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Elias (a)

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Elias (a)
Name in
the Qur'an:
Elias
Name in
the Bible:
Elijah
Place(s) of
Residence:
Baalbek
Name of People: Israelites
Before: Al-Yasa'
After: Hizqiyal
Well known
Relatives:
Prophet Harun (a)
Religion: monotheism
Repeat in
the Qur'an:
3 times

Elias b. Yasin (a) (Arabic: إلياس بن ياسين) or Elijah known as the Prophet Elijah (a) was among the Prophets of Israelites, whose name is mentioned in the Qur'an.

He became a prophet at the time of Ahab, a king of Israelites. Elias (a) was given the mission to prevent people from idol-worshipping. After he (a) was disappointed about guiding his people, asked God for his own death; but God sent him a chariot by which he (a) ascended to skies and left al-Yasa' (Elisha) as his vicegerent.

Identity

Elias b. Yasin b. Finhas (a)[1] was among the prophets of Israelites[2] and in the progeny of Prophet Harun (a).[3] His name has been mentioned in the Qur'an once as "Il Yasin"[4] and the second time as "Elias (a)".[5][6] In some Islamic sources, the identity of Elias (a) is confused with Khidr (a) and some hadiths considered them as one person.[7]

After Prophet Hizqiyal (a) passed away, Elias (a) became the prophet.[8] He had the mission to invite his people who lived in Baalbek to monotheism, obeying God and abandoning the sins.[9] His main task was to fight with idol-worshipping which the king of Israelites, Ahab and his wife, Jezebel had spread.[10]

In the Bible, Elias (a) is mentioned as "Elijah". Most stories in the Bible which describe Elias (a) are also mentioned in Islamic hadiths with some differences; events such as the curse of Israelites with drought