# Female figures in the Quran
Female figures in the Quran are important characters and subjects of discussion in the stories and morals taught in Islam. Some of the women in the Quran are portrayed in a positive light, while others are condemned for their actions. Mary (Maryam) is the only female mentioned in the Quran by name; the others' names come from other traditions. Most of the women in the Quran are represented as either the mothers or wives of certain leaders and prophets. Women in the Quran retained an amount of autonomy from men in some respects; for example, the Quran describes women who converted to Islam before their husbands did, or women who took an independent oath of allegiance to Muhammad.
2 Wives of Noah and
3 Daughters of
4 Sara (سارة), Wife of Abraham
5 Aziz's Wife and the Ladies
6 Mother and sister of Moses
7 Wife of Moses
8 Asiyah, Wife of the Pharaoh
9 The Queen of
10 Wife of Imran
11 Maryam (مريم)
12 Wives Of Muhammad
13 Daughters of Muhammad
14 The woman who complained to Muhammad
15 Wife of Abu Lahab "Umm Jamil bint Harb"
Eve is not mentioned by name in the Quran. God created Adam and Eve and bestowed them a place to live in namely
Paradise. The first human mistake was by Adam and Eve who both ate a fruit forbidden to them by God:
"So We said: O Adam! This is an enemy to you and to your wife; therefore let him not drive you both forth from the garden so that you should be unhappy; "
Quran, Sura 20 (Ta-Ha), ayat 117
Wives of Noah and
The Quran speaks of the wives of Noah (Arabic:Nuh) and
Lot (Arabic:Lut) in contempt:
"God sets forth an example to those who disbelieve: the wife of Noah and the wife of
Lot, they were both under two of Our righteous servants, but they acted treacherously towards them so they availed them naught against God, and it was said: Enter both the fire with those who enter."
— Quran, Sura 66 (At-Tahrim), ayat 10
The Quran speaks of them in suras 11 (Hud) and 15 (Al-Hijr):
And his people came rushing towards him and they had been long in the habit of practising abominations. He said: "O my people! Here are my daughters: they are purer for you (if ye marry). Now fear God and cover me not with shame about my guests! Is there not among you a single right-minded man?" They said: "Well dost thou know we have no need of thy daughters: indeed thou knowest quite well what we want!"
—Quran, Sura 11 (Hud), ayat 79
Sara (سارة), Wife of Abraham
Sara, the wife of the Prophet Abraham, is also mentioned in the Quran; where it recounts how she was astonished by the news received by her two children despite of her old age:
And his wife was standing (there), and she laughed. But We gave her glad tidings of Ishâq (Isaac), and after Ishâq, of Ya'qûb (Jacob). (71) She said (in astonishment): "Woe unto me! Shall I bear a child while I am an old woman, and here is my husband, an old man? Verily! This is a strange thing!"
— Quran, Sura 11 (Hud), ayat 71-72
Aziz's Wife and the Ladies
The story of Yusuf and the wife of the 'Aziz is also recounted in the Quran.
But she in whose house he was, sought to seduce him from his (true) self: she fastened the doors, and said: "Now come, thou (dear one)!" He said: "God forbid! Truly (thy husband) is my lord! He made my sojourn agreeable! Truly to no good come those who do wrong!"
—Quran, Sura 12 (Yusuf), ayat 23
"When she heard of their malicious talk, she sent for them and prepared a banquet for them: she gave each of them a knife: and she said (to Joseph), "Come out before them." When they saw him, they did extol him, and (in their amazement) cut their hands: they said, "God preserve us! No mortal is this! This is none other than a noble angel!"
— Quran, Sura 12 (Yusuf), ayat 31
"The king said (to the ladies): "What was your affair when ye did seek to seduce Joseph from his (true) self?" The ladies said: "God preserve us! No evil know we against him!" Said the 'Aziz's wife: "Now is the truth manifest (to all): it was I who sought to seduce him from his (true) self: He is indeed of those who are (ever) true (and virtuous)."
— Quran, Sura 12 (Yusuf), ayat 51
Mother and sister of Moses
The Quran narrates that Mūsā is watched by his sister, refuses the milk of other nurses and is suckled by his own mother.
"And We revealed to Musa's mother, saying: "Give him suck, then when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear nor grieve; surely We will bring him back to you and make him one of the apostles." And the heart of Musa's mother was empty she would have almost disclosed it had We not strengthened her heart so that she might be of the believers. And she said to his sister: "Follow him up. So she watched him from a distance while they did not perceive."
— Quran, Sura 28 (Al-Qasas), ayat 7-11
Wife of Moses
"And when he arrived at the watering (place) in Madyan, he found there a group of men watering (their flocks), and besides them he found two women who were keeping back (their flocks). He said: "What is the matter with you?" They said: "We cannot water (our flocks) until the shepherds take back (their flocks): And our father is a very old man. So he watered (their flocks) for them; then he turned back to the shade, and said: "O my Lord! truly am I in (desperate) need of any good that Thou dost send me! Afterwards one of the (damsels) came (back) to him, walking bashfully. She said: "My father invites thee that he may reward thee for having watered (our flocks) for us." So when he came to him and narrated the story, he said: "Fear thou not: (well) hast thou escaped from unjust people. Said one of the (damsels): "O my (dear) father! engage him on wages: truly the best of men for thee to employ is the (man) who is strong and trusty. He said: "I intend to wed one of these my daughters to thee, on condition that thou serve me for eight years; but if thou complete ten years, it will be (grace) from thee. But I intend not to place thee under a difficulty: thou wilt find me, indeed, if God wills, one of the righteous."
— Quran, Sura 28 (Al-Qasas), ayat 23-27
Asiyah, Wife of the Pharaoh
The wife of the Pharaoh, known in some traditions as Asiyah, is mentioned in the Quran:
"And Allâh has set forth an example for those who believe; the wife of Fir'aun (Pharaoh), when she said: "My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and his work, and save me from the people who are Zâlimûn (polytheists, wrong-doers and disbelievers in Allâh)."
— Quran, Sura 66 (At-Tahrim), ayat 11
The Queen of
The Quran speaks of the Queen of Sheba, also known as Balqees:
"I found (there) a woman ruling over them and provided with every requisite; and she has a magnificent throne. [Quran 27:23]
"I found her and her people worshipping the sun besides God: Satan has made their deeds seem pleasing in their eyes, and has kept them away from the Path,- so they receive no guidance,- [Quran 27:24]
She said: "Kings, when they enter a country, despoil it, and make the noblest of its people its meanest thus do they behave. [Quran 27:34]
"But I am going to send him a present, and (wait) to see with what (answer) return (my) ambassadors." [Quran 27:35]
So when she arrived, she was asked, "Is this thy throne?" She said, "It was just like this; and knowledge was bestowed on us in advance of this, and we have submitted to God (in Islam)." [Quran 27:42]
She was asked to enter the lofty Palace: but when she saw it, she thought it was a lake of water, and she (tucked up her skirts), uncovering her legs. He said: "This is but a palace paved smooth with slabs of glass." She said: "O my Lord! I have indeed wronged my soul: I do (now) submit (in Islam), with Solomon, to the Lord of the Worlds." [Quran 27:44]
Wife of Imran
The wife of Imran (father of Mary), and thus Isa's grandmother is not named in the Quran, but referred to in narratives. In Judeo-Christian tradition she is identifeid as Hannah. According to the Quran, Imran and his wife were old and childless, and she invoked God for a child:
"How the wife of ʿImrān said, O my Lord, I have vowed to thee what is in my womb. Now accept [this vow] from me, thou art the hearing, the knowing. And when she had given birth to the child, she said, O my Lord, I have given birth to a female child... and I have called her Maryam".
— Quran, Sura 3 (Ali Imran), ayat 31
"Behold! a wife of Imran said: "O my Lord! I do dedicate into Thee what is in my womb for Thy special service: So accept this of me: For Thou hearest and knowest all things." "When she was delivered, she said: "O my Lord! Behold! I am delivered of a female child!"- and God knew best what she brought forth- "And whatever no wise is the male like the female. I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her offspring to Thy protection from Satan, the Rejected."
— Quran, Sura 3 (Ali Imran), ayat 35-36
A key female character in the Quran is Mary, the mother of Jesus. The name of Maryam frequently appears in the Qur'an alongside that of Isa (Jesus) in the format "Īsā Ibn Maryam" (meaning Jesus the son of Mary). surah 19 is named after her:
“ When she was delivered, she said: "O my Lord! Behold! I am delivered of a female child!" - and God knew best what she brought forth - "And not wise is the male like the female. I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her offspring to Thy protection from the Evil One, the Rejected." [Quran 3:36] ”
God sent Gabriel to Mary to give her tidings of a son:
“ Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to God; [Quran 3:45] ”
The Qur'an also states that the conception of Jesus by Mary was miraculous:
“ She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?" He said: "Even so: God createth what He willeth: When He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it, 'Be,' and it is!"' [Quran 3:47]
"Mary the daughter of Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into (her body) of Our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout (servants)." [Quran 66:12]
Mary is especially revered by many Muslims, and she is praised much by the Quran:
“ "Behold! the angels said: 'O Mary! God hath chosen thee and purified thee - chosen thee above the women of all nations.'" [Quran 3:42]
And Maryam, the daughter of Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We breathed into her of Our inspiration and she accepted the truth of the words of her Lord and His books, and she was of, the obedient ones. [Quran 66:12]
Wives Of Muhammad
The wives of Muhammad are known to Muslims as the "Mother of the believers", or in Arabic, "umm'ul mu'mineen', and they are mentioned in several places, but never by name.
"The Prophet is closer to the Believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers."
—Quran, Sura 33 (Al-Ahzab), ayat 6
'O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to God), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery, etc.) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner."
—Quran, Sura 33 (Al-Ahzab), ayat 32
Daughters of Muhammad
The Quran speaks of their in surah 33 ver. 59
"O Prophet! tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
— Quran, Sura 33 (Al-Ahzab), ayat 59
The woman who complained to Muhammad
The Quran speaks of her in surah 58 (Al-Mujadila), her name being Khoulah bint Thalabah.
"God has indeed heard (and accepted) the statement of the woman who pleads with thee concerning her husband and carries her complaint (in prayer) to God: and God (always) hears the arguments between both of you: for God hears and sees (all things)."
— Quran, Sura 58 (Al-Mujadila), ayat 1
The verses that follow are to restore her rights (as well as those of any other woman in her position), when the husband does a specific pre-Islamic tradition.
Wife of Abu Lahab "Umm Jamil bint Harb"
The Quran mentions wife of Abu Lahab in Sura Al-Masadd (Sura 111), where it mentions how she will be punished in Hell for hurting Muhammad alongside her husband, Abu Lahab.
"His wife shall carry The (crackling) wood as fuel. A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre Round her (own) neck."
—Quran, Sura 111 (Al-Masadd), ayat 4-5
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# Apostle (Islam)
Messengers of Islam
In Islam, an Apostle or Messenger (Arabic: rasūl ) is a prophet sent by God.
According to the Quran, God sent many prophets to mankind. The five universally acknowledged messengers in Islam are Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus and Muhammad, as each is believed to have been sent with a scripture. Muslim tradition also maintains that Adam received scrolls as did some of the other patriarchs of the Generations of Adam.
The term Apostle or Messenger is also applied to prophets sent to preach to specific areas; the Quran mentions Jonah, Elijah, Ishmael and Shoaib and other prophets as being messengers as well. This meaning is also used for the following figures:
Jonah, who is regarded as the Apostle to
Hud, who is regarded as the Apostle to Ād
Shoaib, who is regarded as the Apostle to Midian
Noah, who is regarded as the Apostle to the People of Noah
Salih, who is regarded as the Apostle to Thamud
Elijah, who is regarded as the Apostle to the Baal-Worshipers
Lot, who is regarded as the Apostle to
Sodom and Gomorrah
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# Prophets and messengers in Islam
In Islam, the terms prophet (Arabic: Nabi; Greek: prophētēs; Hebrew: nâbîy) and messenger (Arabic: Rasul; Greek: ä'n-ge-los; Hebrew: mal•äk) are two frequently used words to describe the numerous divinely inspired men who conveyed God's message to mankind throughout history. These men include early patriarchs such as Noah and Abraham, as well as later figures such as Moses and Aaron, right through to the most recent prophets, namely John the Baptist, Jesus and Muhammad. But the actual differences between a prophet and a messenger/apostle has continued to rouse debate amongst Muslim scholars, with different people interpreting the phrases differently. Most commonly, however, the two terms are used interchangeably by Muslims as well as Non-Muslims.
One of the most common views held by scholars is that messengers were recipients of a scripture while prophets simply taught teachings already established through a scripture. Therefore, people of this view believe, for example, that David was a messenger and a prophet as he received the Psalms; his son, Solomon, however, was a prophet but not a messenger as he did not receive any named scripture. The conclusion that scholars of this view come to is that every messenger was a prophet but not every prophet was a messenger. This view, therefore, states that the following prophets were messengers too:
Abraham, as he received the Scrolls of Abraham
Moses, as he received the Torah
David, as he received the Psalms
Jesus, as he received the Gospel
Muhammad, as he received the Quran
Other prophets, of whose books we don't know (may include Jacob, Ishmael, Jonah and others)
In the Quran
Although many scholars adopt classical views and interpretations, the Quran speaks of prophets and messengers as having the following characteristics:
Prophets are recipients of a scripture or a book:
Mankind was one community, and God sent (unto them) prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and revealed therewith the Scripture with the truth that it might judge between mankind concerning that wherein they differed. And only those unto whom (the Scripture) was given differed concerning it, after clear proofs had come unto them, through hatred one of another. And God by His Will guided those who believe unto the truth of that concerning which they differed. Allah guideth whom He will unto a straight path.
—Quran, sura 2 (Al-Baqara), ayat 213
Those to whom We have given the Book, and the law, and the prophethood, if they reject it, then We will entrust it to a people who will not reject it.
—Quran, sura 6 (Al-An'am), ayat 89
More than one prophet can exist at a time:
Also mention in the Book (the story of) Moses: for he was specially chosen, and he was a messenger (and) a prophet.
And we called him from the right side of Mount (Sinai), and made him draw near to Us, for mystic (converse).
And, out of Our Mercy, We gave him his brother Aaron, (also) a prophet.
—Quran, sura 19 (Maryam), ayat 51-53
Prophets can be given an existing scripture or book, or even share a book:
It was We who revealed the law (to Moses): therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the prophets who bowed (in Islam) to God's will, by the rabbis and the doctors of law: for to them was entrusted the protection of God's book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear Me, and sell not My signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what God hath revealed, they are (no better than) unbelievers.
—Quran, sura 5 (Al-Ma'ida), ayat 44
Prophets are witnesses, bearers of good news and warners to mankind:
O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a witness, a bearer of glad tidings, and warner.
—Quran, sura 33 (Al-Ahzab), ayat 45
The gift of prophecy was placed within some families:
And We gave him (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob, and ordained among his progeny prophethood and revelation, and We granted him his reward in this life; and he was in the hereafter (of the company) of the righteous.
—Quran, sura 29 (Al-Ankabut), ayat 27
And We sent Noah and Abraham, and established in their line prophethood and revelation: and some of them were on right guidance. But many of them became rebellious transgressors.
—Quran, sura 57 (Al-Hadid), ayat 26
Prophets could make minor mistakes:
O Prophet! Why holdest thou to be forbidden that which God has made lawful to thee? Thou seekest to please thy consorts. But God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
—Quran, sura 66 (At-Tahrim), ayat 1
And David and Solomon, when they gave judgment concerning the field, when people's sheep had strayed and browsed therein by night; and We were witnesses to their judgment.
To Solomon We inspired the (right) understanding of the matter: to each (of them) We gave judgment and knowledge; it was Our power that made the hills and the birds celebrate Our praises, with David: it was We who did (all these things).
—Quran, sura 21(Al-Anbiya), ayat 78-79
Prophets will be given blessings of peace on the Day of Judgement:
So peace on him (John) the day he was born, the day that he dies, and the day that he will be raised up to life (again)!
—Quran, sura 19 (Maryam), ayat 15
Some of the prophets were slain by their people:
As to those who deny the signs of God and in defiance of right, slay the prophets, and slay those who teach just dealing with mankind, announce to them a grievous penalty.
—Quran, sura 3 (Al-Imran), ayat 21
Messengers were sent to every nation:
To every people (was sent) a messenger: when their messenger comes (before them), the matter will be judged between them with justice, and they will not be wronged.
—Quran, sura 10 (Yunus), ayat 47
Messengers were also usually sent with a scripture or book:
And if they reject thee, so did their predecessors, to whom came their messengers with clear signs, Books of Dark Prophecies, and the Book of Enlightenment.
—Quran, sura 35 (Fatir), ayat 25
Messengers taught in the language of their own people:
We sent not a messenger except (to teach) in the language of his (own) people, in order to make (things) clear to them. Now God leaves straying those whom He pleases and guides whom He pleases: and He is exalted in power, full of wisdom.
—Quran, sura 14 (Ibrahim), ayat 4
'Messengers' may refer to an angel:
(The Messengers) said: "O Lot! We are Messengers from thy Lord! By no means shall they reach thee! now travel with thy family while yet a part of the night remains, and let not any of you look back: but thy wife (will remain behind): To her will happen what happens to the people. Morning is their time appointed: Is not the morning nigh?"
—Quran, sura 11 (Hud), ayat 81
Many messengers are not named in the Quran:
And messengers We have mentioned unto thee before and messengers We have not mentioned unto thee; and God spoke directly unto Moses;
—Quran, sura 4 (An-Nisa), ayat 164
Conclusion through the Quran
Although scholars hold different views, the most common conclusion that scholars come to, when analyzing the words purely through their occurrence in the Quran, is that 'messenger' and 'prophet' are indeed interchangeable words for each other. The only major difference is that the term 'messenger' is also used for angels, while 'prophet' is used specifically for humans. Therefore, some translators use the alternative phrase, 'apostle', when translating the word 'Rasul' in the context of a human.
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# Prophets in the Quran
The following are named as Prophets in the Quran
1 Adam آدم
2 Idris إدريس
3 Noah نوح
4 Hud هود
5 Saleh صالح
6 Abraham ابراهيم
7 Lut لوط
8 Ismail اسماعيل
9 Isaac اسحاق
10 Yaqub (Jacob) يعقوب
11 Yusuf (Joseph) يوسف
12 Ayyub (Job) أيوب
13 Shoaib (Jethro) شعيب
14 Musa (Moses) موسى
15 Harun (Aaron) هارون
16 Dhul-Kifl (Ezekiel) ذو الكفل
17 Daud (David) داود
18 Sulayman (Solomon) سليمان
19 Ilyas (Elijah) إلياس
20 Al-Yasa (Elisha) اليسع
21 Yunus (Jonah) يونس
22 Zakariya (Zechariah) زكريا
23 Yahya (John the Baptist) يحيى
24 Isa (Jesus) عيسى
Adam is the first prophet of Islam and, according to Islamic tradition, the first human being. He is an important figure in Judaism and Christianity as well and is best known for the story of Adam and Eve.
Prophet Idris is, at times, identified with the Enoch found in the Bible. In the Quran, it says that God exalted Idris to a lofty station and Muslims believe that he lived at a time when pure monotheism was, for the most part, forgotten. He is known to be the first prophet to wage a Jihad war.
Although best known for the Deluge, Nuh was a primary preacher of monotheism at his time. According to Islamic tradition, it was this faithfulness to God that led to him being selected to build the
According to Islam, Hud, for whom the eleventh chapter of the Quran is named, was sent by God some time after the Deluge to remind the people of his nation about God. He was sent to the people of Ad, and is one of the five Arab prophets.
According to the Quran, Saleh was ordered by God to leave behind his people after they disobeyed God's orders. They were the nation of Thamud and they were known to have carved buildings and homes out of cliffs and mountains.
Abraham is regarded by Muslims today as one of the significant prophets as he is credited with building the Kaaba in Makkah. His family included his prophetic sons Ismail and Isaac as well as his prophetic grandson Jacob and the holy women Sarah and Hagar.
Lut is known in Islam for preaching against homosexuality in
Sodom and , only to be mocked and ignored by the people who lived there. This nation was destroyed By God's command. Gomorrah
According to Islamic tradition Ismail and his mother Hajra's search for water in the region around Makkah led God to reveal the Zamzam Well.
According to Islamic tradition, Isaac, second-born son of Abraham, became a prophet in
Canaan. He, along with his brother Ismail, carried on the legacy of Ibrahim as prophets of Islam.
Yaqub (Jacob) يعقوب
Jacob, according to the Quran was "of the company of the Elect and the Good" (Yusuf Ali 38:47) and he continued the legacy of both his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. Like his ancestors, he was committed to worshipping and bowing to God.
Yusuf (Joseph) يوسف
Yusuf, son of Yaqub and great-grandson of Ibrahim, became a prominent advisor to the pharaoh of
since he was believed to have been able to predict the future through dream interpretation. He spent a large part of his life away from his eleven brothers, who, jealous of Yusuf's success, told their father Yaqub that Yusuf had died. But indeed they had thrown him in a well and took off his shirt and smeared it with that of a killed ram's blood. Yusuf a.s. was afraid in the well but knew very well that Allah was with him. Yusuf was a prophet as well as the messenger of Allah (God) Egypt
Ayyub (Job) أيوب
According to Islamic tradition, Ayub was rewarded by a fountain of youth, which removed all illnesses except death, for his service to Allah in his hometown outside Al Majdal.
Shoaib (Jethro) شعيب
Shoaib was a direct descendant of Ibrahim. According to Islam, he was appointed by Allah to guide the people of Madyan and Aykah, who lived near
Mount Sinai. When the people of the region failed to listen to his warnings, their villages were destroyed by Allah.
Musa (Moses) موسى
Musa, referred to in the Quran more than any other prophet, is significant for revealing the Tawrat to the ancient Egyptians. The Quran says Musa realized his connection with Allah after receiving commands from him during a stop at
Mount Sinai. He later went on to free the enslaved Israelites after failing to convince the Egyptian pharaoh of Allah's power. Musa subsequently led the freed Israelites for forty years through the desert on a long attempt to capture Canaan, the promised land. During this long journey, Musa received the Tawrat and the Ten Commandments during another trip to Mount Sinai. At the end of his life, according to Islamic tradition, Musa chose to die to be closer to Allah instead of taking an offer that would have extended his life.
Harun (Aaron) هارون
Harun served as an assistant to his elder brother Musa. In Islam, he, like Musa, was given the task of saving the Israelites from the Egyptian pharaoh. He would often speak for Musa when his speech impediment prevented him from doing so himself.
Dhul-Kifl (Ezekiel) ذو الكفل
Dhul-Kifl was stated twice in the Quran (Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 85 and Surah Sa'd ayat 48). Both references describe that Dhul-Kifl was amongst the most patient and righteous of men. He is most often identified with the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel because Ezekiel in his journey to
went to a little town called Kefil and his shrine is there. So, people believe Ezekiel as Dhul-Kifl. Nineveh
Daud (David) داود
In Islam, the Zabur (equated by some with the Psalms) were revealed to Daud by Allah. He is also significant as he is the one who conquered Goliath. Zabur the short book given by Allah in order to him.
Sulayman (Solomon) سليمان
Sulayman learned a significant amount from his father Daud before being made a prophet by Allah. According to Islamic tradition, Sulayman was given power over all things, including the jinns. Known for his honesty and fairness, he also led a kingdom that extended into southern
Arabia. He was the youngest among his nineteen brothers, he was thirteen years old when he became a prophet. He inherited his fathers throne because he made fair decisions. He had the ability to control winds also and speak to animals.
Ilyas (Elijah) إلياس
Ilyas, descendant of Harun, took over control of the southern part of the
Arabian Peninsula after Sulayman's kingdom collapsed. Islamic tradition says he attempted to convince the people of the Peninsula of the existence of only one god, but when the people refused to listen they were smitten with a drought and famine.
Al-Yasa (Elisha) اليسع
Al-Yasa took over the job of leading the Israelites after Ilyas' death. He attempted to show the king and queen of
the powers of Allah, but was dismissed as a magician. Subsequently, the Assyrians were able to conquer the Israelites and inflict significant damage on them. Israel
Yunus (Jonah) يونس
Yunus was commanded by Allah to help the people of
towards righteousness. However, after Nineveh 's people refused to listen to him, he became disgruntled and started to ignore him. After an incident where Yunus was spared death, he decided to re-commit himself to striving for Allah, attempting to lead the people of Nineveh to righteousness. But after returning to evil, illicit ways, the Scythians conquered them. Nineveh
Zakariya (Zechariah) زكريا
A descendant of Sulayman, Zakariya was a patron of Maryam, mother of Isa. According to Islamic tradition, he prayed to Allah asking for a son, since his sterile wife al-Yashbi could not provide one. Allah granted his wishes, temporarily lifting his wife's sterility and allowing her to give birth to Yahya. His death was considered tragic as several Israelites severed his body in half.
Yahya (John the Baptist) يحيى
Islam says that, like his father Zakariya, Yahya prayed to Allah to bless him with a son who could continue his legacy of guiding people towards Islam. Throughout his lifetime, Yahya captivated audiences with his powerful sermons that preached monotheism.
Isa (Jesus) عيسى
One of the highest ranked prophets in Islam, Isa was sent to guide the Children of Israel. The Quran makes it very clear that Isa is not the son of God as Christianity teaches, but rather a prophet, and Messenger of God. He was able to perform many miracles but only by the will of God. It also states that he received the New Testament although the version seen today is different from the one revealed at the time. Muslims believe that Isa was not crucified on the cross but instead is in heaven, waiting to return to defeat the dajjal. In Sura Maryam (19:88-89), The Quran states, "And they say: Allah the most gracious has begotten a son. Indeed, you have made a abominable assertion." This is such an unjust and grave claim that "At it the skies are about to burst, and the earth split asunder, and the mountains to crumble down crashing, that they have attributed to the Most Gracious a son! It is not befitting for the Most Gracious to beget a son. There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes to the Most Gracious as a slave" 19:90-93. The claim of those who attribute such fallacy to Him is refuted in these verses.
Muhammed ibn Abdullah(53 B.H-11 A.H; 571-632 AD) is the Last Prophet in Islam. According to Islamic tradition Muhammad never claimed Islam a new religion but in fact preached the unity of the religion since Adam the first person and prophet of Allah on the face of earth. The strongest Islamic belief is that Islam is the only religion which all prophets preached. Also Quran refers to all prophets as Muslims. Muhammad was born in Makkah where he spent the first part of his life as a well-travelled merchant. He would often spend his time in the mountains surrounding Makkah in prayer contemplating the situation with the city. According to Islamic beliefs, at the age of forty during one of those trips to the mountain, Muhammad began to, despite his illiteracy, receive and recite verses from Allah which today make up the Quran. He quickly began to spread the message he was receiving, convincing a few others in the city, including his wife, to convert a form of Islam similar to one practiced today. He became the leader of those who had submitted to Allah (Muslims), moving to another city (present-day
) away from the oppressors in Makkah. Muhammad served not just as a prophet, but as a king/leader who helped defeat the Makkans in 624 during the Battle of Badr. He continued to lead the Muslims spreading Islam across the Medina Arabian Peninsula. He performed the first hajj in 629 and established the form of Islam, with its five pillars still practiced by Muslims today. Others continued Muhammad's legacy after his death in 629 proclaiming themselves as caliphs (or successors) to Muhammad.
# Prophets in Islam
Muslims identify the prophets of Islam as those humans chosen by God in Islam (Allah) and given revelation to deliver to mankind. Muslims believe that every prophet was given a belief to worship God and their respective followers believed it as well. Each prophet, in Muslim belief, preached the same main belief of worshiping God (which in Arabic is translated as Allah) and in the avoidance of idolatry and sin. Each came to preach Islam at different times in history and some, including Jesus, told of the coming of the final prophet and messenger of God, who would be named Muhammad. Each prophet directed a message to a different group of people, and thus would preach Islam in accordance with the times. Although many lay Muslims and many Western scholars and writers hold the view that Islam began with Muhammad in
, this contradicts the Quran, which says that Muhammad simply was the last prophet who preached the same faith that Adam preached to his children. Mecca
Islamic tradition holds that God sent messengers to every nation. Muslims believe that God finally sent Muhammad to transmit the message of the Quran, the holy book which, according to Islam, is universal in its message. The reason the Muslims believe the Quran is universal and will remain uncorrupted is because they believe that previous Islamic holy books, namely the Torah given to Moses; the Psalms given to David; and the Gospel given to Jesus, were for a particular time and community and because they believe that, even if the books were corrupted, many prophets were still to come who could tell the people of what was correct in the scripture and warn them of corruptions. Muhammad therefore, being the last prophet, was vouchsafed a book which, in Muslim belief, will remain in its true form till the Last Day.
In both Arabic and Hebrew, the term nabī (plural forms: nabiyyūn and anbiyāʾ) means "prophet". Forms of this noun occur 75 times in the Quran. The term nubuwwah (meaning "prophethood") occurs five times in the Quran. The terms rasūl (plural: rusul) and mursal (plural: mursalūn) denote “messenger” or "apostle" and occur more than 300 times. The term for a prophetic “message”, risāla (plural: risālāt) appears in the Quran in ten instances.
The Syriac form of rasūl Allāh (literally: "messenger of God"), s̲h̲eliḥeh d-allāhā, occurs frequently in the apocryphal Acts of St. Thomas. The corresponding verb for s̲h̲eliḥeh — s̲h̲alaḥ, occurs in connection with the prophets in the Old Testament.
The words "prophet" (Arabic: nabī) and "messenger" (Arabic: rasūl, ) appear several times in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The following table shows these words in different languages:
In the Old Testament the word "prophet" (Hebrew: navi) occurs more commonly, and the word "messenger" (Hebrew: mal'akh) refers to angels (Arabic: Malāīkah), But the last book of the Old Testament, the Book of Malachi, speaks of a messenger that Christian commentators interpret as a reference to the future prophet John the Baptist.
In the New Testament, however, the word "messenger" becomes more frequent, sometimes in association with the concept of a prophet.
"Messenger" can refer to Jesus, to his Apostles and to John the Baptist.
It seems that in the New Testament a messenger can have a higher rank than prophets: Jesus Christ said about John the Baptist:
But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
—Matthew, Gospel of Matthew
Prophets and messengers in Islam
The table below [omitted] charts the twenty-five named Quran prophets, and reference key elements of their role in Islam. Muslims believe that many prophets existed, including many not mentioned in the Quran. The Quran itself refers to at least four other prophets but does not name them.
Distinguishing between prophets and messengers
All messengers are commonly considered to be prophets. However not all prophets are considered as messengers. The Quran, like the quoted passage from the New Testament, may rank a messenger higher than a prophet. For example, whenever both titles appear together, "messenger" comes first. Crucially, a messenger delivers a new religious law (Sharia) revealed by God, whereas a prophet continues an old one. God sends both prophets and messengers as givers of good news and as admonishers of their people. A messenger will become the witness that God will take from that community on the Day of Judgment (see the following sura; Yunus; An-Nahl; Al-Mu’minoon; Ghafir; An-Nisa; Al-Qasas).
Scholars like Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and Amin Ahsan Islahi maintain that the key difference between prophets and messengers is that denial of a messenger invites punishment from God - this is termed as sunnat Allah (one of the ways of God in the Quran). Thus, for example, denial of Noah's invitation by his people, caused the flood to come upon them. This is an extension of the view above that messengers become witnesses to the delivery of the Divine message to their respective nations, and their nations are judged accordingly by God.
Muslims distinguish between celestial and human messengers. In the Quranic world, God calls the angels 'messengers' but not prophets. The human messengers, however, also function as prophets — though not every prophet serves as a messenger. Angels always carry "orders" to the human prophets or messengers on what to say, what to do, and so forth. For example, Gabriel - the angel - delivered the Quran to Muhammad, the prophet and the messenger.
Prophethood in Ahmadiyya Islam
Unlike the majority of Muslims, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community does not recognize any difference between a messenger and a prophet. Ahmadiyya belief regards the terms encountered in the Quran to signify divinely appointed individuals - "warner" (nazir), "prophet", "messenger" - as generally synonymous. Ahmadis however categorise prophets as law-bearing ones and non-lawbearing ones. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community also recognizes Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835–1908) as a Prophet of God, and also sees him as the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi of the latter days and view it.
Status in Islam
The Quran speaks of the prophets as being the greatest human beings of all time. A prophet, in the Muslim sense of the term, is a person whom God specially chose to teach the faith of Islam. Before man was created, God had specifically selected those men whom He would use as prophets. This does not, however, mean that every prophet began to prophesy from his birth. Some were called to prophesy late in life, in Muhammad's case at the age of 40 and in Noah's case at 480 Others, such as John the Baptist, was called to prophesy while still in young age and Jesus prophesied while still in his cradle.
The Quran verse 4:69 lists various virtuous groups of human beings, among whom prophets (including messengers) occupy the highest rank. Verse 4:69 reads:
All who obey Allah and the messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah - of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship!
—Quran, sura 4 (An-Nisa), ayah 69
Religion of preaching
In Muslim belief, every prophet preached Islam. The beliefs of charity, prayer, pilgrimage, worship of God and fasting are believed to have been taught by every prophet who has ever lived. The Quran itself calls Islam the 'religion of Abraham' and refers to Jacob and the Twelve Tribes of Israel as being Muslim. Isaac, Ishmael, Jesus, Noah, Moses and the disciples of Jesus are just some of the other figures referred to as Muslims in the Quran. The Quran says:
“The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah - the which We have sent by inspiration to thee - and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein.”
—Quran, sura 42 (Ash-Shura), ayah 13
Scriptures and other gifts
The Revealed Books are the records which Muslims believe were dictated by God to various Islamic prophets throughout the history of mankind. All these books promulgated the code and laws of Islam. The belief in all the revealed books is an article of faith in Islam and Muslim's must believe in all the scriptures to be a Muslim. Muslims believe the Quran, the final holy scripture, was sent because all the previous holy books had been either corrupted or lost. Nonetheless, Islam speaks of respecting all the previous scriptures, even in their current forms. The Quran mentions some Islamic scriptures by name, which came before the Quran:
Tawrat (Torah): According to the Quran, the Tawrat (Torah) was revealed to Moses, but Muslims believe that the current Pentateuch, although it retains the main message, has suffered corruption over the years. Moses and his brother Aaron used the Torah to preach the message to the Children of Israel. The Quran implies that the Torah is the longest-used scripture, with the Jewish people still using the Torah today, and that all the Hebrew prophets would warn the people of any corruptions that were in the scripture. Jesus, in Muslim belief, was the last prophet to be taught the Mosaic Law in its true form.
Zabur (Psalms): The Quran mentions the Psalms as being the holy scripture revealed to David. Scholars have often understood the Psalms to have been holy songs of praise. The current Psalms are still praised by many Muslim scholars, but Muslims generally assume that some of the current Psalms were written later and are not divinely revealed.
Book of Enlightenment: The Quran mentions a Book of Enlightenment, which has alternatively been translated as Scripture of Enlightenment or the Illuminating Book. It mentions that some prophets, in the past, came with clear signs from God as well as this particular scripture.
Books of Divine Wisdom: The Quran mentions certain Books of Divine Wisdom, translated by some scholars as Books of Dark Prophecies, which are a reference to particular books vouchsafed to some prophets, wherein there was wisdom for man. Some scholars have suggested that these may be one and the same as the Psalms as their root Arabic word, Zubur, comes from the same source as the Arabic Zabur for the Psalms.
İnjil (Gospel): The İnjil (Gospel) was the holy book revealed to Jesus, according to the Quran. Although many lay Muslims believe the Injil refers to the entire New Testament, scholars have clearly pointed out that it refers not to the New Testament but to an original Gospel, written by God, which was given to Jesus. Therefore, according to Muslim belief, the Gospel was the message that Jesus, being divinely inspired, preached to the Children of Israel. The current canonical Gospels, in the belief of Muslim scholars, are not divinely revealed but rather are documents of the life of Jesus, as written by various contemporaries, disciples and companions. These Gospels contain portions of Jesus's teachings but don't represent the original Gospel, which was a single book written not by a human but by God.
Scrolls of Abraham: The Scrolls of Abraham are believed to have been one of the earliest bodies of scripture, which were vouchsafed to Abraham, and later used by Ishmael and Isaac. Although usually referred to as 'scrolls', many translators have translated the Arabic Suhuf as 'Books'. The Scrolls of Abraham are now considered lost rather than corrupted, although some scholars have identified them with the Testament of Abraham, an apocalyptic piece of literature available in Arabic at the time of Muhammad.
Scrolls of Moses: These scrolls, containing the revelations of Moses, which were perhaps written down later by Moses, Aaron and Joshua, are understood by Muslims to refer not to the Torah but to revelations aside from the Torah. Some scholars have stated that they could possibly refer to the Book of the Wars of the Lord, a lost text spoken of in the Hebrew Bible.
The Quran mentions various divinely-bestowed gifts given to various prophets. These may be interpreted as books or forms of celestial knowledge. Although all prophets are believed by Muslims to have been immensely gifted, special mention of 'wisdom' or 'knowledge' for a particular prophet is understood to mean that some secret knowledge was revealed to him.
Wisdom: This attribute is spoken of in the Quran in numerous places. The Quran mentions that Abraham prayed for wisdom and later received it. It also mentions that Joseph and Moses both attained wisdom when they reached full age; David received wisdom with kingship, after slaying Goliath; Lot received wisdom whilst prophesying in Sodom and Gomorrah; John the Baptist received wisdom while still a mere youth; and Jesus received wisdom and was vouchsafed the Gospel.
Table of prophets/messengers in the Quran
Name (Arabic & Translit.)
Number of times mentioned by name
Ādam Adam Main articles: Adam and Adam and Eve 25
Adam, the first human being, ranks as the first prophet of Islam. Adam and his wife, Eve, fell from the Garden of Eden after they ate from the forbidden tree. On earth, Adam received his first revelations and lived many generations.
Īdrīs Enoch Main articles: Idris (prophet) and Enoch (ancestor of Noah) 2
Idris is believed to have been an early prophet sent to mankind. The traditions that have built around Idris' figure have given him the scope of a prophet, philosopher, writer, mystic and scientist.
Nūh Noah Main articles: Islamic view of Noah and Noah 43
Although best known for his role in the story of the Deluge, Nuh became a primary preacher of monotheism in his day. Muslims believe his faith in God led to him being selected to build the
Hūd Eber Main articles: Hud (prophet) and Eber 7
Muslims believe that only Hud, for whom the eleventh chapter of the Quran takes its name, and a few other people survived a great storm, similar to the Deluge five generations earlier. God inflicted the storm to punish the people of ʿĀd who had forgotten God.
Ṣālih Saleh Main article: Saleh 9
According to the Quran, God ordered Saleh to leave behind his people, the tribe of Thamud, after they disbelieved and disobeyed God's order to care for a special camel and instead killed it. When Saleh and the believers fled from Thamud, God punished the people with a loud noise from the skies that killed his people instantly. Note that Saleh does not equate to the Shelah mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.
Ibrāhīm Abraham Main articles: Islamic views on Abraham and Abraham 69
Muslims regard Ibrahim as one of the most significant prophets, because they credit him with rebuilding the Kaaba in
. His family included such great figures as his sons, Ishmael and Isaac, as well as his prophetic grandson Jacob. Holy women from his household included Sarah and Hagar. Because of his significance as a patriarch, Abraham is often titled Father of the Prophets. Mecca
Lūt Lot Main articles: Islamic view of Lot and
Lot (biblical person) 27
Muslims know Lut best for attempting to preach against homosexuality in
Sodom and , in addition to encouraging his people to believe in the Oneness of God, although his community mocked and ignored him. Islam denies the acts which the Hebrew Bible attributes to Gomorrah Lot, like drinking and becoming drunk, and having intercourse with and impregnating his two daughters.
Ismā‘īl Ishmael Main articles: Islamic view of Ishmael and Ishmael 12
As a child, Ishmael - with his mother, Hagar - searched for water in the region around
, leading God to reveal the Zamzam Well, which still flows as of 2012. He is also credited with the construction of the Kaaba along with Ibrahim. Mecca
Ishāq Isaac Main articles: Islamic view of Isaac and Isaac 17
According to Islamic tradition, Ishaq, the second-born son of Ibrahim, became a prophet in
Canaan. He and his brother Ismaïl carried on the legacy of Ibrahim as prophets of Islam.
Ya‘qūb Jacob Main articles: Islamic view of Jacob and Jacob 16
The Quran portrays Jacob as "of the company of the Elect and the Good". He continued the legacy of both his father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. Like his ancestors, he deliberately worshipped God exclusively.
Yūsuf Joseph Main articles: Islamic view of Joseph and Joseph (son of Jacob) 27
Joseph, son of Jacob and great-grandson of Abraham became a prominent adviser to the pharaoh of
Egypt after he interpreted the King's dream which predicted the economic future of . According to Islam, Joseph received the gift of half of the beauty granted to mankind. Egypt
Ayyūb Job Main articles: Job (religious figure) Job in Islam and Job (religious figure) 4
According to Islamic tradition, Job received the reward of a Fountain of Youth, which removed all illnesses, except death, for his service to God in his hometown. It is mentioned that Job lost his wealth, family, and health for many years as test of patience carried out by God.
Shu‘aib Jethro Main article: Shuayb (prophet) 11
According to Islam, God appointed Shu'ayb, a direct descendant of Abraham, to guide the people of Midian and Aykah, who lived near
Mount Sinai. When the people of the region failed to listen to his warnings, God destroyed the disbelievers' villages.
Mūsá Moses Main articles: Islamic view of Moses and Moses 136
Moses, whom the Quran refers to more than to any other prophet, had the distinction of revealing the Tawrat (Torah) to the Israelites. The Quran says Moses realized his connection with God after receiving commands from him during a stop at
Mount Sinai. He later went on to free the enslaved Hebrews after the Egyptian pharaoh denied God's power. Moses subsequently led the Hebrews for forty years through the desert after they refused to obey God's command and enter the Holy Land. On another trip to Mount Sinai during this long journey, Moses received the Torah and the Ten Commandments.
Hārūn Aaron Main articles: Aaron - Aaron in Islam and Aaron 20
Aaron served as an assistant to his brother Moses. In Islam, he, like Moses, received the task of saving the Israelites from the Egyptian pharaoh. He would often speak for Moses when Moses’ speech-impediment prevented him from doing so himself.
Dhul-kifl most likely Ezekiel Main articles: Dhul-Kifl and Ezekiel 2
The status of Dhul-Kifl as a prophet remains debatable within Islam, although all parties to the debate can agree in seeing him as a righteous man who strived in the way of God. Some studies identify Dhul-Kifl with Ezekiel, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible's Book of Ezekiel.
Dāwud David Main articles: Islamic views on David and David 16
In Islam, God revealed the Psalms to David. Dawud also has significance as the slayer of Goliath and defeater of the Philistines. Note that Islamic tradition and the Bible differ in their accounts of the story of King David and Uriah.
Sulaimān Solomon Main articles: Islamic view of Solomon and Solomon 17
Solomon learned a significant amount of knowledge from his father David before God made him a prophet. According to Islamic tradition, Sulayman received power to manipulate nature (including the jinn) and the power to communicate with and control animals. Known for his honesty and fairness, he also headed a kingdom that extended into southern
Ilyās Elijah Main articles: Elijah - Elijah in Islam and Elijah 2
Ilyaseen or Ilyas took over control of the
Kingdom of Samaria after the collapsed. Islamic tradition says he attempted to convince the people of kingdom of Solomon of the existence of only one God, but the people remained persistent in their disbelief. Israel
Alyasa‘ Elisha Main articles: Elisha - In Islam and Elisha 2
Elisha took over the task of leading the Israelites after the death of Elijah. He attempted to show the king and queen of
the power of God, but they dismissed him as a magician. Israel
Yūnus Jonah Main articles: Jonah - Jonah in Islam and Jonah 4
Islamic tradition states that God commanded Jonah to help the people of
towards righteousness. However, Nineveh 's people refused to listen to his message, so Jonah decided to abandon trying to help them and left. After being swallowed by a whale, Jonah repented in the stomach of the whale until it spewed the prophet out on dry land. Nineveh
Zakariyyā Zechariah Main articles: Zechariah (priest) - In Islam and Zechariah (priest) 7
Zachariah became the guardian of Mary the mother of Jesus. According to the Quran, he prayed to God asking for a son, since his sterile wife
could not provide one. God granted his wishes, lifting his wife's sterility and allowing her to give birth to John the Baptist Elizabeth
Yahyá John the Baptist Main articles: John the Baptist - Islam and John the Baptist 5
Of John, Islam states that, throughout his lifetime, he captivated audiences with his powerful sermons which preached Abrahamic monotheism.
‘Īsá Jesus Main articles: Jesus in Islam and Jesus 25
God sent one of the highest-ranked prophets in Islam, Jesus, to the Children of Israel. The Quran makes it clear that Jesus was not divine nor did he have a share in God's divinity and rather spoke only of the worship of God. Jesus is called the Masih in Muslim belief.
Muhammad N/A Main articles: Muhammad in Islam and Muhammad 5
Muhammad, the last prophet, is important for sealing prophecy in Muslim belief and reinforcing the same faith that started with Adam. Muslims don't view Muhammad as the beginner of a new religion, but the Quran states that Muhammad simply preached the same religion as Adam, Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus and all the other prophets.
The Quran mentions only 25 prophets by name but also tells that God sent many other prophets and messengers, to all the different nations that have existed on Earth. Many verses in the Quran discuss this:
"We did aforetime send messengers before thee: of them there are some whose story We have related to thee, and some whose story We have not related to thee. ..."
"For We assuredly sent amongst every People a messenger, ..."
Other prophets in the Quran
Samuel: The Hebrew prophet is referenced as "a prophet" in the Quran, in the context of the anointing of King Saul. Although his name is not given, he is mentioned by name in other Islamic literature.
Luqman: 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 views Luqman as a saint, but not as a prophet. However, other Muslims regard Luqman as a prophet as well.
Khidr: The Quran also mentions the mysterious Khidr, identified at times with Melchizedek, who is the figure that Moses accompanies on one journey. Although most Muslims regard him as an enigmatic saint, some see him as a prophet as well.
Dhul-Qarnayn: Dhul-Qarnayn, often identified with Alexander the Great or Cyrus the Great, is a revered ruler in Islam. His narrative, which parallels that of Alexander in the Alexander romance, does not explicitly denote him as a prophet but some Muslims believe he was a prophet as well.
Three prophets of the town: These three unnamed prophets, who were sent to the same town, are referenced in chapter 36 of the Quran.
Other historical prophets
Other historical figures have been at times been regarded as prophets by some Muslim scholars, but debate surrounds this matter. Such figures include:
Confucius (551 BCE–479 BCE))
Socrates (469 BCE–399 BCE)
Plato (428/427 BCE-348/347 BCE): Plato was highly regarded by all thinkers of the Islamic Golden Age. Muslim philosophers, such as Alpharabius, spoke of him as highly as the prophets of Islam. Plato was also regarded as a mystic who possessed great esoteric knowledge.
Mani (AD 216–276)
Prophets in Islamic literature
Numerous other prophets have been mentioned by scholars in the Hadith, exegesis, commentary as well as in the famous collections of Qisas Al-Anbiya (Stories of the Prophets). These prophets include:
Zechariah, son of Berekiah
Mary, mother of Jesus
Main article: Maryam
A few scholars (such as Ibn Hazm) see Maryam (Mary) as a nabi and a prophetess, since God sent her a message via an angel. The Quran, however, does not explicitly identify her as a prophet. Islamic belief regards her as the holiest of women, but not generally as a prophet. Also, this is most likely to be false as all prophets were men.
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2. Quran 10:47
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# List of people mentioned by name in the Quran
This article lists persons mentioned in the Quran. God's Islamic names are left to another article
Idrīs (2 times)
Ilyās (2 times)See 37:130 however
Hud (25 times)
Al-Yasa' (2 times - 6:86 and 38:48)
Nūħ (43 times)
Lot (27 times)
Azar (* Q 6:74)Asterisks indicate that a name is mentioned only once.
Ibrāhīm (69 times)
Ishmael (12 times)
Isħaq (17 times)
Ya'qub (16 times)Isra'il is also mentioned about 43 times.
Yūsuf (27 times)
al-'Azīz (Q 12:30, 12:51)One of the names of God as well. Joseph is also addressed with this title in Q 12:78, 12:88.
Job (Q 4:163, 6:84, 21:83, 38:41)
Jonah (Q 4:163, 6:86, 10:98, 37:139)
Shu'ayb (10 times)
Dāwūd (16 times)
Sulayman (17 times)
Dhū l-Kifl (Q 21:85, 38:48)
'Uzayr (* Q 9:30)
Tālūt (Q 2:247, 2:249)
Luqman (* Q 31:13)
Dhul-Qarnayn (3 times)
Saleh (9 times)
Moses (136 times)Moses is the name of the human person mentioned most often in the Quran.
Fir'aun (74 times)
Haman (Q 2:68, 28:8, 28:38, 29:39, 40:24, 40:36)
Hārūn (1919 times if the mention below is considered another Harunor 20 times)
Qarūn (Q 28:76, 28:79, 29:39, 40:24)
Al-Samiri (Q 20:85, 20:87, 20:95)
Imran (father of Maryam) (Q 3:33, 3:35, 66:12)
Zakariyya (7 times)
Yaħyā (5 times)
Maryam (34 times) Maryam is the only female person mentioned in the Quran by her personal name.
'Īsā (25 times) Al-Masih (11 times) and Ibn Maryam (son of Mary) (23 times) as well.
Muhammad (5 times: Q 3:144, 33:40, 47:2, 48:29) and Ahmad (Q 61:6)
Zayd (* Q 33:37)
Abu Lahab (* Q 111:1)
Angels mentioned by name
Jibrīl (Q 2:97, 2:98)
Mikael (* Q 2:98)
Maalik (* Q 43:77)
Harut (* Q 2:102)
Marut (* Q 2:102)
Angel of Death (* Q 32:11)
Devils by name
Iblīs (11 times) Also al-Shaytān: the Satan.
False gods by name
Al-Lat (Q 53:19)
Al-'Uzzā (Q 53:19)
Wadd (Q 71:23)
Suwa' (Q 71:23)
Yaghuth (Q 71:23)
Ya'uq (Q 71:23)
Nasr (Q 71:23)
Ba'l (Q 37:125)