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Did any propet have an idol worshiper father? what about Hz.Ibrahim

Q:

My question about Prophet Ibrahim a.s, please send detail answer in the light of quranic verses(shai translation) and hidth Rasool(s.a.w.w).

kia kisi pegambar/Rasool ky walid bot parast guzray hain hazrat ibrahima.s k hawly sy swal ha

A:

Waalaykum Salam

Thank you for your Question.

No prophet (peace be upon them all), has ever had a father who was an idol worshiper. they were all Monotheists (Muwahid)

ّّّFor a good read on prophet Ibrahim (s) kindly refer to the link below:

https://www.al-islam.org/the-message-ayatullah-jafar-subhani/chapter-4-ancestors-prophet

also, according to our brothers the Ahl-Sunnah, it is believed that the name of the father of Nabi Ibrahim was ‘Azar’ who was an idol worshiper. They say this based on ayah no. 74 from Surah an’am:

وَإِذْ قَالَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ لِأَبِيهِ آزَرَ أَتَتَّخِذُ أَصْنَامًا آلِهَةً ۖ إِنِّي أَرَاكَ وَقَوْمَكَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ

Meaning: When Abraham said to Azar, his father, ‘Do you take idols for gods? Indeed I see you and your people in manifest error.’

however, according to the Shia ithna-asheri source, the word ‘Father ‘ here does not mean his biological Father, rather, his Uncle (father’s brother). In the Holy Qur’an, a few other times too, an uncle has been addressed as ‘father’. for instance in surah al-Baqarah ayah no.133

أَمْ كُنْتُمْ شُهَدَاءَ إِذْ حَضَرَ يَعْقُوبَ الْمَوْتُ إِذْ قَالَ لِبَنِيهِ مَا تَعْبُدُونَ مِنْ بَعْدِي قَالُوا نَعْبُدُ إِلَٰهَكَ وَإِلَٰهَ آبَائِكَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ إِلَٰهًا وَاحِدًا وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُسْلِمُونَ

meaning: Were you witnesses when death approached Jacob, when he said to his children, ‘What will you worship after me?’ They said, ‘We will worship your God and the God of your fathers, Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac, the One God, and to Him do we submit.

When Hz.Yaqub asked his children as to who they will worship after him, they said ‘God of your fathers’ and they mentioned three names: Ibrahim, Ismail, and Ishaq. where as, Ismail is not the father of Nabi Yaqub but his uncle.

It is mentioned, in History that the name of Nabi Ibrahim’s father was ‘Tarikh bin Nahur bin Saruj’

hope this is useful,
Regards,
N.S.Jaffery