Prophet Idris (pbuh)
NAME: Idris (pbuh)
FATHER: Jared bin Mahaleel bin Cainan bin Enos bin Sheeth
bin Prophet Adam (pbuh)
CHILDREN: Great-grandfather of Prophet Nuh (pbuh)
Prophet Idris (pbuh) was born 100 years after the death of Prophet Adam (pbuh)
He was the great grandson of Prophet Sheeth (pbuh) and the great grandfather of Prophet Nuh (pbuh).
He was the first person to introduce the art of writing and the art of tailoring (stitching). He was the first man also to make weapons and explain the measuring of weights by balance. It was he who taught people the wonders of the planets in relation to the sun and instructed them to worship the creator (Allah).
It is related from Imam Ja'fer Sadiq (pbuh) that Prophet Idris (pbuh) used to sit in the mosque of Shale (in Kufa) and stitch and offer his prayers there.
It is narrated that during the Prophethood of Prophet Idris (pbuh) there was once a cruel King. One day the King on an outing saw a beautiful garden which he liked. He asked the owner of the garden to hand over the garden to him. The owner refused saying he had a wife and children to feed. The king was enraged. His wife who too was a mean woman told him to ask some people to bear witness that the man was against the king and to then kill him. The king did just that and took the land leaving the family of the garden owner homeless.
Allah sent Prophet Idris (pbuh) to warn the king of punishment for his crime. The King did not listen and told Prophet Idris (pbuh) to leave before he was killed. The Queen sent some men to kill Idris (pbuh) He left and hid in a cave praying to Allah to punish the people. The King was overthrown and the people of the town too suffered for there was also no rain. 20 odd years later the people through suffering prayed to Allah for forgiveness. Allah accepted their repentance and rain was sent. Prophet Idris (pbuh) too returned to the Town.
He used to pray so much that even the angels used to wonder about him. Once, the angel of death, Izrail, wanted to visit Idris (pbuh). Allah allowed him to do so in human form. Idris (pbuh) asked Izrail to take his soul out as he wanted to taste death. Izrail did this but then returned his soul back.
He then asked to see Jannah and Jahannam. When he saw Jannah he asked to stay there for a while. Allah allowed him to do so as he had already tasted death.
He is still alive and in heavens.