After a while Ibrahim
did marry Hajar and
she had a son.
They called him Ismail.
They were all very
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
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.

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