The Prophet Who Was Murdered by His People

Allah mentions the murder of Prophets by Jews (Bani Israelite) in the Quran:

That was because they used to disbelieve the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah and killed the Prophets wrongfully. That was because they disobeyed and used to transgress the bounds (in their disobedience to Allah, i.e. commit crimes and sins).

Surah Baqarah, Ayah 61 (2:61) Translation Muhsin Khan

Is it that whenever there came to you a Messenger with what you yourselves desired not, you grew arrogant? Some, you disbelieved and some, you killed.

Surah Baqarah, Ayah 87 (2:87) Translation: Muhsin Khan

Subahan Allah, this crime is unimaginable that there are Ummahs who went into actually killing their Prophets. Though not mentioned in the Quran or Sunnah but it is mentioned in some Tafsris and believed by scholars that both Prophet Zakariah (Alayhi As-Salām) and his son, Prophet Yahya (Alayhi As-Salām) were killed by their people; the people of Yajuj & Majuj (Gog & Magog) killed all the Prophets who were sent to them, that is why they are a cursed nation from the human race but there is a Prophet whom most of us haven’t heard of- who got killed by his people, he is Huzlah or Hanzalah Ibn Safwan (Alayhi As-Salām), being a Prophet sent to the people of Ar Rass, who beheaded him and threw him in a well, Subahan Allah.

Here are the reliable sources of information I got of Prophet Hanzalah Ibn Safwan (Alayhi As-Salām) over the Internet:

Ar-Rass (The People of Ar-Rass)

Quranic Verses Describing Ar-Rass

Allah Almighty revealed: And Nuh’s people, when they denied the Messengers We drowned them, and We made them as a sign for mankind. And We have prepared a painful torment for the Zalimeen (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.). And (also) Aad and Samud and the dwellers of Ar-Rass and many generations in between. And for each of them We put forward examples (as proofs and lessons, etc.), and each (of them) We brought to utter ruin (because of their disbelief and evil deeds) – Surah Furqan, Ayahs 37-39 (25: 37-39)

Allah, the Exalted also revealed: Denied before them (i.e. these pagans of Mecca who denied you, 0 Muhammad) the people of Noah, and the dwellers of Ar-Rass, and Samud, and Aad, and Pharaoh, and the brethren of Loot, and the dwellers of the Wood, and the people of Tubba’; everyone of them denied (their) Messengers, so My Threat took effect. – Surah Nuh, Ayahs 12-14 (50:12-14)

These verses indicate that the dwellers of Ar-Rass were destroyed as were the other people who refused to believe in the Prophets of Allah.

The Destruction of Ar-Rass

Ibn Jarir stated that the dwellers of Ar-Rass were the people of one of Samud’s villages. Allah sent a prophet to them called Huzlah Ibn Safwan (Alayhi As-Salām). They denied and killed him, so Allah destroyed them. Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Al-Hassan narrated: “The dwellers of Ar-Rass had a well sufficing them and their land. They also had a just and good-hearted king. When he died, they were much grieved for him. After four days Satan took his form and said: ‘I was not dead, but I kept absent from you to see your reaction.’ They were very joyful. He commanded them to set up a curtain between him and then and told them that he would never die. A great number of them believed him and were fascinated with and worshiped him. Then Allah sent them a prophet telling them that it was Satan who was addressing them from behind the curtain. He forbade them to worship him and commanded them to worship only Allah and no partner with Him. In spite of that, they killed their prophet and threw his body into a well. Therefore, Allah destroyed them and their homes.”

Reference: Tafsir Ibn Kathir. Retrieved from:

Here is a condensed video comprising of speeches from Shaykh Hassan Ali, Shaykh Shady Al Suleiman & Imam Anwar Al Awlaki mentioning the story of Prophet Dhul Kifl (Alayhi As-Salām) & Prophet Hanzalah Ibn Safwan (Alayhi As-Salām).

May Allah reward this brilliant Prophet with one of the highest positions in Jannah for sacrificing his life for the sake of his Ummah, Ameen.

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