Chapter 1 – Read The Story (Find Suitable Word Meanings in The Vocabulary List)


A long, long time ago, in fact, more than five thousand years ago, there was a city called Ur in the land of Chaldea. It was a large city and there lived in it a man whose name was Azar. He was a seller of idols and because the people of Chaldea worshipped idols Azar became very famous.

There was a huge temple in the city, a temple in the very middle, and there the people would keep their idols, spending their days and nights bowing down and presenting gifts to them. Azar was no different. He too would bow down before these idols, and worship them.

There were many idols, so very many. There were tiny idols, so tiny you could put one into your pocket, and there were others so huge they looked like towering giants. There were stone and gold idols and idols carved of timber. There were idols that looked like men and animals and one like a terrifying monster.

And these idols would stand there so very still, not moving an inch all day, for after all they were quite lifeless, being made of stone and wood and clay.

Now Azar had a son called lbrahim who was very smart indeed. He was soft hearted too, and kind and pure as well. Even as a child Allah gave him wisdom and took him as a friend and made him a Nabi, a Prophet to all.

Ibrahim [a] would see the people bowing down before the idols. He knew that the idols were made of stone and could not hear or see or even speak.

He knew that the idols could neither help nor harm anything. He saw the flies sitting on them without being driven away, and the mice eating the food left for the idols, this he saw each and every day.

And so Ibrahim [a] would ask himself, “Why do people worship the idols and why do they pray to them, asking for their needs? I might be just a child but this I do say, that I cannot think of anything quite as silly indeed.”

Ibrahim [a] would go to his father and say, “My dear Father, why do you worship these idols and why do you bow down to them? Father, why do you ask these idols for the things you need, when they can neither hear nor see nor speak? They can neither help nor harm even the smallest being, neither can they eat nor can they drink and so I say, why do you place food and wine before them, each and every day?“

Azar became angry, for after all, he could not reply to these very simple questions. And what is sadder still, is that he refused to understand what all these questions meant.

Ibrahim [a] then tried to give other people the same good advice, but they too became angry and refused to understand what it all meant.

“How am I going to make people understand?” Ibrahim [a] thought to himself, and then he struck upon a very clever plan. “I will smash the idols to pieces when the people are away,” Ibrahim [a] said to himself,

“Then they will understand me, there is no other way.”