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Almighty Allah said: Did
you (O Muhammad) not
think of those who
went forth from their
homes in thousands,
fearing death? Allah
said to them, "Die." And
then He restored them
to life. Truly, Allah is full
of Bounty to mankind,
but most men think not.
(Ch 2:243 Quran).
Mohammad Ibn Ishaaq
stated of Wahb Ibn
Munbah said that when
Allah took Kalih Ibn
Yofra (Jephtha) after
Joshua, Ezekiel Ibn Buzi
succeeded him as the
prophet to the
Israelites. The people
had fled from Palestine
for fear of the plague
and settled on a
plateau. Allah said to
them: "Die you all," and
they all perished. A few
centuries passed, and
then Ezekiel, passing by,
stopped over them,
wondering. There came
a voice: "Do you want
Allah to resurrect them
while you watch?" He
said: "Yes." Then he was
commanded to call
those bones to join one
to the other and to be
covered with flesh. So
he called them by the
power of Allah, and the
people arose and
glorified Allah in the
voice of one man.
According to Ibn Abbas,
this place was called
"Damardan." Its people
were inflicted with
plague, so they fled,
while a group of them
who remained in the
village perished. The
Angel of Death called to
the survivors: "Die you
all," and they perished.
After a long time a
prophet called Ezekiel
passed by them and
stood wondering over
them, twisting his jaws
and fingers. Allah
revealed to him: "Do you
want Me to show you
how I bring them back
to life? He said: "Yes."
His idea was to marvel
at the power of Allah
over them. A voice said
to him: "Call: 'O you
bones, Allah commands
you to gather up.'" The
bones began to fly one
to the other until they
became skeletons. Then
Allah revealed to him to
say; "Call: 'O you bones,
Allah commands you to
put on flesh and blood
and the clothes in which
they had died.'" And a
voice said: "Allah
commands you to call
the bodies to rise." And
they rose. When they
returned to life they
said: "Blessed are You, O
Lord, and all praises is
Yours." Ibn 'Abbas
reported that the dead
who were resurrected
were four thousand,
while Ibn Salih said they
were nine thousand.
Regarding plague, Abu
Ubaidah Ibn Al-Jarrah
related that 'Umar Ibn
Al-Khattab was on his
way to Syria and had
reached Sarg when the
leader of the Muslim
army, Abu Ubaidah Ibn
Al-Jarrah, and his
companions met him and
told him of a pestilence
that had broken out in
Syria. 'Umar remember
the Prophet's (pbuh)
saying: "If it (plague) be
in a country where you
are staying, do not go
out fleeing it, and if
you hear it is in a
country, do not enter
it." Umar praised Allah
and then went off.
Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq
stated that we do not
know how long Ezekiel
(pbuh) stayed among
the Israelites before
Allah took him away.
After him, the Israelites
deviated from the right
way of life, as they
usually did, and
deserted Allah's
covenant with them.
They worshipped many
idols, among them Ba'al,
so Allah sent to them
the Prophet Elijah
Story of Elisha
And remember Our
slaves, Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob, (all) owners
of strength (in
worshipping Us) and
(also) of religious
understanding. Verily,
We did choose them by
granting them (a good
thing ) the
remembrance of the
home (in the Hereafter
and they used to make
the people remember it,
and also they used to
invite the people to
obey Allah and to do
good deeds for the
Hereafter). And they
are in Our Sight, verily,
of the chosen and the
best! And remember
Ishmael, Elisha, and
Dhul-Kifl, all are among
the best. (Ch 38:45-48
Ibn Ishaaq said that
Elisha (pbuh) was sent
to the children after
Elijah (pbuh). He lived
among his people, calling
them to Allah and
abiding by the message
and laws of Elijah until
he passed away. Then
dissension rose among
them, and events took
momentum. Sins
increased everywhere,
and the tyrants
increased and killed the
According to Al-Hafiz
Abu Al-Qasim Ibn Asaker,
Elisha was Ibn Adi, Ibn
Shultam, Ibn Aphraem,
Ibn Joseph, Ibn Isaac,
Ibn Abraham. It was said
that he was the cousin
of Elijah. Other sources
said also that he had
been hiding with Elijah in
a cave in Mount Qasium
to escape from the King
of Ba'alabak, and when
Elijah died, he Elisha
succeeded him as a
prophet among his
Story of Samuel
Ibn Jarir reported that
the condition of the
Israelites deteriorated.
They committed many
sins and killed whom
they wished of the
prophets. Consequently
Allah sent them
tyrannous king who ill-
treated them and
spilled their blood, and
set their enemies from
outside against them as
well. They used to go
war, taking with them
The Ark of the
Covenant. They did this
so that they would be
victorious by its
blessings, and it became
a symbol of calm and a
relic left behind by
Moses's people. When
they went to war with
the people of Gaza and
Askalon, they were
defeated because the
Ark of the Covenant
was captured from
them. When the king of
the Israelites heard of
this he died on the
The children of Israel
remained like sheep
without a shepherd
until Almighty Allah sent
them a prophet named
Samuel (Shammil) (pbuh).
They asked him to
appoint a king over
them to lead in a war
against their enemies.
According to Ibn 'Asaker,
the Israelites believed
their Ark of the
Covenant to be very
holy and an important
symbol of their history.
The carried the Ark
even in battle and
believed that, because
of it, Allah would
protect them from their
enemies. This belief
gave them peace of
mind and great courage,
and their enemies were
terrified by it. Their
enemies also believed
that it was given
special power by Allah.
Gradually the Israelites
started to ignore Allah's
law; evil habits became
part of their lives. Allah
sent upon them an
enemy, the Philistines,
who defeated the
Israelites, captured
their Ark, drove them
out of their homes, and
took away their children
to use or sell as slaves.
Their power was
broken. They separated
from one another and
were very disheartened.
Then came Prophet
Samuel (pbuh) among
them to bring some
relief. They asked the
prophet's help in
appointing a strong
leader, a king under
whose banner they
could unite and fight
the Philistines. Prophet
Samuel (pbuh), knowing
their weakness, told
them: "I fear that when
the time comes to fight
you may refuse." But
they assured him that
they had suffered
enough insults and were
now ready to fight in
the way of Allah, even
if they lost their lives.
Prophet Samuel prayed
to Allah for guidance.
Allah revealed to him
that He had chosen
one, Saul (Talut), to be
their king. The prophet
wanted to know how to
recognize the future
king. He was told that
Saul would come to him
by himself and that
they should then hand
over the control of
kingdom to him, for he
would lead them in
battle against the
Saul was tall and
sturdy, pious, and very
intelligent. He lived and
worked with his father
on their farm. One day,
several of their
donkeys were lost.
Accompanied by his
servant, Saul went in
search of them. They
traveled for many days
and were very tired.
Saul said to his servant:
"Let us rather go back,
for I am sure that my
father will be worried
by now, and the other
animals must also be
cared for." His servant
suggested that as they
were already in the land
of Samuel the prophet,
they should go to him
to inquire about the
lost donkeys.
Saul agreed, and they
carried on. On their
way, they asked
directions from some
maidens carrying water.
They were told to go in
the direction of the
mountain. Here, a vast
crowd was waiting for
the Prophet Samuel.
When Saul set eyes on
him, he instantly
recognized him as a
prophet by his holy
men. Samuel also
recognized Saul as the
king that Allah had
chosen for them. Saul
greeted the prophet
respectfully. When he
asked about his missing
donkeys, Samuel told
him not to worry, his
donkeys were already
on their way to his
fat's farm.
He then told Saul that
Allah had chosen him as
the king of the children
of Israel. His duty would
be to take charge of
their affairs, to unite
them under one banner,
and to protect them
from their enemies. If
he carried out Allah's
commands, he would be
given victory. Saul was
surprised by this sudden
honor offered to him. It
was also a heavy
responsibility. He
protested to the
prophet that he was a
of the children of
Benjamin, the least
famous of the tribes of
Jacob; he did not know
anything of leadership
or kingship and had no
wealth. Samuel told him
that it was the will of
Allah that he should be
the king, that he should
thank Allah for ...

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