Take Four Birds

In the Koran, Abraham questioned Allah as to how he would give life to the dead.  Allah told Abraham to take four birds, tame and train them so that they depend on you, slaughter them, cut them into pieces and the set a portion of them on each hill, then call them and they would come flying to you with haste.  Maybe I have gotten this all wrong, as for me the Koran is not very easy to read, but it seems like a very similar story is being told in Genesis.  The descriptions of Abraham’s life as found in the Koran are strongly influenced by Jewish traditions, as they both incorporate Abraham’s disputes with his idol-worshipping father and his conflict with the wicked king Nimrod who cast him into a fiery furnace.

Abraham was told by God that he and his offspring would possess the land as God had promised, and when he requested some reassurance the Lord told Abram to bring five specific animals before Him, which Abraham did.  Abraham carries out a bloody-but-purposeful covenant ritual as he cuts the heifer, goat, and ram (all three years old) in half and he to lays each half opposite the other.  He did not cut the turtledove or pigeon in half.  The birds were able to soar up to heaven, thus representing salvation and healing and meaning the covenant could not be separated.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt.

12 thoughts on “Take Four Birds

    1. This was the second post today that I made about Jews and Muslims that had a bird in it. I don’t know much about the significance of the story, but it came up on Google when I did a search for four birds.

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  1. Poor birds! Kind of represents what issue I have with the big religions… I think there’s a great deal of wisdom in the writings, but it’s very subject to interpretation and misinterpretation unfortunately. My dad is a Bahai, which is one I don’t know a huge amount about but from my understanding of them, their belief is that all the main religions have some validity but basically God has to keep sending new messengers because people don’t “get” it… they didn’t get Moses, didn’t get Jesus, didn’t get Mohammed, so he sent a guy called Abdul Baha in the 19th century to see if we could “get” him.

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    1. I used to be a believer in the Christian faith, but the more stories that I read in the Bible, the harder it became for me to believe. If the Bible is supposed to be God’s word, than it should not contain made up stories. I like the stories, but most of them must be taken with a grain of salt.

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      1. I think being translated from language to language to language doesn’t help; the writings are full of allegories and metaphors which also don’t help people get the message that easily.

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