Story of Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) (Jacob) Also known as Israel


Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) (Called Jacob in English) was a son of Prophet Ishaq (A.S.) and Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) is also known as Israel. Here we will learn about him, his brother, his wives, and his 12 sons.

Birth of Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) and his Brother

The Prophet Ishaq (A.S.) and his wife Rifka had two twin sons named Ees (Also know as Esau in Hebrew) and Yaqub (A.S.), Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) was more beloved son of his father than Ees. For that reason, Ees envied his brother a lot.

His envy feeling grew more over time and turned harmful. When Allah (s.w.t) selected Yaqub (A.S.) as a prophet, Ees turned so enraged that he threatened his brother to kill him. So, Yaqub (A.S.) decided to flee.

He then discovered a spot to relax and positioned a stone beneath his head. He dreamt about a staircase that was going from the Earth to Heaven with angels coming down to tell him about his future generation would be from this land. He became happy when he woke up, he promised to Allah (s.w.t) that if he returned to his household, he would develop a mosque and donate a portion of his property. Earlier than leaving the place, which was Jerusalem (Bayt al-Maqdis), he positioned some oil on the stone in order that he might recognize it later.

Wives of Prophet Yaqub (A.S.)

He then married 2 sisters named Leah and Raheel, they were daughters of his uncle Laban. Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) had two sons along with his youngest spouse Raheel, his son’s names were Yousef (Joseph) and Benyamin (Benjamin). After the beginning of the latter, the second spouse died and the first one was pregnant.

His uncle Leban also give 2 salves to his wives, To Leah he gave Zilfa, and to Raheel, he gave Bilha.

Children of Israel

Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) had 6 sons and 1 daughter from Leah
1. Roobeel
2. Sham’oon
3. Lavee
4. Yahoodha
5. Eesakhar
6. Zabaloon
and a girl named Deena

2 Sons from Bilha
1. Dan
2. Nayftali

2 Sons from Zilfa
1. Jad
2. Asheer

2 Sons from Raheel
1. Yusuf
2. Binyamin

These 12 Sons are the twelve tribes of Bani Israel.

Allah (s.w.t) inspired Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) to return to his father and his people. When he went, the angels greeted him near his house and announced that he can be called Israel. When Yaqub (A.S.) requested his brother to befriend him, the latter refused, and instead, he hired men to chase him. Yaqub (A.S.) requested Allah (s.w.t) stop his brother’s bad deeds.

Brothers Reunion

He then sent a present consisting of many animals with includes 30 Female Camels, 200 Goats, 200 Ewes, 20 Sheeps, 20 Rams, 40 Cows, 10 Bulls, 20 Female Donkeys, and 10 Male Donkeys for his brother. Ees was impressed and humbled himself to make peace with Prophet Yaqub (A.S.). Both brothers had united again. They both went to their father’s place, which might be the place prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) used to live.

At the age of 180 years, their father Prophet Ishaq (A.S.) passed away of sickness and was buried close to their grandfather, Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.). Then, Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) fulfilled his promise and built a mosque in Jerusalem the place he positioned oil on the stone, which later was expanded by Prophet Suleiman (A.S.).

Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) had 12 sons in total. One of his sons was Prophet Yusuf (A.S.) who requested the entire household to move to Egypt. Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) lived there for 17 years and passed away at the age of 147. He was buried in Hebron, Palestine, along with his father, according to his final wishes.

The tomb of Prophet Yaqub (A.S) is located in the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the ‘Cave of the Patriarchs’.
In that mosque, there are also the tombs of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.), his son Prophet Isaaq (A.S.), his son Prophet Yaqub (A.S.), and his son Prophet Yusuf (A.S.).

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3 thoughts on “Story of Prophet Yaqub (A.S.) (Jacob) Also known as Israel”

  1. Why was prophet yaqub a.s called as israel?what was the reason for this title?
    Plz give reference in quran or sahih hadees.

    • In the Quran Prophet Yaqub (Jacob) is also called Israel and the scholars of Islam explain that this means ‘servant of God’. When the Quran mentions the Children of Israel, it is referring to the descendants of Jacob.

      “… All food was lawful to the Children of Israel except what Israel had made unlawful to himself before the Torah was revealed.” (Quran3:93)

      “… and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell down prostrating and weeping.” (Quran 19:58)



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