Stories of the Prophets

Stories of the Prophets

CHALLENGING THE WILL OF GOD Namrud (Nimrod), the son of Kan’an, ruled over the city of Babylon. When he totally dominated over the people and the extent of his influence developed, he forced the people to worship him; the people, who prostrated themselves in front of idols made of wood and stone, easily obeyed Namrud […]

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    CHALLENGING THE WILL OF GOD Namrud (Nimrod), the son of Kan'an, ruled over the city of Babylon. When he totally dominated over the people and the extent of his influence developed, he forced the people to worship him; the people, who prostrated themselves in front of idols made of wood and stone, easily obeyed Namrud and called him their god. For this reason, the people were in deviation for a long time and forgot God the Great, the One. Therefore, God willed to bring a great leader into existence from among that deviated people to guide them. One day, a court astrologer told Namrud: "The position of the stars indicates that a man will soon revolt, uproot idolatry, and invite the people to a new religion." Namrud asked, "In which land will this man begin his rebellion?". The astrologer replied, "In this very land; however, he is not yet born." To prevent this from happening, Namrud ordered that men and women be kept separate so that the foetus of such a person would not be conceived and he would not be born. Out of ignorance, Namrud thought that he could, in this way, obstruct the Will of God and prevent the Divine Decree from being executed. However, in that very atmosphere of fear and horror, Ibrahim(Peace Be Upon Him)was conceived and his mother became pregnant. The signs of pregnancy, however, not evident in her. When the time of delivery drew near, Ibrahim's mother left the city to find a hidden and private place to deliver her baby. At last, she took refuge in a cave where she gave birth to Ibrahim (AS) who opened his eyes to the world in that cave. His mother wrapped him in a piece of cloth, tightly covered the opening of the cave, and returned to the city. God, the Creator of the Universe, ordered milk to flow from Ibrahim's thumb and, thereby, provided him with sufficient food. Far from others' watch, Ibrahim (AS) grew and when he reached the age of thirteen, he went secretly to the city with his mother. Azar, Ibrahim's uncle, was one of the famous idol-makers of Babylon and his sons used to sell the idols which he made. When Azar saw Ibrahim (AS), he sent him with his own sons to sell idols. From the beginning, Ibrahim (AS) disliked the idols. He would tie a piece of rope around their necks and pull them along the ground, making them dirty and muddy. He would scream, "O people, come and buy, from me, these idols which neither have life nor comprehend anything and are unable to defend themselves." In the eyes of the idolaters, Ibrahim ‘s behaviour toward the idols was very offensive. At last, it reached the point that the people complained to Azar of Ibrahim's bad behaviour toward their idols. Azar tried to advise him, but it was of no use; so, he was compelled to imprison Ibrahim (AS). IBRAHIM AND A SIGN OF RESURRECTION God, the Exalted, created Ibrahim (AS) to guide the misled people and idolaters and granted him the position of Prophethood. Ibrahim (AS) had whole-hearted faith in God and didn't allow any doubt to enter his heart. However, in order to understand the true essence of things, he asked God to show him how He raises the dead. There came a call from God, "Do you not yet believe in resurrection, Ibrahim?" Ibrahim (AS) replied, "Surely I have believed, but I want to see it obviously in order to reach the point of perfect certitude." Since Ibrahim's intention was to increase his knowledge and certitude, God accepted his request. He told Ibrahim (AS), "Hunt and kill four birds, cut them up, and mix their parts and pieces together. Then, divide the mixed flesh into several portions; put each portion on the top of a separate mountain; after that, call them one by one until, by the Command of God, they revive and come flying to you." Ibrahim (AS) did as was commanded by God. After killing, cutting up, and dividing the flesh of the birds, and putting each portion on a separate mountain, he called them; the pieces of the birds' dead bodies came together from the different places, spirit was blown into them and they became alive again. Ibrahim (AS) witnessed, with his own eyes, one of the great signs of the Power of God in the revival of the dead; his heart, filled with faith, reached the point of perfect certitude. In the eyes of the idolaters, Ibrahim' s behaviour toward the idols was very offensive. At last, it reached the point that the people complained to Azar of Ibrahim's bad behaviour toward their idols. Azar tried to advise him, but it was of no use; so, he was compelled to imprison Ibrahim (AS). Source:alhassanain.com

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