The Story of Prophet Ishaq AS

The Story of Prophet Ishaq (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ)

The Birth of Ishaq.

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Prophet Ibrahim and his first wife Sarah had grown old and white-haired together.

One day, they had three visitors. As was customary for Arabs at the time, Prophet Ibrahim invited the three men for a meal.

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So a servant came and roasted a fat calf for them, and Prophet Ibrahim (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) invited the guests to dine. But, before long, he observed that their hands did not reach for the food. His suspicions arose, and he grew fearful.

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This moment is vividly captured in the Qur'an:

But when he saw their hands not reaching for it, he distrusted them and felt from them apprehension. They said, “Fear not. We have been sent to the people of Lot.”
(Surah Hud, ayah 70)

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They also brought the joyous news of the future births of Ishaq and Yaqub

"We gave her the glad tidings of Ishaq, and even beyond Ishaq, of Yaaqub"
(Surah Al-Hud, ayah 71)
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Sarah, long believed to be infertile, was astonished at the prospect of bearing a child in her old age.

She expressed her wonderment,
'Alas for me! Shall I bear a child, seeing I am an old woman, and my husband here is an old man? That would indeed be a wonderful thing!'
(Surah Al-Hud, ayah 72)

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The angels replied,

"Are you astonished by Allah’s decree? May Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you, O people of this house. Indeed, He is Praiseworthy, All-Glorious."
(Surah Al-Hud, ayah 73)


Details about the life of Prophet Ishaq are sparse and limited in Islamic literature. However, reliable Quranic commentators narrate that when Prophet Ibrahim sensed that his life was coming to an end, He sought a righteous wife for his son.

Prophet Ibrahim did not want his son Ishaq to marry one of the Canaanites, as they were known to be pagans. So, to find a suitable match, he had his trusted servant, Haran, in Iraq to search for a bride.

The servant selected Rebekah (Rifaqah), daughter of Bethuel and granddaughter of Milcah and Nahor, Prophet Ibrahim's brother. This union was blessed with the birth of twins: Al-Eis and Prophet Yaqub .


Prophet Ishaq fell ill and passed away when he was one hundred and eight years old. He was buried next to his father, Prophet Ibrahim .

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