By Sheikh Idris Watts
It was said his name was Ḥabīb. He was called Ilyās because his father had him when he was of a very old age. He was the first to dedicate a sacrifice to the Ka’bah. It was said that the Prophet’s, peace and blessings upon him, answering to the call of Hajj could be heard in his loins. He was also the first to re-erect the station of Abraham after a flood and the Ka’bah was destroyed. He used to speak out against the things his people had changed from the rites of Ishmael and he brought them back to the practice of Ishmael. He passed away on a Thursday and his wife Khandaf was so grief stricken that she refused to remain in the same land where he passed away. She wandered the land until she died. Every Thursday she would sob from sunrise to sunset.
It is related that the Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings upon him, said:
لا تسبوا إلياس فإنه كان مؤمنا
“Do not insult Ilyās for he was a believer.”
 A tradition mentioned by as-Suhaylī in Rawḍ al-Unuf
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