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  Ibrahim Ibn Adam 

Afghanland.com -  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 and

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,

 

"Father Simeon, how long hast thou been here?"

 

"For seventy years", he answered.

 

"What is thy food?" I asked.

 

"O Hanifite", he countered,

 

"what hast 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?"

 

He answered, "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."

 

Prince Ibrahim 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.

 

Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balki (Rumi) also describes the legend of Ibrahim in his famous book, the Masnawi.

 

His burial 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 coast.

 

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