Wisdom behind Allah's Command to Ibrahim to slaughter his son

Q 3: What was the wisdom behind Allah’s Command to Ibrahim (Abraham, peace be upon him) to sacrifice his son Isma‘il (Ishmael, peace be upon him)?


A: The command to sacrifice was a trial and a test of the sincerity of Ibrahim’s worship of and love for his Lord. It was also to raise his status if he did what he was ordered, which he (peace be upon him) did. Allah (Exalted be He) says: And (remember) when the Lord of Ibrâhîm (Abraham) (i.e., Allâh) tried him with (certain) Commands, which he fulfilled. He (Allâh) said (to him), “Verily, I am going to make you an Imâm (a leader) for mankind (to follow you).” May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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