One day, while all the townspeople were out, Abraham angrily
smashed all the idols with his right hand except for one which was very
large. When the people returned they were furious.
They remembered the things Abraham had said about the idols. They
had him brought forth before everyone and demanded, 'Is it you who did
this to our gods, 0 Abraham?' Abraham replied, But this their chief did it.
Ask them, if they are able to speak.' The people exclaimed, 'You know
they do not speak.' 'Do you worship what you yourselves have carved
when Allah created you and what you make?' Abraham continued, 'Do
you worship instead of Allah that which cannot profit you at all, nor harm
you?' (Qur'an 37.95-6)(Qur'an 21.66)
Finally, Abraham warned them, Serve Allah, and keep your duty unto
Him; that is better for you if you did but know. You serve instead of
Allah only idols, and you only invent a lie. Lo! those whom you serve
instead of Allah own no provision for you. So seek your provision from
Allah, and serve Him, and give thanks unto Him, (for) unto Him you will
be brought back.(Qur'an 29. 16-17)
The people of
decided to give Abraham the worst
punishment they Ur
could find: he was to be burnt to death. On the chosen day all the people
gathered in the centre of the city and even the King of Ur was there.
Abraham was then placed inside a special building filled with wood. The
wood was lit. Soon the fire became so strong that the people were pushed
back by the flames. But Allah said: “O fire, be coolness and peace for
Abraham”. (Qur'an 21.69)
The people waited until the fire had completely died down, and it was
then that they saw Abraham still sitting there as though nothing had
happened! At that moment they were utterly confused. They were not,
however, moved by the miracle that had just happened before their very
Still Abraham tried to persuade his own dear father, who was named
Azar, not to worship powerless, un-seeing, un-hearing statues. Abraham
explained that special knowledge had come to him and implored his
father, 'So follow me and I will lead you on the right path. 0 my father!
Don't serve the Devil.' But Azar would not listen. He threatened his son
with stoning if he continued to reject the gods of
He ordered Abraham Ur
to leave the city with these words: 'Depart from me a long while.'
Abraham said, 'Peace be upon you! I shall ask my Lord's forgiveness for
you. Surely He was ever gracious to me.‟ (Qur'an 19.43-7)