Idris is the third of the Prophets.He was the 5th generation of the Prophet Adam. He was born and raised in Babylon following the teachings and religion of Prophet Adam (pbuh) and his son Seth (pbuh). Then God made him a Prophet and Messenger.
Prophet Idris called the people to be good Muslims, following all the rules of the Religion revealed to him. He told them to perform the prayers and showed them how to pray. They were ordered to fast certain days every month. He called the people back to his forefathers religion, but only a few listened to him, while the majority turned away.
Idris was directed to migrate to Egypt and settle on the bank of the river Nile. He preached the religion of Allah among various tribes and admonished them to be good and civilized.
He was the first to warn people that a flood would come as a punishment (as it did come in the time of Noah).
God revealed 30 short booklets (suhuf) to Idris. God gave him the knowledge of Astronomy and Arithmetic. It is reported that he was the 1st to invent the basic form of writing.
Prophet Idris was friend of one of the angels of heaven. At the age of 365 years the angel friend took Idris up into the heavens and when they arrived in the fourth heaven, they met the Angel of Death. The Angel of Death said: Where is Idris because I have been commanded to end his life. Prohet Idris (pbuh) then stayed in the fourth heaven and died in the wings of his angel friend.
Some of his wise sayings,
“None can show better gratitude for Allah’s favors than he who shares them with others. Do not envy people for what they have as they will only enjoy it for a short while. He who indulges in excess will not benefit from it. The real joy of life is to have wisdom.”
“Happy is he who looks at his own deeds and appoints them as pleaders to his Lord.”
“Do not feel jealous of the prosperity of others.”
“He who has unlimited desires, is deprived of the wealth of contentment.”
“One should be sincere in acts of devotion.”
“It is an act of grave sin to take false oaths.”
“Being patient, while believing in God, leads one to victory. “
“He who controls his passions, is fortunate. Only a good act will be a living intercessor before Allah on the Day of Judgment.”
“One who is desirous of attaining perfection in knowledge, should have no concern with immoral acts.”