On the story of Ibrahim (as), what are some of the most incredible tests that he was put through?
- Sacrificing his son.
- Jumping into fire.
Can you think of some other?
I would say leaving the family where? Middle of the desert. I am not worried about leaving in the middle of the desert; I am more worried about how you get there?
Because, when you are on a road trip with your family it’s torturous!
And, we like traveling in our SUV’s, in our vans’ with air conditions, with the hand held devices, and whatever is playing on the radio, with the scenes outside- and the kids saying: that area…, that area….!
And after, three hours on a trip, you say: Oh I am never going to do this again- it was hard!
Can you imagine- the SUV Ibrahim (as) is driving and a baby? What air conditioning? What climate control? What rest stops? Subhan Allah!
I am a father, if I leave my kids at the airport; and I am late to pick them up, I do that all the time. I used to have a job of picking up my kids from the school, and that one time I overslept, and I did not tell my wife- as she was not there. So, I am driving and she calls, how are the kids? I say: they are good. But, she would go: O my God! You forgot to pick them up. How could you? And I am thinking in my head: Yes! How could I leave them in an air condition room with the teacher infront of them in the secure laws of school for the next thirty minutes?
I would say: No! No!
I am sorry!
I am sorry!
I pick them up now.
But, where Ibrahim (as) is leaving his family? What seems to the naked eye is sudden death; there is no way out of that except death! And he has to leave them .
Transcribed for hiba by Hira Naqi