As for the Prophet Ezekiel (Dhul-Kifl), there is great difference in opinion concerning him, among the scholars. Even concerning who his father was, and where he was raised, there are different sayings.

Some said that he was Bishr, the son of Job. God made him a Prophet after his father. Allah ordered him to call people to worship God only. He lived most of his life in ash-Sham area. He died at the age of 75.

Others said that he was not a Prophet but instead a righteous man. Some said that he committed himself to performing one hundred rak^ahs every day. This is why he was called Dhul-Kifl.1* It was cited that he took it upon himself before one of the Prophets that he would establish justice among his people.

The verses of the Qur’an indicate that he was a Prophet, since his name is cited along with the names of other Prophets (Al-Ambiya’ 85-86; Sad, 48).

1*The word “kifl” indicates committing oneself to do something.

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