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Abraham built the Kaaba

Another obvious lie told in the Quran is that Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael, whereas the Bible says Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. The verses in the Quran that refer to Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in the Quran are Sura 37:99-105:

“99. He said: "I will go to my Lord! He will surely guide me 100. "O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!" 101. So We gave him the good news of a forbearing son. 102. Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I have seen in a vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills, one of the steadfast!" 103. So when they had both submitted (to Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice), 104. We called out to him "O Abraham! ...105. "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" - thus indeed do We reward those who do right.”

Nowhere in the Quran is Ishmael identified as the son that Abraham was willing to sacrifice, whereas the Bible mentions Isaac by name. Islamic leaders are simply twisting scriptures to make their followers believe lies in attempts to make their religion look superior to Christianity and every other religion. But blatant lies, plain for everyone to see, cannot make it so.

Another related lie is that Abraham built the Kaaba in Mecca with Ishmael. The way to prove that is to find out where all Abraham journeyed.

God told Abraham in Genesis 13:17, “17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to you.” At that time verse 12 records that Abraham lived in the land of Canaan: “12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.” Later God promises to his descendants ‘this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates’ (Genesis 15:18-21) Thus, God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham, from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates, and not around Mecca in Arabia which was 700 miles away to the southeast.

Bible records Abraham’s journeys. He came from Ur of the Chaldees to the land of Canaan. He experienced a famine and went to Egypt to find sustenance. He came back to Canaan from Egypt and lived about ten years in the land. Then Ishmael was born to his Egyptian wife Hagar. However, because of persecution from Sarah, Hagar fled towards Egypt where God’s angel met her and told her to submit herself to her mistress Sarah. Abraham was still moving up and down in the land of Canaan.

Following the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, we Abraham moved to Gerar, between Kadesh and Shur, where Isaac was born. Abraham settled down in Gerar and made treaties with the local chiefs, and dug wells for his flocks and cattle. Certainly, Abraham could not have journeyed to Mecca to build the Kaaba as Ishmael was still a child.

Then Hagar and Ishmael were cast out after God told him to follow Sarah’s advice. Hagar wandered in the south of Canaan in Beersheba to go towards Egypt. Abraham certainly did not go with her as Isaac was still a child, and Abraham had settled in Gerar.

Eventually Ishmael settled in the wilderness of Paran and took an Egyptian wife. Wilderness of Paran is mentioned on the Exodus route (numbers 12:16). The Israelites Exodus route definitely did not include Arabia. The Wilderness of Paran is therefore within the Sinai Peninsula, which most Bible atlases show. Therefore, Ishmael was nowhere near Arabia at this time.

Then Abraham is asked to sacrifice his son Isaac at Mt. Moriah, which is in Jerusalem. It took Abraham three days to reach Mt. Moriah from where he lived. He definitely still lived in the land of Canaan, and nowhere near Mecca.

Then Sarah dies, and Abraham buys the Cave of Machpela to bury her, still in Canaan. Then Abraham sends his servant to Mesopotamia to find a wife for Isaac. In Genesis 24:3, he takes an oath from his servant not to get a wife from among the daughters of the Canaanites for his son among whom he dwelt. (Genesis 24:3: And I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that you shall not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell.” Thus Abraham was still dwelling in the land of Canaan.

Think! Would God allow Abraham to build a tomb in Canaan and then ask him to build a temple 1000 miles away in the barren Hijaz, in Mecca, and then why would Abraham not take a wife for Isaac from among the daughters of the local tribes in the Hijaz? The reason is obvious. Abraham was never in Mecca. Then Abraham died and both his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the Cave of Machpela. That means both were still living close to the land of Canaan, and not 1,000 miles away in Mecca. This proves that Ishmael was also never in Mecca.

None of Muhammed’s people had claimed to be prophets before him (Salih al Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 1 # 6). In addition, the Quran also states that there were no prophets among the Arabs around Mecca. Sura 11:49 states:

[11.49] These are announcements relating to the unseen which We reveal to you, you did not know them-- (neither) you nor your people-- before this; therefore, be patient; surely the end is for those who guard (against evil). 

In an article titled “Did Abraham Build the Kaaba,” Jesse Toller [available at] quotes the scholar Alfred Guillaume: ‘"... there is no historical evidence for the assertion that Abraham or Ishmael was ever in Mecca, and if there had been such a tradition it would have to be explained how all memory of the Old Semitic name Ishmael (which was not in its true Arabian form in Arabian inscriptions and written correctly with an initial consonant Y) came to be lost. The form in the Quran is taken either from Greek or Syriac sources." (Alfred Guillaume, Islam [Penguin Books Inc., Baltimore, 1956], pp. 61-62).

There is a complete lack of mention of Mecca in ancient records even during Roman times and prior to that. Mecca simply did not exist at the time of Abraham and Ishmael. It may have been built much later by Ishmael’s descendants, and became an important trading post and place of worship much later.

Thus, the Muslim claim that Abraham and Ishmael built the Kaaba at Mecca also stands exposed as diabolical Satanic lie, which continues to be perpetuated by the Islamic clergy because of their vested interests.

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