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

Idris is mentioned twice in the Quran, viz.; here
and in 21:85, where he is mentioned among those who
patiently persevered.
His identification with the Biblical Enoch, who “‘walked
with God’ (Gen. 5:21-24), may or may not be correct.
Nor are we justified in interpreting verse 57 here as
meaning the same thing as in Gen. 5:24 (“God took
him”), that he was taken up without passing through the
portals of death.
All we are told is that he was a man of truth and
sincerity, and a prophet, and that he had a high position
among his people. It is this point which brings him in the
series of men just mentioned; he kept himself in touch
with his people, and was honoured among them.
Spiritual progress need not cut us off from our people,
for we have to help and guide them. He kept to truth
and piety in the highest station.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 19 verse 54)Microsoft Word – 019 Maryam.doc (

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