Abraham or Abram or Ibrahim or Avraam is well known at least in the two world’s major religions.
He was a great man that these two religions (Christianity and Islam) depict Abraham as their leader; the pioneer of the believers.
As we can read from the Bible (Gen. 12: 1-3; NIV):
“1. The Lord had said to Abram: “Go from your country, your people, and your father’s
household to the land I will show you
2. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing,
3. I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you, I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you”
The Bible shows that Abraham is so important in Christianity that “all peoples” will be blessed through Abraham.
In Islam, Abraham is one of righteous men as Quran says:
“There has already been for you an excellent pattern in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people, “Indeed, we are disassociated from you and from whatever you worship other than Allah . We have denied you, and there has appeared between us and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone” except for the saying of Abraham to his father, “I will surely ask forgiveness for you, but I have not [power to do] for you anything against Allah . Our Lord, upon You we have relied, and to You we have returned, and to You is the destination”. (Al-Mumtahanah: 4, Sahih International)
In addition, Quran also reveals that Abraham had important knowledge about what should be kept in every believer’s mind and heart:
“He said, “Then do you see what you have been worshipping,
You and your ancient forefathers?
Indeed, they are enemies to me, except the Lord of the worlds,
Who created me, and He [it is who] guides me.
And it is He who feeds me and gives me drink.
And when I am ill, it is He who cures me
And who will cause me to die and then bring me to life
And who I aspire that He will forgive me my sin on the Day of Recompense.”
[And he said], “My Lord, grant me authority and join me with the righteous.
And grant me a reputation of honor among later generations.
And place me among the inheritors of the Garden of Pleasure”. (Ash-Shu’ara’: 75-85)
We understand that Abraham taught us some important things to be righteous:
1. To believe that there is God who created men
2. To believe that God does not leave His creations without any guidance
3. To believe that God does not provide life without any supporting things (food and drink)
4. To believe that God always provide solutions to any problem, gives cures for any trouble
5. To believe that God gives and takes lives, He is the only one who can do such
6. To believe that there will be the judgement day
7. To believe that only God who decides whether one belongs to Heaven or Hell in the days after
So, would you bless Abraham when you already understand his 7 beautiful teachings as Moslems do in their daily prayers?