So also was Elias among those sent (by Us).
Elias is the same as Elijah, whose story will be found in
the Old Testament in I Kings 17-19. and 2 Kings 1-2.
Elijah lived in the reign of Ahab (B.C. 896-874) and
Ahaziah (B.C. 874-872), kings of the (northern) kingdom
of Israel or Samaria. He was a prophet of the desert, like
John the Baptist,-unlike our holy Prophet, who took part
in, controlled, and guided all the affairs of his people.
Both Ahab and Azariah were prone to lapse into the
worship of Baal, the sun-god worshipped in Syria. That
worship also included the worship of nature-powers and
procreative powers, as in the Hindu worship of the
Lingam, and led to many abuses.
King Ahab had married a princess of Sidon, Jezebel, a
wicked woman who led her husband to forsake Allah and
Elijah denounced all Ahab’s sins as well as the sins of
Ahaziah and had to flee for his life. Eventually, according
to the Old Testament (4 Kings, 2:11) he was taken up in
a whirlwind to heaven in a chariot of fire after he had left
his mantle with Elisha the prophet. (R)
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 37 verse 123). Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)