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When Abraham realized that no one else was going to believe his call, he decided to emigrate.  He left his people and traveled with his wife and Lot to a city called Ur, then to another called Haran, and then to Palestine.




Allah the Almighty told us: But Lot had faith in Him: he said: "I will leave home for the sake of my Lord: for He is Exalted in Might and Wise. (29:26)




After Palestine Abraham traveled to Egypt, calling people to believe in Allah wherever he traveled judging fairly between people, and guiding them to truth and righteousness.




Abu Hurairah narrated that Abraham (peace be upon him) did not tell a lie except on three occasions, twice for the sake of Allah (Exalted and Almighty) when he said "I am indeed sick (at heart)!" (37: 89) and when he said: " (I have not done this but) the big idol has done it."  The (third was) that while Abraham and Sarah (his wife) were going (on a journey), they passed by (the territory of) a tyrant.  Someone said to the tyrant: "This man (i.e. Abraham (peace be upon him) is accompanied by a very charming lady."  So, he sent for Abraham and asked him about Sarah saying: "Who is this lady?" Abraham said: "She is my sister." Abraham went to Sarah and said: "O Sarah! There are no believers on the surface on the earth except you and me.  This man asked me about you and I have told him that you are my sister, do not contradict my statement."  The tyrant then called Sarah, and when she went to him, he tried to take hold her with his hand, but (his hand got stiff and) he was confounded.  He asked Sarah: "Pray to Allah for me and I shall not harm you.  So Sarah asked Allah to cure him and he got cured.  He tried to take hold of her for the second time, but (his hand got as stiff as or stiffer than before and) he was more confounded.  He again requested Sarah: "Pray to Allah for me and I shall not harm you."  Sarah asked Allah again and he became all right.  He then called one of his guards (who had brought her) and said: "You have not brought me a human being but have brought me a devil."  The tyrant then gave Hajar as a maidservant to Sarah.  Sarah came back (to Abraham) while he was praying. Abraham, gesturing with his hand, asked: "What has happened?"  She replied: "Allah has spoiled the evil plot of the infidel (or immoral person) and gave me Hajar for service."  Abu Hurairah then addressed his listeners saying: "That (Hajar) was your mother, O Bani Ma-is-Sama (i.e., the Arab, the descendants of Ishmael, Hajar's son)."




Abraham's wife Sarah was sterile.  She had been given an Egyptian woman, Hajar, as a servant.  Abraham had aged, and his hair was gray after many years spent in calling people to Allah.  Sarah thought that she and Abraham were lonely because she could not have a child.  Therefore, she offered her husband her servant Hajar in marriage.  Hajar gave birth to her first son Ishmael (Isma'il) when Abraham was an old man.




Abraham lived on earth worshipping Allah and calling people to monotheism, but he was journeying to Allah, knowing that his days on earth were limited and that they would be followed by death, and finally resurrection.  The knowledge of life after death filled Abraham with peace, love, and certitude.




One day he begged Allah to show him how He brought the death back to life. Allah commanded Abraham to take four birds, cut them up, mingle their body parts, divide them into four portions, and place them on top of four different hills, then call back the birds in Allah's name.  Immediately the mingled parts of the birds separated to join their original bodies in different places, and the birds flew back to Abraham.




Almighty Allah revealed: Behold! Abraham said: "My Lord! show me how thou givest life to the dead.  He said: "Dost thou not then believe?"  He said: "Yea! but to satisfy my own understanding."  He said: "Take four birds; tame them to turn to thee; put a portion of them on every hill and call to them; they will come to thee (flying) with speed.  Then know that Allah is Exalted in Power Wise." 







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