Is Idris of the Qur’an Enoch of the Bible?
November 9, 2006 § 3 Comments
This is one Qur’anic figure that always remained a mystery to me. Even now I can only remember vague stories of the Prophet Idris. But was Idris of the Qur’an the same person as Enoch of the Bible? The Qur’an say of Idries,
“Also mention in the Book the case of Idris: He was a man of truth (And sincerity), (and) a prophet: And We raised him to a lofty station.” (19:56-57)
I grew up with the thinking that Idris was in fact Enoch of the Book however, Abdullah Yusuf Ali (r.a.) notes that this may not be the case when he writes,
“Idris is mentioned twice in the Qur’an here and in 21:85, where he is mentioned among those who patiently preserved His identification with the Biblical Enoch, who “walked with God” (Gen: 21-24), may or may not be correct. Nor are we justified in interpreting ayah (verse) 57 here as meaning the same thing in Gen: 24 (“God took him”), that he was taken up without passing through the portals of death. All we are told is that he was a man of truth and sincerity, and that he had a high position among his people.” (Y. Ali, Qur’anfn. 2508)
So this leaves me to wonder, is there any verifiable proof that Idris is Enoch?