Encounter with the Sacred – In the Footsteps of the Prophet

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

This chapter revolves around Islam, defining it (as a word and as a religion) and demonstrating it by real situations faced by Prophet Abraham AS.

Islam: “insistent and continuous expression of pure monotheism, of human consciousness’s adherence to the divine project, of the heart’s access to His recognition and to His peace through self-giving.” In other words, submission, peace and self-giving.

In the Quraan, Prophet Abraham is said to have named us Muslims. He is the father of Islam as his life conveys two strong actions of “Islam”:

  • Leaving his servant Hajar and their son Ismael in the desert as ordered by God
  • Attempting to sacrifice his first son Ismael, also as ordered by God

These two stories demonstrate a typical trial of faith and an “active acceptance of God’s will”. God orders Abraham to do something extremely hard, Abraham doubts his strength and capabilities, God puts signs of His presence and support in Abraham’s way (ex. his sons quickly agrees to be sacrifices and doesn’t show any sign of sadness) so that Abraham continually finds God at the heart of the trial, never doubts His presence or His goodness and gains the ability of doing what he is told without a blink of an eye. This is pure “Islam”.

So, from this chapter, I learned how to be a real Muslims: by facing trials with lots of trust is God and His plan and by realizing the signs he put in my way to ease things out for me.

For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. 94:5

Also cool piece of info: Prophet Muhammed PBUH is a descendant of Prophet Ismael (and thus Prophet Abraham) on a pure factual level.

Favourite Quote:

… she traced the profound “active acceptance” of God’s will: to question with one’s mind, to understand with one’s intelligence, and to submit with one’s heart.