Ibrahim Ibn Adam or Abraham Son of Adam was an Sufi mystic born in
Balkh Afghanistan in 730 CE
Ibrahim was born
in the palace of Balkh to the King and Queen of the time. As a
prince, he was a privilege boy, he has in his possession all
worldly goods that he wished. He never ventured outside of the
palace walls. The world he knew was the world of the court,
royalty and grandeur.
At the age of
20, Prince Ibrahim had a dream where received a warning from God,
through Khidr, who is a revered figure in Islam, whom the Qur'an
describes as a righteous servant of God, who possessed great
wisdom or mystic knowledge, represented ironically by a fish. In
this dream Khidr convinced Ibrahim to relinquish his worldly goods
seek the truth.
For the first
time Prince Ibrahim ventured outside the palace grounds and rode
his horse about the city of Balkh. He saw beggars, poor children,
hunger, filth and poverty for the first time. On the outskirts of
the town he met a Christian monk named Simeon. Their
conversations, as recalled by Ibrahim went as such:
I visited him in
his cell, and said to him,
how long hast thou been here?"
years", he answered.
"What is thy
food?" I asked.
"O Hanifite", he
caused thee to ask this?" "I wanted to know", I replied.
Then he said.
"Every night one chickpea."
I said, "What
stirs thee in thy heart so that this pea suffices thee?"
"They come to me one day in every year and adorn my cell and
process about it, so doing me reverence; and whenever my spirit
wearies of worship, I remind it of that hour, and endure the
labors of a year for the sake of an hour. Do thou, O Hanifite,
endure the labor of a year for the glory of eternity."
abdicated the thrown, relinquished the palace and headed east in
search of wisdom and knowledge. He spent the rest of his life
trekking across the middle east as a darwish, performing acts of
righteous and learning from Sufi's, Monks and mystics.
Jalaluddin Mohammad Balki (Rumi) also describes the legend of
Ibrahim in his famous book, the Masnawi.
ground is still unknown, but there are accounts of his tombs being
in several locations, amongst them, Byzantine island, Tyre, in
Baghdad, in the "cave of Jeremiah" in Jerusalem and the Syrian