Introduction to Sayyiduna Idrees عليه الصلوۃ والسلام and his occupation

The name of the ‘Nabi of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ’, Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام is ‘Akhnookh’. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ revealed thirty Sahifahs [revealed booklets] to Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام, and Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام got the name of Idrees because of delivering Dars [speech] from these Sahifahs frequently. (Tafseer Siraat-ul-Jinaan, part 16, Surah Maryam, Taht-al-Ayah: 56, vol. 6, pp. 124)

Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام had a milky complexion, great height and broad chest. He had less hair on the body and his hair on the head was long. When cruelty and disobedience spread in the world, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ raised Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام towards the sky as He عَزَّوَجَلَّ has stated:

وَ رَفَعْنٰهُ مَكَانًا عَلِیًّا(۵۷)

Translation from Kanz-ul-Iman: And We raised him to a high station.

(Part 16, Surah Maryam, Ayah 57) (Al-Mustadrak, vol. 3, pp. 417, Hadees 4069)

Occupation

Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام used to sew cloths. From his earnings, he would keep with him only the amount required [for his needs] and would give the rest as Sadaqah, in the way of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. (Al-His ‘alat Tijarah was-Sanaa’ah, pp. 113)

It is narrated that Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام would do Tasbih of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ while inserting the needle for sewing [clothes] and he would do Hamd of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ while taking it out.

(Tafseer Al-Muharrir-ul-Wajeez, part 17, Surah Al-Ambiya, Taht-al-Ayah: 85, vol. 4, pp. 95)

Once, Satan brought pistachio to Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام while Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام was sewing a cloth, and [Satan] said [by the intention of] instilling an evil thought, ‘Is your Rab Powerful to insert the world in this pistachio?’ Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام replied, ‘Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ is Powerful even to insert the entire world in the hole of this needle.’ (Tafseer Al-Bahr-ul-Mudeed, part 16, Surah Maryam, Taht-al-Ayah: 56, vol. 4, pp. 238)

Pioneer of many fields and practices

Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام is the first person to write with pen. Moreover, he is the first person to sew the clothes and wear the sewn clothes; before him, people would wear hides. Furthermore, Sayyiduna Idrees عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام is the first person to develop weapons, scales and other measuring equipment. He is also the pioneer in the fields of astrology and mathematics. (Tafseer Siraat-ul-Jinaan, part 16, Surah Maryam, Taht-al-Ayah: 56, vol. 6, pp. 124)

Excellence of tailoring

Dear Islamic brothers! Blessings descend even on the work which Allah-loving people carry out. The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: Work of the pious men is to sew clothes and work of the pious women is to spin thread (i.e. spinning cotton thread using the spinning wheel). (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 36, pp. 199)

The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would carry out household chores in which the work of sewing [the clothes] would be more. (Tabqat Ibn Sa’d, vol. 1, pp. 275)

A dishonest tailor will face disgrace on the Day of Judgement

Sayyiduna ‘Ali-ul-Murtada رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said to a tailor: Use strong thread, keep the stitches small and close together because I have heard the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم saying, ‘Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will raise the dishonest tailor on the Day of Judgement in such a state that there will be that Qamees[1] and chador on him, sewing which he would have committed dishonesty.’ (Firdaus-ul-Akhbar, vol. 5, pp. 479, Hadees 8820) Moreover, have fear in the matter of the leftover pieces [of cloth] as the owner of the cloth has more right over it. (Al-Mustatraf, vol. 2, pp. 113)



[1] A piece of clothing like a long shirt worn by many people from South Asia.

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