Idris - Enoch

    Prophet Idris is mentioned twice in the Qur'an and once in a Prophetic narration. The Holy Qur'an urges the believers to ponder over the story of Idris: 'Mention too, in the Scripture, the story of Idris" God's judgment over his status; 'He was a man of truth, a prophet. We raised him to a high position.' 19:56-57 Further the Qur'an praises his wisdom and his  righteousness among other prophets;  'And remember Ishamel, Idris, and Dhu'l-Kifl: they were al steadfast. We admitted them to Our mercy; they were truly righteous. 21:85-86. 

          Despite the encouragement of remembering the life story of Idris, not much of his legacy is left. Some scholars believe Idris was born in Egypt. Some other scholars believe that Idris was born in Babylon, Iraq, and then emigrated to Memphis, in Egypt.  Upon which he would have seen the Nile River and would have said "Babylun" which means River. 

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 Son of Adam and the first prophet, Idris is principally remembered for his wisdom and is the first man in human history to have used the pen to write and use astronomy. Thus writing is a principal homage to Prophet Idris. Some historians attribute the Great Pyramids of Gizah to be Idris's tomb, but this seems to be ambiguous and not self-evident. It is narrated that Idris's soul was taken during his ascension to the 4th heaven, thus it is uncertain if the ascension was done physically (hence there could be no physical tomb) or spiritually but his grave was not marked or deteriorated during the years. 

One can travel to Memphis to imagine a portion of Idris's lifestyle, essentially, to remember Prophet Idris is to ponder over his wise sayings:

"Happy is he who looks at his own deeds and appoints them as pleaders to his Lord."

"None can show better gratitude for Allah's favors than he who shares them with others."

"Do not envy people for what they have, as they will only enjoy it for a short while."

"He who indulges in excess will not benefit from it."

"The real joy of life is to have wisdom."

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Taiba is a young traveler, a graduate of Arabic and Islamic Studies at SOAS University of London. Her travels are detailed throughout this website, she provides a depth understanding of the Muslim Community, the range of theological perspectives within the Islamic dogma. In addition to the various historical sites that recalls the narration of the Holy Qur'an.

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