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360 Idols
« on: September 09, 2012, 04:27:27 PM »
Sallam brother Joseph

The 'famous' story about prophet Abraham destroying 360 idols at the kabba, is this a quran story or secondary sources?

Do you know if there is any hint of prophet Abraham or any other prophet from quran destroying idols?

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Re: 360 Idols
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2012, 04:30:51 PM »
Salamun Alaikum.

The story of Prophet Abraham striking at the idols is definitely Quranic, see 37:91-96 and 21:57-67.

However, details such as the number of idols etc are unquranic.

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Re: 360 Idols
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 03:13:05 AM »

Sallam,

In todays context where we see some muslims mainly groups ousting one another, does the fact that prophet Abraham destroyed these idols mean it is 'ok' for others to do it?




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Re: 360 Idols
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2012, 03:14:14 AM »
Salamun Alaikum

I very seriously doubt that your inference is the purport of the verse.

It is clear that Prophet Abraham merely attempted to manifest a particular truth to his own people at a particular time by showing them how helpless their own creations were to whom they showed devotion. This is not a cue to destroy the worshipping objects of others wherever they are found. The Quran is merely narrating an incident and not giving sanction to a particular modus operandi.

Quranic verses should always be studied collectively and not as isolated verses.

006.108
And do not insult / revile those to whom they invoke besides God lest they insult / revile God through ignorance. Thus to every nation / community We have made their deed seem fair. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will tell them what they used to do.

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Joseph.






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