Hagar and Ishmael



Question:  Why were Hagar and Ishmael banished?


Google: In Genesis 16, Hagar is introduced as an Egyptian slave woman who belongs to Abram's wife Sarai, and she became jealous and worried that Ishmael would claim Isaac's inheritance.  And so she asked Abraham to banish Hagar and Ishmael.

Hagar is a biblical character in the book of Genesis.  She has an important role as wife of Abram/Abraham and mother of Ishmael.  As such, she is an important figure within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

According to the most well-known of these traditions, after Ishmael and Hagar were banished, they settled in Mecca, near which they had found relief and water at the Well of Zamzam.

Muhammad is considered to be one of the many descendants of Ishmael.  The oldest extant biography of Muhammad, compiled by Ibn Ishaq, and edited by Ibn Hisham, opens: The Qur'an, however, does not have any genealogies.  It was well-known among the Arabs that Quraysh were the descendants of Ishmael.

What does Ishmael mean in the Bible?

God will hear:

Ishmael is a boy's name of Hebrew origin, meaning “God will hear”.  Gifting baby this biblical title is a lovely way to honour one's faith and remind baby of their religious roots.  In the Old Testament, Ishmael is the name of Abraham's firstborn son and is also considered the traditional ancestor of the Arab people.

Who is father of Islam?


Muhammad was the founder of Islam and the proclaimer of the Qurʾān, Islam's sacred scripture.  He spent his entire life in what is now the country of Saudi Arabia, from his birth about 570 CE in Mecca to his death in 632 in Medina.  4 Jun 2022.

Who are the 12 tribes of Ishmael today?

King James Version - Genesis, Chapter 16

·       Nebajoth.

·       Kedar.

·       Adbeel.

·       Mibsam.

·       Mishma.

·       Dumah.

·       Massa.

·       Hadar.


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