Prophet Uzair who died for 100 years and lived again

The Holy Quran tells the story of Prophet Hazrat Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ as a Prophet who died 100 years ago and lived again. Many people think that Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ slept for 100 years, but actually, he was dead.

Prophet Uzair Birth

Prophet Uzair عليه السلام was born in 480 BC in present-day Iraq and died in 440 BC at the age of 40 years. After that, Allah gave them another life in 340 BC, and he died in the same year.

Prophet Uzair in Quran

The name of Prophet Uzair عليه السلام is mentioned only once in the Holy Quran.

Why did he die for 100 years?

Once, Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, on his usual trip to his farm, came across a town that was crumbled apart, unpopulated, and deserted.

He observed that people once used to live there, but now only their bones reside. He then exclaimed how Allah Almighty would bring them to life once they had died. 

How did he die?

The Angel of death approached him on orders of Allah Almighty and took away his life. He remained dead for 100 years. During these years’ things changed a lot. The Israelites’ affairs had changed during this time; the place had changed, and generations had leaped.

Prophet Uzair lived again

After 100 years, the angel was ordered to bring him back to life. This was done all to teach Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ that Allah Almighty has all the authority to cause life, death, and then life after death. When Uzair woke up after 100 years of death, he never knew that he remained dead.

When the angel inquired from Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ for how long he had slept, Uzair replied that it was for a day or just a part of it.

HAZRAT PROPHET UZAIR(Ezra) alaihis salam. Al-'Uzayr, Amarah, near Basra, Iraq 07

Prophet Uzair’s story in Quran

Allah caused him to die for a hundred years and then brought him back to life.

  • Allah asked, “How long have you remained in this state?”
  • He replied, “Perhaps a day or part of a day.”
  • Allah said, “No! You have remained here for a hundred years! Just look at your food and drink—they have not spoiled. ˹But now˺ look at ˹the remains of˺ your donkey!
  • Look at the bones ˹of the donkey˺, how We bring them together then clothe them with flesh!”
  • Al-Baqarah 2:259

HAZRAT PROPHET UZAIR(Ezra) alaihis salam. Al-'Uzayr, Amarah, near Basra, Iraq 06

Nobody recognized him when he went home

He took his donkey and rode towards his town. He observed that the people could not recognize him as people had forgotten him. Yet he went to his maid and asked if she knew Uzair and if that was his house.

She said the house was of Uzair, yet it had been a time since people remembered him.

Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ told the lady that he was Uzair and that Allah took his life for 100 years. 

HAZRAT PROPHET UZAIR(Ezra) alaihis salam. Al-'Uzayr, Amarah, near Basra, Iraq 05

People did not believe him

She said: I will believe you are Uzair only if you pray for my blindness. Uzair prayed for her, then massaged her eyes. He took the lady’s hand and asked her to stand up!

She opened her eyes to see the colors of life. She then exclaimed I accept and proclaim that you are Uzair!

HAZRAT PROPHET UZAIR(Ezra) alaihis salam. Al-'Uzayr, Amarah, near Basra, Iraq 04

Prophet Uzair son was 118 years old

Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ went to Israel’s assembly that his grandsons were leading. Uzair’s son was now 118 years old. When the lady told them the man was Uzair, they refused to accept it.

Then the lady said look at me; I am the maid who was weak and blind; Allah has blessed me with health and sight. The people were convinced yet held up an investigation.

Uzair’s son said his father had a mole between the shoulders. Uzair took off his shirt, and people could see a black mole resting between his shoulders.

HAZRAT PROPHET UZAIR(Ezra) alaihis salam. Al-'Uzayr, Amarah, near Basra, Iraq 08

The place where Torah is buried

They then said that the Torah was only memorized by Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ as King Nebuchadnezzar burnt it when he invaded Jerusalem during the time of Prophet Armiya عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ. Yet Sarukha buried a copy of it, and only Uzair knew where.

Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ led people to the place where the Torah was buried and took it out. Yet it had been rotten away and crumbled apart.

Prophet Uzair عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ the father was younger than his children! He first experienced death at the age of 40 in 440 BC, and Allah made him die again at the age of 40 in 340 BC! Subhan Allah!

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