Ibrahim said: "I am not afraid of the idol gods nor am I afraid of Namrud."
These words of his spread through the city, so all the people knew that he
mocked their gods.
When Ibrahim was 16 years of age, all the people of Babylon knew that he did not
worship their gods, and that he mocked them.
One day, Azar, Abraham's uncle, saw Ibrahim making an idol more beautiful than
those he made. In the beginning, he was glad, for he thought that Ibrahim would
take care of the idols in the temple, but, at last, he was sad when he saw him
breaking the idol into pieces.
Azar was angry with Ibrahim, so he said to him: "Ibrahim, why have you broken
the god into pieces? Are you not afraid of the anger of the gods?"
Ibrahim politely answered: "Father, why do you worship what neither hears nor
sees nor avails you in the least? Father, do not worship Satan. Surely, Satan is
disobedient to the Most Merciful (Allah)."
Azar said angrily: "Do you dislike my gods, Ibrahim? If you do not desist, I
will certainly revile you. And leave me for a time."
Ibrahim greeted Azar before leaving his house, saying: "Peace be on you. I will
pray to my Lord to forgive you. Surely, He is ever Affectionate to me."
Ibrahim prayed to his Lord to guide Azar into the light and faith.
He separated himself from people to worship Allah, the One and Only. People went
to their temples all the time. They bowed to idols and gave them gifts, but
Ibrahim did not bend to idols nor did he give them gifts.
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