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  David in Islam (Daud)

Afghanland.com - David (Daud) in Islam
In the Qur'an, David is known as Daud, and considered one of the prophets of Islam, to whom The Zabur, equated by some scholars with (Psalms) is, according to Islam, one of the holy books revealed by Allah prior to the Qur'an (the others being Tawrat (Torah) and Injil (Gospels).

His early occupation was that of tending his father's sheep on the uplands of Judah. he frequently spent his time, when watching sheep, with his shepherd's musical instruments (flute and harp),

Not long after this David was sent for to soothe with his harp the troubled spirit of King Saul, who suffered from a strange melancholy dejection. He played his harp before the king so skillfully that Saul was greatly cheered, and began to entertain great affection for the young shepherd. After this he went home to Bethlehem. But he soon again came into prominence. The armies of the Philistines and of Israel were in battle array in the valley of Elah, some 16 miles south-west of Bethlehem; and David was sent by his father with provisions for his three brothers, who were then fighting on the side of the king. On his arrival in the camp of was made aware of the state of matters when the champion of the Philistines, Goliath of Gath,(Julat) came forth to defy Israel. David took only his sling, and with a well-trained aim threw a stone "out of the brook," which struck the giant's forehead, so that he fell senseless to the ground. David then ran to cut off Goliath's head with Goliath's own sword. The result was a great victory for the Israelites, who pursued the Philistines to the gates of Gath and Ekron.

David's popularity following this heroic exploit awakened Saul's jealousy. Later David become the King himself, David made Jerusalem the capital, and bought Mount Moriah, He then brought the Ark of the Covenant to Mount Moriah and intended to build a temple. In his reign, he is generally believed to have laid the foundations of the Dome of the Rock where later Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven.

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