15. Ibrahim, friend [Khalil] of Allah

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BISMILA-HIR RAHMA-NIR RAHIM


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Khalil (intimate friend) of Allah!
Dear reader, today a topic which greatly warms our hearts. Just imagine to be called a “friend” [Khalil] of Allah! Can you picture anything more significant in this world than that? Nothing could possibly bring more hope to the soul than to be called “Allah’s friend [Khalil]”! It is the highest honor and yet so very humbling, to think that the Creator of the Universe, the One who keeps Galaxies in orbit and keeps the unumber stars in their circuit. Yet One who seeks our friendship! Please read the following Sura: 004.125
وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ دِينًا مِمَّنْ أَسْلَمَ وَجْهَهُ لِلَّهِ وَهُوَ مُحْسِنٌ وَاتَّبَعَ مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا وَاتَّخَذَ اللَّهُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ خَلِيلا
004.125 ‘Who can be better in religion than one who submits his whole self to Allah, does good, and follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith? For Allah did take Abraham for a friend.’
Sura: 004.125 An-Nisa

In the Holy Books of the Bible Scriptures, there is found the same sentiment expressed. Remember to Moses was given the Law (Taurat) Sura 5:44 “It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light”… “If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers”.Sura: 005.044 Al-Maeda

Please note in the (Taurat of the Bible Scriptures) given to Moses. 2 Chronicles 20:7 “Art not thou our God [Allah], who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham [Ibrahim] thy friend [Khalil] for ever?”
What an honor to be an intimate friend of Allah!
Also in the Injeel which came from Isa al-Masih (Christ the Messiah). Sura 5:46 “And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law [Taurat] that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel [Injeel]: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah.’ 005.046 Al-Maeda
Here in the Injeel is recorded: James 2:23 “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God [Allah], and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend [Khalil] of God [Allah].”

Others who were considered the (Khalil) ‘intimate friends’ of Allah!
Musa (Moses) was a man who suffered great trials in life. Yet he remained faithful to Allah. And Musa was blessed to see Allah, the record says “face to face”. Musa was also a friend of Allah. (Taurat) Exodus 33:11 “And the LORD [Allah] spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend [Khalil]”...
Another man who was a Khalil of Allah was Daniel the Prophet. Three times it says of Daniel that Heaven considered him ‘greatly beloved’! (Taurat) Daniel 10:11 ‘And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee…’ See also Daniel 9:23, & 10:19
Then we have a man named “Enoch”. (Taurat) Genesis 5:24 ‘And Enoch walked with God [Allah]: and he was not; for God [Allah] took him.’ So close did Enoch walk with Allah that He finally took him to Himself.

How does one become the ‘friend’ (Khalil) of Allah?
Is this an impossible task? No, or else none of the human family would have been titled such. Therefore, we ought to strive to be among the friends (Khalil) of Allah. But how? We simply need to look into the lives of those who have gone before us to secure that title ‘Khalil’ or ‘greatly beloved’.

We find that Ibrahim was submitted to Allah in his daily life. This was not just something which Ibrahim did in theory. It was a vital part of his life. Whatever Allah spoke, Ibrahim not only believed and yielded submission, but carried out in his life. It was more than just belief! It was action. (Taurat) Genesis chapter 12. When Ibrahim was called to leave his country, to pack up and go, he listened to the voice of Allah and Ibrahim obeyed and left his country. He carried out the wishes of Allah. Whatever it was, Ibrahim carefully listened to Allah. Even when Allah would ask something which would seem very foolish to his fellow man. Imagine, beginning to pack up your belongings and your friends come to you and ask “Ibrahim, what are you doing”. Ibrahim most likely said something like, “I am packing up my camp” Where are you going? Ibrahim: “I don’t know, Allah will show the way”. Perhaps some of his friends may have well called Ibrahim ‘insane’. ‘Why would you leave your (Ummah) community, family and friends and Ibrahim, your security’? Nevertheless, Ibrahim obeyed from the heart and it was carried out in action. So it must be with us to be among the ‘Khalil’ intimate friends of Allah. If Allah has spoken, we must be willing to not only listen, but to carry out in action what Allah has spoken and carry out His wishes.

There are at least two things which must take place for one to be a ‘Khalil’ or intimate friend of Allah.
First there must be a perfect submission and unquestioning obedience to the will of Allah. This is a must, anyone who is not submissive to Allah, cannot become an intimate friend. Allah will never force the will of any human.
Sura 002.256 ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’… Sura 002.256 Al-Baqara

Thus this submission to Allah, must be voluntary from the heart of man, without any external force. This submission is not only to Allah but to the Word sent down, (Taurat and Injeel of the Bible Scriptures), the Law (The Ten Commandments), the Prophets, and Isa al-Masih [Christ the Messiah] (the Word from Allah)! Sura 3:3

نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا لِمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ وَأَنْزَلَ التَّوْرَاةَ وَالإنْجِيلَ
003.003 ‘It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth, the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong)’. Sura 003.003 Aal-E-Imran

We find in the Taurat another example of one who submitted to the Word from Allah. Her name was Hagar the servant woman, the second wife of Ibrahim. When conditions in life became unbearable for her in the household life of Ibrahim’s home, she fled on account of the abuse she was under from Sari, Ibrahim’s first wife. She fled to the desert, and was apparently returning home to Egypt. The Angel of the Lord met her there and told her…(Taurat) Genesis 16:8 ‘And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither [where]wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.’ Then the angel of the Lord told her to return to the camp of Ibrahim and Sari, and submit thyself under her hand. Genesis 16:9 ‘And the angel of the LORD [Allah] said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.’ She faithfully obeyed the voice of the angel of the Lord [Allah], and returned and submitted.
This is precisely the attitude we must have. We must be willing to listen to the voice of Allah and submit faithfully to Him in all things. The question remains will we be true? What will happen if the command from Allah comes in a manner which we do not expect? Will I still be faithful? Remember Allah has only your best interest in mind. It is for our eternal security.
Secondly, we must find out what Allah’s will is! Where do we go to find out what Allah’s will is?
قُلْ آمَنَّا بِاللَّهِ وَمَا أُنْزِلَ عَلَيْنَا وَمَا أُنْزِلَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالأسْبَاطِ وَمَا أُوتِيَ مُوسَى وَعِيسَى وَالنَّبِيُّونَ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ لا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِنْهُمْ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُسْلِمُونَ Sura: 003.084
‘Say’: "We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) [The Bible Scriptures] given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to Allah do we bow our will.” Sura: 003.084 Aal-E-Imran
This is made clear to us in the Injeel which was sent to us through Isa al-Masih (Christ the Messiah). I Thessalonians 4:3 “For this is the will of God [Allah], even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:” Sanctification is holiness to Allah, holiness of heart and life! Allowing Allah to write His Law of the Ten Commandments in our hearts. Notice how clearly is given to us the direction to follow: (Taurat) Ecclesiastics 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God [Allah], and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
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Bible texts from the King James Version

“Ibrahim, friend [Khalil] of Allah”

Sura 4:125
An-Nisa

Series no. 015

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