Story of Ezra
Ezra was a saint and a wise man. He went out one day to his own farm, as was his custom. About noon he came to a deserted, ruined place and felt the heat. He entered the ruined town and dismounted his donkey, taking figs and grapes in his basket. He went under the shade of the khaiba tree and ate his food. Then he got up to look at what remained of the ruins. The people had long been lost, and he saw bones.
“Oh! How will God ever bring it to life after its death?” Ezra said
He said this not out of doubt but out of curiosity. God sent the Angel of Death to take his life. He remained dead for 100 years. After 100 years had passed and there had been changes in Israelite affairs, God sent an angel upon Ezra to revive his heart and his eyes in order for him to feel and see how God revives the dead. The angel said:
“For how long did you sleep?”
“A day or part of a day.”
He said this because he knew he had slept early in the afternoon and woke up late in the afternoon. The angel said:
“You remained asleep for 100 years.”
He ate and drank the food, which he had prepared before he was overtaken by that long sleep. Then the angel revived his donkey.
Almighty God said:
“And look at your donkey! Thus We have made of you a sign for the people. Look at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh.” When this was clearly shown to him he said: “I know now that God is able to do all things.”
He rode on his donkey and entered his native place, but the people did not recognize him, nor did his household, except the maid, now an old woman. He asked her:
“Is this the house of Ezra?”
“Yes, but the people have long forgotten Ezra.”
“I am Ezra, God had taken my life for a 100 years and has not returned it to me.”
“Ezra used to be answered when he prayed to God. Pray to cure me of blindness if you are Ezra.”
He prayed for her and massaged her eyes and took her by the hand.
“Get up by the power of God,”
he said. The crippled woman stood up and walked; she opened her eyes and saw; her blindness was gone. She said:
“I bear witness that you are Ezra.”
She rushed to the assembly of the Israelites. Ezra’s son was 118 years old, and his children ‘s children now were lords of the assembly. She called out to them saying:
“This is Ezra come to you.”
They accused her of lying. She said:
“I am your old maid. He has just prayed to God for me, and here I am whole again, walking and seeing.”
The people stood up and looked at him. His son said:
“My father had a mark between his shoulders, a black mole,”
and they discovered it. They said:
“None among us memorized the Torah since Nabuchadnezzar burned it, except Ezra; and there was only one copy of the Torah, which was hidden by Sarukha. He buried it in the days of Nabuchadnezzar in a place none but Ezra knows.”
Ezra led the people to the hidden place and took out that copy of the Torah. Its leaves had rotted, and the book itself crumpled.
Ezra sat under the shade of a tree surrounded by the children of Israel and copied out the Torah for them from that script. Henceforth, the Jews said that Ezra is the son of God, for 2 evidences, which came down from Heaven and for his copying the torah and for his fighting the cause of the Israelites.
He had been copying the Torah for Ezekiel in the land of darkness in the hermitage of Ezekiel. The village, which was in ruins, is said to be Sayrabadh.