Jeremiah’s Family History
Another prophet is Jeremiah (pbuh) Ibn Hilkiah from the House of Levi Ibn Jacob (pbuh). It has been claimed that he was Al-Khidr. This was related by Al-Dahak from Ibn Abbas but it is not true.
Traditions About Jeremiah
Ibn Asakir reported that it is written in some scrolls that Jeremiah stood upon the blood of John Ibn Zechariah while it was flowing and he said: “O blood! You have enlightened the people, so take a rest.” So it stopped and condensed until it disappeared.
There is a tradition that Jeremiah asked Allah: “O Lord! Which of Your slaves is more lovable to You?” He answered: “Those who remember Me most away from their remembrance of My creatures; those who are not thinking of death, nor speak of eternal living; those who, when they are allured by the riches of this world, despise them, and when they lose them are happy; those have My love, indeed, and I shall reward them more than they desired.”
Jeremiah Sleeps for 100 Years, Jerusalem is Rebuilt
Hashim ibn Al-Kalbi reported that Allah the Exalted revealed to Jeremiah: “I am going to reconstruct Jerusalem, so go there.” He went and found it devastated. He said to himself: “Exalted be Allah! Allah told me to come to this city and that He was reconstructing it. When will Allah rebuild it? And when will He bring it back to life?”
Then he slept, and his donkey with him, for seventy years until Nebuchadnezzar and the king over him – Laharasab, who had ruled one hundred twenty years – had perished. Laharasab was succeeded by his son Bashtaasib (According to the Bible, Ezra 1, this would be King Cyrus of Persia). News of the death of Nebuchadnezzar had reached Bashtaasib through Sham (Syria), which was in utter ruin. the wild beats had multiplied in Palestine, for it had become empty of men. Bashtaasib therefore called to the children of Israel in Babylon: “Whoever wants to return to Sham (Syria/Palestine) may do so.” It was ruled by one from the House of David, who was ordered by Bashtaasib to rebuild Jerusalem and its temple, so they returned and rebuilt it. Then Jeremiah opened his eyes, blinked from the seventy year sleep, and saw how the city was being reconstructed. He remained in that sleep of his until he had completed one hundred years. When Allah awoke him, he thought that he had slept no more than an hour. He had known the city as a devastated land; when he saw it rebuilt and populated, he said:
“He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and he, to whom wisdom is granted, is indeed granted abundant good. But none remember (will receive admonition) except men of understanding.” [2:269]