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>>What Ibrahim did was meant to be symbolic; all srprituces have to be read that way, whether you believe in religion or not.<<Well, maybe. It's not entirely clear if Ibrahim (or Abraham) saw himself or his deeds as symbolic . . . then.If I may, it does seem quite clear from the text that Ibrahim's abiding concern was that he should have offspring. Likewise, it seems clear efforts toward this end were quite extensive and convoluted (as far as we know, they didn't have en vitro then; but, if they had, the suggestion is Ibrahim and Sarai would have tried it). Finally, Sarai opts for surrogacy through her handmaid, Hagar — only Sarai apparently did not anticipate how such a union would serve to complicate her own relationship with Ibrahim (and Hagar, now mother of Ibrahim's son).According to the Torah, Ibrahim is then required to demonstrate to Sarai's satisfaction that Hagar had not usurped her place in Ibrahim's affections (the Qu'ran, afaik, does not treat these events with nearly as much detail). Subsequently, we're told, Sarai does achieve to conceive a child by Ibrahim; but now the concern is for Isaac's place in Ibrahim's affections versus Ishmael. Sarai succeeds to have Hagar and Ishmael banished from her household (though not far, as subsequent readings will attest).It is in this context then that — again, according to the Torah — Ibrahim finds himself commanded to offer up his second son, Isaac, for sacrifice. In a sense, one might suggest Ibrahim had been manoevered (or manoevered himself) into situations in which he'd been required to sacrifice both his sons. And, while certainly Providence is depicted as stepping in in both instances at the last minute (both on the mount and at the well at Zam Zam), mentally, it would follow, Ibrahim must have written them off, i.e. commended them into his Lord's care, if he'd planned on following through as commanded . . .Eid Mubarak.
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