A Jewish view of Abraham, compared with that of Islam.


Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

As Muslims approach Eid al Adha, we are reminded of the life of a great man, prophet, patriarch and friend of God. We are of course talking about the prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, the father of monotheistic faith, later to evolve into Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I was inspired to write, after reading through an interesting article I recieved about Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him, on Chabad.org, about the nature of Abraham’s religion, from a Jewish perspective. One thing that immediately struck me, was how similar this orthodox Jewish view of Abraham’s faith, accords with that of the Holy Quran.

“Here’s how the Midrash tells the next part of the story: When Abraham was 48 years old, in the year 1996 (1765 BCE), G-d gazed upon the great tower that was still under construction, and turning to the seventy angels that surround…

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