Stories Of The Prophets


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  • Stories Of The Prophets




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    Prophet Shia (Isaiah)

     

     Isaiah
    and Hezekiah

     

    Among the prophets between David and Zakariah is Isaiah
    (pbuh), Ibn Amoz (Amisiah). According to Muhammad Ibn Ishaaq, Isaiah
    (pbuh) appeared before Zakariah (pbuh) and Yahya (John the Baptist)
    (pbuh). He is among those who prophesied about Isa (Jesus) (pbuh) and
    Muhammad (pbuh). The king during his time was called Hezekiah (Hazkia).
    He listened and was obedient to Isaiah in what he advised him to do and
    prohibit for the good of the state. Affairs took momentum among the
    Israelites. The king became sick with an infected foot. While he was
    sick, King Sennacherib (Sinharib) of Babylon advanced towards Jerusalem
    with sixty thousand men.

    Allah Grants More Life
    to Hezekiah

    The people were greatly terrified. The King asked
    Isaiah: "What did Allah reveal to you regarding Sennacherib and his
    army?" He replied: "He has not yet revealed anything to me." Then the
    revelation came down for King Hezekiah to appoint a successor, as he
    wished, because his end was at hand. When Isaiah told him this, the
    king turned to the qibla (the direction faced in prayer); he prayed,
    glorified Allah, invoked Him, and wept. Weeping and invoking Allah the
    All-Powerful and majestic with a sincere heart, trust and patience, he
    said: "O Lord of lords, and God of gods! O, Benevolent and Merciful One
    Whom neither sleep nor nodding can overpower, remember me for my deeds
    and my just judgment over the children of Israel; and all that was from
    You, and You know it better than I do, my open acts and my secrets are
    with You."

    Allah answered his prayers had compassion on him. He
    revealed to Isaiah to tell him the glad tidings that He had compassion
    for his weeping and would extend his life for a further fifteen years
    and save him from the enemy, Sennacherib. When Isaiah told this to
    Hezekiah, his disease was healed. Evil and sadness departed, and he
    fell prostrate, saying: "O Lord, it is You Who grants kingship to
    whomsoever You wish and dethrones whomsoever You wish and elevates
    whomsoever You wish and degrades whomsoever You wish, Knower of the
    unseen and the evident. And lo! You are the First and the Last; the
    Manifest and the Perceived; You grant mercy and answer the prayers of
    the troubled ones."

    When he raised his head, Allah revealed to Isaiah to
    command the king to extract the water of the fig and apply it to his
    sore, and he would be whole and cured. He did so and was cured.

    Allah Destroys
    Hezekiah's Enemies

    Then Allah sent death upon the army of Sennacherib. In
    the morning they were all corpses, except Sennacherib and five of his
    companions, among them Nebuchadnezzar (Bukhtanasar). The king of Israel
    immediately sent for them, put them in shackles and displayed them in
    the land for seventy days to spite and insult them. Every day each of
    them was fed a loaf of barley bread; after seventy days he confined
    them in prison.

    Allah then revealed to Isaiah that the king should send
    them back to their country so that they might warn their people what
    would happen to them. When they returned, Sennacherib gathered his
    people and told them what had happened to them. The priests and
    magicians said to him: "We told you about their Lord and their
    prophets, but you did not listen to us. It is a nation which, with
    their God, nobody can overcome." So, Sennacherib was afraid of Allah.
    He died seven years later.

    Israel After
    Hezekiah's Death

    Ibn Ishaaq also reported that when King Hezekiah of
    Israel died, the Israelites' condition deteriorated; there was
    political confusion, and their wickedness increased. Isaiah preached to
    them what Allah revealed to him, directing them to righteousness and
    warning them of Allah's severe punishment. His preaching made him their
    enemy and they decided to kill him, so he escaped from them.

    Isaiah's Death

    Ibn Ishaaq also reported an Israelite interpolation
    which said that when Isaiah was passing by a tree, it opened, and he
    entered therein; but Satan saw him and held onto the loop of his
    garment so that it stuck out. When they saw it, they brought a saw and
    sawed the tree, and him with it. Indeed, from Allah we come and to him
    we return.

     

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