These are the tombs of Ishaq (upon him be peace) (right) and his wife Rifaqah (left) and are directly over their graves which are below ground. These tombs are on the Muslim side, along with Sarah (upon her be peace), one of the wives of Ebrahim (upon him be peace). The tombs of Yaqoob and Yusuf (upon him be peace) are on the Jewish side. Jews and Muslims are allowed to enter the others area for 10 fixed days in a year.
- Ishaq (upon him be peace) is mentioned by name 17 times in the Quran.
- He was born when his father Ebrahim (upon him be peace) was 100 years old, his elder brother Ismail (upon him be peace) 14 years and his mother Sarah (upon him be peace) 90 years old. Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) mentions the glad tidings of the birth of Ishaq (upon him be peace) to Ebrahim (upon him be peace) in the Quran in Surah As-Saffat:“And We gave him the glad tidings of Ishaq, a Prophet, one of the righteous. And We blessed him and Ishaq. And of their progeny some are good-doers, and some are manifestly wrongdoers to themselves.” [37:112-113]
- The Jews and Christians believe that it was Ishaq (upon him be peace) who was prepared for sacrifice by Ebrahim (upon him be peace) in the al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem. The Islamic belief is that it was Ismail (upon him be peace), with the incident happening at Mina, in Saudi Arabia.
- According to the People of the Book, Ishaq (upon him be peace) married Rifaqah (Rebekah), daughter of Batwabil during the lifetime of his father. She was barren and he prayed to Allah for children. His prayer was answered and she gave birth to twin boys, Al-’Ays (Esau) and Yaqoob (Jacob). The former is the parent of the Romans while the latter, also known as Israil, is the forefather of the Banu Israil (Children of Israel).
- When Ishaq (upon him be peace) grew old he lost his eye-sight. He passed away at Hebron at the age of 180 years.
References: Atlas of the Quran – Dr. Shauqi Abu Khalili, Stories of the Prophets – Ibn Kathir