"When he (Isma'il) grew enough to work with him, he (Ibrahim) said, "My son, I see in a dream that I am sacrificing you. What do you think?" He said, "O my father, do what you are commanded to do. You will find me, GOD willing, patient."(Al-Saffat, 37:102)
This event is the example of Islam in its highest essence. The affection of the father was severely tested, when Abraham was called to sacrifice his son, and not stand by and watch others sacrifice his son. He had to subdue his own sense of affection, mercy, love, and any loving attachment-sentiments which reside in every father towards his only and beloved child.
On the other hand, Ismael's love for himself was also challenged. The faith of both was challenged. And this dared them to respond to the subjection of one's affections for one's own child (Abraham), and the killing of one's feelings towards himself (Ismael). They both succeeded in this.
Is it possible to emulate this submission and obedience?