The Prophet Ibrahim had two sons - Prophet Ismail and Prophet Ishaq (peace be upon them). The Prophet Ishaq (pbuh) was his second son born of Sarah, his wife. When the Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) passed through an ordeal of sacrificing his affectionate son, Prophet Ismail, the glad tidings of the birth of another son, Prophet Ishaq, was conveyed to him. The Holy Qur'an says:
"And We gave him the good news of Isaac-a prophet,- one of the righteous." (Qur'an 37:112)
The Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) had attained the age of one hundred years and Sarah was ninety. They had practically lost all hope of having an issue at this advanced age. When the angel came to Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) with the happy news of the birth of a wise son, his wife laughed and did not believe it. She remarked that she had passed the age and now it was simply a folly to expect a child. The Qur'an tells us how this news was imparted to Prophet Ibrahim and his wife:
"And his wife was standing (there), and she laughed: But when We gave her glad tidings of Ishaq (Isaac), and after him Yaqub (Jacob). She said: "Alas for me! Shall I bear a child seeing I am an old woman and this my husband here is an old man? That would indeed be a wonderful thing!" They said: "Dost thou wonder at God's decree? The grace of God and His blessings on you, O ye people of the house! For He is indeed worthy of all praise, full of all glory." (Qur'an 11:71-73)
The Prophet Ishaq (pbuh) was born as God willed. He was the chosen servant of God and his descendants were men of high spiritual rank and character. He was inspired to do noble deeds and establish right worship. He was generous at heart.
The Prophet Ishaq (pbuh) was married to Rebecca when he was forty years old. His wife gave birth to Esau and Ya'qub. When the Prophet Ishaq (pbuh) grew old he lost his eye-sight. He passed away at Hebron at the age of 180 years. He was buried beside his father and mother.
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