Was al-Khidr a Prophet?

Q. Was al-Khidr an angel, a Messenger,   a Prophet or a wali (“saint”)? 

Praise be to Allaah.

The from the general meaning of the Qur’aanic verses (Surah Kahf) it appears  that he was a Prophet. 

Shaykh al-Shanqeeti (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his commentary on the aayah (interpretation of the meaning) 

Al-Khidr | Prophet | Surah Kahf | Quran
Al-Khidr | Prophet | Surah Kahf

“Then they found one of Our slaves, on whom We had bestowed mercy from Us, and whom We had taught knowledge from Us”

[al-Kahf 18:65] 

“But it may be understood from some aayahs that the mercy mentioned here was the mercy of Prophethood, and that this knowledge which came from Allaah was the knowledge of revelation (wahee)… It is known that mercy and the bestowal of knowledge from Allaah is more general and comes in more ways than via Prophethood.

The fact that something general exists does not necessarily imply that something more specific exists, as is well known. One of the indications that the mercy and knowledge with which Allaah blessed His slave al-Khidr came by way of Prophethood and revelation is the aayah (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And I did them not of my own accord”

[Surah Kahf 18:82] 

i.e., rather I did them by the command of Allaah, and the command of Allaah is only conveyed via wahee (revelation), because there is no way for the commands and prohibitions of Allaah to be known except through revelation from Allaah, especially with regard to the killing of an apparently innocent soul and damaging a ship by making a hole in it, because committing acts of aggression against people’s lives and wealth can only be validated via revelation from Allaah.


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Allaah has restricted the method of warning to revelation as He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Say (O Muhammad): “I warn you only by the Revelation”

[al-Anbiya’ 21:45] 

the word innama (translated here as “only”) implies limitation or restriction. 

Al-Khidr | Prophet | Surah Kahf
Al-Khidr | Prophet | Surah Kahf

Adwaa’ al-Bayaan, 4/172, 173 

And he said: 

From all of this we know that al-Khidr’s killing the boy and making a hole in the ship, and his saying, 

“And I did them not of my own accord”

[Surah Kahf 18:82 – interpretation of the meaning] 

clearly indicate that he was a Prophet.

Al-Fakhr al-Raazi, in his tafseer, attributed the view that he was a Prophet to many scholars. Another factor that may indicate that he was a Prophet is the fact that Moosa (peace be upon him) humbled himself before him and said (interpretation of the meaning): 

“May I follow you so that you teach me something of that knowledge (guidance and true path) which you have been taught (by Allaah)?”

[Surah Al-Kahf 18:66] 

“If Allaah wills, you will find me patient, and I will not disobey you in aught”

[Surah Kahf 18:69] 

even though al-Khidr said to him (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And how can you have patience about a thing which you know not?” 

[Surah Al-Kahf 18:68] 

Adwaa’ al-Bayaan, 3/326.

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We are posting this story here for those reverts who pray in tears to save their parents from fire;

This story will give you hope and patience… , In sha Allah one day your parents and loved ones will follow your path and will enter Islam, In sha Allah you will enjoy the sweetness of their companionship once again…

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:

I used to call my mother to Islam when she was a mushrikah. I called her one day and she said something about the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) that I did not like to hear.

So I went to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) weeping, and said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have been calling my mother to Islam, but she refuses. I called her today and she said something about you that I did not like to hear. Pray to Allah to guide the mother of Abu Hurairah.”

Story : Abu Huraira & his Mother.
Story : Abu Huraira & his Mother.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

“O Allah, guide the mother of Abu Hurairah.” I went out feeling optimistic because of the duaa of the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him). When I came home and reached the door, I saw that it was slightly ajar.

My mother heard my footsteps and said, “Stay where you are, O Abu Hurairah!” and I could hear the trickling of water. She took a bath and got dressed, and put on her headcover, then she opened the door and said, “O Abu Hurairah, I bear witness that there is no god except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger!”

I went back to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), and I came to him weeping with joy. I said, “O Messenger of Allah, rejoice, for Allah has answered your prayer and guided the mother of Abu Hurairah.” So he praised Allah and said good words.

Story : Abu Hurairah

I said, “O Messenger of Allah, pray to Allah to make my mother and me beloved to His believing slaves, and to make them beloved to us.” The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “O Allah, make this slave of Yours – meaning Abu Hurairah – and his mother beloved to Your believing slaves, and make the believers beloved to them.” So there are no believing people who hear of me even though they do not see me, but they love me. (Narrated by Muslim, 2491)

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