2:126 And Abraham prayed, “My Lord! Make this Town a haven of peace and security, and provide its residents with plentiful sustenance; those who believe in God and the Last Day.” He answered, “I will also provide for those who disbelieve and let them enjoy for a while. But then I will commit them to the suffering of the Fire, a miserable destination.” [14:37, 17:18-20, 22:25, 95:3]
2:127 As Abraham raised the foundations of the House together with Ishmael, they prayed earnestly, “Our Lord! Accept this service from us. You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.”
2:128 “Our Lord! Make both of us Submitters to You, and of our descendants, make a community Submitter. Show us the best ways to serve You and turn to us in kindness. You are the Absolver of imperfections, the Merciful. [2:186, 2:286. ‘Manasik’ = Ways of service and devotion to God = Rites of Pilgrimage]
Abraham left a grown up son with hajar, if he left them alone at all, so she did not struggle as a single parent.
3:84 Declare, “We believe in God and what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and their descendant Prophets, and what was given from their Lord to Moses, Jesus and the other Prophets. We make no distinction among any of them. And we submit to Him alone.” [All Prophets were one in purpose. 2:253, 17:55]
Ishmael was a Messenger and contributed to the monotheism, along with his father Abraham.
We should not belittle the role women play in the lives of all men, Messenger's included, but her life taken from the Bible and forged hadith/traditions has very little to do with reality; why make up a story about a struggling heroine when there is no evidence?
19:54 And make mention of Ishmael in the Book. He was truthful in his pledge, and he was a Prophet bearing Our message.
19:55 He enjoined upon his people the establishment of the Divine System and of the Just Economic Order. He was highly acceptable in the Sight of his Lord.
The pledge was to give up paganism for Islam:
37:101 So We gave him the good news of a clement son (Ishmael).
37:102 And when he was old enough to strive along with him, Abraham said, “O My dear son! I have had a vision that I must give you to a life of test and tribulation for a noble cause (37:107). So look, what do you think?” He said, “O My father! Do what you are commanded. God willing, you will find me of the steadfast.” [Have had a dream = Have had a vision. Zibh and Zabh = Sacrifice = Disregard comfort for a noble cause. Just as Qatl = To subdue, kill, fight, humiliate, bring low]
37:103 As both of them had surrendered themselves (to God), he made Ishmael further submit in gratitude. [Contrary to popular tradition, Abraham never envisioned or intended to slaughter his son. God does not play games with His servants. Literal ‘forehead to ground’ = complete submission in gratitude]
37:104 We called unto him, “O Abraham!
37:105 You have already affirmed the vision. We – This is so - We must reward the doers of good.”
37:106 This was a trial, clear in itself. [Leaving the prestigious office of Chief Priesthood in Babylon and now the comfort of Syria for the wilderness of Makkah]
37:107 We exchanged his life for a Momentous Sacrifice. [Please notice here the absence of the Biblical and the traditional myth of a 'ram' sent from the heavens. Also, note that slaughtering of a sheep or goat, by no means, can be considered a Momentous Sacrifice. 14:37, 37:102] 37:107 We exchanged his life for a Momentous Sacrifice. Notice here the absence of the Biblical and the traditional myth of a 'ram' sent from the heavens. Also, note that slaughtering of a sheep or goat, by no means, can be considered a Momentous Sacrifice. 14:37, 37:102. Leaving the prestigious office of Chief Priesthood in Babylon and now the comfort of Syria for the wilderness of the valley of Makkah was the Momentous sacrifice]
37:108 And We left for him remembrance among the later generations.
37:109 Peace and salutation to Abraham!