The Divine Covenant with Abraham

(God said to Abraham) “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” And God said unto Abraham, “Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.”

– Book of Genesis 17:7-9, Holy Bible

And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

– Book of Genesis 18:17-19, Holy Bible

Imamate promised to Abraham and his progeny:

“And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled: He said: “I will make thee Imam to the Nations.” He pleaded: “And also (Imams) from my offspring!” He answered: “But My Covenant is not within the reach of evil-doers.”

– Holy Quran 2:124

“And when Abraham and Ishmael were raising the foundations of the House, (They prayed): Our Lord! Accept from us (this duty). Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Hearer, the Knower. Our Lord! And make us submissive unto Thee and of our progeny (dhurriyat) a nation submissive unto Thee, and show us our ways of worship, and relent toward us. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Relenting, the Merciful. Our Lord! And raise up in their midst a messenger from among them who shall recite unto them Thy Revelations, and shall instruct them in the Scripture and in wisdom and shall purify them. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Mighty, Wise.”

– Holy Quran 2:127-129

“Or do they envy mankind for what Allah hath given them of His bounty? But We had already given the House of Abraham the Book and Wisdom, and conferred upon them a Great Kingdom.”

– Holy Quran 4:54

“The faith of your father Abraham is yours. He hath named you Muslims aforetime and in this that the Messenger may be a witness against you, and that ye may be witnesses against mankind.”

– Holy Quran 22:78

“We are the middle community and we are the Witnesses of God over His Creatures and His Proofs in the earth.”

– Mawlana Imam Jafar as-Sadiq, (quoted in Huwayzi, Tafsir, Nur al-thaqalyn, I, p. 112)

“And of those whom We created there is a nation (ummat) who guide with the Truth and establish justice therewith. And those who deny Our Signs – step by step We lead them on from whence they know not.”

– Holy Quran 7:181-182

“Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the descendants of Abraham, and the descendants of Ìmrán above all people, a line of descendants (dhuriyyat), one succeeding the other, and Allah heareth and knoweth all things.”

– Holy Quran 3:33-34

Note: Hazrat Imran is another name of Hazrat Abu Talib – who was the father of Mawlana Ali. Prophet Noah was the direct descendant of Prophet Adam. Prophet Abraham was the direct descendant of Prophet Noah. Hazrat Abu Talib was the direct descendant of Prophet Abraham through his elder son Hazrat Ishmael. The Holy Imams are the direct descendants of Imran (Abu Talib) through Mawlana Ali and the direct descendants of Prophet Muhammad through Bibi Fatima.

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