29: Then Spake God

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Then said Philip: 'Great is the mercy of God upon whoso loveth him. Tell us O master, how Abraham came to the knowledge of God.'
    
          Jesus answered: 'Having arrived nigh unto the house of his father, Abraham feared to go into the house; so he removed some distance from the house and sat under a palm tree, where thus abiding by himself he said: "It needs must be that there is a God who hath life and power more than man, since he maketh man, and man without God could not make man. Thereupon, looking round upon the stars, the moon, and the sun, he thought that they had been God. But after considering their variableness with their movements, he said: "It needs must be that God move not, and that clouds hide him not; otherwise men would be brought to naught." Whereupon, remaining thus in suspense, he heard himself called by name,    "Abraham!" And so, turning round and not seeing any one on any side, he said: "I have surely heard myself called by name, 'Abraham.' " Thereupon, two other times in like manner. he heard himself called by name, "Abraham!"
    
          'He answered: "What calleth me?"
    
          'Then he heard it said: "I am the angel of God, Gabriel."
    
          'Therefore was Abraham filled with fear; but the angel comforted him, saying: "Fear not, Abraham, for that thou art friend of God; wherefore, when thou didst break in pieces the gods of men, thou wert chosen of the God of the angels and prophets; insomuch that thou art written in the book of life."
    
           'Then said Abraham: "What ought I to do, to serve the God of the angels and holy prophets?"
    
           'The angel answered: "Go to that fount and wash thee, for God willeth to speak with thee."
      
            'Abraham answered: "Now, how ought I to wash me?"
    
            'Then the angel presented himself unto him as a beautiful youth, and washed himself in the fount, saying: "Do thou in turn likewise to thyself, O Abraham." When Abraham had washed himself, the angel said: "Go up that mountain, for God willeth to speak to thee there."
    
              'He ascended the mountain as the angel said to Abraham, and having sat down upon his knees he said to himself: "When will the God of the angels speak to me?"
    
              'He heard himself called with a gentle voice: "Abraham!"
    
              'Abraham answered him: "Who calleth me?"
    
              'The voice answered: "I am thy God, O Abraham."
    
              'Abraham, filled with fear, bent his face to earth, saying: "How shall thy servant hearken unto thee, who is dust and ashes!"
    
              'Then said God: "Fear not, but rise up, for I have chosen thee for my servant, and I will to bless thee and make thee increase into a great people. Therefore go thou forth from the house of thy father and of thy kindred, and come to dwell in the land which I will give to thee and to thy seed."
    
              'Abraham answered: "All will I do, Lord; but guard me that none other god may do me hurt."
    
              'Then spake God, saying: "I am God alone. and there is none other God but me. I strike down, and make whole; I slay, and give life; I lead down to hell, and I bring out thereof, and none is able to deliver himself out of my hands." Then God gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so our father  Abraham knew God.'
    
             And having said this, Jesus lifted up his hands, saying: 'To thee be honour and glory, O God. So be it!'
 

  An Islamic Perspective and Commentary
by
Ishaq Zahid

Abraham's search for the true God is narrated in the Quran as follows:

006.074 Lo! Abraham said to his father Azar: "Takest thou idols for gods? For I see thee and thy people in manifest error." 006.075 So also did We show Abraham the power and the laws of the heavens and the earth, that he might (with understanding) have certitude. 006.076 When the night covered him over, He saw a star: He said: "This is my Lord." But when it set, He said: "I love not those that set." 006.077 When he saw the moon rising in splendour, he said: "This is my Lord." But when the moon set, He said: "unless my Lord guide me, I shall surely be among those who go astray." 006.078 When he saw the sun rising in splendour, he said: "This is my Lord; this is the greatest (of all)." But when the sun set, he said: "O my people! I am indeed free from your (guilt) of giving partners to God. 006.079 "For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I give partners to God." 006.080 His people disputed with him. He said: "(Come) ye to dispute with me, about God, when He (Himself) hath guided me? I fear not (the beings) ye associate with God: Unless my Lord willeth, (nothing can happen). My Lord comprehendeth in His knowledge all things. Will ye not (yourselves) be admonished? 006.081 "How should I fear (the beings) ye associate with God, when ye fear not to give partners to God without any warrant having been given to you? Which of (us) two parties hath more right to security? (tell me) if ye know. 006.082 "It is those who believe and confuse not their beliefs with wrong - that are (truly) in security, for they are on (right) guidance." 006.083 That was the reasoning about Us, which We gave to Abraham (to use) against his people: We raise whom We will, degree after degree: for thy Lord is full of wisdom and knowledge.

It is also worth noting that Abraham (peace be on him) was instructed by angel Gabriel to wash himself and when he heard God speak, he prostrated. Ablution and prostrations are mandated rituals in Islam performed five times daily by Muslims all over the world.

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1: True Gospel of Jesus
2: Joseph
3: Jospeh Visits Bethlehem
4: The Angel and the Shepherds
5: Circumcision
6: Herod Affrighted
7: The Magi Warned
8: Herod Massacres Children
9: Jesus at 12
10: The Gospel to Jesus at 30
11: A Leper Cured
12: First Sermon of Jesus
13: Gabriel Comforteth Jesus
14: Forty Days of Fasting & Twelve Apostles
15: Water into Wine
16: The Sermon on the Mount
17: The Doctrine Concerning God
18: Render Good for Evil
19: Betrayal Foretold & Lepers Healed
20: Miracle on the Sea
21: Swine Cast into the Sea
22: Uncircumcised As Dogs
23: Origin of Circumcision
24: Rich and Poor
25: Despise Flesh
26: Abraham's Father
27: Abraham's Prudence
28: Abraham Escapes Fire
29: Then Spake God
30: Eternal Life
31: Priests and a centurion
32: Statues of Flesh
33: The Greatest Sin
34: Be Humble
35: Satan Rebels
36: True Prayer and its Significance
37: A Prayer
38:Ablution Before Prayer
39:Adam Gets Life
40: Adam and Eve Fell in Temptation
41:They Leave Paradise
42: I am not the Messiah
43: Promise to Ishmael
44: Sacrifice Ishmael
45: Who is a Hypocrite
46: Laborers in the Vineyard
47: The Widow's son of Nain
48: Tumult at Nain
49: Jesus Preacheth at Capernaum
50: Concerning Judgment
51: Jesus Hath Pity on Satan
52: Dreadful Day
53: Signs of the Judgment Day
54: Of the Judgment Day
55: Muhammad at the Judgment Day
56: The Book is Opened
57: The Reprobates at the Judgment Day
58: No Pity on Reprobates
59: Concerning Hell
60: Torment of Hell
61: A Parable
62: Example of the Merchant
63: Warning Against Vengeance
64: Against Vengeance
65: The Probatica
66: God alone is good
67: Corrupted Sacrifice
68: Reward or Punishment for Priests
69: On Priests Preferring This World
70: Peter Rebuked
71: Healings in Galilee
72: Prophecy When Gospel is Annulled
73: Four Ways by Satan
74: Sin in Thought
75: A Recipe For Clean Thoughts
76: Three Kinds of Husbandmen
77: Right Use of Knowledge
78: Value of Learning
79: Law Not For Love of Law
80: Learn to Work Well
81: A Woman of Samaria
82: Woman- a Truth Seeker
83: The Other Food
84: Purity in Prayer
85: True Friends
86: Qualities of Friends
87: Put Off Fleshly Prudence
88: Man is amended with mercy
89: Never cut off from mercy
90: Of Faith
91: Disturbance Regarding Jesus
92: Hailed as God near Jordan
93: Jesus: I'm like other men
94: Miracles of other Prophets
95: Attributes of God
96: Mercy to the World
97: Muhammad is his blessed name
98: Decree of Roman Senate
99: God is Jealous for His Honor
100: Eighty-Two Sent for Preaching
101: Penitence for pure love of God
102: Mourning for Sins
103: Weep for Sins only
104: Measure sorrow not tears
105: Universe before God is like a small grain
106: The Body, the Soul and the Sense
107: Fast of Penitence
108: Sleep of Body and Soul
109: Never forget God
110: Desire for good
111: Weep, Fast and Watch
112: A Secret revealed to Barnabas
113: Parable of a barren fig tree
114: Man is born to work
115: Lust
116: The Lust of Eye may blind you
117: Elijah and the blind man
118: Guard the Eye
119: Prayer is the medicine of the soul
120: Vain talk weakens Intellect
121: Talk only as necessary
122: Evils of Avarice
123: On the Composition of Man
124: The Faith is One
125: Give for love of God
126: Disciples preach throughout Judaea
127: Jesus Preaches at Jerusalem
128: Prayers of a pharisee and a publican
129: Jesus at Simon's house
130: Simon and a public sinner
131: John at Herod's table
132: Sower and the tares
133: Infidel fathers, faithful sons
134: Regarding preachers
135: Seven Centers of Hell
136: Every one shall see Hell
137:Faithful without Deeds
138:Miracle of the Harvest
139: Betrayal Foretold
140: Measure Life by Death
141: Contemplate on Death
142: Judas Confers with Priests
143:Disciples arrive at Damascus
144:Of The Origin of Pharisees
145:The Little Book of Elijah
146:The Prodigal Son
147:The Prodigal Son ...
148: The Two Hermit-Pharisees
149: The Two Hermit-Pharisees...
150: The Two Hermit-Pharisees...
151: The Marks of a True Pharisee
152: Roman Soldiers
153: Miracle Wrought on Soldiers
154: Jesus and a Doctor
155: On the Forbidden Fruit
156: A Man Born Blind Receives his sight
157: The man born blind marvelled at their unbelief
158: The World of Three Kinds
159: Of the Nature of Sin
160: Ahab and Micaiah
161: Of Nature of Sin
162: Of Predestination
163: Muhammad-the White Cloud of Mercy
164: No Predestination unto Reprobation
165:The Elect
166: Predestination and Freedom
167: Predestination Inscrutable
168: The Clear Mirror
169: Of the Glory of Paradise
170: Wages Forever
171: Abundance of Rewards in Paradise
172: Grain of Sand to the Sea
173: Abundance in Paradise
174: Body without Putrefaction.
175: God says this in Isaiah the prophet
176: No Envy in Paradise
177: Sun and Moon of Paradise
178: Flawed Logic of Peter
179: God thru Eye of Paradise
180: Man's Merit
181: Shun: "I Merit"
182: Call me Brother not Lord
183: True Humility
184: Left with False Pharisees
185:Haggai and Obadiah
186:Haggai's Prayer
187:Haggai and Hosea
188:Hosea in Jerusalem
189: The Sun Stood Still for 12 Hours
190: Do not Offend God at all costs
191: Book of Moses on the Messiah
192: God has not locked up his mercy in Israel alone
193:Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus
194: Life is Death if no Perception of God
195:Jesus in the house of Lazarus
196: Lazarus has died once only
197: The Similitude of a good Axe
198:On death and its teaching
199: Worth of a single tear in repentence
200:Jesus Entereth Jerusalem
201:The Woman taken in adultery
202: Great is the number of the righteous unrighteous
203:God's Judgement on Jerusalem
204:Judgement on Jerusalem (cont)
205: In the House of Simon the Leper
206: Jesus Confronts the high Priest
207: Jesus Confronts the high Priest (contd)
208: Priests Try Stoning Jesus
209: Gabriel Comforts Mary
210: They Search for Jesus
211: Jesus Consoles his Disciples
212: Jesus Prays
213: Jesus Washes Disciples' Feet
214: Judas Betrays
215: Divine Rescue of Jesus
216: Judas Transformed
217: Judas was Crucified
218: Body of Judas Stolen
219: Jesus appeareth to his mother and his disciples
220: Jesus and the Four Angels
221: Jesus Chargeth Barnabas to Write
222: Jesus Carried Up to Heaven