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Volume :8 Issue : 21 1993      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Who was the Sacrificed (Son)?

Auther : By: Dr. Saddiq A.A. Al-Hassan

Who was the Sacrificed (Son)?

By: Dr. Saddiq A.A. Al-Hassan

Jews say that the Sacrificed (son of Abraham) was their grand father Isaac, according to a text in Genesis (22:1-14) which says: “………. Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah and offer him there for burnt-offering….Abraham rose early….. and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the alter…..And the angel of Jehova called unto him…..And he said, lay not thy hand upon the lad”.

1. The Quran did not mention the name of the Sacrificed son, only his attributes were mentioned. A Jew, who became Muslim, clarified that the Sacrificed son was Isaac. Some Muslim – in the time of the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) and in the next era’- followed that the claim and circulated it. When they discovered the truth, they changed their opinion and joined the Muslim community’s belief that the sacrificed son was Ismael, not Isacc.

Who was the Sacrificed son? To answer this, we shall study the related passages in the Bible (Genesis), in the Gospel of Barnabas, and in the Qur’an.

First. To whom does the text, quoted from Genesis, refers?

a. “…. Thy only son…..”. It was stated in Genesis (15,16,17 and 21) that Abraham lived having no children until he prayed to Allah to provide him with an heir, and Allah gave him Ismael from Hagar (Hajar),the Egyptian. Abraham was 86years old and when Ismael was born. Ismael continued to be Abraham’s son until the angels announced to Sarah that she will give birth to Isacc whose birth occurred when Abraham was 100 years old.

It is natural for the first son to be the dearest, especially when his birth occurs after a long time of longing and waiting; the next son will be additional (“nafilah”, Qu’ran 21:72) and not as dear as the first. Also, the son who lives far is dearer to parents than the one who lives with them. Ismael, not Isaac, enjoyed all these qualities.

b. It is said that there was an authentic copy of the Torah, found in the grave of the Prophet Daniel and the Ka’b Al-Ahbar- one of the greatest scholars of Jew – took possession of it and that it was the last and the only authentic copy available in the world; but Ka’b, shortly before his death, threw it in the lake of Tiberias. This means that all of the current Jewish Scriptures have been distorted. Among the proofs that confirm the distortion is the contradiction they contain about this point of the Sacrificed son.

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d. The phrase: “…. thine only son whom you lovest……” was used in Genesis (15,16,17 and 21) to indicate Ismael; but in chapter 22; the name of Isaac was inserted after the same phrase. How? Many other such contradictions were recorded. Second. In the Gospel of Barnabas, one of the disciples of Jesus, it was mentioned that the Sacrificed son was Ismael but the Rabbis who not fear Allah put Isaac instead (Barnabas, ch.44).

Third. In the Quran, Isaac was mentioned as “aleem” (endowed with wisdom) and as “min al-saliheen” (one of the righteous). These, indeed, are among the characteristics of prophets in general. But Ismael was described as “sadiq al-wa’di” (true to which he had promised), as “min al-sabireen” (of constancy and patience), as “haleem” (ready to suffer and forbea

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