Document Type : Original Article
Islamic studies department, Al-Mustafa international university, Qom, Iran
Using analytical method, this article examines the verse 124 of the second chapter of the Qurʾan regarding the issue of the prophet Ibrahim being raised to the position of Imamate. According to the verse, it was after “the words” of Allah were fulfilled about Ibrahim. Understanding the true concept of “the words” has a crucial impact in finding out the proper meaning of Imamate which has been the most controversial issue in the history of Islam. Findings of this article establish the point that the tests were difficult tasks Ibrahim was tested with. This is while, he was already a prophet at the time of these tests. Another point is that the Imamate was the prize of success in those tests. As a result, Imamate is something precious granted to a prophet and it should be a position higher than prophethood as well as what is in the jurisdiction of a prophet.