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the qurʼân.

righteous;’ and we gave him glad tidings of a clement boy.

100 And when he reached the age to work with him, he said, ‘ O my boy ! verily, I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice thee[1], look then what thou seest right.’

Said he, ‘ O my sire! do what thou art bidden; thou wilt find me, if it please God, one of the patient !’

And when they were resigned, and Abraham had thrown him down upon his forehead, we called to him, ‘ O Abraham! 105 thou hast verified the vision ; verily, thus do we reward those who do well. This is surely an obvious trial.’ And we ransomed him with a mighty victim ; and we left for him amongst posterity, ‘ Peace upon Abraham ; 110 thus do we reward those who do well ; verily, he was of our servants who believe !’ And we gave him glad tidings of Isaac, a prophet among the righteous ; and we blessed him and Isaac ; — of their seed is one who does well, and one who obviously wrongs himself.

And we were gracious unto Moses and Aaron. 115 We saved them and their people from mighty trouble, and we helped them and they had the upper hand; and we gave them both the perspicuous Book ; and we guided them to the right way; and we left for them amongst posterity, 120 ‘ Peace upon Moses and Aaron ; verily, thus do we reward those who do well ; verily, they were both of our servants who believe !’


  1. The Mohammedan theory is that it was Ishmael and not Isaac who was taken as a sacrifice.