Ibraheim,Ismail, and Hajar


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As-salaamu alaykum brothers and sisters,

This is the direct story from the mouth of Prophet Muhammad(SAW). What a magnificant plan Allah(SWT) had in store for the House of Ibraheim(AS):

Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet said, "May Allah bestow His
Mercy on the mother of Ishmael! Had she not hastened (to fill
her water−skin with water from the Zamzam well). Zamzam would
have been a stream flowing on the surface of the earth." Ibn
`Abbas further added, "(The Prophet) Abraham brought Ishmael
and his mother (to Mecca) and she was suckling Ishmael and she
had a water−skin with her.'
Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The first lady to use a girdle was the
mother of Ishmael. She used a girdle so that she might hide
her tracks from Sarah. Abraham brought her and her son Ishmael
while she was suckling him, to a place near the Ka`ba under a
tree on the spot of Zamzam, at the highest place in the
mosque. During those days there was nobody in Mecca, 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.
Ishmael's mother followed him saying, "O Abraham! Where are
you going, leaving us in this valley where there is no person
whose company we may enjoy, nor is there anything (to enjoy)?"
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 Abraham proceeded onwards, and on reaching the
Thaniya where they could not see him, he faced 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 (Ka`ba
at Mecca) 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.' (1
4.37) Ishmael's mother went on suckling Ishmael and drinking
from the water (she had). When the water in the water−skin had
all been used up, she became thirsty and her child also became
thirsty. She started looking at him (i.e. Ishmael) tossing in
agony; She left him, for she could not endure looking at him,
and found that the mountain of Safa was the nearest mountainto her on that land. She stood on it and started looking at
the valley keenly so that she might see somebody, but she
could not see anybody. Then she descended from Safa and when
she reached the valley, she tucked up her robe and ran in the
valley like a person in distress and trouble, till she crossed
the valley and reached the Marwa mountain where she stood and
started looking, expecting to see somebody, but she could not
see anybody. She repeated that (running between Safa and
Marwa) seven times." The Prophet said, "This is the source of
the tradition of the walking of people between them (i.e. Safa
and Marwa). When she reached the Marwa (for the last time) she
heard a voice and she asked herself to be quiet and listened
attentively. She heard the voice again and said, 'O, (whoever
you may be)! You have made me hear your voice; have you got
something to help me?" And behold! She saw an angel at the
place of Zamzam, digging the earth with his heel (or his
wing), till water flowed from that place. She started to make
something like a basin around it, using her hand in this way,
and started filling her water−skin with water with her hands,
and the water was flowing out after she had scooped some of
it." The Prophet added, "May Allah bestow Mercy on Ishmael's
mother! Had she let the Zamzam (flow without trying to control
it) (or had she not scooped from that water) (to fill her
water−skin), Zamzam 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 people.' The House (i.e. Ka`ba) at
that time was on a high place resembling a hillock, and when
torrents came, they flowed to its right and left. 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 Mecca 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 twomessengers who discovered the source of water, and returned to
inform them of the water. So, they all came (towards the
water)." The Prophet added, "Ishmael'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,
"Ishmael's mother was pleased with the whole situation as she
used to love to enjoy the company of the people. 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. Ishmael) 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.
After Ishmael's mother had died, Abraham came after Ishmael's
marriage in order to see his family that he had left before,
but he did not find Ishmael there. When he asked Ishmael's
wife about him, she replied, 'He has gone in search of our
livelihood.' Then he asked her about their way of living and
their condition, and she replied, 'We are living in misery; we
are living in hardship and destitution,' complaining to him.
He said, 'When your husband returns, convey my salutation to
him and tell him to change the threshold of the gate (of his
house).' When Ishmael came, he seemed to have felt something
unusual, so he asked his wife, 'Has anyone visited you?' She
replied, 'Yes, an old man of so−and−so description came and
asked me about you and I informed him, and he asked about our
state of living, and I told him that we were living in a
hardship and poverty.' On that Ishmael said, 'Did he advise
you anything?' She replied, 'Yes, he told me to convey his
salutation to you and to tell you to change the threshold of
your gate.' Ishmael said, 'It was my father, and he has
ordered me to divorce you. Go back to your family.' So,
Ishmael divorced her and married another woman from amongst
them (i.e. Jurhum). Then Abraham stayed away from them for a
period as long as Allah wished and called on them again but
did not find Ishmael. So he came to Ishmael's wife and asked
her about Ishmael. She said, 'He has gone in search of ourlivelihood.' Abraham asked her, 'How are you getting on?'
asking her about their sustenance and living. She replied, 'We
are prosperous and well−off (i.e. we have everything in
abundance).' Then she thanked Allah' Abraham said, 'What kind
of food do you eat?' She said. 'Meat.' He said, 'What do you
drink?' She said, 'Water." He said, "O Allah! Bless their meat
and water." The Prophet added, "At that time they did not have
grain, and if they had grain, he would have also invoked Allah
to bless it." The Prophet added, "If somebody has only these
two things as his sustenance, his health and disposition will
be badly affected, unless he lives in Mecca." The Prophet
added," Then Abraham said Ishmael's wife, "When your husband
comes, give my regards to him and tell him that he should keep
firm the threshold of his gate.' When Ishmael came back, he
asked his wife, 'Did anyone call on you?' She replied, 'Yes, a
good−looking old man came to me,' so she praised him and
added. 'He asked about you, and I informed him, and he asked
about our livelihood and I told him that we were in a good
condition.' Ishmael asked her, 'Did he give you any piece of
advice?' She said, 'Yes, he told me to give his regards to you
and ordered that you should keep firm the threshold of your
gate.' On that Ishmael said, 'It was my father, and you are
the threshold (of the gate). He has ordered me to keep you
with me.' Then Abraham stayed away from them for a period as
long as Allah wished, and called on them afterwards. He saw
Ishmael under a tree near Zamzam, sharpening his arrows. When
he saw Abraham, he rose up to welcome him (and they greeted
each other as a father does with his son or a son does with
his father). Abraham said, 'O Ishmael! Allah has given me an
order.' Ishmael said, 'Do what your Lord has ordered you to
do.' Abraham asked, 'Will you help me?' Ishmael said, 'I will
help you.' Abraham said, Allah has ordered me to build a house
here,' pointing to a hillock higher than the land surrounding
it." The Prophet added, "Then they raised the foundations of
the House (i.e. the Ka`ba). Ishmael brought the stones and
Abraham was building, and when the walls became high, Ishmael
brought this stone and put it for Abraham who stood over it
and carried on building, while Ishmael was handing him thestones, and both of them were saying, 'O our Lord! Accept
(this service) from us, Verily, You are the All−Hearing, the
All−Knowing.' The Prophet added, "Then both of them went on
building and going round the Ka`ba saying: O our Lord ! Accept
(this service) from us, Verily, You are the All−Hearing, the
All−Knowing." (2.127)
(Sahih Bukhari: Volume 4, Book 55:The Prophets)

Abu Juwairiya

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I remember reading Hajira was the daughter of an Egyptian king. She was given to Ibrahim (Alay Salam) and left Egypt with the Prophet and his first wife, Sarai.