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This is the story of the coming of Ibrahim and Hajar with their son Ismael (peace be upon them) to Makkah.. and this is the beginning of the Holy Ka’abah which Allah ordered to be built. In that, Allah the Almighty said:

{وَإِذْ جَعَلْنَا الْبَيْتَ مَثَابَةً لِّلنَّاسِ وَأَمْنًا وَاتَّخِذُوا مِن مَّقَامِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ مُصَلًّى ۖ وَعَهِدْنَا إِلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ أَن طَهِّرَا بَيْتِيَ لِلطَّائِفِينَ وَالْعَاكِفِينَ وَالرُّكَّعِ السُّجُودِ (125) وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَٰذَا بَلَدًا آمِنًا وَارْزُقْ أَهْلَهُ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ مَنْ آمَنَ مِنْهُم بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۖ قَالَ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَأُمَتِّعُهُ قَلِيلًا ثُمَّ أَضْطَرُّهُ إِلَىٰ عَذَابِ النَّارِ ۖ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ (126) وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُ رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ (127) رَبَّنَا وَاجْعَلْنَا مُسْلِمَيْنِ لَكَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِنَا أُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ وَأَرِنَا مَنَاسِكَنَا وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ (128) رَبَّنَا وَابْعَثْ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِكَ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ}. (البقرة: 125-129).

{And [mention] when We made the House a place of return for the people and [a place of] security. And take, [O believers], from the standing place of Abraham a place of prayer. And We charged Abraham and Ishmael, [saying], "Purify My House for those who perform Tawaf and those who are staying [there] for worship and those who bow and prostrate [in prayer] (125) And [mention] when Abraham said, "My Lord, make this a secure city and provide its people with fruits - whoever of them believes in Allah and the Last Day." [Allah] said. "And whoever disbelieves - I will grant him enjoyment for a little; then I will force him to the punishment of the Fire, and wretched is the destination (126) And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], "Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing (127) Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You. And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful. (128) Our Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them. Indeed, You are the Exalted in Might, the Wise.} (Qur’an 2:125-129).

Ibrahim and Ismael (peace be upon them) had another story.. there was no issue of building in it.. but there was patience and blood.. Ibrahim had seen in his dream that he is slaughtering his son.. the dreams of prophets are revelations from Allah.. then these incidents which Allah talked about in the following verses occurred, Allah said:

{فَلَمَّا بَلَغَ مَعَهُ السَّعْيَ قَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ إِنِّي أَرَىٰ فِي الْمَنَامِ أَنِّي أَذْبَحُكَ فَانظُرْ مَاذَا تَرَىٰ ۚ قَالَ يَا أَبَتِ افْعَلْ مَا تُؤْمَرُ ۖ سَتَجِدُنِي إِن شَاءَ اللَّهُ مِنَ الصَّابِرِينَ (102) فَلَمَّا أَسْلَمَا وَتَلَّهُ لِلْجَبِينِ (103) وَنَادَيْنَاهُ أَن يَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ (104)  قَدْ صَدَّقْتَ الرُّؤْيَا ۚ إِنَّا كَذَٰلِكَ نَجْزِي الْمُحْسِنِينَ (105) إِنَّ هَٰذَا لَهُوَ الْبَلَاءُ الْمُبِينُ (106) وَفَدَيْنَاهُ بِذِبْحٍ عَظِيمٍ} (الصافات: 102- 107).

{And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, "O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think." He said, "O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast (102) And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead (103) And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead (104) We called to him, "O Abraham (105) You have fulfilled the vision." Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good (106) Indeed, this was the clear trial.} (Qur’an 37: 102-106).

And this slaughtering was done on a lamb which Allah used to redeem his prophet Ismael.. and saved his linage with it from been cut-off.

Ibrahim travelled.. Hajar died.. Ismael remained in Makkah till he died.. and was buried there.. the days passed by on the house of Allah and His Ka’abah, while the descendants of Ismael Surrounding it and worshiping Allah alone.. and performing Hajj at His sacred house without associating anything with Him.

Yes without associating anything with Him.. until that devastating man showed up.. that satanic called: Amr bin Luhay.. he rein stilled doubts in the land of Makkah and in the hearts of its people.. he led them and others against worshiping Allah alone(Tawheed) for which all the messengers were sent.. and all the heavenly books were revealed.. the prophet (peace be upon him) said:

[رَأَيْتُ عَمْرَو بْنَ عَامِرِ بْنِ لُحَىٍّ الْخُزَاعِيَّ يَجُرُّ قُصْبَهُ فِي النَّارِ، وَكَانَ أَوَّلَ مَنْ سَيَّبَ السَّوَائِبَ].

[I saw `Amr bin 'Amir bin Luhai Al-Khuza`i dragging his intestines in the (Hell) Fire, for he was the first man who started the custom of releasing animals (for the sake of false gods)]. (Sahih al-Bukhari 3521). These are animals specified for their false gods and no one touches or milk from them..

Maakah was drowning in shirk (making partners with Allah in worship) and idols.. and the Ka’abah filled with idols in it.. and the descendants of Ismael deviated away from worshiping their One and Only Lord and the religion of their father Ibrahim.. the last of whom was Abdul Muttalib who earned leadership and honor.. and possessed the well “Zamzam”.. but he had not got all his wishes yet.. he had been wishing and waiting..


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