How many years did Ibraheem(a.s.) leave hagar.
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For how many years did prophet Abraham leave his wife in the desert and why? what happened thereafter?
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How many years did Ibraheem(a.s.) leave hagar
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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.583 Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Abbas (r.a.)
Prophet Ibraheem (a.s.) brought Hajrah and their infant son Ismail (a.s.) while she was suckling him, to a place near the Ka'ba under a tree on the spot of Zam-Zam. During those days there was nobody in Makkah, nor was there any water. So he made them sit over there and placed near them a leather bag containing some dates, and a small water-skin containing some water, and set out homeward (towards Jerusalem). Hajrah followed Ibraheem (a.s.) saying, "O Ibraheem! Where are you going, leaving us in this valley where there is no person whose company we may enjoy, nor is there anything (to eat or drink)?" She repeated that to him many times, but he did not look back at her. Then she asked him, "Has Allah ordered you to do so?" He said, "Yes." She said, "Then He will not neglect us," and returned while Prophet Ibraheem (a.s.) proceeded onwards, and on reaching the Thaniya where they could not see him, he faced the direction of the Ka'ba, and raising both hands, invoked Allah saying the following prayers:
"O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Your Sacred House in order, O our Lord, that they may offer prayer perfectly. So fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits, so that they may give thanks." (Al-Quran 14.37)
Ismail's mother went on suckling Ismail and drinking from the water (she had).
When all the water in the water-skin had been
used up, she became thirsty and her child also became thirsty. She started
looking at him (i.e. Ishmail) tossing in agony. She left him, for she could not
endure looking at him, and found that the
When she reached the
The Prophet (saws) added, "May Allah bestow Mercy on Ishmael's mother! Had she let the Zam-Zam (flow without trying to control it), Zam-Zam would have been a stream flowing on the surface of the earth." The Prophet further added, "Then she drank (water) and suckled her child. The Angel said to her, 'Don't be afraid of being neglected, for this is the House of Allah which will be built by this boy and his father, and Allah never neglects His slaves.'
She lived in that way till some people from the tribe of Jurhum or a family from Jurhum passed by her and her child, as they (i.e. the Jurhum people) were coming through the way of Kada. They landed in the lower part of Makkah where they saw a bird that had the habit of flying around water and not leaving it. They said, 'This bird must be flying around water, though we know that there is no water in this valley.' They sent one or two messengers who discovered the source of water, and returned to inform them of the water. So, they all came (towards the water)." The Prophet added, "Ismail's mother was sitting near the water. They asked her, 'Do you allow us to stay with you?' She replied, 'Yes, but you will have no right to possess the water.' They agreed to that." The Prophet further said, "Ismail's mother was pleased with the whole situation. So, they settled there, and later on they sent for their families who came and settled with them so that some families became permanent residents there. The child (i.e. Prophet Ismail (a.s.)) grew up and learnt Arabic from them and (his virtues) caused them to love and admire him as he grew up, and when he reached the age of puberty they made him marry a woman from amongst them
Your Question: ..for how many years did prophet Abraham leave his wife in the desert and why?
Contrary to popular belief, and the false belief of the
People of the Book, Prophet Ibraheem (a.s.) did not take Hadrat Hajrah and
their infant son Ismail (a.s.) all the way from
Prophet Ibraheem (a.s.) took Hadrat Hajrah and their
infant son Ismail (a.s.) from
It is not conceivable that a normal human being would leave ones wife and ones infant child in a far-away and distant uninhabited place..to claim or believe that a human being and a Prophet of the stature and rank of Hadrat Ibraheem (a.s.) would leave his wife and his child in a barren uninhabited place without being specifically Commanded and Guided by his Lord to do so, is absolutely beyond comprehension!
Hadrat Ibraheem (a.s.), under the Precise Command and Guidance of his Lord, left Hadrat Hajrah and their son Ismail (a.s.) in Makkah when Hadrat Ismail (a.s.) was only an infant..and although there is no specific record to determine exactly how many times Hadrat Ibraheem (a.s.) visited his family in Makkah, it is more than probable that Hadrat Ibraheem (a.s.) regularly visited Makkah to visit his wife and his child in concern for their well-being. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
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