Note: While going through history of religions, I have stumbled on one episode and cannot figure out a clear picture. A theologian or a student of history may kindly clarify it for me to move on.
Was Hazrat Ismail a grown up boy or an infant when the Miracle of Zamzam happened?
When Hazrat Ishaq was born, the age of his step brother Hazrat Ismail was 14 years. But according to another scriptural account, when Hazrat Ibrahim, at the behest of Hazrat Sara, left Hazrat Hajira and his son in a desert, Hazrat Ismail was then an infant.
When both mother and son ran out with their water and bread, then God sent his angle Jibril to help them. According to a chronicled account it was due to the throbbing of the feet of infant Ismail that a fountain of fresh water emerged with the help of Hazrat Jibril: since then known as Zamzam.
If the age factor (14 years) is taken into account, Hazrat Ismail was almost an adolescent and therefore could not be carried on shoulders nor could rub his feet on the sand due to the thirst while his mother Hazrat Hajira was watching in desperation from a distance.
The second time when Hazrat Ibrahim takes the young son for sacrifice in compliance with the commandment of God, the obedient son walks along with the father to the place of sacrifice, which proves that he was almost an adult.
Now if the incident of sacrifice takes place before the abandoning of Hazrat Hajira and her son in the desert, then he should be a grown up, young and adolescent boy. That is why he talks and walks with his illustrious father and even questions and expresses his willingness to be sacrificed to fulfill the command of God.
If the incident of sacrifice takes place after the abandoning of both mother and son in the desert then by all logical calculations he was an adult and could not rub his feet like an infant on the sandy soil.
I would appreciate if this confusion about the age of Hazrat Ismail at the time of sacrifice and at that of the creation of Zamzam spring from his feet’s throbbing can be resolved.