Did Allah Command Abraham To Sacrifice His Son – Part 1

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Yassir Fazaga

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Jumuah Khutbah by Sheikh Yassir Fazaga.

Revisiting the story of the sacrifice classical interpretation vs another possible interpretation.

September 2, 2016

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Bismillah

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let me say fondo de

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la mala

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Ali Shaheed

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Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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a hearing in the hamdulillah Madagascar you know who want to talk to understand the

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story capucine Lt. Molina

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de la cetto Allah, Allah, Allah.

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Allah Allah, Allah Muhammad Rasul

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Allah.

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Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, The Most Merciful place due to Allah made his peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we bear witness that no one is worthy of worship but Allah, and we made witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is indeed his final messenger. The best of speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Mohammed Salah Allah, Allah.

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May Allah Subhana Allah make us amongst those who listen to the best of speech, the Book of Allah and follow His commandments. And may Allah Allah make was amongst those who come to those the best of ways the way of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and make us amongst his followers. A lot of them. I mean, a lot of them I mean, my brothers and sisters, the Orion has a tendency sometimes to repeat stories that were told in the older scriptures, specifically in the Torah, and the NGO or the gospel, and the URL, repeat the stories that were already told, for four reasons. Number one, to restore a healthy image of who Allah subhanho wa Taala is, because sometimes when you read these

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stories, especially in the office, you get a very disturbing image of Allah subhanho wa Taala spoken of in ways that are not befitting to His Majesty, even if it be in a metaphorical sense, you just don't say these things about Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the or, and it is interesting in restoring a healthy image of who Allah Subhana Allah is. Number two, also, the Quran wants to restore the credibility of the messengers of Allah that has been compromised. So some of the things that you read about the messengers of Allah are not good at all, and are interested in telling us what you have been taught about them is not true. Let us tell you who these people really were. The third

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reason they are and also is interested in restoring the truth, because the story has been taught, but it was not necessarily told in truth, what he never had an ad and I've been helped and relate to them the story of the two sons of Adam In truth, as if the Quran is alluding to the fact that the story may not have been told in truth. And the fourth reason is the lesson that is in that story.

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Having this Keeping this in mind, and now these are the days of health, a lot of us are talking about Ibrahim alayhis salam. And specifically this is known also as the time of sacrifice people have had a lot of people talk about the story that took place between Ibrahim and his son. So inshallah, what I like to do is give you the biblical account of the story, to see how Islam came and retold the story in order to appreciate that. So the biblical account, and I repeat, this is the biblical account of the story. One day, God calls on Abraham or Abraham, this is in Genesis number 22. And Ibrahim responds to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Here I am Lord, at your command. And Allah

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explicitly directly tells Abraham, I want you to take your son, your only son, whom you love, to the Mount of morale in a specific place that I will tell you about. I want you to take your son and I want you to offer him to me as a bird offering as a sacrifice. Abraham wakes up in the morning and this is again the story of Genesis. He takes two of his servants a donkey and knife and his son, Isaac and they go for three days they are going out

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For three days, he tells the service to stay. God points out the place, and he's working with his son. On the way the son looks at his father, and he said, Father, you have them.

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You have the rope, we have the wood. Where is the author?

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Under the father answered and said, God himself would provide for us. So he goes on to say, they go there, and he bounds, Isaac. And as he is about to sacrifice him, an angel calls upon him. And the rest of the story is similar to the story of the corner. This is the biblical account,

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asked all the scholars of the Torah, Christians and Jews, they will tell you, this is the most disturbing story in the book. In fact, according to one, Rabbi, he says, This is the most upsetting story in the entire Torah. This story is so complicated, morally, and theologically. They refer to it as the Akhada problem, aka the Hebrew word, referring to the binding of it, they say this is the most problematic story in the entire Old Testament. at so many levels, to begin with, they say God calls on Abraham, Abraham, I want you to take your son, your only son whom you love,

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our two sons, you will assume, if a father is told, and the father has more than one child, I want you to bring your child with you, any father would say, which was

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the one that you love, any father would say, I love them all. So here Abraham is taught, I want you to take your son, which one

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the one that you love most out of both of them, but Abraham does not say this.

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And then we are told, the disturbing part about it is the explicit direct command that Allah gives Ibrahim Ali Salaam I want you to sacrifice your son or offer instant as a bird offering to

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this is the biblical account. The Quranic account is absolutely different.

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Even though initially as Muslims, we may think that these are very similar stories. A lot of times actors, it's sort of the soft spot for Bella Mara who

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are in the autofill Miami and he

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says it to me insha Allah suavity, but in the mouth and labuda jb

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da him. But

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it said that when he's done under prime does not specify which one it is. And for us Muslims, it really does not matter whether it is how old is married because Muslim scholars themselves have different whether it is married or is half, but that is not the point. So say that when the child was of an age, he is laboring alone with his father. His father said to him, all my son, I see in my dream, that I am sacrificing forms of Mother Teresa, and I'm here consulting you. What do you think? What do you say about that? So this guy replied to his father and said, yeah.

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He said, Oh, Father, do as you have been, do as you've been commanded, said that you do it in sha Allah homina plug it in, you will indeed find me amongst those who are persevering and patient. Put differently, brothers and sisters. Our MA in the end, does not explicitly directly command Ibrahim Ali Salah to sacrifice his son.

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What's the big deal about this? So after one of these photos, where the hottie was talking in the Friday sermon, and he's reminding children how to be obedient to the Father, and He tells the story of how Ibrahim alayhis salaam was willing to sacrifice his son because Allah commanded him to do so. And it happened to be that there was a father who brought his son to the masjid. And they heard

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after the hotbar son is paying attention to what is just being taught in the masjid. As they walked in. The father looked at the son looked at his father and said, God, if Allah was to command you, to sacrifice me, would you do it?

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for the return? Is it for you? No, sir. If Allah said to chop that little head off yourself,

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it is happening. If Allah commands me to do this, I will certainly do it.

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And the Joker became very disturbed and terrified of his father of God.

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You follow?

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This young man, this young child became terrified

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that God would actually make such a command. And he has a father, who's actually willing to carry out surgically.

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That is an extremely disturbing image of who Allah subhanaw taala is, especially when we present these images to our children.

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They specially when we know that they are and does not sleep, you can read the story from today, until do stay, you will not find one direct command from Allah, Algebra II, that this is how you get to me. Keeping also in mind, that in December, Allah reviewed the positive worker there is a delicate, even meaner machine Akira

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he

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calls, blame the policies that they kill on children. And then Allah Himself commands a father to go and I want you to sacrifice your child, what why am I not doing this? That is such an unhealthy image that we would create in our own minds, as well as in the minds of our children. The brothers and sisters, we live in a country most of us are immigrants in this place. And when you live in a culture that celebrates the story, the way that it was sold to us, maybe that's not a big deal. But sometimes when you live in a culture, where people are told to be critical thinkers, and to question we have to rise, specially when given the fact that what we necessarily believe or have been taught

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is not necessarily unsafe, the many times where that says there is a difference between what the poor, say, versus what we think the poor and is saying. And most of us have one single attitude towards this. It's what they call a bumper sticker attitude. God said it, I believe that

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that is how we approach the problem. God said it, I believe it, that settles it. Well, that's good, as long as God actually said it, but what happens is God did not really say that what is it that we are believing? So throw out the the interest of the person is to present an image of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is healthy, lovable, not one that is questionable. Why would a compassionate, merciful God test a father Bunty, I want to see how much you love me and I want you to see if you can go ahead and sacrifice yourself for my sake. Allah Subhana Allah does not do this. Allah does not question people, or test people by means of going against their own.

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That is not have a lot of time with our lives. And that is why brothers and sisters, every time that we are understanding or any time you find a command or requirement to believe in something that disturbs your aura, you know that this cannot be from Allah subhanho wa Taala there is no way that Allah Subhana Allah would command about things that are just not good to offer, or that go contrary to offer a problem these cases love this child. Why would I want to handle a

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contract in which was created that Father's Day, I want you to go out there and kill your father. Well, this World War II This is not the story.

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The story that the Quran is telling is Ibrahim alayhi salam. So a dream. His own interpretation of the dream is maybe that's what Allah subhanaw taala wants. So what did he do? He goes and he cuts off his turn, hadn't been a command from a lot. You wouldn't be consulting, you just do it. He goes to Western and Eastern. Yeah, but he, he said, he

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said my son, I'm seeing this in my consulting you. So what do you what do you think? What are your thoughts?

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And the third response?

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He says, All my father do as you've been commanded. This is what we call the

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Rooney

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Rule. It says that this is a past tense in Arabic. And sometimes the the subject of the verb is eliminated, sometimes intentionally, or sometimes because it is not known. He did not say all my father do as Allah has commanded you to know what to do and you've been commanded that he will be you will be shot Allah that is of those who are patient. So how do we explain this with a story?

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This young girl lost a lot of blood

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and they need

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Immediately, they needed to give her color. And the very available person that his blood matched her best was her older brother, who was eight years old. So the father goes to his son is that son, your sister is in trouble. We need blood to say, or would you be willing to donate your blood to your system? And this will immediately say, of course, Bob, I will do it for my sister. So they take the sun. And as they are taking the blood out of him, and you know, the father is busy checking on the doctor, he comes to check on the Son, and he sees his son, you know, blood is drawn from him. And a young boy looked at his dad, and he said, so dad,

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when do I start dying?

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And the father looked at him and he said, Who said anything about dying? He said, Well, I thought you were going to take all my blood and give it to my sister, and that I was going to die. See, the beauty of the story is, despite the fact that the Son thought that he was going to die, he was willing to

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now that's love. That is love. He thought he was going to die. And he said, if this is what to say much, I am willing to do this. Similar Ibrahim alayhis salaam say if this is what please is allowed to partner with Allah, I am willing to not only that, but also his son is joining and if this is what pleases Allah, then we are willing to do so what is the mastic telling us about that part of the story? Well, na, na JP, and when they submitted, Muhammad Asad, in his translation of the Quran, makes a brilliant interjection there. And he said, and when they both submitted, and then in brackets, he said, to what they thought to be a command for a lot of time, not to the command from

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Allah Subhana Allah, but to what they thought to be a command from Allah subhana wa, tada, what a double jeopardy and he put him on his side, when

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we call upon him, he says, Abraham, if you have indeed been true to the vision that you have seen, not something that I commanded you with. This person's writing a book on comparing the four stories versus the biblical stories. And as we said earlier, this is the most disturbing story in the Torah,

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as they say, the most problematic story. And this person commented, he says, theologically speaking, more than speaking, Muslims don't have to deal with this problem because their story is a descendant our story, the story is so disturbing, that the philosopher David Hume, the Scottish philosopher, he wrote a lot on ethics. And he's one of the most influential Western philosophers looking into this. People are talking about morality. And they talk about what are the sources of morality? And if it was, morality is based on reason, scripture is not a good source of morality on the basis of the fact that that story exists in the Bible.

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called another philosopher. He says, This is the most disturbing story ever morally speaking. How do you explain God's speaking in such a language God testing people in such a way? So we, in our own understanding of it granted, that story is really not the way that we've been taught. So somebody sitting here can say, so you mean to tell me that for all these years that we've been hearing the story, that story is being told to a strong brothers and sisters, Article consistency, is the silly way of demanding somebody to surrender to what you're saying, because somebody has been saying it for so long. That does not necessarily make it true. Historical consistency, in itself is not really

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a requirement. Well, people have been believing this for so long, we must just go and look, yeah, that is not how we do things. Somebody can also say, also, now you think you know better than all these scholars, if you go back to the scholars, now you think that you are better. And again, that is not a good way to argue appealing to somebody sense of modesty. Oh, no, I'm not appealing to somebody sense of modesty is not a good way. Because if you say, Oh yes, I know better than them, then that just makes you a person who is very arrogant and full of themselves. And if they say, No, I am not dead. Why don't you believe I say, because a lot of times Allah is going to ask me what you

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understand from what you read.

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Not necessarily what other people understood or what other people said, and by no means we are diminishing or belittling any of the scholarship that took place in the past and others comments of athletes at this, if you look into himself, he tells you that this whole idea is speculation. And that is why at the very end of it, he goes only to source and then he said, one level, Allah Subhana, Allah knows best. But there is also something else that is disturbing. So a few months back about two or three months,

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till we have managed the golf game. In LA, they decided that they wanted to do something for a law firm.

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And they decided that they were going to start with their own family.

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These two young brothers, they load the model to the kitchen, and with the knife Bayswater, they warm up.

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And then they went attack their father, attempting to kill the father and the younger brother, why is that? So much love for Allah, the de tocqueville are willing to sacrifice who ever is.

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And that is why it is so important that when these stories are told, they are taught in such a way where it serves the purpose of what they are and was really intended for it to be not to create an image of Allah subhana wa tada that is so unbelievably unhealthy, that questions the morality or the the whole notion of the fact that Allah Subhana Allah is compassionate, or a loss of time with Allah is merciful. And please keep in mind, and how do we they say, Allah, God? Surely study. Sometimes when you hear certain things for the first time, it doesn't read very well in your ears. And you just say, Man, I, I'm not sure I'd like what I am hearing. This is too disturbing. I heard this

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story when I was a child, I was okay with it. It didn't really disturb me much.

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But this is not just about appealing to what people were told. This is really about us thinking. Did Allah subhanaw taala really say this is the story, different story, the same way that we have been told, Allahu Allah, Allah knows best? Absolutely not. The Quran story rather, is a story of love. A story of willing to sacrifice and in this is Abraham Allah, as Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam is teaching us when it comes to loving a lot of times Allah pleasing Allah subhanaw taala I will do whatever it takes. And Allah Subhana Allah does not test command us in ways that go contrary to our nature. May Allah Subhana Allah thesis and understanding of

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the world.

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First of

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all, salatu salam, ala rasulillah Mustafa,

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the days of hutch are a point of a male of kuntala protect all the people who are going there on that journey Are

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we the people who are flying driving take industry, may Allah Allah protect them all, and make their journey a safe one, as well as their return to be a safe one.

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As we remember these days of Ibrahim alayhis salam, and soon that is to engage in as much of righteous deeds as possible. You're holding the

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man I'm in a

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logic of being in a habit in a lot of them and

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there are no days with good deeds are most loved and appreciated by Allah subhanho wa Taala, like the days of the first 10 days of the French and I believe today is the first day of the century, because of the beauty that has that presents, not only to the Muslim community, but also to all of humanity. We may not really be there with the pilgrims, but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is reminding us that these are the days you want to do as many rockets deep as possible. So May Allah, Allah make us amongst those who perform these righteous deeds and this they have also been shuffled up tonight we do have the lecture after our monthly potluck dinner, so please inshallah to

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join us at seven o'clock after that we will have the lecture and inshallah we'll go into more details about the story and the way that it was told versus the way that in sha Allah, we are trying to tell it

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