2. The First Test
قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْتِي بِالشَّمْسِ مِنَ الْمَشْرِقِ فَأْتِ بِهَا مِنَ الْمَغْرِبِ فَبُهِتَ الَّذِي كَفَرَ وَاللَّهُ لا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ
Ibraheem said, “Indeed, Allah causes the sun to rise from the east; so cause it to rise from the west.” So the disbeliever was utterly defeated. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.”
(Surah al-Baqarah, 2:258)
Young Ibraheem is summoned to the court of the king. He remains brave and very wisely argues to the point where king Namrood is silenced! Ibraheem عليه السلام returns to his people and damages the idols to prove his point. His people retaliate and a huge fire is lit to throw Ibraheem عليه السلام in it.
Lessons to Learn:
1) When we stand for the truth, we will sometimes be tested.
2) No matter the test, we should remain firm.
3) When truth is presented before us, we should accept it. Not accepting is a sign of pride.
Did you know? Ibrahim Alayhis salam’s sacrifice was much loved by Allah Ta’ala that He made Udhiya (Animal Sacrifice) a symbol of this great act.