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Unformatted text preview: Islam: Abraham I. Father of the worship of One God A. Abraham is neither a Jew nor a Christian (2:130140) & (3:65 68). The prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) is one of the earliest Prophets of God mentioned in the Qur'an. B. God granted Abraham prophethood at a young age and hence the noble prophet began calling his people to Islam (submission to God) at a really young age (19:4150). C. Abraham challenged the rampant idolatry of his people and called them to the worship of one God (21:5173). D. Abraham proved the frivolity of the worship of any other entities besides God (6:7484). II. Abraham's devotion to God A. Abraham passed all the tests that God put him through (53:37). B. Abraham's hospitality and compassion. 1. Abraham honored the three guests through his hospitality (51-24-37). 2. Abraham pleaded to the Angels to give the evil people of Lot another chance (11:74-76). C. The Sacrifice of the son (37:102-111). 1. Abraham was commanded by God (through a dream) to sacrifice his son and his son obeyed him. This profoundly highlights the concept of Islam (submission to God). a. The Qur'an doesn't mention the name of the son of Abraham. Perhaps it is because the focus of the reader should be on the dialogue between the father and the son and not arguments about which son it was. However, Muslim scholars purport that it was Ishmael (peace be upon him). III. Building the House of God (Ka'ba) A. Abraham and Ishmael (peace be upon them) both built the Ka'ba and to this day, all Muslims face toward the Ka'ba when praying five times a day. Additionally, many of the sacrifices of Abraham and his family are commemorated by over 3 million Muslims on an annual basis in the pilgrimage called Hajj (2:125-132). ...
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- Spring '08