According to Mohammedan mythology, the parents of
Abraham were Prince Azar and his wife, Adna.
As King Nimrod had been told that one shortly to be born
would dethrone him, he commanded the death of all such; so Adna retired
to a cave where Abraham was born. He was nourished by sucking two of
her fingers, one of which supplied milk and the other honey.
At the age of fifteen months he was equal in size to a lad of
fifteen, and very wise; so his father introduced him to the court of
King Nimrod. —Herbelot:
According to Mohammedan tradition, the mountain on which Abraham
offered up his son was Arfaday; but is more generally thought to have
The Ghebers say that Abraham was thrown into the fire by Nimrod's
order, but the flame turned into a bed of roses, on which the child
Abraham went to sleep. —Tavernier.
Sweet and welcome as the bed
For their own infant prophet spread,
When pitying Heaven to roses turned
The death-flames that beneath him burned.
—T. Moore: Fire Worshippers.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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