Monday, 2 August 2010

Stories of the Prophets 25 - Prophet Uzair (Ezra) - peace be upon him

Prophet Uzair (Ezra) (alayhis salaam - peace be upon him)

Ezra sleeps for 100 years

 Ishaaq Ibn Bishr reported, on the authority of Ibn' Abbas and others, that Ezra was a saint and a wise man. He went out one day to his own farm, as was his custom. About noon he came to a deserted, ruined place and felt the heat. He entered the ruined town and dismounted his donkey, taking figs and grapes in his basket. He went under the shade of the khaiba tree and ate his food. Then he got up to look at what remained of the ruins. The people had long been lost, and he saw bones. "Oh! How will Allah ever bring it to life after its death?" (Ch 2:259 Quran) He said this not out of doubt but out of curiosity. Allah sent the Angel of Death to take his life. He remained dead for one hundred years.

 After one hundred years had passed and there had been changes in Israelite affairs, Allah sent an angel upon Ezra to revive his heart and his eyes in order for him to feel and see how Allah revives the dead. The angel said: "For how long did you sleep?" He said: "A day or part of a day." He said this because he knew he had slept early in the afternoon and woke up late in the afternoon. The angel said: "You remained asleep for one hundred years." He ate and drank the food which he had prepared before he was overtaken by that long sleep. Then the angel revived his donkey. Almighty Allah said: "And look at your donkey! Thus We have made of you a sign for the people. Look at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh." When this was clearly shown to him he said: "I know now that Allah is able to do all things." (Ch 2:259)

Ezra returns home

 He rode on his donkey and entered his native place, but the people did not recognize him, nor did his household, except the maid, now an old woman. He asked her: "Is this the house of Ezra?" She said: "Yes, but the people have long forgotten Ezra." He said: "I am Ezra, Allah had taken my life for a one hundred years and has now returned it to me." She said: "Ezra used to be answered when he prayed to Allah. Pray to cure me of blindness if you are Ezra." He prayed for her and massaged her eyes and took her by the hand. "Get up by the power of Allah," he said. The crippled woman stood up and walked; she opened her eyes and saw; her blindness was gone. She said: "I bear witness that you are Ezra."

Ezra finds and copies the Torah

 She rushed to the assembly of the Israelites. Ezra's son was one hundred and eighteen years old, and his children 's children now were lords of the assembly. She called out to them saying: "This is Ezra come to you." They accused her of lying. She said: "I am your old maid. He has just prayed to Allah for me, and here I am whole again, walking and seeing." The people stood up and looked at him. His son said: "My father had a mark between his shoulders, a black mole," and they discovered it. They said: "None among us memorized the Torah since Nabuchadnezzar burned it, except Ezra; and there was only one copy of the Torah, which was hidden by Sarukha. He buried it in the days of Nabuchadnezzar in a place none but Ezra knows." Ezra led the people to the hidden place and took out that copy of the Torah. Its leaves had rotted, and the book itself crumpled.

 Ezra sat under the shade of a tree surrounded by the children of Israel and copied out the Torah for them from that script. Henceforth, the Jews said that Ezra is the son of Allah, for two evidences which came down from Heaven and for his copying the torah and for his fighting the cause of the Israelites.He had been copying the Torah for Ezekial in the land of darkness in the hermitage of Ezekiel. The village which was in ruins is said to be Sayrabadh. Ibn Abbas commanded: "So it is as Allah said: "We have made of you a sign for the people." (Ch 2:259) That is, for the Israelites, in that he was sitting among his children, the old men, and he a youth. He died as a forty year old, and Allah resurrected him at the same age on the day of his death."

(From 'Stories of the Prophets' by Imam Ibn Kathir)

Stories of the Prophets 01- Prophet Adam (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 02 - Prophet Idris (Enoch) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 03 - Prophet Nuh (Noah) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 04 - Prophet Hud (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 05 - Prophet Salih (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 06 - Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 07 - Prophet Isma'il (Ishmael) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 08 - Prophet Ishaq (Isaac) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 09 - Prophet Yacub (Jacob) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 10 - Prophet Lut (Lot) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 11 - Prophet Shu'aib (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 12 - Prophet Yusuf (Joseph) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 13 - Prophet Ayoub (Job) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 14 - Prophet Dhul-Kifl (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 15 - Prophet Yunus (Jonah) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 16 - Prophets Musa (Moses) (a.s.) and Harun (Aaron) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 17 - Prophet Hizqeel (Ezekiel) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 18 - Prophet Elyas (Elisha) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 19 - Prophet Shammil (Samuel) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 20 - Prophet Dawud (David) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 21 - Prophet Sulaiman (Solomon) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 22 - Prophet Shia (Isaiah) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 23 - Prophet Aramaya (Jeremiah) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 24 - Prophet Daniel (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 25 - Prophet Uzair (Ezra) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 26 - Prophet Zakariyah (Zechariah) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 27 - Prophet Yahya (John) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 28 - Prophet Isa (Jesus) (a.s.)
Stories of the Prophets 29 - Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.)