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The date of the yearly Pilgrimage to Mecca is the date when Islam was "perfected":

Let us look at the following Narration:

Narrated 'Umar bin Al-Khattab: "Once a Jew said to me, "O the chief of believers! There is a verse in your Holy Book Which is read by all of you (Muslims), and had it been revealed to us, we would have taken that day (on which it was revealed as a day of celebration." 'Umar bin Al-Khattab asked, "Which is that verse?" The Jew replied, "This day I have perfected your religion For you, completed My favor upon you, And have chosen for you Islam as your religion." (5:3) 'Umar replied,"No doubt, we know when and where this verse was revealed to the Prophet. It was Friday and the Prophet was standing at 'Arafat (i.e. the Day of Hajj)"  (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Belief, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 43)"

Islam was perfected and completed exactly in the same day and date as the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, the "Hajj".

  

  

  

  

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Who was the sacrificed son?  [1] [2]

Here is the short answer:

From http://www.answering-christianity.com/blog/index.php/topic,3150.msg15747.html#msg15747:

Can anyone prove from bible that hazrat ismail (a.s.) was in Arab and Ibrahim (a.s.) was about to slaughter him?

Both the Bible and the Glorious Quran agree that:

1-  Ishmael's covenant was put on hold (pause) until the Jewish covenant comes to pass, and the latter generations come.

2-  Ishmael's name means the GOD finally heard the Prayer.  Ishmael's name is a great proof that he was the sacrificed son.  He was born after long decades of frustration and long waits.  He was born after a long time of decades of desperationIsaac would not have been that big of a deal relatively speaking, because Ishmael was already born, and the long horrid desperation was long gone.  And Ishmael at the time was his only son, and for a long time too.  Ishmael was 13 years older than Isaac.  Peace be upon them all.

The challenge wasn't just for Abraham to give up his son for GOD Almighty.  Any mere person can do this, even to pagan deities:

[006:137]  Even so, in the eyes of most of the pagans, their "partners" made alluring the slaughter of their children, in order to lead them to their own destruction, and cause confusion in their religion. If God had willed, they would not have done so: But leave alone them and their inventions.

While it was a test for Abraham to give up his son for GOD Almighty, but I believe it was also more of testing Abraham to give up what he longed for, and was desperate for, for many decades.  And it was also to honor Ishmael, the Prophet of Allah Almighty.  Peace be upon Abraham and his sons.

  

It matters not:

Let me make it absolutely clear that Islam does not stand and fall on:

(a)-  Whether Ishmael was the sacrificed-to-be son or not.
(b)-  Or whether Abraham and his children were Arabs or not.

None of this matters in Islam.  We are only presenting what the Glorious Quran confirms here.  If Isaac was the sacrificed son, then it wouldn't matter.  We still say Peace be upon all of Allah Almighty's Prophets and Messengers.  And Isaac was certainly one of them, and we love Isaac and revere him as much as Ishmael and all of Allah Almighty's Prophets.  Peace be upon them all.

And again, ethnicity has nearly no value in Islam:

[049:013] O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).

This Noble Verse is not just to Muslims, but to all humans.  For more details, please visit:

www.answering-christianity.com/islam.htm
www.answering-christianity.com/convert_christians.htm

www.answering-christianity.com/ac22.htm#links
www.answering-christianity.com/ac23.htm#links

  

3-  The Jews' accounts and the Bible's credibility are a joke!  The Jews fabricated many lies.  Ironically, their accounts even admit this.

I have thoroughly proven the above points at:

www.answering-christianity.com/isaac_and_ishmael.htm
www.answering-christianity.com/Rebekah_story_proves_bible_full_of_hoaxes.htm
www.answering-christianity.com/jews_from_essence_liars_bible_declares.htm
www.answering-christianity.com/deuteronomy4_2.htm
www.answering-christianity.com/predict.htm

As to Ishmael being an Arab, again, it matters not.  But if you care to know, Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac's father, was from Iraq.  Most Iraqis are Arabs.  Assyrians and others are a minority.  And even Assyrians and Kurds and others speak Arabic, and their bloods are mixed with Arabs.  Arabic had always been the dominant language in the Middle East and North and Central Africa for 20,000 years, if not even more.  And it's the language of the Holy Quran, Allah Almighty's Perfect and Miraculous Book with 1000s of Numerical and Scientific Miracles [1], and also Prophecies [2].  See literally the 1000s of STUNNING Miracles are listed here.  Also visit:

  • Arabic was proven to date back 8,000 to 20,000 years ago.  Proofs that Jesus also preached in Arabic.  Arabic had always been a first language in the Middle East, and North and Central Africa.
  • But again, it matters not to Islam what ethnicity Abraham was.

    Take care,
    Osama Abdallah

      

    The following is the detailed answer....  

    1-  Who was the sacrificed son?

    Ishmael's Covenant was made for the latter generations according to both Islam and the Bible.  Let us look at Ishmael in great details:

  • Noble Verses 37:100-111 speak about Ishmael being the sacrifice.  Ishmael in these Noble Verses promised his father to be obedient to Allah Almighty’s Command for him to get slaughtered.
      
  • Noble Verse 19:54 confirms this Promise:
      
    19:54
     واذكر في الكتاب اسماعيل انه كان صادق الوعد وكان رسولا نبيا
      
    [019:054]  Also mention in the Book (the story of) Isma'il: He was (strictly) true to what he promised صادق الوعد, and he was an apostle (and) a prophet.
      
      
      
    Here is Ishmael's Promise:
      
    37:102 فلما بلغ معه السعي قال يابني اني ارى في المنام اني اذبحك فانظر ماذا ترى قال ياابت افعل ماتؤمر ستجدني ان شاء الله من الصابرين
      
      
    [037:102]  Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if God so wills one practising Patience and Constancy! ستجدني ان شاء الله من الصابرين"  
      
      
  • Noble Verse 37:112 talks about Allah Almighty gave Abraham the glad tidings of the coming of Isaac, who will be a Prophet.  But in the earlier Noble Verse 37:101, a glad tiding was already given for the other son, Ishmael.
      
      
  • Ishmael was put on PAUSE until the covenant of the Israelites comes to an end:
      


    Like In Jeremiah and Isaiah verses, below, about Arabia's Promise to come later, Ishmael's name and Honor were reserved for Praise for the later generations.  Let us look at Noble Verse 37:108:
      
    37:108  وتركنا عليه في الاخرين
    [037:108] and left for him among the later folk
      
    Jeremiah 51:33
    33 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon (Arabia) is like a threshing floor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.
      
    The Bible defines "Daughter of Babylon" to be Arabia.  There are three Babylons mentioned in the Bible.  Arabia was defined as the virgin daughter of Babylon.  This is because it never had a Divine Religion with Divine Revelations sent to it yet.  Jeremiah 51:33 says that the time of sending the Divine Religion of Islam to Arabia shall come.  And Noble Verse 37:108 says that Ishmael's Covenant to Mankind was put for the latter generations.
      
      
    Here are several of the English translations Noble Verse 37:108:
     
    [037:108] And We perpetuated (praise) to him among the later generations.
    [037:108] And We left for him among the later folk (the salutation).
    [037:108] And We left the following salutation to be bestowed on him by the latest posterity,
    [037:108] And We left for him (a goodly remembrance) among generations (to come) in later times.
    [037:108] and left for him among the later folk
     
    A PAUSE WAS PUT ON ISHMAEL until later generations (after the Jewish Covenant comes to an end).  Also visit this PPT file: Ishmael was put on pause until the Israelites' Covenant passes.  See slides 32-38.  Both the Bible and Glorious Quran agree on this.
      
  • Now let’s see what the Bible says about Arabia and Ishmael…
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    2-  The Bible’s Support for Ishmael:

    Even in the altered Bible, there is strong evidence that support that Ishmael was the son to be sacrificed.  Ishmael's name means "GOD Heard", which implies:

  • GOD finally heard my Prayers, or
  • GOD finally answered my Prayers.
       
      
    The Jews from birth are liars?
      
  • Bible says that Jews' from their essence were liars.  From their "birth" they were liars the Old Testament declares them.  This is another proof that the Bible is full of man-made corruption and fabrications, especially in the Jews' ancient history and stories.  Jeremiah 8:8 is thoroughly covered here.

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    Ishmael was 13 years older than Isaac, and Noble Verse 37:102 supports that Ishmael was a teenage boy:

  • 37:102 فلما بلغ معه السعي قال يابني اني ارى في المنام اني اذبحك فانظر ماذا ترى قال ياابت افعل ماتؤمر ستجدني ان شاء الله من الصابرين

    [037:102]  Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if God so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!"
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    Ishmael was put on PAUSE until the Covenant of the Israelites comes to an end:

  • Once again, we read in Noble Verse 37:108:
      
    [037:108]
    And We perpetuated (praise) to him among the later generations.
    37:108  وتركنا عليه في الاخرين
      

  • The Bible says:

    Jeremiah 51:33  Arabia has not yet met its threshold, and the time of her harvest shall come. [2]
    Jeremiah 31:31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah.
      
    Isaiah 41:8-13 GOD Almighty assures the House of Jacob that they are still loved and chosen by GOD Almighty.  Do not be afraid (of this Servant).”  Never was this said to an Israelite Prophet.  THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF JACOB were commanded to not be afraid of him, because he will be a NON-ISRAELITE Prophet.
      
    Isaiah 41 and 42:6, 42:10-13  The Arabian Prophet will come from the people of Kedar with The New Covenant Read more...
  • For ample more passages, visit:

  • www.answering-christianity.com/predict.htm
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    The Pilgrimage to the House of GOD in Arabia Prophecy in the Bible:
      
      
  • The House of GOD Almighty in Arabia, and pilgrimage to It, was thoroughly prophesied in the Bible.
      
  • I also added the Zamzam and Climate Change Prophesies to the article [1].
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    3-  Abraham had no child for almost 100 years. He was completely barren:

    Abraham was very desperate for a son.  Ishmael was the greatest gift from GOD Almighty to Abraham.  This is why Abraham named him GOD finally Answered my Prayer.  GOD Almighty put Abraham to the ultimate test by Commanding him to slaughter this precious son.  Abraham obeyed GOD Almighty by attempting to slaughter his son, Ishmael.  Ishmael too was true to his promise.  He never resisted, nor disobeyed.  He was willing to get slaughtered for the Will of Allah Almighty.  GOD Almighty saved Ishmael at the last minute, and Commanded Abraham to slaughter a ram instead.

      

    4-  The corrupt Jewish books say it was Isaac:

    But the name "ISHMAEL" really exposes their lies and gives it all away!  The name clearly suggests that Abraham was MOST DESPERATE with Ishmael, and hence, Ishmael's test would‘ve been FAR GREATER than Isaac's.  Isaac was the second son, and 13 years younger.  The Jewish Law gives double the inheritance to the OLDEST SON when the father dies (Deuteronomy 21:17). 

    This is not a war between Ishmael and Isaac.  In Islam, we honor all of the people of Israel's Prophets and Messengers of GOD Almighty.  Peace be upon Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac. And peace be upon Hagar and Sara.  Again, please visit:

  • Bible says that Jews' from their essence were liars.  From their "birth" they were liars the Old Testament declares them.  This is another proof that the Bible is full of man-made corruption and fabrications, especially in the Jews' ancient history and stories.  Jeremiah 8:8 is thoroughly covered here.
  • Again, please visit: Ishmael was put on pause until the Israelites' Covenant passes.  See slides 32-38.  Both the Bible and Glorious Quran agree on this.

      

    "El" in names as in Ishmael was common among the Jews.  Is the GOD of Islam different?  Allah Almighty allowed for His Holy Name to be shortened as "El" in Ishmael, and Lillah for Li-Allah in the Quran, as in Alhamdulillah in both Islam and Judaism.

      

    5-  Is Elohim Allah? [1, *] [2] [3]

    The "im" in Hebrew is a majestic plural for GOD Almighty.  The root Word is "Eloh".  And the more original Jews such as Yemenites and others say Alohim or Alah-im.  And when you yourself pronounce it, you do naturally pronounce it with a double "l": Allah.  Jews do call Him: Allah-im.  Aramaic-speaking people also call GOD Almighty Allah.  See the following videos for Biblical references and proofs.  Also, pre-Islamic Biblical archeological findings have GOD Almighty as "Allah".  So the Original Holy Name for GOD Almighty is not Eloh.  It is Allah!  Eloh is a Hebrew dialect, which not all Hebrew speakers use anyway.  Allah had always been the Original and Universal GOD Almighty even before birth of Judaism, and the existence Hebrew.  And Hebrew is a developed language from Phoenician.  See the following links:

               
           (Click to play videos)

           http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenician_alphabet
           http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Hebrew

      

    6-  What about “EL”?
     
    "El" was a shortened name for Allah (ALIF, LAMED, LAMED, HEY) In Hebrew.  Watch above vidoes.  Allah is also spelled out with ALIF, LAMED, LAMED, HEY in Hebrew to be GOD.  Allah Almighty allowed for shortening of His Holy Name and Titles for the Jews.  This is where you get Ishmael, Garbriel, Ezekiel (short for Allah).  This is also where you get Hallelujah, Netanyahu (short for Yahuwah, or Yahweh) Islam also has shortened Name for Allah Almighty.  Alhamdulillah is short for Alhamdu li Allah Visit:
  • What is the Wisdom of Islam?  Allah Almighty allowed for customized Laws and Creeds for different groups of people.
    There is only one Religion with GOD, and that is Islam.  But Islam was allowed to be customized for different groups of people, and in different times, languages, dialects, ages:
      
    Noble Verse(s) 5:48
    Yusuf Ali:

    [005:048]  To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what God hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If God had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to God; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute;

    Arabic (Read from right to left.  Also, all png image files: [1] [2]):

    ‏‏5:48 وانزلنا اليك الكتاب بالحق مصدقا لما بين يديه من الكتاب ومهيمنا عليه فاحكم بينهم بما انزل الله ولاتتبع اهواءهم عما جاءك من الحق لكل جعلنا منكم شرعة ومنهاجا ولو شاء الله لجعلكم امة واحدة ولكن ليبلوكم فيما اتاكم فاستبقوا الخيرات الى الله مرجعكم جميعا فينبئكم بما كنتم فيه تختلفون
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