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Prophet Ibrahim (a) & Prophet Ismail (a)
Ibrahim married a girl called Sarah. They lived very happily in Palestine. They worked and had plenty of everything.
Ibrahim became very wealthy, but he was a good man. He always helped other people too.
After many years Ibrahim and Sarah still had no children. This made them very sad. They both wanted a child to share their life with.
Sarah told Ibrahim that he should marry her servant Hajar too, so that Ibrahim and Hajar could make a child together.
After a while Ibrahim did marry Hajar and she had a son.
They called him Ismail. They were all very happy.
Ibrahim, Hajar and Ismail moved to a valley in Arabia. They settled in a good place with hills and mountains on all sides to protect them.
After a while Ibrahim said that he should go back to see Sarah and to get more food and water. Before he left he prayed to Allah to look after his wife and son because they did not have much food and water left.
The food and water soon began to run low. Hajar was very worried. What could they live on? They prayed to Allah.
Hajar went to the top of the mountain, Mount Safa, to look for Ibrahim.
Now their water was all gone and they were desperate. She went to the other side of the valley and climbed to the top of Mount Marwa. She looked towards the North, East, West and South for help but found none.
Hajar kept running backwards and forwards between Mount Safa and Mount Marwa. She did this seven times. Suddenly she saw Ismail kick the ground with his heel. A spring of water gushed out - beautiful, pure water, they were saved. Even today this water, called Zamzam, still flows in the Valley of Hijaz and when people go to Makkah on Hajj they go seven times between the two mounts in memory of this miracle that saved the lives of Hajar and Ismail.
When Ibrahim returned he was amazed to see the valley. The water had made the place very fertile. All the animals and caravans visited and made it a prosperous place.