SHAFAQNA -Â One night Ibrahim hadÂ a bad dream. He dreamt Allah told him to sacrifice Ismail.
Ibrahim thought it wasÂ Shaytan playing nasty tricks on him.
The next night Ibrahim had the same horrid dream.
Ibrahim knew thatÂ Allah would only ask him to do such a thing if he had good reason.
Even though he lovedÂ his son dearly, he was prepared to do this difficult thing for Allah.
Ibrahim told Ismail they had to go to Mount Arafat.
He took a knifeÂ and a rope with him.
On the way they passed a place called Mina. The devil, Shaytan, came to Ibrahim and
tried to talk himÂ out of sacrificing his son.
Ibrahim turned his backÂ on him and would not listen.
When they reached MountÂ Arafat, Ibrahim told Ismail what Allah wanted him to do.
Ismail listened and acceptedÂ what was to happen. He was an exceptional child.
He too was aÂ great prophet.
Ismail told his father to tieÂ his hands and legs and blindfold himself so he would not struggle and make his father even more upset than he was going to be and Ibrahim was blindfolded so he would not see his son suffer.
Ibrahim did as IsmailÂ had said. He then took the knife and did what Allah had told him to
do. When he tookÂ the blindfold from his eyes he looked down, not at his son but at a
Ismail was at his side.Â Ibrahim was afraid.
He thought he had disobeyedÂ but then he heard a voice telling him not to worry.
Allah looks after hisÂ followers. Ibrahim and Ismail had passed a difficult test.
Each year, during the month of Dhul Hijjah, many Muslims, from all over the world, travel
to Makkah.Â They want to remember what Ibrahim and Ismail did.
In the month of Dhul HijjahÂ these pilgrims go to Makkah, Mina and Arafat.
They visit placesÂ where Ibrahim and Ismail lived and preached.
They give a sacrifice justÂ as Allah commanded Ibrahim to do. The pilgrims sacrifice animals in
memory of the deed.
We must obey Allah’s commands as Ibrahim and Ismail did. We obey by doing the things we know are right, praying, obeying our parents and always telling