History of the Prophets

by Maulana Muhammad Ali

Ezra

Ezra is mentioned only once in the Holy Quran:

“And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah: and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah.” (The Holy Quran, 9:30)

Among the Israelite prophets, Ezra was undoubtedly specially honoured, and the Talmudists used very exaggerated language about him. In Rabbinical literature Ezra was considered

“worthy of being the vehicle of the law had it not been already given through Moses” (Jewish Encyclopaedia).

It appears that Ezra was actually spoken of as the son of God by a certain section of the Jews. Or, the words signify that he was considered a special favourite of God, in the sense in which the Jews and the Christians called themselves sons of God (The Holy Quran, 5:18), meaning, His specially favoured people.


References mentioned above:

“And the Jews and the Christians say: We are the sons of Allah and His beloved ones. Say: Why does He then chastise you for your sins? Nay, you are mortals from among those whom He has created. He forgives whom He pleases and chastises whom He pleases. And Allah’s is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, and to Him is the eventual coming.” (The Holy Quran, 5:18)

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