Mircea Eliade "From Primitives to Zen": ALLAH TELLS MUHAMMAD

THE STORY OF ABRAHAM


('Qur'an,' XIX, 42-52)

And mention in the Book Abraham;

surely he was a true man, a Prophet.

When he said to his father, 'Father,

why worshippest thou that which-neither

hears nor sees, nor avails thee anything?

Father, there has come to me knowledge

such as came not to thee; so follow me,

And I will guide thee on a level path.

Father, serve not Satan; surely Satan

is a rebel against the All-merciful.

Father, I fear that some chastisement

from the All-tncrciful will smite thee,

so that thou becomest a friend to Satan'.

Said he, 'What, art thou shrinking

from my gods, Abraham? Surely, if thou

givest not over, I shall stone thee;

so forsake me now for some while.'

He said, 'Peace be upon thee!

I will ask my Lord to forgive thee;

surely He is ever gracious to me.

Now I will go apart from you

and that you call upon, apart from

God; I will call upon my Lord,

and haply I shall not be, in calling

upon my Lord, unprosperous.'

So, when he went apart from them

and that they were serving, apart

from God, We gave him Isaac and

Jacob, and each We made a Prophet

and We gave them of Our mercy,

and We appointed unto them

a tongue of truthfulness, sublime.


Translation by A. J. Arberry

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