Prophet Uzair or Ezra (may Allah be pleased with him) was an intelligent and faithful person. It is said that the Prophet was blessed with a miracle of death and rebirth.
Prophet Uzair or Ezra A.S. died for 100 years and lived again
Prophet Uzair or Ezra A.S. was put to death for 100 years and was again given life. But why was he blessed with such a miracle? Well, surely there was wisdom behind it. The Prophet was shown that it is Allah Almighty who gives birth and who will cause our death.
It is He who will again give us birth even when we expire and are reduced to the lifeless structure of bones.
Why did Allah give death to Prophet Uzair or Ezra for only 100 years?
Once, he was on his usual trip to his farm, he came across a town that was crumbled apart, unpopulated and deserted. It made Uzair curious and he decided to sneak into the ruined place. He thereby entered the place and decided to investigate it.
He came down from his donkey and took along some figs and grapes in a basket with him. He came across a Khaiba tree and sat under its shade. He took out food which he had brought along with him and ate it.
After he was done with eating his figs and grapes, he stood up and gave a look at the remains of the city. He observed that people once used to live there, but now only their bones reside. He then exclaimed that how will Allah Almighty bring them to life once they have died. This quote of his has been narrated in the Quran (2:259).
Prophet Uzair or Ezra A.S. was curious, not weak in his Eman
One thing that we shall note here is that Uzair A.S was a Prophet: a Person of faith. The words he uttered when he saw the bones not show the weakness of his faith. These words only show the curiosity of Prophet Uzair or Ezra towards the phenomenon that is yet to be witnessed.
Of course, none of us has witnessed a dead one coming to life. None of us have seen lifeless bones enjoying movement and life.
We do wonder that how would these bones, leftovers, and ashes of humans (in case of tragic deaths caused by burning) come to life again. This certainly does not mean that we do not have faith in Allah and Day of Judgment. This is a curiosity of Muslim over something unseen.
How did Prophet Uzair or Ezra die for 100 Years?
An 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. 100 years is quite a time you know! The Israelites affairs had changed during this time, the place had changed, and generation had leaped.
After 100 years the angel was ordered to bring him back to life. This was done all to teach Uzair 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.
It seemed to him that he fell asleep in the morning and woke up in the late afternoon. So, when the angel inquired from Uzair that for how long had he slept, Uzair replied that for a day or just a part of it.
Prophet Uzair or Ezra witnessed the life after death for his donkey
On this, the angel exclaimed that o son of Adam, you had remained asleep for 100 years! Uzair ate his food and then angel gave life to his donkey as well. Both had remained dead for 100 years. Allah Almighty then exclaimed that O Uzair has a look at your donkey.
You have been made a sign for the people. Look at those bones, we cover them with flesh and then give life to them. As Uzair had himself witnessed life after death, he exclaimed that now I know for sure that Allah Almighty is able to do anything and everything. (Quran 2:259)
Nobody recognized him when he went back home
He took his donkey and rode towards his town. He observed that the people were unable to identify him. It had been 100 years and people had forgotten him now. Yet he went forth his maid and asked that if she knew Uzair A.S and was that his house?
She said that the house is of Uzair yet it had been time since people remembered him. Prophet Uzair or Ezra told the lady that he was Uzair and that Allah took his life for 100 years. It was hard for the lady to believe this.
It was hard for people to believe in Prophet Uzair or Ezra’s statement
She then wisely said that Uzair prayers were answered by Allah. I will believe that 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!
The poor old lady was able to stand as though her bones were given health again. She opened her eyes to see the colors of life. She then exclaimed that I accept and proclaim that you are Uzair!
The Assembly of Israel was led by the grandsons of Prophet Uzair or Ezra
She took Prophet Uzair or Ezra to Israel’s assembly that was being led by Uzair’s grandsons. Uzair’s son was now 118 years old. When the lady told that the man is Uzair, they refused to accept it.
Then the lady said that look at me, I am the maid who was weak and blind, Uzair (by Authority of Allah) has blessed me with health and sight. The people were convinced yet held up an investigation.
Uzair’s son then said that his father had a mole between the shoulders. Uzair took off his shirt and people could see a black mole resting between shoulders.
Prophet Uzair or Ezra led the people to the place where Torah was buried
They then said that Torah was only memorized by Uzair as Nebuchadnezzar burnt it. Yet Sarukha buried a copy of it and only Uzair knew where. Uzair led people to the place where Torah was buried and took it out. Yet it had been rotten away and crumbled apart.
Prophet Uzair or Ezra would sit down under the shade of a tree with his children. Allah surely made him sign for us, Prophet Uzair or Ezra the father was younger than his children! He first experienced death at age of 40 and Allah made him die again at age of 40! Subhan Allah!