Ibrahim PBUH - The Cold Fire
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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Where a young man, a Prophet and Messenger of God, picked up an axe and determinedly walked towards the temple that housed the most important idols worshipped by his people. After endless arguments about how illogical it was to worship wood and stone statues instead of God, Ibrahim PBUH was feeling desperate. So he decided to show his people just how truly powerless these wood and stone "gods" were.

Aazar, Ibrahim's PBUH father, was a professional idol-maker. He had carved most of the blankly staring idols positioned around the temple. So who better than Aazar's son to understand how powerless they were and how easily they could be destroyed?

Whenever Ibrahim PBUH spoke out against the worship of any idols, including those his father made, the people would react with anger and impatience and threats. Ibrahim PBUH had demanded to know why his people worshipped inanimate objects in an attempt to make them examine their actions and beliefs. They had blankly replied that their ancestors had always worshipped such idols, why should they do otherwise?

Impatient with their flawed reasoning, and the obstinate disregard that accompanied it, Ibrahim PBUH marched into the temple and using his axe, he proceeded to chop the idols into tiny bits. When he was done, only the largest idol remained intact. Ibrahim PBUH walked up to the blank-faced idol and carefully hung the axe from the idol's hand. He then turned and left the temple.

When his people returned and saw what havoc had been wreaked on the idols, a great hue and cry was raised. Speculations and accusations flew from mouth to mouth. Finally, someone recalled the young man who had argued about the irrationality of worshipping idols instead of God. Without delay, Ibrahim PBUH was found and brought before the angry crowd.

"Did you do this to our gods, Ibrahim PBUH?" they asked him in a furious roar.

"The largest idol did it." Ibrahim PBUH glibly replied, "Ask him, and let's see if he replies."

"You know the idols do not move or speak." Ibrahim's PBUH accusers said sullenly.

"Then why exclude God and worship something that neither helps nor harms you?! Will you not see reason?" Ibrahim PBUH returned passionately.

"Burn him," a voice said, "and champion your gods!"

Swept away by their embarrassment and rage, the crowd immediately began digging a great pit. When the pit was big enough to contain Ibrahim PBUH, it was filled with kindling and fuel and a great roaring fire was lit. When the flames and sparks began shooting hungrily up into the sky, Ibrahim PBUH was brought forward to stand precariously on the lip of the fiery pit.

"يا نار كوني برداً و سلاماً على إبراهيم (Ya na'ar kuni bardan wa salaman ala Ibrahim)! O' Fire be cold and wholesome for Ibrahim!" said the voice of the Creator to the raging fire that filled the pit. Obediently, though it roared on with just as much hunger and fury as any fire of its size would, the fire cooled the flames shooting from its blazing heart.

With a final push, Ibrahim PBUH was cast into the pit where he landed on his hands and knees, squarely in the center of the raging inferno. Yet, instead of screaming in excruciating pain and being consumed by the fire, as the spectators had expected, Ibrahim PBUH stood up, completely unhurt, and looked upwards through the flames at the people who lined the mouth of the great pit.

They were no strangers to Ibrahim PBUH. They were his people: his friends, his family, the people he grew up with. All of them had cruelly thrown him to what they thought would be a horrific death.

The people lining the pit could feel the searing heat coming off the flames but they could also see Ibrahim PBUH standing unharmed in the heart of the fire. Confused, some whispered of magic, others of demons then someone whispered of Ibrahim's PBUH God, after which there was a brooding silence.

None of the people there that day would ever forget what happened and no on would be able to explain the miracle away. Despite themselves, if only in the deepest, darkest recesses of their hearts, everyone now knew that God was real, Ibrahim was his Prophet and Messenger and the idols were just broken pieces of wood and stone.

As a result, the desperation that had so strongly gripped Ibrahim PBUH earlier in the day ebbed and disappeared. And as he stood there in the cool heart of the fire, Ibrahim PBUH smiled.

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Notes:
  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Aazar (father of Ibrahim aka Abraham): ءازر.
    • Ibrahim PBUH (aka Abraham): إبراهيم عليه السلام

Sources:
  1. Ibn Katheer Al-Dimishqui, Emad Al-Deen (1399 H). مختصر تفسير ابن كثير [Summarized Tafseer Ibn Katheer]. Beirut: Dar Al-Quran Al-Kareem. Volume II. Page 511-514.
  2. القرآن الكريم [The Noble Quran]. (1417 H). Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, KSA: Mujama'a Al-Malik Fahad. Page 326-327. Surat Al-Anbiya (سورة الأنبياء). Aya (Verse) 51-70.

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Sundus Batool
February 05, 2012 - 02:13
Subject: JazakAllah...

JazakAllah... nice work sister... Allah bless you always. Amen

ashraf
February 06, 2013 - 00:25
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thanx JazakAllah !!!!!!!!!

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