SHAFAQNA – Prophet Dawood (AS) has been mentioned 16 times in the holy Quran, and the story of his lifetime has been mentioned in 12 Ayahs (verses). Dawood (AS) was a brave character who enjoyed Divine Guidance, and was given the Divine Book of Zabor, a God’s Caliph who was assigned to judge between people, and he had 19 sons, and one of them was Prophet Sulaiman (AS) who was given the position and knowledge of prophethood. Some of the aspects of the life of Prophet Dawood (AS) are outlined below.
- Paying attention to and thanking God at all the times; as mentioned in Ayah 15 of Surah Al-Naml: “We (God) gave knowledge to Dawood and Sulaiman, and they both said: Praise be to Allah (SWT), who has favoured us above many of God’s believing servants.”
- A constant worshipper; as mentioned in Ayah 79 of Surah Al-Anbia’a: “Then We (God) made Dawood to understand the judgment, and We (God) gave knowledge and wisdom to Dawood and Sulaiman, and We (God) made the mountains and birds to pray with Dawood, and We (God) made all these things to happen.”
- To judge justly among people; was one of the favours which God bestowed on Dawood (AS), as mentioned in Ayah 26 of Surah Sad: “ O’ Dawood, We (God) gave you the caliphate on the earth, so judge between people justly, and do not follow your desires, as it will lead you astray from the path of Allah (SWT).”
- Living a simple life and earning his own livelihood; as mentioned in Ayah 17 of Surah Sad: “Be patient about what they say, and remember Our (God’s) servant, Dawood the possessor of strength; indeed, he was one who always turned to Allah (SWT).” The possessor of strength in this Ayah refers to having power as a ruler, and bodily strength to do jobs and tasks, as well as ability to worship God. Despite having all that power, Dawood (AS) always worked for his livelihood, for example making protective clothing and tools as mentioned in Ayah 80 of Surah Al-Anbia’a: “And We (God) thought Dawood to make armour to protect you in your wars.”