The Issue of Issac/Ishmael:
A Sacrifice Controversy

By Iskandar Hai

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #30
Louhelen Bahá'í School: Michigan, USA
October 6–8, 2000
(see list of papers from #30)

    Jews and Christians believe that God, as recorded in the Book of Genesis, instructed Abraham to sacrifice His son Isaac, whereas Muslims believe that it was His other son, Ishmael, who was supposed to be sacrificed. The question has been posed to Bahá'u'lláh, to 'Abdu'l-Bahá, and to Shoghi Effendi. The purpose of this discussion is to meticulously examine what they said and to find out if their answers are different or if they convey fundamentally the same message.

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