Abraham and the Binding of Ishmael

Abraham and the Binding of Ishmael, 18th century. Fresco, Haft Tanan (Seven Tombs) Mausoleum, Shiraz, Iran.

The Qur’an tells a slightly different version of the biblical story of the binding of Isaac (Gen 22:1-19). The Qur’an does not specify which of Abraham’s two sons God requests for sacrifice. Islamic tradition holds that it was Ishmael and not Isaac. In this fresco painting from the walls of the Haft Tanen Mausoleum in Shiraz, Iran, Abraham raises his sword toward his kneeling and bound son Ishmael just as the angel intervenes to save Ishmael’s life. The mural is one of five adorning the central building of the mausoleum. Seven anonymous mystics are buried in the garden. 

Abraham and the Binding of Ishmael, 18th century. Fresco, Haft Tanan (Seven Tombs) Mausoleum, Shiraz, Iran.

Gen 22:1-19

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