Prophets In Islam
Prophets and Messengers of Islam
The belief in All Prophets (PBUT) of Allah (SWT) is an important part (of many) of being Muslim (and of Muslim Faith)!
Before we talk about the 'Prophets In Islam', and because the Quran is in Arabic, Arabic words are used when referring to a Prophet, and a Messenger, we need to understand the difference between the two ('Prophet', 'Messenger').
- Nabi - 'Nabi' is an Arabic word for 'Prophet' - A Prophet is someone that has been given an important news concerning that particular Prophet and his communities (or village and followers).
- Rasoul - 'Rasoul' is an Arabic word for 'Messenger'. A Messenger is someone that has been given a message (Risala) from Allah (SWT) to be delivered to All Mankind and not just a group of people or a village - And Allah (SWT) knows best.
Please note that not All Messengers were sent with a new message. Because this 'Prophets In Islam' article is not about defining the two, we will refer to both (Prophets and Messengers) as Prophets!
Allah (SWT) sent many Prophets (and Messengers)! All Prophets (Peace Be Upon Them All) sent to humanity were human beings, in different times and places, to convey His (Allah - SWT) commandments and messages, and the first Prophet sent was Adam (PBUH), and the last Prophet sent by Allah (SWT) to all people was Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Prophets with One Message
Every Prophet sent by Allah (SWT) came with one message - 'La Elaha Ela-Lah', which translate to 'There is no God but Allah'! What this message means is that there is No Other God but Allah, thus, He (Allah - SWT) is One and the only Deity worthy of Worship.
All Prophets (PBUT) were Muslims
According to the Quran, All Prophets (Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and the last Prophet Muhammad - PBUT) were Muslims because they all believed in One God (Allah - SWT), His Angels, His Books, His Messengers (PBUT), Heaven and Hell, our resurrection and the Day of Judgement.
All (Prophets) surrendered their will to their only Almighty Creator, Allah (SWT). They All (Prophets) came with guidance from Allah (SWT) on how to Worship Him (Allah - SWT) Alone, and how to live our life. This is why Islam is synonym with 'Way of Life'.
Names of the 25 Prophets mentioned in the Quran
There are Prophets (PBUT) mentioned, by name, in the Quran and they are:
- Adam (Adam)
- Idris (Enoch)
- Nuh (Noah)
- Hud (Hud)
- Saleh (Shaleh)
- Ibrahim (Abraham)
- Lut (Lot)
- Ismail (Ishmael)
- Is'haq (Issac)
- Yaqub (Jacob)
- Youcef (Joseph)
- Ayub (Job)
- Shu'aib (Jethro)
- Musa (Moses)
- Harun (Aaron)
- Dzulkifli (Ezekiel)
- Dawud (David)
- Sulayman (Soloman)
- Il'yas (Elijah)
- Elyas'a (Elisha)
- Younes (Jonah)
- Zakaria (Zachariah)
- Yahya (John)
- Isa (Jesus)
- And the Last Prophet 'Muhammad' - PBUH