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Hargar In The Wilderness And The Birth Of Isaac

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Abraham And Hargar Before The Division

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The Overlooked Story Of Hargar And Ishmael

This translated work is the sequel to, Sarah And Hagar - The Division Of The House Of Abraham.


(39) Hargar suckled her child and continued to drink from the water. In those days there was no one else living in Makkah, nor was there any water. (40) So the water in the container came to an end, (41) then she became dehydrated with the thirsty child. (42) And she cast-aside the boy beneath one of the shrubs [to shield him], (43) and she watched her child writhe, until she could look no more. She left him.

(44) Then she walked and sat down to be away from him, at a distance of a bow-shot, for she said, “Let me not see the death of my boy.”

So she sat away from [him], and lifted her voice, and lamented.

(45) And she walked, and wandered-about in [the] arid-wilderness [where there was to be a] spring [on] seven.

(46) With the water all used up she said, “I had better go and look, that I may yet see somebody.”

(47) And [she] found As-Safa, being the nearest mountain to her in that place. (48) She ascended the-Safa mountain. (49) She stood [there] on its [summit] (50) and (started) scanning (51) the valley diligently, (52) (hoping) that she might see someone, but could not (see a soul). (53) Then she descended from As-Safa.

And on reaching the valley, hitched up her garment, (54) saying again, “If I go [there] and look I may find somebody.”

(55) (And) (on coming down) (she) ran (in) the valley, (56) as a person in distress and jeopardy, (57) until she (crossed the valley and) reached Al-Marwah mountain (58) where she stood, and started looking, expecting to see someone. (59) Yet, having looked for a long while, (60) (she) could not detect anybody. (61) She went and ascended the Safa mountain. She ran to and fro many times. (62) (Thus Hargar completed) seven rounds, (repeating this-action) (between As-Safa and Al-Marwah) (63) when she reached Al-Marwah.

(64) She spoke to herself, “Surely I have to go back and determine the state of the child.”

(65) Yet God heard the boy's call and a Divine angel called to Hargar from the heavens. (66) (Suddenly) she heard a voice, (67) and commenced to listen attentively.

Hearing the voice again she said, “Oh you, who has made me hearken to thee, have you something unto my aid?”

(68) And she said to that peculiar voice, “Help us if you can offer any aid!”

(69) The angel said to her, (70) “(What gives to you?) Oh Hargar, fear not (of neglect), (71) for this is the House of God which will be built by this boy, and his father. And God never neglects his people, (72) for God has heard the call of the boy in the-place where he is.”

And he said to her, (73) “Arise, raise-up the boy, and be steadfast. Put your hand in his, for I will found a great nation.”

(74) So she walked. Then God opened her eyes, (75) (and) behold, (she saw) (Gabriel,) (76) at the place of Zamzam, (77) an angel striking the ground with his limb, (and then) water gushed (out) (from that place,) (78) and she saw a spring of water. (79) Yishmael's mother was astounded and started digging. (80) She started to form something like a basin around it using her hand (81) and (she) (started) filling (her) container (with) water (82) by [cupping] her hands. And the water was flowing out [even] after she had scooped some of it.

(83) (The prophet (Mohammad)) (added) to-say, “(May Allah bestow Mercy on Ishmael's mother.) Had she not (hastened) [upon the] Zamzam, it would have been (a stream) flowing on the surface of the land.”

(84) (Ishmael's mother) (then) (started) drinking (from the water, her milk increased) and (she) (suckled) her child, (85) and she refreshed the boy.

(86) At that time the House [of God] was on a modest hill, and when torrents came, the water flowed left and right. (87) (Hargar lived there in isolation) until the time when some people from the tribe of Jurhum, (88) even a family, passed by her, and Yishmael, (89) as they came (the way of Kada'. In the lower part of Makkah,) (passing through the bottom of the valley,) they saw (a) bird(s) (90) with a habit of flying around water and not leaving it.

(91) (So) they said, (“The type of bird can only be found at a place where there is water.” ,) (“This bird must be flying around water, although we know there is no water to be had in this valley.”)

(92) That astonished them, so (93) they sent one (or two) scout(s) who (searched the place and) discerned the source and returned to inform them of (the water). So they all came (to her). (94) Yishmael's mother sat by the water.

(95) (And) (they) asked (her), “(Oh Hargar,) would you permit us to stay with you?”

(96) She answered, “Yes, but with no right to the water.”

They agreed to that, [and] Hargar was pleased with the affair, for she was accustomed to revel in the company of others. So they settled there, and later on called their families who came and settled with them. Hence some families became permanent residents there.

(97) So God was with the boy, and he grew-greatly, and dwelt in the arid wilderness, and came-to-be a fine archer.

(98) The child grew up and learnt Arabic from them, and caused them to love and admire him as he matured, (99) and he dwelt in the arid wilderness of Midian. (100) (Later on,) (when) her boy, had grown-greatly, (they) also (arranged) a marriage [to] a woman from (amongst) them. (101) And his mother received a woman unto him from [the] pagan land.


(102) Yehovah attended Sarah as He had said. And Yehovah acted for Sarah just as His word decreed. (103) So Sarah conceived, and brought forth a son to Abraham for his old age, unto [the] appointed time, which God's-angel spoke to him. (104) And Abraham called his son's name, the one brought forth to him, that Sarah brought forth to him; Yitzhak. (105) And Abraham circumcised his son, Yitzhak, as-a-son-of eight days old, as God had commanded him. (106) And Abraham was a-son-of one hundred years when his son Yitzhak was brought forth to him.

(107) And Sarah said, “God has dealt laughter unto me. Everyone who hearkens will laugh with me.”

(108) And Abraham made a great feast on the day (his son,) Yitzhak was weaned.

(109) And she said, “Who would have (made-utterance) to (centenarian) Abraham, Sarah shall nurture children(pl.), for I have brought forth a son for his old age.”

(110) Then he was weaned, and the child grew-greatly.


(111) [All of this came to be] (112) because the, “...son of the female slave, this very one, is not to inherit with my son...” , with Yitzhak [as Sarah had ordered.]

Abraham's Miracle Babe

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The Birth Of Isaac

(102) Yehovah attended Sarah as He had said. And Yehovah acted for Sarah just as His word decreed. (103) So Sarah conceived, and brought forth a son to Abraham for his old age, unto [the] appointed time, which God's-angel spoke to him. (104) And Abraham called his son's name, the one brought forth to him, that Sarah brought forth to him; Yitzhak. (105) And Abraham circumcised his son, Yitzhak, as-a-son-of eight days old, as God had commanded him. (106) And Abraham was a-son-of one hundred years when his son Yitzhak was brought forth to him.

(107) And Sarah said, “God has dealt laughter unto me. Everyone who hearkens will laugh with me.”

(108) And Abraham made a great feast on the day (his son,) Yitzhak was weaned.

(109) And she said, “Who would have (made-utterance) to (centenarian) Abraham, Sarah shall nurture children(pl.), for I have brought forth a son for his old age.”

(110) Then he was weaned, and the child grew-greatly.


(111) [All of this came to be] (112) because the, “...son of the female slave, this very one, is not to inherit with my son...” , with Yitzhak [as Sarah had ordered.]

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