Tomb of Prophet Ishaq (upon him be peace)

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 him 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]
Name sign on the tomb of Ishaq (upon him be peace)

Name sign on the tomb of Ishaq (upon him be peace) – Photo: Muhammad bin Ashraf

  • 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).
Name sign on the tomb of Rifqah (may Allah be pleased with her)

Name sign on the tomb of Rifqah (may Allah be pleased with her) – Photo: Muhammad bin Ashraf

  • 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

Note that this entry has been shown for information purposes only. On no account should anybody pray towards a grave or seek supplication through them as this is tantamount to committing shirk, associating partners with Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He)


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