Posted on 07/06/2012 by __socrates

SAMUEL. Arabic Ishmawil السمويلor Shamwil
Referred to in the Qur’an (surah ii. 247) as “the prophet” to whom the Children of Israel said, “Raise for us a King, and we will fight for him in God’s way.”
Husain, the commentator, says it is not quite certain who he was. He was either Yusha’ ibn Nun, or Sham’an ibn Safiya, or Ishmawil. (Tafsir-i-Husaini, p. 65.)
The Kamalan give his name as Shamwil, but say it was originally Isma’il, and that the meaning is the same.

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam