the Rock and The southern mawazin, “scales”, the name given to the arcades on which tradition says that scales will hang from on the Last Day and weigh the souls of the mortals

Dome of the Rock  and Isaac scalescales

 

The majority tradition among Muslims is that the son Abraham, Ishmael  was to be sacrifice rather than Isaac. This false doctrine is propagated today by Paret, Rudi. In “Ismāʿīl.” Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition and by some Pre-Islamic poetry where they mentions Ishmael, his father Abraham, and the Sacrifice Story, such as the Pre-Islamic poet “Umayyah Ibn Abi As-Salt”, Al-Kashf Wa Al-Bayan, Volume 11, Page 324 However, early Islamic teachers such as Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari (838-923): a Persian historian and theologian whose best known work is his Qur’anic commentary, known as Tafsir al-Tabari: where Tabari maintained that it was Isaac, the son that Abraham had intended to offer up as a burnt sacrifice. Encyclopedia of Islam, volume 4 ,Encyclopedia of Islam. Ithaca:Cornell University Press.

Why did the early Islamic teachers such as Tabari teach that Ibrahim /Abraham offered up Ishaq (Isaac) not Ishmael?

Because that is what the Koran says.

Koran [29.47]

And thus have WE ( *messengers that, came to Ibrahim/ Abraham) revealed The Book to you. So those whom We* have given The Book believe in it, and of these there are those who believe in it, and none deny Our communications except the unbelievers.

Below are the Koran’s versions of the encounter with the three visitors and the birth of Isaac of Genesis 18:1-19

Koran [11.1]

(This is) Book, whose verses are made decisive, then are they made plain, from the Wise, All-aware:

[11.69] And certainly Our messengers* came to Ibrahim/ Abraham with good news. They* said: Peace. Peace, said he, and he made no delay in bringing a roasted calf.
[11.70] But when he Ibrahim/ Abraham saw that their hands were not extended towards it (roasted) calf, he deemed them strange and conceived fear of them . They said: “Fear not, surely WE* are sent to Lut (Lot)’s people”.
[11.71] And his wife was standing (by), so she laughed, then WE* gave her the good news of Ishaq (Isaac) and after Ishaq (Isaac) of (a son’s son) Yaqoub (Jacob).
[11.72] She said: O wonder! shall I bear a son when I am an extremely old woman and this my husband an extremely old man? Most surely this is a wonderful thing.
[11.73] They* said: Do you wonder at Allah’s bidding? The mercy of Allah and His blessings are on you, O people of the house, surely He is Praised, Glorious.

Replay of the encounter with the three messengers and the birth of Isaac of Genesis 18:1-19 and of Koran[11.69-73]

Koran [51.23] And by the Lord of the heavens and the earth! it is most surely the truth, just as you do speak.
[51.24] Has there come to you information about the honored guests *[of 11.69] of Ibrahim /Abraham?

[51.25] When they *(the messengers of [11.69] ) upon him, they said: Peace. Peace, said he, a strange people.
[51.26] Then he turned aside to his family secretly and brought a fat (roasted) calf,
[51.27] So he brought it (calf)near them*. He said: What! will you not eat?
[51.28] So he conceived in his mind a fear on account of them. They (*the messengers of [11.69]) said: Fear not. And they* gave him the good news of a boy possessing knowledge.
[51.29] Then his wife came up in great grief, and she struck her face and said: An old barren woman!
[51.30] They* said: Thus says your Lord: Surely He is the Wise, the Knowing.

Replay of the encounter with the three visitors and the birth of Isaac of Genesis 18:1-19 and in Koran[11.69-73 and 51.23-30]

Koran [15.51] And inform them of the guests of Ibrahim /Abraham:(*the messengers of [11.69] )
[15.52] When they entered upon him, they said, Peace. He (Ibrahim/Abraham) said: Surely we are afraid of you.(*the honored messengers)
[15.53] They* (the messengers of [11.69] ) said: Be not afraid, surely WE * give you the good news of a boy, possessing knowledge.
[15.54] He said: Do you* give me good news (of a son) when old age has come upon me?– Of what then do you give me good news

This is the Koran’s version of Genesis 22:1-13 of Abraham’s aborted sacrifice of his son

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Koran [37.100]

My Lord! grant me (Ibrahim/Abraham) of the doers of good deeds.
[37.101] So WE * (the messengers of [11.69]) gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance.

Koran [11.71] Says:

And his wife was standing (by), so she laughed,

then WE (*the messengers of [11.69])

gave her the good news of Ishaq (Isaac)

and after Ishaq (Isaac) of (a son’s son) Yaqoub (Jacob).”

Koran [37.102]

And when he attained to working with him,(old enough to help his father in his work) he (Ibrahim /Abraham)said: O my son! surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you see. He said: O my father! do what you are commanded; if Allah please, you will find me of the patient ones.
[37.103] So when they both submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead,

The Messengers* canceled the Sacrificing of Isaac

[37.104] And WE* (*the messengers of [11.69]) called out to him saying: O Ibrahim /Abraham!
[37.105] You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus do WE* reward the doers of good:( from [37.100] )
[37.106] Most surely this is a manifest trial.
[37.107] And WE * ransomed him with a Feat sacrifice.
[37.108] And WE* perpetuated (praise) to him among the later generations.
[37.109] Peace be on Ibrahim /Abraham.
[37.110] Thus do WE* reward the doers of good.
[37.111] Surely he was one of Our* believing servants.
[37.112] And WE* gave him the good news of Ishaq (Isaac), a prophet among the good ones.
[37.113] And WE * showered Our* blessings on him (Ibrahim /Abraham) and on Ishaq (Isaac); and of their offspring are the doers of good, and (also) those who are clearly unjust to their own souls.

The Messengers* that came in Koran [11.69] ) made Ishaq, Isaac and Yaqoub, Jacob, Imams to guided people.

Koran 21.71B WE (*the messengers that came in [11.69] )had blessed for all people.
[21.72] And WE gave him Ishaq (Isaac) and Yaqoub (Jacob), a son’s son, and WE* made (them) all good.
[21.73] And WE made them( Ishaq, Isaac and Yaqoub, Jacob) a son’s son, Imams who guided (people) by Our* command, and WE * revealed to them (Ishaq, Isaac and Yaqoub, Jacob )the doing of good and the keeping up of prayer and the giving of the alms, and Us (*The messengers that came in [11.69] ) did they serve!

If you have not been indoctrinated into the tradition that makes you assume that one of the patriarchs of Islam, Ismael was offered as a sacrifice to God on the hill of the Dome of the Rock . GOOD. However, if you are a Muslim this fact that Ishaq (Isaac) was offered as a sacrifice to God not Ismael: tears away one of the legs of your three legged stool on which Islam is based.The belief that Ismael was offered as a sacrifice to God  is what had set your religion apart is now lost and the truth that it is a lie is proven by,

Koran [11.1]

(This is) Book, whose verses are made decisive, then are they made plain, from the Wise, All-aware:

Howard West is a Christian, not a Muslim and believes the Bible is the Word of GOD:  Matthew 10:16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

 

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