I mentioned in my last post on the story of Talut that Dawood was a young man in the army when Banu Isra'il fought their enemies the Philistines. The post ended by revealing that Dawood, despite his youth and simple weapon (a slingshot), killed the ferocious leader of the Philistines, Jalut. Allah went on to reward Dawood with both prophethood and kingship over Banu Isra'il.
Dawood (as) is mentioned in the Quran in numerous places and the context of these ayaat (verses) is normally to reveal the blessings bestowed upon Dawood (as) by Allah. The first few posts of this blog covered how the land of Al Quds is a blessed land for all people and all times and it is not surprising to discover that Allah chose to bless His prophets even more so than others in this blessed place. Indeed, the Quran reveals that some of the blessings given to Dawood (as) and his son Sulayman (as) were like none that anyone before them had ever seen or experienced. The remainder of this post will share several verses from the Quran which detail some of the blessings of Allah given to His prophet Dawood (as).
Allah gave Dawood hikmah (wisdom):
"... David killed Goliath, and God gave him sovereignty and wisdom and taught him what He pleased...” (Surah Al Baqarah: 251)
Allah revealed the Zabur (Psalms) to Dawood:
“We have sent revelation to you [Prophet] as We did to Noah and the prophets after him, to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon- to David We gave the book [of Psalms].” (Surah An Nisa: 163)
The birds and mountains would join in with Dawood's remembrance of Allah:
“...Remember Our servant David, a man of strength who always turned to Us: We made the mountains join him in glorifying Us at sunset and sunrise; and the birds, too, in flocks, all echoed his praise." (Surah Sad: 17- 19)
The ability to mould iron with his hands (to make armour):
"We graced David with Our favour...We softened iron for him, saying, ‘Make coats of chain mail and measure the links well.’ ‘Do good, all of you, for I see everything you do.’" (Surah Saba’: 10-11)
The above are some (but not all) of the blessings which Allah bestowed upon His Prophet Dawood (as). There is one particular episode regarding Dawood (as) and Masjid Al Aqsa which is mentioned in the Quran. InshaAllah the next post will be dedicated to covering this incident. Then, inshaAllah, I will move onto Prophet Sulayman (as), the son of Dawood (as).
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of His Prophets and Messengers.