TOWARDS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM & MUSLIMS
While the angel said [Yahweh] has heard your misery (Gen. 16:11), we see further development of God’s hearing in the verse that follows. Abraham’s firstborn was predicted to be a wild donkey of a man (v. 12). Many have mistaken this prediction as a negative description! But we must harmonize its correct meaning in the context of God’s comfort and listening. Animal by-names are not, by themselves, insults.
Dr. Tony Maalouf