With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 37 (Saffat)
Ebrahim (AS)’s prayer for a child – a lesson for parents
37:100-102 “(Ebrahim said) O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!”, So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear” Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: “O my son! I see in a vision that I offer you in sacrifice: Now see what is your view!” (The son) said: “O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and Constancy.”
Amongst the many lessons that we find in the stories of the ambiyaa from verses 75-148, is the dua of Ebrahim (AS) when he asks Allah SWT to bestow upon him a child. Consider Ebrahim (AS)’s circumstances – his community including his own father sought a plan to kill him simply because he challenged their idolatrous way. Ebrahim (AS) is forced to leave the community but his primary concern remains furthering the cause of Allah. In his dua for a child, he asks for a righteous one and Allah SWT then blesses him with Ismail (AS). We see the sublime character of Ebrahim (AS) when he consults Ismail (AS) on sacrificing him and likewise we see Ismail (AS)’s sublime character when he is willing to lay down his own life for Allah (SWT). We learn from this that our prayers for offspring must be centred on righteousness and our families should function in unison and upon the principles of shura (mutual consultation) to serve the cause of Allah (SWT).
Cross reference – 25:74