Per the Torah and Quran, the prophet Enoch (as) in the Quran in Idris (as), was physically raised up (raffa) to heaven before he died, he also died in heaven. In the Torah, the text of the Book of Genesis says Enoch lived 365 years before he was taken by God. The text reads that Enoch “walked with God: and he was no more; for God took him” (Gen 5:21–24), which some Christians interpret as Enoch’s entering Heaven alive. The ROR of June-July-1940 also mentioned Idris (as) and MGA’s book, “Taudih-e-Maram” or “Elucidation of Objectives”.
The Quran contains two references to Idris; in Surah Al-Anbiya (The Prophets) verse number 85, and in Surah Maryam (Mary) verses 56–57:
—(The Prophets, 21:85): “And the same blessing was bestowed upon Ismail and Idris and Zul-Kifl, because they all practised fortitude.”
—(Mary 19:56–57): “And remember Idris in the Book; he was indeed very truthful, a Prophet. And We lifted (RAFFA) him to a lofty station”.
What did MGA write about Idris (as) and his RAFFA?
MGA barely mentioned the prophet Idris (as) in his writings. In Izala Auham, he simply argues that it is impossible to leave from heaven, since 15:48 (15:49 in the Ahmadi Quran) claims as such, however, 15:49 is talking about Muslims in general, not rare incidents of prophets going in and out of heaven. MGA also rejected the physicality of the Miraaj in this same book. Thus, as MGA claimed to be the second coming of Esa (as) he denied that heaven could be ever exited. However, Idris (as) never exited heaven per the Torah, per the Quran, Muhammad (Saw) entered and exited, and per the Quran (4:158-159), Esa (as) entered heaven, and will exit heaven to return to Earth.
1890, in Izala Auham
Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, pp. 147-148, see Also Essence of Islam, vol–3, page 210
“””That Jesus, son of Mary, will appear in the world by way of transmigration of souls is the worst and most shameful of notions. Those who believe in the transmigration of souls, believe that only an impure person would return to this life, but that those who leave the world, having completed all stages of spiritual perfection, would stay in the house of salvation for a long time. Moreover, according to our belief, God Almighty has promised that those who are admitted to heaven would never be expelled therefrom. It surprises us as to why our divines would want to bring Jesus out of paradise. They relate the tale that Enoch, with the permission of the angel of death, stepped into paradise, and when the angel asked him to come out he refused to do so and recited the verse:
‘…Nor shall they ever be ejected therefrom.’—Al-Hijr, 15:49 (15:48 in the regular Quran)
still they assert that Jesus will return to earth from heaven. Would he not be entitled to benefit from this verse? Is this verse to be considered abrogated in reference to him?””””
“Jesus in India” (1908), wherein MGA argues how there is:
“a prophecy of the Prophet Idris (Enoch), which says that the ten tribes of Israel who were taken prisoner, escaped from captivity and took refuge in the territory called Arsarah which appears to be another name of the area known as Hazara today, part of the region being called Ghor.”
Tafsir ibn Kathir on the RAFFA of Idris
Allah complimented Idris for being a truthful Prophet and He mentioned that he raised him to a high station. It has previously been mentioned that in the Sahih it is recorded that the Messenger of Allah passed by Idris on the night of the Isra (Night Journey) and he (Idris) was in the fourth heaven. Sufyan reported from Mansur that Mujahid said,
(And We raised him to a high station.) “This means the fourth heaven.” Al-Hasan and others said concerning Allah’s statement,
(And We raised him to a high station.) “This means Paradise.”
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Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and 4:159 (4:160 in the Ahmadiyya Quran’s), before the death of Jesus (as)
B.A. Rafiq, “Truth About Ahmadiyya, online version, https://www.alislam.org/library/book/truth-about-ahmadiyyat/suspension-of-jihad/, Retrieved on 6-7-19).
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