Question 242: Was Al-Khadir a prophet or a righteous man?
Answer: The correct opinion is that Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) is a prophet. This is based on his story with Moosaa (peace be upon him) narrated in Soorah Al-Kahf (The Cave). Allaah (Exalted be He) states that Al-Khadir scuttled the boat owned by poor fishermen, killed an apparently innocent boy, and built a wall for two orphan boys in a village whose people refused to feed them. After much criticism on the part of Moosaa, Al-Khadir explained the reasons for what he had done. The story ended with Al-Khadir’s declaration that all he had done was revealed to him by Allaah, as Allaah (Exalted be He) informs in the Qur’aan: And I did them not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of those (things) over which you could not hold patience.... read more here.