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Were ‘Uzayr and Shith (‘alayhimus salam) prophets?

Question

Was ‘Uzayr a prophet? His name appears in in the Quran. But when listing names of the twenty-five prophets mentioned in the Quran, his name is not listed. So, was he a prophet?

Also, were Shith and Saam prophets?

Answer

Hafiz Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) states that the popular opinion is that ‘Uzayr (‘alayhis salam) was a prophet of the Bani Israel who was inspired by Allah with the knowledge of the Torah.

(Bidayah wan Nihayah: vol. 2 pg. 215)

 

Hafiz Ibn Kathir and Ibnul ‘Asakir (rahimahumullah) also state that Shith (‘alayhis salam) was a prophet, based on the lengthy Hadith of Abu Zar (radhiyallahu’anhu) found in Sahih Ibn Hibban.

(Bidayah wan Nihayah: vol.1 pg. 154, Qasasul Ambiya: pg. 55, Tarikhu Dimashq: vol. 23 pg. 274)

 

I have not come across mention of Saam being a prophet in any of the references that I have checked.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar