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?

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§ 3 Responses to Is Idris of the Qur’an Enoch of the Bible?

  • Fahad says:

    Salam.

    “So this leaves me to wonder, is there any verifiable proof that Idris is Enoch?”

    Depends on what one accepts as the ultimate authority.

    All necessary details about God’s book have been detailed in Al-Quran. So I think we don’t need to look any further for information about the prophets.

    Even if the authors of the Bible had created Enoch character to the same person as Idris, should we believe in it?

    For example,the prophet Lut of the Bible and Al-Quran are considered to be the same. But according to the Bible, Lut committed incest with his daughters. So, are they the same?

  • As salaamu alaikum,
    Clicking my name will take you to a translation of Ibn al-‘Arabi’s work, Fusus al Hikam(Seals of Wisdom).

    I have not seen any reference to Enoch in this work, and I mention that because there are references to the names of other Prophets with their biblical names in parenthesis.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    Clicking my name will take you to a translation of Ibn al-’Arabi’s work, Fusus al Hikam(Seals of Wisdom).

    Wa ‘alaikum as-salaam, thank you Sis I will check it out… jazakallah kheir.

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