Story of Prophet Al-Yasa (Elisha)


Prophet al-Yasa’ (PBUH) was one of the Prophets of the Children of Israel; he was a descendent of Yusuf ibn Ya’qoob ibn Is-haaq ibn Ibrahim al-Khaleel (peace be upon them all).

Allah specifies him two times in His Book, where He, may He be magnified, expresses (understanding of the importance):

“Furthermore, Isma’eel (Ishmael) and Al-Yasa’ (Elisha), and Yunus (Jonah) and Lout (Lot), and every single one of them We liked over the Alameen (humanity and jinns) (of their times)”

[al-An’aam 6:86]

“and recollect Isma’il (Ishmael), Al-Yasa’ (Elisha), and Dhul-Kifl (Isaiah), all are among the best”

[Saad 38:48].

It was said that he grew up under the consideration of Prophet Ilyaas (PBUH), and he stow away with him in Jabal Qasiyoon. At the point when Ilyaas was taken up to paradise, he left Prophet al-Yasa’ as his replacement among his kin, and Allah selected him as a Prophet after him.

It was described from Qataadah that al-Hasan said: After Ilyaas came Prophet al-Yasa’ (peace be upon them both), and he stayed among his kin however long Allah willed, calling them to Allah, and sticking to the way and lessons of Ilyaas, until Allah, may He be celebrated and commended, took his spirit in death.

Described by Ibn Katheer in Qasas al-Anbiya’ (2/252)

See too: Tareekh at-Tabari (1/462-464) and al-Muntazam by Ibn al-Jawzi (1/385).

it was said that one of the supernatural occurrences through which Allah upheld Prophet al-Yasa’ was that he resurrected the dead and healed the one conceived visually impaired and the leper and the river Jordan was dried for him so he strolled across it, as is referenced in Jewish sources. Allah knows best how true is that. See: al-Jawaab as-Saheeh by Ibn Taymiyah (4/451-452)

What is expected of the Muslim is to trust in what is described adequately by the Prophets and Messengers, for they conveyed everything with which they were sent, in the right way as Allah directed them. Concerning something besides that, for example, da’eef (feeble) endlessly reports from Jewish sources (known as al-Israa’eeliyyaat), they can’t be completely trusted and can’t be cited as proof, yet nothing bad can be said about advancing a few illustrations from them, for however long they are not in opposition to whatever is demonstrated in the Qur’an and Sunnah.

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