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Surah Maryam Ayat 56 in Arabic Text

وَٱذْكُرْ فِى ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ إِدْرِيسَ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ صِدِّيقًۭا نَّبِيًّۭا
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English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 56

Sahih International
And mention in the Book, Idrees. Indeed, he was a man of truth and a prophet.

Yusuf Ali
Also mention in the Book the case of Idris: He was a man of truth (and sincerity), (and) a prophet:

Abul Ala Maududi
And recite in the Book the account of Idris. He was a man of truth, a Prophet;

Muhsin Khan
And mention in the Book (the Quran) Idris (Enoch). Verily! He was a man of truth, (and) a Prophet.

Pickthall
And make mention in the Scripture of Idris. Lo! he was a saint, a prophet;

Dr. Ghali
And mention in the Book ⊃ Idrîs; surely he was most sincere, a Prophet.

Abdel Haleem
Mention too, in the Quran, the story of Idris. He was a man of truth, a prophet.

Quran 19 Verse 56 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Maryam ayat 56, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(19:56) And recite in the Book the account of Idris.[33] He was a man of truth, a Prophet;


33. There is a difference of opinion as to who Prophet Idris (peace be upon him) was. Some commentators opine that he was a Prophet from among the Israelites, but the majority of them are inclined to the view that he was a Prophet before Noah (peace be upon him). There is no authentic tradition which may help determine his identity. The next (verse 58), however, supports the view that he appeared before Prophet Noah (peace be upon him). For of all the Prophets mentioned, he alone was the one who may be said to be from the descendants of Adam.

The commentators are of the opinion that Idris was Enoch of the Old Testament, about whom it is said:

And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years…. and he was not; for God took him. (Gen. 5: 21-24).

In Talmud, there are greater details about Enoch, which are briefly as follows: Before Noah when the descendants of Adam began to degenerate, the angel of God called to Enoch, who led a pious life away from the people, and said: O Enoch, arise, come out from seclusion, and go about among the people of the earth, guiding them to the path which they should follow and the ways which they should adopt.

Receiving this Divine Command, Enoch left his seclusion and gathered the people together and preached to them what he had been commanded, with the result that they listened to him and adopted the worship of God. Enoch ruled over mankind for 353 years: his rule was based on justice and truth, and consequently God favored mankind with all kinds of blessings.” (H. Polano: The Talmud Selections, pp. 18-21)

Ibn-Kathir

56. And mention in the Book, Idris. Verily, he was a man of truth, (and) a Prophet. 57. And We raised him to a high station.


Mentioning Idris

Allah complimented Idris for being a truthful Prophet and He mentioned that he raised him to a high station. It has previously been mentioned that in the Sahih 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. Sufyan reported from Mansur that Mujahid said,

﴿وَرَفَعْنَاهُ مَكَاناً عَلِيّاً ﴾

(And We raised him to a high station.) “This means the fourth heaven.” Al-Hasan and others said concer- ning Allah’s statement,

﴿وَرَفَعْنَاهُ مَكَاناً عَلِيّاً ﴾

(And We raised him to a high station.) “This means Paradise.”

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