Q: While the story of Ibrahim (p) and his son, Ismael, depicts obedience and submission to Godís will that ordains sacrificing Ismael, the story of prophet Noah (p) and his son depicts rebellion against Godís will and rejection to the invitation of salvation. What can we learn from all this?
A: The children of prophets, scholars, and Imams are humans just like the children of other ordinary men; they could be affected by positive circumstances just like negative ones. They would even live an internal conflict when confronted with positives influences and negatives ones, while each tries to sway them to their sides. Thus, the external forces reacting against one another are transformed into internal wrestling forces.
According, a prophetís son does not necessarily grow into a righteous man. In the same breathe, the children of scholars, Imams, and Imams would not like their fathers. The father represents only one positive influence among all the negative influences present in the childís environment. Thus, his positive influences might not stand his ground against a huge sum of external negative influences. In addition, as a result of all the antagonistic forces working against the prophet himself, hindering his march, and impeding the prophetic message, the prophetís position might be inflicted, which would ultimately affect his family. This is the case with several prophets and scholars who were overwhelmed under the pressures and challenges of exhortation and conveying the prophetic message, and unintentionally driven their attention away from their families. Then, he would be open to the entire world but distant from his family. This course of being distant from his family and other personal matters imposes itself upon the prophet.