Sayyiduna Zul-Kifl


Sayyiduna Zul-Kifl  has been mentioned in only two Surahs of the Holy Quran – Surah Al-Ambiya and Surah Saad. In both of these two Surahs, only his name has been mentioned. A part from his name, there is neither any detail nor any brief mention about him. In Surah Al-Ambiya:
And (remember) Isma’eel, and Idrees andZul-Kifl; they all were patient. [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)  (Part 17, Surah Al-Ambiya, Ayah 85)
And in Surah Saad:
And remember Isma’eel and Yasa’ (Elisha) andZul-Kifl; and they are all
excellent people.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 23, Surah Saad, Ayah 48)
There is no detail about Sayyiduna Zul-Kifl in the Holy Quran except his name. Similarly, nothing has been mentioned about him in Ahadees. Therefore, in the light of Quran and Hadees, nothing more than this can be said that he was a blessed Nabi of Allah who was sent for the guidance of some nation. However, Shah ‘Abdul Qaadir Dihlvi has mentioned in this context that Sayyiduna Zul-Kifl was the son of Sayyiduna Ayyub and he bailed out somebody solely for the pleasure of Allah . Due to this, he  had to suffer imprisonment for several years. (Mawdah-ul-Quran)
Some commentators of the Holy Quran have mentioned that Sayyiduna Zul­Kifl is actually the title of Sayyiduna Hizqeel  –
Some people of these times are of the opinion that ‘Zul-Kifl’ is the title of ‘Gautam-Budh’ as the name of his country was ‘Kapilavastu’ which translates into Arabic as ‘Kifl’ and the word  Zu in Arabic is used in the meanings of ‘owner’ or ‘mister’. Therefore, the owner and the king of ‘Kapilavastu’ was called as ‘Zul-Kifl’. These people also claim that the real teachings of ‘Gautam-Budh’ were nothing but monotheism and the true teachings of Islam. But later on, just like other religions, this religion also alloyed with wrongs. However, in my point of view, the opinion of these people that Zul­Kifl is the title of Gautam-Budh is no more than a false hypothesis. History or research does not support this hypothesis.  It is obvious that Sayyiduna Zul-Kifl   is among the Ambiya of Bani Israel. Apart from those events and parables that have been comprehensively mentioned in the Holy Quran regarding different Ambiya of Bani Israel, there might be no such extraordinary event during the time of Sayyiduna Zul-Kifl  that would provide a significant lesson or warning. So the Holy Quran quoted his name only and did not mention any incident of his life.