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.
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
لا يرقبون في مؤمن إلا
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.