Who was Prophet Hazrat Hizqeel – story?

Allah has sent 124,000 Prophets out of which one was Hazrat Hizqeel عليه السلام who was a Nabi from Bani Israel.

  • Biblical Name: Prophet Ezekiel.
  • Full Name: Hizqeel Ibn Buzi.

Prophet Hizqeel Birth

Prophet Hizqeel عليه السلام was born in 622 BC in present-day Palestine and died in 570 BC at the age of 52 years.

Prophethood

It is said that after the death of Prophet Yusha Ibn Nun عليه السلام, Caleb Ibn Yufna who was the husband of Maryam, the sister of Prophet Harun and Prophet Musa became the leader of Bani Israel and after him, Prophet Hizqeel عليه السلام became the prophet.

However, we believe that it is not correct because there is a gap of around 600 years between the death of Prophet Yusha and the birth of Prophet Hizqeel.

Prophet Hizqeel in Quran

The name of Prophet Hizqeel عليه السلام is not mentioned in the Holy Quran but there is an incident associated with him is referred to in Surah Baqarah.

Have you ˹O Prophet˺ not seen those who fled their homes in the thousands for fear of death? Allah said to them, “Die!” then He gave them life. – Al-Baqarah 2:243

There is a full story of Hazrat Hizqeel عليه السلام behind the words “He gave them life” as explained below.

Plague in the city

According to Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه, once a plague broke out in a village called Dawardan several miles away from Wasit (in Iraq).

Around 4,000 people fled their land fearing death and took refuge in the wilderness. They later arrived at a fertile valley and they got settled there.

Then Allah sent two angels to them, one from the lower side and the other from the upper side of the valley. The angels screamed once and all the people died instantly, just like the death of one man. They all perished, and their bodies rotted and disintegrated.

Prophet Hizqeel passed by the city

Long afterward, Prophet Hizqeel عليه السلام passed by them and asked Allah to bring them back to life by his hand.

Allah accepted his supplication and commanded him to say, “O rotted bones, Allah commands you to come together.”

The bones of everybody were brought together. Allah then commanded him to say, “O bones, Allah commands you to be covered with flesh, nerves, and skin.” That also happened while Hazrat Hizqeel عليه السلام was watching.

Allah then commanded him to say, “O souls, Allah commands you to return, each to the body that it used to inhabit.” They all came back to life, looked around, and proclaimed, “All praise is due to You (O Allah!) and there is no deity worthy of worship except You.” Allah brought them back to life after they had perished long ago.

Lesson from the story

The story of the dead people also indicates that no caution can ever avert destiny and that there is no refuge from Allah but in Allah Himself.

These people departed from their land fleeing the epidemic and seeking to enjoy a long life. What they earned was the opposite of what they sought, as death came quickly and instantaneously and seized them all.

Hadith about Epidemic

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place. – Sahih al-Bukhari 5728

Prophet Hizqeel Tomb
Prophet Hizqeel Tomb

Prophet Hizqeel Tomb

The grave and tomb of Prophet Hizqeel عليه السلام are located in Iraq. After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the authorities redeveloped the tomb complex and converted the old synagogue courtyard into a Muslim prayer area.

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