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    Ishmael

    Called Ismail in the Quran. Son of Abraham (Ibrahim) and Hagar . In the Quranic account, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son but did not specify which one. Muslim tradition generally identifies the son to be sacrificed as Ishmael, rather than Isaac (Ishaq). Ishmael accepted the command due to his faith in God. Called people to prayer and charity. Believed by Muslims to have built the Kaaba with his father as a sign of God's covenant with them. Evicted from his home as an infant along with his mother, Hagar, due to the jealousy of Abraham's wife, Sarah , and nearly died of thirst in the desert until God revealed the well of Zamzam. Today Ishmael is considered the father of the Arab nation, and the Isaac/Ishmael conflict is often used as a paradigm for the Jewish/Arab conflict.

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