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Why was Prophet Ibrahim called “friend of Allah”?

How old was Prophet Ibrahim PHUH? Why was he called the friend of Allah, is it true that he was called frind of Allah because he had no other Muslims around him so Allah made him his friend

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Ebrahim Alayhi Salam was called Khaleelullah (friend of Allah) because of his intense love for Allah and complete submission to the laws of Allah[1].

Ebrahim Alayhi Salaam passed away when he was a hundred and seventy five years of age[2].

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Immad Bin Arshad

Student Darul Iftaa
California, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

www.daruliftaa.net


[1] تفسير ابن كثير دار ابن جوزي (3/ 228)

وَإِنَّمَا سُمِّيَ خَلِيلَ اللَّهِ لِشِدَّةِ مَحَبَّةِ ربه عز وجل له لما قام به مِنَ الطَّاعَةِ الَّتِي يُحِبُّهَا وَيَرْضَاهَا

[2] تاريخ الطبري = تاريخ الرسل والملوك، وصلة تاريخ الطبري (1/ 312)

ولما مات ابراهيم ع- وكان موته وهو ابن مائتي سنة، وقيل ابن مائة وخمس وسبعين سنة- دفن عند قبر ساره في مزرعه حبرون

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