Lesson # 368
Abraham had surrendered to God, and He was not of the idolaters
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verses – 67 & 68 of 200, Section – 7 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
67. Abraham was not a Jew, nor yet a Christian; but he was an upright man who had surrendered (to Allah), and he was not of the idolaters.
68. Lo! those of the mankind who have the best claim to Abraham are those who followed him, and this Prophet and those who believe (with him). And Allah is the Protecting Guardian of the believers.
67. Maa kaana ‘Ibraa-hiimu Yahuu-diyyanw-wa laa Nasraa-niyyanw-wa laakin kaana Haniifam-Muslimaa. Wa maa kaana minal-mushrikiin.
68. ‘Inna ‘aw-lannaasi bi-‘ibraahma lallaziinat-taba-‘uuhu wa haazan-Nabiyyu wallaziina ‘aamanuu. WAllaahu Waliyyul- Mu’-miniin.
Haniifan – (an Upright Man), the person, who goes the Right Path and leaves all spurious ways, who disconnects his relations from entire sides and connects only with God Almighty, the Most High (the Worshipped). The Holy Qur-’aan has named him (peace be upon him) as Haniifam-Muslimaa (such blessed name).
Musliman – (who has surrendered to God, it is the subject of Islam, Muslim and tasliim (salutation, complement, admission and accepting) derived from the word Salama, which means obedience, subjection and subordination. This Will, salutation, complement, admission, subjection, subordination and accepting is actually real and natural religion. This very Way was always of the entire Prophets (peace be upon them). Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) enlightened particularly this peculiarity of obedience with his complete prostration.
Allah Almighty has described the People of the Scripture about the Rule of Conduct of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) in this verse. He was a simple Muslim, that is to say; giving up all the wrong paths he (peace be upon him) had chosen only one path which leads unto God Almighty, he was only His obedient. His (peace be upon him) life’s every moment tells that he was a statue of Will, salutation, complement, admission, subjection, subordination and accepting with his perfect obedience. Leaving his wife and newly born son in the barren valley of Arab for obeying the command of Allah Almighty, becoming ready to sacrifice his beloved son Ishmael (peace be upon him) for the cause of Allah Almighty and construction of the House of Allah Almighty in Mecca (The Inviolable Place of Worship). These entire things indicate that; how much he (peace be upon him) was obedient to Allah Almighty. Absolutely he was not of the idolaters as you have been saying nowadays someone son and someone daughter of Allah Almighty.
God Almighty pointed out that whether they had more relation with Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) who believed in Him or this consistency has been bestowed to the Last Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and his nation. This nation has more suitableness with Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) in its Belief, deeds and name (Muslim). The Prophet, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) of this nation was sent due to the supplications of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), and the teachings of Holy Qur-’aan are based on these principles.