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Lessons from the Story of Prophet Ismail A.S.

The story of the sacrifice between Prophet Ibrahim a.s. and his son, Prophet Ismail a.s., represents the pinnacle of obedience and servitude of a father and son towards the commands of Allah s.w.t. This would not have been possible without a healthy and nurturing environment for the child during his/her upbringing years. As humans, we are shaped by the environment we live in. If a child is raised in a healthy and safe environment, insya Allah he or she will grow and develop well. However, if the opposite is true, it becomes a challenge for an individual to be inculcated with good values and positive traits. The story of how Prophet Ibrahim a.s. raised his son, Prophet Ismail a.s., sets a wonderful example which should be incorporated into our parenting skills today.

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