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Prophet Idris (Peace be upon Him) is a prophet who is mentioned in the Qur’an total of 3 times. His English name is Enoch.


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Allah has praised Enoch, describing him as being a prophet and truthful: "Mention in the Book (Quran) Idris (Enoch). Verily! He was a man of truth (and) a prophet. We raised him to a high station". Quran Surah Maryam 19:56-57


Other places where he is mentioned are: “And (remember) Isma'il (Ishmael), and Idris (Enoch) and Dhul-Kifl (Isaiah), all were from among As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).”Quran Surah anbiya 21:85


“Who has taught (the writing) by the pen [the first person to write was Prophet Idrees (Enoch)].” Quran Surah Alaq 96:4


Birth and Teachings 

Prophet Idris(pbuh) was born and raised in Babylon following the teachings and religion of Prophet Adam (pbuh) and his son Seth (pbuh). Prophet Idris was the 5th generation of the Prophet Adam. He called the people back to his forefathers’ religion, but only a few listened to him, while the majority turned away.

Prophet Idris(pbuh) and his followers left Babylon for Egypt. There he carried on his mission, calling people to what is just and fair, teaching them certain prayers and instructing them to fast on certain days and to give a portion of their wealth to the poor.


Prophet Idris in Tafseer Ibn kather

He was the first of the Children of Adam(pbuh) to be given prophethood after Adam and Seth (peace upon them). It is reported that he was the 1st to invent the basic form of writing.

It has previously been mentioned that in the ahadith it is recorded that the Messenger of Allah passed by Idris on the night of the Isra (Night Journey) and he (Idris) was in the fourth heaven.



Narrated Shaiban:from Qatadah, that regarding Allah's saying: And we raised him to a high station (Quran 19:57). He said: "Anas bin Malik(R) narrated that Allah's Prophet () said: "When I was brought up, I saw Idris in the Fourth Heaven."   Sahih al-Bukhari 349(Vol.1 :345) and Jami at Tirmidhi 3157


See also

Prophets in IslamProphet AadamProphet NuhProphet Muhammad; Prophet Ibraheem;



Stories of the prophets by Ibn kathir

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