10 Qualities Of Ebrahim (AS)

10 Qualities Of Ebrahim (AS)

Ebrahim (AS) was a leader, a father, and the close friend of Allah.
Ebrahim (AS) is mentioned 25 times in the Qur’an, beginning with ayah 124 in Surah Baqarah.

Allah tells us:

فَاتَّبِعُوا مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ

“So follow the religion of Ebrahim, inclining towards truth; and he was not of the polytheists.” (Surah Imran 3:95)

Ebrahim (AS) leadership came with struggle and hardship. His da’wah was international, with his nephew Lut (AS) in East Jordan, his sons Ishaaq (AS) in Palestine and Ismail (AS) was in Makkah. He was given success by Allah, but all of this success came after he was tested. Many times people feel that they cannot learn from the Prophets and righteous people because they are too high for them; but we find that there are practical benefits and lessons in their lives that anyone can implement. Tafseer is the way to extract these practical lessons for our lives today.
Allah conveys to us the amazing example of Ebrahim (AS) in the Qur’an; and here we find 10 of these special qualities Ebrahim (AS) possessed.

1) Ebrahim (AS) preferred the deen over the dunyaa (world). In Surah Ebrahim, he mentions the reason for leaving his family in Makkah is so that they may establish the prayer:

رَّبَّنَا إِنِّي أَسْكَنتُ مِن ذُرِّيَّتِي بِوَادٍ غَيْرِ ذِي زَرْعٍ عِندَ بَيْتِكَ الْمُحَرَّمِ رَبَّنَا لِيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ

“O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an uncultivable valley by Your Sacred House in order, O our Lord, that they may perform As-Salaat” (Surah Ebrahim 14:37)
The commitment to Allah was stronger than the commitment to the work.

2) Ebrahim (AS) was practical. At the same time, he did not forget about the dunyaa and provided for the needs of his family. When he took Hajar and Ismail to the valley, he left them with what he could afford: a water skin and a bag of dates.
3) Ebrahim (AS) wanted a secure environment for his children. Ebrahim (AS) made the dua:

رَبِّ اجْعَلْ هَـٰذَا بَلَدًا آمِنًا وَارْزُقْ أَهْلَهُ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ مَنْ آمَنَ مِنْهُم بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ
“My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day.” (Surah Baqarah 2:126)
Ebrahim (AS) asked for security before rizk. Why? Security is important for practicing Islam. For Islam to grow there has to be peace. Rasulullah (SAW) had the option of entering Makkah violently or peacefully and he entered it peacefully. By doing so, it was at this time that many people entered Islam groups upon groups.

4) Ebrahim (AS) would practice then preach.

إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ رَبُّهُ أَسْلِمْ قَالَ أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

“When his Lord said to him, “Submit!” He said, “I have submitted myself to the Lord of all that exists.” (Surah Baqarah 2:131)
Ebrahim (AS) exemplifies automatic submission. There is neither a break nor a gap in the ayah from when Allah tells him to submit and when he submits. There is no “fa” (so) or “thumma” (then), rather he fulfilled the command of Allah right away.
How long does it take us to submit to Allah?
Ebrahim (AS) advises his children:

وَوَصَّى بِهَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بَنِيهِ وَيَعْقُوبُ يَا بَنِيَّ إِنَّ اللّهَ اصْطَفَى لَكُمُ الدِّينَ فَلاَ تَمُوتُنَّ إَلاَّ وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

“He also enjoined on his children to follow the same way. Jacob also did the same  and his last will to his sons was, “O my children, Allah has chosen the same way of life for you. Hence remain Muslims up to your last breath.”.” (Surah Baqarah 2:132)
Ebrahim (AS) advised his children until the very end, even on his death bed. What people say at the time of their death is the most important, and Ibrahim (AS) and Ya’qub (AS) were concerned about their children carrying this message.
5) Ebrahim (AS) acted with Ihsaan.

وَإِذِ ابْتَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِمَاتٍ فَأَتَمَّهُنَّ قَالَ إِنِّي جَاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِمَامًا قَالَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي قَالَ لاَ يَنَالُ عَهْدِي الظَّالِمِينَ

And (remember) when the Lord of Ibrahim tried him with Commands, which he fulfilled.” (Surah Baqarah 2:124)
Ebrahim (AS) passed the tests perfectly; Tamm is to complete in such a way that no flaw remains. As a result of passing this test, as we see in the next ayah, Allah made him an imam and leader for the following generations. Allah honored him so much so that even our Ummah, the Ummah of the Rasulullah (SAW) is told to follow his creed.
6) Ebrahim (AS) wanted the next generation to be Muslim. Ebrahim (AS) cared about the future of the deen as he told his children:

وَوَصَّى بِهَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بَنِيهِ وَيَعْقُوبُ يَا بَنِيَّ إِنَّ اللّهَ اصْطَفَى لَكُمُ الدِّينَ فَلاَ تَمُوتُنَّ إَلاَّ وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ
“He also enjoined on his children to follow the same way. Jacob also did the same and his last will to his sons was, “O my children, Allah has chosen the same way of life  for you. Hence remain Muslims up to your last breath.” (Surah Baqarah 2:132)

7) Ebrahim (AS) included his family in the work for the deen. Ismail (AS) assisted him in building the Ka’aba:

وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُ رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
“And (remember) when Ibrahim and (his son) Ismail were raising the foundations of the House.” (Surah Baqarah 2:127)
Ebrahim (AS) was the Imam and a leader, he still continued to do the hard labor and work for the deen. How many leaders nowadays would be in this position?

8) Ebrahim (AS) wanted his children to be leaders. When Allah tells him that He will make him an Imaam for the people, Ebrahim (AS) responds:

قَالَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي

He said, “and of my offspring (to make leaders).” (Surah Baqarah 2:124)
Leadership is not a title, rather it is an opportunity to serve.
9) Ebrahim (AS) was concerned about teaching the next generation. Ebrahim (AS) made du’aa to Allah:

رَبَّنَا وَابْعَثْ فِيهِمْ رَسُولاً مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِكَ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ العَزِيزُ الحَكِيمُ

“Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them in the Book and the Wisdom, and purify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” (Surah Baqarah 2:129)
This ayah teaches us how the deen should be taught and that we need all of these components to be proper students. This dua was answered with the Prophethood of Rasulullah (SAW).
10) Ebrahim (AS) was humble. Ebrahim (AS) and his sons (AS), while building THE House of Allah made the dua:

وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُ رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
“Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” (Surah Baqarah 2: 127)
Taqabbal means to accept it and be pleased with us. Here are two of the best of Allah’s creation raising the foundations in the most sacred city for the greatest House of Allah–and they were concerned about the acceptance of this act. Not only were they making dua for acceptance, but they were making this dua while building the Ka’ab!
The two Prophets of Allah, both having a status in this dunyaa and akhirah that none of us can ever reach, yet they are calling upon Allah accept their act while performing it. How often do we ask Allah to accept our acts of worship?

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