I want to know what is the meaning of Ismail - the name of the son of Ibrahim (PBUH) as written in Koran. I asked many people but they said they don't know.

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    Salam and welcome to Islam SE the Q&A site about Islam. Please consider taking some time to make yourself familiar with our site and model by taking the tour and checking our help center. What is the relevance between this name and Islam and what would be the benefit of knowing the meaning, and what can we tell you which Wikipedia doesn't offer?
    – Medi1Saif
    Apr 11, 2018 at 11:09
  • am asking the menaing of a word in the koran and name of nabi how it is not related to islam?
    – user27195
    Apr 11, 2018 at 11:21
  • Well this name has no specific meaning in Islam nor Arabic as it has a non-Arabic origin, so no there's nor relevance.
    – Medi1Saif
    Apr 11, 2018 at 12:05

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According to Qurtubi and Baghaway:

The tafsir of Ishmael ( إسماعيل ) is

اسمع يا إيل

which is equivalent to:

اسمع يا الله

Hear me, O Allah!

Which was Abraham's prayer and he named him after the prayer.

Because El ( إل or إيل ) is the name of Allah in ancient semitic.

According to one interpretation mentioned in most tafsirs, the name is the Quran in:

لا يرقبوا فيكم إلا

Quran 9:8

لا يرقبون في مؤمن إلا

Quran 9:10

To mean Allah or a vow in His name. See Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Tafsir Tabari, Tafsir Razi, Tafsir Baghawy etc.

They also cite the saying of Abu Bakr on hearing the forgeries of Musaylimah, the false prophet:

هذا كلام لم يخرج من إل

This is not the speech of El

Similar can be found in the exegesis of the names جبريل and ميكال etc.

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