“Verily, Ibrahim (Abraham) was an Ummah (a leader having all the good righteous qualities), or a nation, obedient to Allah, Hanifa (i.e. to worship none but Allah), and he was not one of those who were Al-Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, and those who joined partners with Allah). [16:120]*
“He (the Exalted) described Ibrahim (May Allah’s Peace be upon Him) with these attributes which represent the utmost degree of monotheism.
The first one: He was a model [‘Ummah’] that is to say an example and leader teaching people to perform that which is good. That is only because he perfected the rank of patience and certainty through which leadership in religion is attained.
The second: His saying, «devoutly» the Sheikh of Islam said, «devotion» is continuous obedience, and if the praying person lengthens his period of standing, prostration, or bowing down, then he is considered a devoted and obedient person. Allah (the Exalted) has said, «Is one who worships devoutly during the hours of the night prostrating himself or standing (in adoration), who takes heed of the Hereafter, and who places his hope in the Mercy of his Lord.» (39: 9).
The third: That verily he was true in faith (I said) the religious authority Ibn Al-Qayyim said that he who is truthful in faith is one who approaches Allah (the Exalted) while avoiding all others.
The fourth: That verily he was never a polytheist; that is because of his truthfulness and sincerity and their perfection as well as he was very far from polytheism.”
(Source: Book ‘Fath Al Majeed’ by Shaykh Abdur Rahman bin Hassan Al Ash Shaykh, English edition pag 72)
(*)Translation of Dr Muhsin Khan