Muslims & Jews have the same Spiritual Father; Abraham! Ishmael became the Spiritual Father of a great Nation: Muslim! Isaac became the Spiritual Father of a great Nation: Jewish! These two sons had the same Father, Abraham; The Father of Faith! After the death of Abraham, these two brothers lived peaceably as neighbors for the rest of their lives. The Muslims & Jews are brothers by birth; and it’s time that they stop this incessant bickering, bring healing once and for all, and allow the God of Heaven to bless & heal their land!
It’s time for Israel to make an atonement for their Fathers sin of unbelief, and the consequences that it caused to his brother Ishmael! It’s time to get it right!
Ishmael & Isaac! (Jews & Muslims)
I want to bring some clarity to a Bible story that has grieved my heart since I first read it in 1986. I’ve had a hard time coming to grips with it because it seems unlike God’s nature. I will never take Job’s position and lay anything to God’s charge; all of God’s ways are right. It’s the story of Abraham’s two sons. I now believe I had such a hard time with this story because God’s not done yet and this story isn’t over yet. This should bring wonderful hope to the Middle East.
What I mean by “isn’t over yet” is that there is one more chapter to write, so I’ll write it if you will. Here is an example of what I’m talking about. When Peter denied Jesus, watched Him be crucified, and went back to fishing, everyone thought the story was for all intents and purposes over for Peter. But if that had been true, Peter would have been true to his name as Simon, “a reed shaken in the wind,” a very unstable and unreliable person who had followed Jesus when things were going well but who had run away when things got bad. But that wasn’t the end of the story; Jesus was transforming Peter into a rock.
I believe that this story is the same and that God is only in the middle of healing this injustice. Abraham had a child who was circumcised at age thirteen. Sarah gave birth to Isaac, and when he was about sixteen, they send Ishmael and his mom into the wilderness to die. Just imagine having a son who was sixteen whom you taught about God his whole life. Ishmael was an amazing man of God who loved his father, the first son born to this faith. Suddenly, his father sent him away to die; he thought everything he’d been taught was a lie. Not even an ungodly man would consider doing such a thing. You see why this story bothered me.
The worst part about it was that in my opinion, an angry, bitter woman caused it and made it more ungodly. This was her reasoning. On the day Isaac was to be weaned, they threw a party. During the party, the two-year-old fell while trying to walk, and they giggled like on America’s funniest home videos. These people did nothing wrong; they simply laughed as a child was learning to walk as we all would. Try not laughing when they seem to defy gravity before falling. That was very harmless.
Sarah told Abraham to make them leave, so he sent them out to the wilderness to die with one loaf of bread and one bottle of water. What kind of God would let that happen? was what they were probably thinking. When the water and bread were gone and they were on the brink of death, this loving mother who was doing what they had commanded her to do by having Abraham’s son put her starving son, Ishmael, under one of the shrubs saying, “Let me not see the death of the child.” She walked about a bowshot away from him, lifted her voice, and wept.
And God herd the voice of the lad, and the Angel of the God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, what aileth thee Hagar? Fear not, for God had heard the voice of the lad where he is. (Genesis 21:17)
What we see by this scripture is that regardless of what Ishmael’s father did, this great man, Ishmael, called out in his time of need to God, whom he had been taught about, and his prayer was answered. Ishmael was a man of faith. God was watching and waiting for His son to call out to him, and God answered.
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. (v. 18)
The God of heaven, the Father of Jesus, made Ishmael a great nation because he called to God in his time of need. The present-day neighbors of Israel are not the enemy; they are brothers. This is sibling rivalry. As we are about to find out, God loved this man, Ishmael, and so do I.
And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad to drink. And God was with the lad; and he grew., and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. (v. 19)
God made these neighbors of Israel a great nation with great skill. I used to love target archery. This guy could probably hit the bull’s-eye at a hundred yards. Ishmael took a wife and lived in the same wilderness where Isaac was almost sacrificed. They were next-door neighbors in Beersheba.
When Sarah died, Abraham purchased the field of Ephron, in Machpelah, by Memre. The field, the cave, and all the trees made up the border; the same was Hebron in the land of Canaan. Abraham and Isaac buried Sarah. Years went by, and Ishmael and Isaac became mature, leading men as they began building their nations. God was going to make His two sons into great nations. This next verse puts Ishmael so close to my heart that I almost choose him over Isaac.
Abraham had a tendency to lie; he told kings that Sarah was his sister. Jacob had a tendency to deceive; he learning a great lesson from his uncle Laban. Isaac was different; he stayed on the altar when his father was about to sacrifice him. He trusted God for his wife. Ishmael and Isaac were two peas in a pod. I don’t know which one I like better.
Abraham gave up the Ghost, and died … And his son’s Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave. (Genesis 25:8–9)
Ishmael could have felt stabbed in the back by his father. He spent his life in the same wilderness probably peeking in on them from time to time. I’m sure he watched the procession as Sarah was buried in the hills around the cave. Isaac was bringing his father’s body to the same cave with his procession of men and servants.
Just picture Ishmael, the older brother with hundreds of men hidden in the hills, behind trees, lying in the tall grass; they were expert archers with quivers full of freshly stoned arrows ready to teach Abraham a lesson. There was nothing stopping them from eliminating all Abraham’s offspring and ending God’s plan. I can picture all the men looking at Ishmael waiting for him to shoot the first arrow straight through Isaac’s heart.
But something began to happen I believe as Ishmael saw his dad’s corpse and little brother who didn’t even know he existed. Ishmael must have given the signal not to shoot. I bet he threw his bow down and ran to embrace his brother and bury his dad. Isaac must have been confused finding out that he had had a brother all those years. Ishmael must have told Isaac things about their dad and his mom, Sarah, that only a sibling would know.
Ishmael took the high road and allowed God’s will to continue even without him. That reminds me of Jonathan and David except these two had the same father. Ishmael took the high road of forgiveness; he was moved by love and compassion. If you can’t see Jesus in that, you might be spiritually blind.
The similarities between God’s plan for these two is astounding. In Genesis 25:13–16, God listed the names of Ishmael’s twelve sons, who became the twelve princes of their nations. Sound familiar? Verses 17–18 declare Ishmael’s peaceful death and the land where he lived (from Havilah unto Shur that is before Egypt, as thou goest to Assyria), which is identical to the end of Isaac’s life with neighboring property. God was spending the same care and concern building Ishmael’s family as He did building Jacob’s family.
The God of the Bible created this nation. Ishmael’s father in heaven was with him until his beautiful, peaceful death with all his family around him, which is described identically to the end of Isaac’s life. God gave them both lands with specific borders that neither infringed upon. They were peaceful neighbors and brothers. But it doesn’t stop there.
As I was researching something that bothered me about women who wear Holy Habib’s in America while acting boisterous and condemning, I discovered many amazing similarities between the two religions as I opened the Quran for the first time in my life. I had a feeling that the Habib was supposed to be an outward ornament that signified an inner commitment to Allah, and I was right. It signifies inner modesty concerning interaction with men and others and the command from Allah for women not to draw attention to themselves.
I read many scriptures in the Quran including many that referred to the consequences of dishonoring Allah. I couldn’t help but notice a parallel with many Bible scriptures. For example, in the first six verses  of 1 Peter, God instructed women on proper godly behavior: “Wives be in subjection to your own husband … behold your chaste conversation … let it not be that outward adorning of … the hair … apparel … but let it be of the heart in that which is not corruptible.” That climaxing with 1 Peter 3:4: “Even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God, of great price.”The biblical scripture concerning women’s behavior was identical to the Quran scripture. In the Quran, if a woman continues with a contentious spirit, she is in danger of eternal fire, and it’s the same in the Bible.
A woman who wears a Habib, and holds her head up proudly talking back to a man like the president of the United States for instance and waving her arms around boldly saying to the whole nation, “Look at me!” and bringing attention to herself while verbally attacking our way of life by demeaning it publicly dishonors Allah. The punishment in the hereafter is for Allah to dishonor them: “He will cast them into the fire, to abide there in, and they shall have a disgraceful torment” (Sura An Naisa 4, verse 14).
When I read many similarities concerning holy behavior in both holy books, the thought that jumps out at me is that Ishmael wrote down all he remembered from his father’s teachings. Perhaps he remembered his dad saying, “Let the woman show forth a meek and quiet spirit, which is an ornament of great price,” the Bible scripture, and he could have remembered it as “make an ornament to show woman’s chaste behavior,” so he created the Habib. That’s hypothetical. There are many of the teachings of God (Old Testament) mixed throughout the Quran. Ishmael is the father of the great spiritual nation whose neighbor is Israel. Abraham was Ishmael’s father. I’m starting to feel like these neighbors of Israel are not only Israel’s brothers by DNA but might also be mine by our faith because many of our spiritual beliefs and ways of acting are so similar according to our holy books (except for the sacrifice of Jesus). That is why a woman wearing a habib while behaving like an uncovered woman as an example of her God grieved my heart. Any woman who does that dishonors Allah in front of our nation, which looks to her as an example of her faith. That behavior makes Allah appear unholy in our eyes because of her example.
I don’t believe that about Allah now because of the research I did in the Quran, but I got the wrong impression by her example. It’s like suicide bombers killing people in the name of Allah; it makes me think that their God is bad. But I’ve learned through the Quran that evil behavior does not bring glory to Allah; it disgraces him, and they all will burn in the hereafter according to the Quran. In both cases, they are extremists who dishonor Allah. The words coming out of these uncovered women’s mouths attack our beliefs and are aimed at destroying the foundation of our country. This is nothing short of verbal terrorismin my eyes and should not be allowed.
Please, ladies, take off your Habib’s so you do not disgrace Allah, and let everyone see you are an uncovered woman and a nonbeliever and then continue with your false, extremely biased rhetoric. Or keep your Habib’s on, honor Allah, and show us how wonderful Allah is by your modest speech and actions, which He commands.
I could write ten verses from the Quran to prove my point, but I would rather share a plan I have for reuniting this Middle Eastern family. So now we behold Israel’s current neighbors as godly people, like us, with godly principles.
The Jews crucified Christ and refuse to acknowledge Him as Savior. They hold to the traditions that were to prepare them to receive the Lamb of God, which the Jews for Jesus can explain with ease. God gave this nation the ability to gain wealth to bless all nations as an expression of their God in heaven. Even though they’ve turned their backs on God by denying the sacrifice of Jesus and denying the new covenant, the ability to gain wealth abides with them today and forever.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. (Romans 11:29)
Once a gift or blessing is given, that’s it—it’s forever.
Think of Jacob deceiving his father; he was the second born but stole Esau’s birthright. When Esau came in, his father said it was too late; blessings are without repentance. Israel refuses to share the wealth with the world as they were instructed by God, but it’s not their fault!
Because of the darkness of Hitler upon this nation of people, something was wounded inside them. Of course, the atrocity will live on as an evil time in the history of the world, but the real wounding is that the rest of the world watched and did nothing about it. We are all guilty of leaving the Jews to their own devices even if it meant the extinction of the entire race of people.
Now that we have an understanding of both sides, the solution is easy breezy. The older brother Ishmael (Israel’s neighbors), approaches Isaac and says, “Our father really hurt us when he sent us away and you did nothing about it.” Then Isaac tells Ishmael, “I never knew I had a brother, but you do look as handsome as me, and I see the family resemblance.” Isaac (Israel) declares, “What our father did was wrong, and we would like to atone for this injustice against you.”
Here is the atonement. Israel pulls back on every border a mile or something like that and agrees to never push past it. The neighbors agree to receive that as atonement and agree to bury the hatchet and embrace their brothers; they sign an accord for the world to watch perhaps next September during Yom Kippur, the Holy Day of Atonement. Israel could then begin to bless their neighbors (Brothers) by using them to outsource work to and pay them (Giving them money). Then Israel would be doing what their Father desires- For Israel to bless others financially. God created Israel so that He could bless them, and in turn have them bless the world. This would bring God’s blessing to the area!
Perhaps the UN could give Israel a bunch of cash in apology for not doing anything during the holocaust and have a ceremony where we all embrace and Israel forgives us. This could compensate them a bit for their loss of property. These events could have a rippling effect causing England to send Ireland some corned beef and cabbage to go with their potatoes as a sign of their apology for their failure to show grace during the potato famine. The US could send France a year’s worth of croissants for their help at the birth of this great nation and of course Lady Liberty. “Viva La Liberty!” You get the point.
Only unity can bring lasting peace. Can a world such as ours even know peace? Why Not!