Prophets of Islam

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Prophets in Islam (Arabic: الأنبياء في الإسلام‎, romanized: al-ʾAnbiyāʾ fī al-ʾIslām) are those personalities whom Muslims consider to be chosen by Allah (God in Islam) to guide people. In Islamic terminology, they are called Nabi and Rasul or Mursal.

According to Islamic tradition, Allah has sent prophets to every nation. According to Islam , Muhammad was the only messenger sent to convey God's message to all mankind, and all other prophets were sent to one or more specific tribes or nations.

Judaism and Christianity , in contrast to Islam, the Prophet and Messenger of this is that, to obtain both divine revelation and the Holy Prophet (messengers) in the form of a book for a community of divine message was given, but not the Prophet who does not carry a book of Prophets. According to Islamic belief, the Prophets are the ones who are guaranteed by Allah to attain Paradise in the Hereafter.

Qur'an[change | change source]

There are 25 prophets mentioned in the Qur'an. These are:

  1. Adam (آدم)
  2. Idris (إدريس) (Enoch)
  3. Nuh (نوح) (Noah)
  4. Saleh (صالح) (Methuselah)
  5. Hud (هود) (Eber)
  6. Ibrahim (إبراهيم)(Abraham)
  7. Lut (لوط) (Lot)
  8. Ismail (إسماعيل) (Ishmael)
  9. Ishaq (إسحاق) (Isaac)
  10. Ya'qub (يعقوب) (Jacob)
  11. Yusuf (يوسف) (Joseph)
  12. Ayub (أيوب) (Job)
  13. Shu'aib (شعيب) (Jethro)
  14. Musa (موسى)(Moses)
  15. Harun (هارون) (Aaron)
  16. Dul-Kifl (ذو الكفل) (Ezekiel)
  17. Dawud (داود) (David)
  18. Suleyman (سليمان)(Solomon)
  19. Ilyas (إلياس) (Elijah)
  20. Al-Yasa (اليسع) (Elisha)
  21. Yunus (يونس)(Jonah)
  22. Zakaria (زكريا)(Zechariah)
  23. Yahya (يحيى) (John the Baptist)
  24. Isa (عيسى) (Jesus)
  25. Muhammad (محمد)

Other prophets[change | change source]

Muslims believe in other prophets other than those mentioned by name in the Qur'an as there are many verses in the Qur'an which speak about it. These other prophets include: Joshua, Luqman, Caleb, Seth, Daniel, Isaiah, Hosea, Jeremiah, Shem, Benjamin, Khidr, Dhul Qurnayn.

Known prophets[change | change source]

Prophets and messengers named in the Quran[change | change source]

According to Sunni tradition, Prophets mentioned in the Quran are also messengers, but not all prophets are messengers.[1] According to Quranism, it is the opposite.

Prophets and messengers in the Quran
Chronologically Ordered Number Name Arabic

(transliteration)

Equivalent Prophet

(nabī)

Messenger

(rasūl)

Archprophet Book Time when a prophet lived (event or years) Sent to Law (Sharia) Notes
1 Adam آدَم

(ʾĀdam)

Adam [2] [2] Birth of humanity as we know it Earth[3] First Prophet
2 Idris إِدْرِيس

(ʾIdrīs)

Enoch [4] Babylon Tailor; inventor of the needle
3 Nuh نُوح

(Nūḥ)

Noah [5] [6] [7][8] Great Flood The people of Noah [9] [10] Survivor of the Great Flood
4 Hud هُود

(Hūd)

Eber [11] [11] ʿĀd tribe [12] Merchant
5 Saleh صَالِح

(Ṣāliḥ)

[13] [13] Thamud tribe [14] Camel breeder
6 Ibrahim إِبْرَاهِيم

(ʾIbrāhīm)

Abraham [15] [16] [17] Scrolls of Abraham[18] Migration of the Jews to Iraq The people of Iraq [19] [10] Builder of the Kaaba
7 Lut لُوط

(Lūṭh)

Lot [20] [21] The people of Lot [22] Historian and traveler
8 Ismail إِسْمَاعِيل

(ʾIsmāʿīl)

Ishmael [23] [23] Mecca Founder of the Arabian people
9 Ishaq إِسْحَاق

(ʾIsḥāq)

Isaac [24] Palestine Founders of the Israelite people
10 Yaqub يَعْقُوب

(Yaʿqūb)

Jacob [24] Twelve Tribes of Israel
11 Yusuf يُوسُف

(Yūsuf)

Joseph [25] [26] Egypt Inventor
12 Ayyub أَيُّوب

(ʾAyyūb)

Job [25] Edom Known for his patience
13 Shuʿayb شُعَيْب

(Shu‘ayb)

Jethro [27] [27] Midian[28] Shepherd
14 Musa مُوسَىٰ

(Mūsā)

Moses [29] [29] [7][8] Tawrah (Torah) Suhoof Musa (Scrolls of Moses)[30] ~1400s BCE-1300s BCE, or ~1300s BCE-1200s BCE Pharaoh and his establishment[31] [10] Challenged the Pharaoh and lead the migration back to Israel
15 Harun هَارُون

(Hārūn)

Aaron [32] Pharaoh and his establishment Vizier
16 Dhul-Kifl ذُو ٱلْكِفْل

(Zūlkifli)

Debated, Ezekiel, Buddha,[33][34][35] Joshua, Obadiah[36] Isaiah.[37][36] [38] Iraq Identity still unknown
17 Dawud دَاوُۥد \ دَاوُود

(Dāūd)

David [5] [5] Zabur (Psalms) [39] ~1000s BCE-971 BCE Jerusalem Military commander, second king of Israel
18 Sulayman سُلَيْمَان

(Sulaymān)

Solomon [5] ~971 BCE-931 BCE Jerusalem Copperworker, third and last king of the United Monarchy; built the First Temple; Son of Dawud
19 Ilyas إِلْيَاس

(ʾIlyās)

Elijah [5] [40] The people of Ilyas [41] Silk weaver
20 Alyasa ٱلْيَسَع

(Alyasaʿ)

Elisha [5] Samaria
21 Yunus يُونُس

(Yūnus)

Jonah [5] [42] The people of Younis[43] Swallowed by fish
22 Zakariyya زَكَرِيَّا

(Zakarīyā)

Zechariah [5] Jerusalem Father of Yahya
23 Yahya يَحْيَىٰ

(Yaḥyā)

John the Baptist [44] Jerusalem Was assassinated
24 Isa عِيسَىٰ

(ʿĪsā)

Jesus [45] [46] [7][8] Injil (Gospel) [47] ~4 BCE-~30 CE, or ~0-~30 CE The Children of Israel[48] [10] The Messiah
25 Muhammad مُحَمَّد

(Muḥammad)

Muhammad [49][50] [51] [17] Quran[52] 571-632 World[53] [10] Shepherd, merchant, founder of Islam; Seal of the Prophets

Figures whose prophethood is debated[change | change source]

Figures whose prophethood is debated
Name Arabic

(transliteration)

Equivalent Sent to Note
Daniyal دانيال

(Dānīyāl)

Daniel Babylon[54] Usually considered by Muslims to be a prophet, but he is not mentioned in the Qur'an, nor in Sunni Muslim hadith, but he is a prophet according to Shia Muslim hadith.[55][56]
Dhu al-Qarnayn ذُو ٱلْقَرْنَيْن

(Ḏū al-Qarnayn)

Unknown (Some of the theories about his identity include: Alexander the Great,[57][58] Cyrus the Great,[59] Imru'l-Qays,[60] Messiah ben Joseph,[61] Darius the Great,[62] Oghuz Khagan[63]) The people he met on his travels[Qur'an 18:83] He appears in the Quran[Qur'an 18:83] as one who travels to east and west and erects a barrier between mankind and Gog and Magog (called Ya'juj and Ma'juj).[64]
Hizqil حزقيل

(Ḥizqīl)

Ezekiel Iraq He is often identified as being the same figure as Dhul-Kifl,[65] Although not mentioned in the Qur'an by the name, Muslim scholars, both classical[66] and modern[67] have included Ezekiel in lists of the prophets of Islam.
Irmiya إرْميا

(Irmiyā)

Jeremiah Israel[68] He does not appear in the Quran or any canonical hadith, but his narrative is fleshed out in Muslim literature and exegesis, moreover some non-canonical hadith and tafsirs narrate that the Parable of the Hamlet in Ruins is about Irmiya.[69]
Khidr ٱلْخَضِر

(al-Khaḍir)

Unknown, sometimes identified as Melchizedek, and sometimes equated with Elijah[70] The seas,[71] the oppressed peoples,[71] Israel,[Qur'an 18:65] Mecca,[72] and all lands where a prophet exists[73] The Quran also mentions the mysterious Khidr (but does not name him), identified at times with Melchizedek, who is the figure that Abram accompanies on one journey. Although most Muslims regard him as an enigmatic saint,[74] some see him as a prophet as well.[75]
Maryam مَرْيَم

(Maryam)

Mary Israel Some scholars[76][77] regard Maryam (Mary) as a messenger and a prophetess, since God sent her a message through an angel and because she was a vessel for divine miracles. Islamic belief regards her as one of the holiest of women, but the matter of her prophethood continues to be debated.[78]
Luqman لقمان

(Luqman)

- Ethiopia[79][80] The Quran mentions the sage Luqman in the chapter named after him, but does not clearly identify him as a prophet. The most widespread Islamic belief[81] views Luqman as a saint, but not as a messenger, however, other Muslims regard Luqman as a messenger as well.[82] The Arabic term wali is commonly translated into English as "Saint". This should not be confused with the Christian tradition of sainthood.
Samuil صموئيل

(Ṣamūʾīl)

Samuel Israel[83][84] Not mentioned by name, only referred to as a messenger/prophet sent to the Israelites and who anoints Saul as a king.[83][84]
Shith شيث

(Šiṯ)

Seth Mankind[85] He is not mentioned in the Quran, but he is mentioned in Hadith, and is revered within Islamic tradition.
Talut طالوت

(Ṭālūt)

Saul[86] or Gideon Israel[87] Some Muslims refer to Saul as Talut, and believe that he was the commander of Israel. Other scholars, however, have identified Talut as Gideon. According to the Qur'an, Talut was chosen by Samuel to lead them into war. Talut led the Israelites to victory over the army of Goliath, who was killed by Dawud (David).
Uzair عزير

(ʿUzayr)

Ezra Israel He is mentioned in the Quran,[88] but he is not specified to have been a prophet, although many Islamic scholars hold Uzair to be one of the prophets.[89][90]
Yusha يُوشَعُ

(Yūša)

Joshua Israel[83][84] Yusha (Joshua) is not mentioned by name in the Quran, but his name appears in other Islamic literature and in multiple Hadith. In the Quranic account of the conquest of Canaan, Joshua and Caleb are referenced, but not named, as two men, on whom God "had bestowed His grace". Yusha is regarded by most scholars as the prophetic successor to Musa (Moses).

To believe in God's messengers (Rusul) means to be convinced that God sent men as guides to fellow human beings and jinn (khalq) to guide them to the truth.

Purpose of the Prophet's coming on this Earth[change | change source]

The prophets were sent on this Earth for a purpose. That was to call every one towards the one who created the entire creation. To call everyone towards the one who hears all. The one who sees all. The one who forgives. The most important message was to worship Allah alone and to follow his teachings. All of them, Adam, Nuh, Ibrahim, Ishaaq, Ismail, Musa, Haarun, Dawood, Sulaymaan, Isa, Muhammad, and others invited people to worship Allah alone and not to pray to idols and other false gods. All of the prophets were an example to lead moral, righteous, purpose-driven lives free of doubts and confusions.

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