As Salamualaikum...I am back with the story of Abraham and his wives, I was asked by christians buch of questions about it. Then I asked my brother in Islam to answer those questions so this is his answers.
In The Name Of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.
Brother Gigih Shofa Uzaman
All Praise is to Allah, who made us Muslims and gave us the Hidayah (Guidance) to propagate Truth. May Allah increase our Faith & Knowledge.
Brother, regarding your Query about Mother Hajirah (HAGAR) and what the Christians claim, I simply say that we as Muslims have to believe that Islam is the Religion accepted by Allah and it is perfect. As said in the Holy Quran
This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you as religion AL-ISLAM. Quran 5 : 3
We as Muslims should take Holy Quran and the Sayings of Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him as the Criteria and see the world from Islamic Glasses, if not we will be in confusion. Quoting the verses from the Bible doesn’t mean that the entire Bible is correct, no only that part which matches the Islamic concept.
The concept of Racism in the Bible is totally negated by Islam, Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him Said "an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over a white - except by piety and good action."
Hadrath Bilal (R.A), A black Slave who was persecuted for accepting the Truth was freed, He was the first Muazzin of Islam who use to stand on top of Kabah to call for prayer and to this day and until to the day of Judgement all Muslims Love Him.
Hadhrath Salman Farsi (R.A), a Slave from Persia and his master was a Jew. He accepted the Truth Prophet (PBUH) freed him. He is remembered for his advice to Prophet (PBUH) to dig a Trench and that battle was named after it "Battle of Trench" and many such examples one will find.
So from the Islamic Point of View we make no difference whether one is a Slave or Master. The Holy Quran Teaches us
"But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep. And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?- (It is:) freeing the bondman; Or the giving of food in a day of privation To the orphan with claims of relationship, Or to the indigent (down) in the dust. Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion. Such are the Companions of the Right Hand." Holy Quran Chapter 90 Verses 11 – 18.
The Bond Women, the Slave Women are all the Sicknesses of Jews & Christians, Alhamdulillah Islam cured us from all these malaise.
Still for the sake of information there is no mention of Hajirah or Sarah in Quran by name but you will find it in the Sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
CONVINCING A CHRISTIAN
1. The Bible says in Genesis Chapter 16 Verse 3 that Hagar was Wife of Prophet Abraham (PBUH),
"And Sarai (Sarah) Abram's (Abraham) wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan , and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife."
For 10 Years Hagar was with Sarah & Prophet Abraham (PBUH) and then Sarah married Hagar to Abraham (PBUH), Wife is mentioned in all the Versions of the Bible
1. New American Standard Bible
2. King James Bible
3. World English Bible
4. American King James Version
5. American Standard Version
6. Bible in Basic English
7. Douay-Rheims Bible
8. Darby Bible Translation
9. English Revised Version
10. Jewish Publication Society Tanakh
11 Webster's Bible Translation
12 Young's Literal Translation
2. God Talking to Hagar Through Angle Gabriel Promises Her and Helps Her. But Christians claim she is Bond / Slave Women (Astaghfirullah)
a. Genesis 16 : 7 – 11 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
b. Genesis 21 : 17 – 19 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water (ZAM ZAM); and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
3. Which Wife has more right as per Bible
a. Deuteronomy 21 : 15 – 17 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
4. Hypocrisy & Racism of PAUL which Jesus (PBUH) never told.
a. 1 Corinthians 7 : 21 – 23 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
b. Galatians 4 : 22 – 31 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. ….. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
5. If they are from the Chosen and Promised People then why
a. For past 1429 Years the Promised Land is with Muslims (except for a few decades), and Alhamdulillah it was ruled by God’s Laws and Commandments and people were leaving peacefully. And now we see they have gone worst than the Wild Animals and they claim that to be the Children of Isaac who was born of a Free Women.
6. Why the Governor of New York was rejected by its People?
a. Because he did an immoral act and his actions were contrary to Peoples Expectation, a Land which is filled with Alcohol, Incest, Adultery, Immodesty etc. does not accept a Governor how can People of those days accept Prophet Abraham (PBUH) if he (May Allah forgive) did wrong by going to Hagar without a marriage and How can such a man becomes so dear to God that God makes an everlasting Covenant with him.
7. What if one is born to Slave Parents?
a. If a child is born to a Mother who is a Slave, for him this god of Christians or Jews is unjust and racist because this god discriminates and treats in undignified way to his Slave Mother and himself.
Brother, "Truth has come and Falsehood has perished Falsehood is ever bound to perish"
I have tried to answer you query to my understanding, May Allah forgive me if I am wrong and give us Hidayah.
My other 2 presentations will be helpful to you in this regard
1. Who Was Sacrificied.
2. The Foretold Prophet.
Also please check this website it will help you a lot inshallah.
Syed Zakir Hussian / Abu Syed Umar
Gigih Shofa Uzaman
As Salamualaykum wa rohmatullahi Wa Barokaatuh
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Peace from Allah be to all muslim in the world,
Let me introduce my self, my name is Gigih Shofa Uzaman. I am an exchange student from Indonesia, and now I am in the United States. And it is also my duty to convey the word of Allah to the people around here. I really need help from you, I am really thankful for you from your presentation about "Similiarities between Islam and Christianity" that I did download from sharing site.
I need the information of Abraham and his wives (Sarah, Hagar, and Sarai) from the noble Qur'an and every source you have, especially about Hajar(Hagar). Because the christian people around here often say that Hajar(Hagar) was not married to Abraham. I dont really believe their statement, I also have read in Bible english version The Book of Genesis chapter 16 that Hagar was just a maidservant to Sarai. In this version Sarai also was Abraham's wife.
Thank you for your information, may Allah bless you all and give you the paradise, may Allah give you the best life in this world and in the hereafter.
was salamualaykum wa rohmatullahi Wa Barokaatuh
Gigih Shofa Uzaman