E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The name of Mahomets favourite camel was Al Kaswa. The mosque at Koba covers the spot where it knelt when Mahomet fled from Mecca. Mahomet considered the kneeling of the camel as a sign sent by God, and remained at Koba in safety for four days. The swiftest of his camels was Al Adha.
Camel. The prophet Mahomets camel performed the whole journey from Jerusalem to Mecca in four bounds, for which service he had a place in heaven with Alborak (the prophets horse), Balaams ass, Tobits dog, and Ketmir (the dog of the seven sleepers). (Curzon.)
Camel. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God (Matt. xix. 24). In the Koran we find a similar expression: The impious shall find the gates of heaven shut; nor shall he enter till a camel shall pass through the eye of a needle. In the Rabbinical writings we have a slight variety which goes to prove that the word camel should not be changed into cable, as Theophylact suggests: Perhaps thou art one of the Pampedithians, who can make an elephant pass through the eye of a needle. (See CABLE.)