Prophet Ilyas, also known as Elijah, was a faithful prophet of Allah. He was sent as a messenger to the Israelites during the reign of King Ahab. Ahab was a wicked king who encouraged the people of Israel to worship idols instead of Allah. Despite facing many challenges, Prophet Ilyas continued to preach the word of Allah and encouraged the people to turn away from their sins.
Prophet Ilyas was known for performing miracles by the power of Allah. One such miracle was when he prayed for rain during a severe drought that had lasted for three years. Allah answered his prayers, and rain fell from the sky, bringing relief to the people of Israel.
Another significant incident from the life of Prophet Ilyas was when he challenged the false prophets of the idol Baal. The challenge was to see which god would respond to their call for fire. Prophet Ilyas prayed to Allah, and soon, a great fire descended from the sky, consuming the offering he had made to Allah. This was a clear sign from Allah that He was the one true God.
Prophet Ilyas also had a loyal disciple named Elisha, who he trained to carry on his work after he was taken up to heaven. Allah rewarded Prophet Ilyas for his unwavering faith by lifting him up to heaven on a chariot of fire.
The story of Prophet Ilyas teaches us the importance of steadfastness in the face of adversity and the power of turning to Allah in times of difficulty. It is an inspiration for Muslims to keep spreading the message of Allah, no matter how challenging the circumstances may be.
The following Quranic verses mention the prophet Ilyas peace be upon him
Sura Saffat verse 123-132
١٢٣ وَإِنَّ إِلْيَاسَ لَمِنَ الْمُرْسَلِينَ
123 Also Elijah was one of the messengers.
١٢٤ إِذْ قَالَ لِقَوْمِهِ أَلَا تَتَّقُونَ
124 He said to his people, “Do you not fear?
١٢٥ أَتَدْعُونَ بَعْلًا وَتَذَرُونَ أَحْسَنَ الْخَالِقِينَ
125 Do you call on Baal, and forsake the Best of creators?
١٢٦ اللَّهَ رَبَّكُمْ وَرَبَّ آبَائِكُمُ الْأَوَّلِينَ
126 God is your Lord, and the Lord of your ancestors.”
١٢٧ فَكَذَّبُوهُ فَإِنَّهُمْ لَمُحْضَرُونَ
127 But they called him a liar, and thus they will be brought forward.
١٢٨ إِلَّا عِبَادَ اللَّهِ الْمُخْلَصِينَ
128 Except for God’s sincere servants.
١٢٩ وَتَرَكْنَا عَلَيْهِ فِي الْآخِرِينَ
129 And We left with him for later generations.
١٣٠ سَلَامٌ عَلَىٰ إِلْ يَاسِينَ
130 Peace be upon the House of Elijah.
١٣١ إِنَّا كَذَٰلِكَ نَجْزِي الْمُحْسِنِينَ
131 Thus We reward the virtuous.
١٣٢ إِنَّهُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
132 He was one of Our believing servants.