Land of Israel and Jewish heritage
A series from the book written by Naveed Anjum
Leaving Isaac in Canaan and Ishmael in Makkah, cont’d
In the previously quoted Hadith by Ibn Abbas, certain traditionally unclear concepts are made clear for everyone:
- God had ordered Abraham to lead Hagar and Ishmael out of Canaan in order to settle Isaac’s generations there.
- God planned for Abraham to leave Hagar and Ishmael in Makkah and stay with Isaac in the Holy Land. Tradition informs us: “He made them sit over there and placed near them a leather bag containing some dates and a small water-skin containing some water, and set out homeward.” This tradition leaves no doubt that Abraham left them in Makkah and returned to Canaan.
Later in the same Hadith, Prophet Muhammad goes on to inform:
“After Ishmael’s mother had died, Abraham came after Ishmael’s marriage in order to see his family that he had left before, but he did not find Ishmael there.
When he asked Ishmael’s wife about him, she replied, ‘He has gone in search of our livelihood.’
Then he asked her about their way of living and their condition, and she replied—–”
Within the above is more proof that Abraham lived most of his life in Canaan with his younger son Isaac, and that he visited Ishmael after Ishmael had already married and his mother had died. This also reveals that Ishmael was not the son to be sacrificed.
(To be continued…)