prophets in Islam are respected and loved. One of the teachings of the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) is to respect and believe in all the prophets.

All prophets were sent by Allah to guide humanity to the right path and spread the word of Allah. Allah sent them to inspire their people and to guide them, and they all called to Islam.  

“And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.” [5:46]

There are 25 prophets mentioned in the holy Quran. However, there are still other prophets that we don’t know their names. As Allah said in the holy Quran:

“And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger” (Surah an-Nahl,16).

Now let’s learn about the prophets in Islam and how Muslims perceive them.

How are the stories of some prophets different in Islam than in western culture?

Surah Yusef to show the stories of the prophets in islam

Many of the prophet’s stories are different in Islam than the stories known in other religions and cultures. For example, the story of the prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). Here we will see some verses of the holy Quran that shows the story of the prophet Jesus and Moses (peace be upon them).

Muslims were instructed to believe and respect all the prophets. As Allah said in the holy Quran:

Say, “We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him.” [3:84]

How is Jesus mentioned and praised in Islam?

Jesus in Islam is called Isa, and he is a prophet sent by Allah to guide his people to the right path. He’s a prophet like all the other prophets, and he is the son of the virgin Mary. Mary in Arabic is called Maryam, and there’s a whole chapter called after her.  

Jesus (peace be upon him) was raised to the heavens not killed as believed in western culture. As Allah says in the holy Quran:

“O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve and make those who follow you [in submission to Allah alone] superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then to Me is your return, and I will judge between you concerning that in which you used to differ.” [3:55]   

“And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them, and indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain.” [4:157]

Prophet Jesus will return to earth again to face the Antichrist (Masih ad-Dajjal) and defeat him.

Muslims respect the prophet Jesus like they respect all the prophets and they say (peace be upon him) to praise him after saying his name.

The Miracles of Jesus

Muslims believe in the miracles Allah gave to Jesus (peace be upon him). The first one was him talking as an infant to declare that he is a prophet sent by Allah. Allah says in the holy Quran:

Then she came with him [the infant Jesus] unto her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary! Thou hast brought an amazing thing! O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not an evil man, nor was thy mother unchaste.” Then she pointed to him [Jesus]. They said, “How shall we speak to one who is yet a child in the cradle?”

He [Jesus] said,

“Truly I am a servant of God. He has given me the Book and made me a prophet, He has made me blessed wheresoever I may be and has enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I live, and [has made me] dutiful toward my mother. And He has not made me domineering, wretched. Peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I am raised alive!”

To prove to humans that Jesus (peace be upon him) is a prophet like all the other prophets Allah said in the holy Quran:

“Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was.” [3:59]

Raising the Dead

The prophet Jesus was given many miracles among them healing ill people, raising the dead, breathing life into clay birds, and giving sight to the blind. Here’s his story from the holy Quran:

“And remember Mary in the Book, when she withdrew from her family to an eastern place. And she veiled herself from them. Then We [God] sent unto her Our Spirit [the angel Gabriel], and it assumed for her the likeness of a perfect man. She said, “I seek refuge from thee in the Compassionate [i.e., God], if you are reverent!” He said, “I am but a messenger of thy Lord, to bestow upon thee a pure boy.”

She said, “How shall I have a boy when no man has touched me, nor have I been unchaste?” He said, “Thus shall it be. Thy Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me.’” And [it is thus] that We might make him a sign unto mankind, and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter decreed.

?So she conceived him and withdrew with him to a place far off. And the pangs of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date palm. She said, “Would that I had died before this and was a thing forgotten, utterly forgotten!” So he called out to her from below her, “Grieve not! Thy Lord has placed a rivulet beneath thee. And shake toward thyself the trunk of the date palm; fresh, ripe dates shall fall upon thee. So eat and drink and cool thine eye. And if thou seest any human being, say, ‘Verily I have vowed a fast unto the Compassionate, so I shall not speak this day to any man.’”

Muslims believe in the prophet Jesus and respect him but they believe that he is a prophet not the son of God.

Quran Verses on Jesus

Here are some verses from the holy Quran about the prophet Jesus (peace be upon him):

“And We did certainly give Moses the Torah and followed up after him with messengers. And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit. But is it [not] that every time a messenger came to you, [O Children of Israel], with what your souls did not desire, you were arrogant? And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.” [2:87]

“Say, [O believers], “We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.” [2:136]

“Those messengers – some of them We caused to exceed others. Among them were those to whom Allah spoke, and He raised some of them in degree. And We gave Jesus, the Son of Mary, clear proofs, and We supported him with the Pure Spirit. If Allah had willed, those [generations] succeeding them would not have fought each other after the clear proofs had come to them. But they differed, and some of them believed and some of them disbelieved. And if Allah had willed, they would not have fought each other, but Allah does what He intends.” [2:253]

Allah says in the Quran

“But when Jesus felt [persistence in] disbelief from them, he said, “Who are my supporters for [the cause of] Allah ?” The disciples said,” We are supporters for Allah. We have believed in Allah and testify that we are Muslims [submitting to Him].” [3:52]

“Say, “We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him.” [3:84]

“Indeed, We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And we revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David, We gave the book [of Psalms].” [4:163]

The Quran also says

“O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” [4:171]  

“And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.” [5:46]

“They have certainly disbelieved who say, ” Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allah , my Lord, and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.” [5:72]

“The Messiah, son of Mary, was not but a messenger; [other] messengers have passed on before him. And his mother was a supporter of truth. They both used to eat food. Look how We make clear to them the signs; then look how they are deluded.” [5:75]

How is Moses mentioned and praised in Islam?

The prophet Moses (peace be upon him) is one of the 25 prophets mentioned in the holy Quran. Muslims believe in him and that the Torah is one of the four holy books revealed by Allah.

“Indeed, we revealed the Torah, containing guidance and light, by which the prophets, who submitted themselves to Allah, made judgments for Jews. So too did the rabbis and scholars judge according to Allah’s Book, with which they were entrusted and of which they were made keepers. So do not fear the people; fear Me! Nor trade my revelations for a fleeting gain. And those who do not judge by what Allah has revealed are ˹truly˺ the disbelievers.”(Quran, 5:44)

Muslims believe that the Torah was destroyed many years ago and the version exists now is not the real original one revealed to Moses (peace be upon him).

Moses’s Story in The Quran

The story of the prophet Moses (peace be upon him) was mentioned in the holy Quran many times. When Pharaoh ordered his soldiers to kill the boys and leave the girls.

Truly Pharaoh elated himself in the land and broke up its people into sections depressing a group among them: their sons he slew, but he kept alive their females: for he was indeed a maker of mischief. [28:4]

Moses’s mother was scared of what will happen to her son. Therefore, Allah inspired her to save her son.

“So We sent this inspiration to the mother of Moses: “Suckle (thy child) but when thou hast fears about him cast him, into the river, but fear not nor grieve: for We shall restore him to thee, and We shall make him one of Our messengers.” [28:7]

His sister watched him as the river took him away.

“The heart of Moses’ mother became void; she would have revealed it (the secret) had We not strengthened her heart to be one of the believers” [28.10].

“She said to his sister: “Trace him,” so she observed him from afar while they [with whom Moses was] were unaware” [28.11].

When the Pharoah found him, he wanted to kill him but his wife wanted to adopt him.

“Then the people of Pharaoh picked him up [from the river], to become for them an enemy and a sorrow; Pharaoh, Haman, and their soldiers were sinful” [28.8].

“The wife of Pharaoh said: “(Here is) a joy of the eye for me and for thee: slay him not. It may be that he will be of use to us, or we may adopt him as a son.” And they perceived not (what they were doing)!” [28:9]

The Miracle of Returning Moses to his mother

Allah made Moses refuse to nurse from anyone to return him back to his mother. Moses’ sister then said that she knows someone who might be able to feed him. And then Allah returned him to his mother.

“We had forbidden foster mothers for him before. She (his sister) said: “Shall I show you a household who could rear him for you and take good care of him” [28.12]

“So We returned him to his mother so that she be comforted and not grieve, and to know that Allah’s promise is true, but most of them (people) do not know” [28.13].

The Quran also shows how the Torah was revealed to the prophet Moses (peace be upon him).

“Has the story of Moses come to you [O Muhammad!] [20.9]

“When he saw a fire he said to his family: “Stay here, for I have perceived a fire, that I may bring to you therefrom a brand or find a guidance [to the road] at the fire” [20.10].

“When he reached it, he was called: “O Moses!” [20.11].

“It is Me, your Lord, so take off your sandals; you are in the sacred valley Tuwa” [20.12].

“I have chosen you, so listen to what is revealed” [20.13].

‘It is truly I. I am Allah! There is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Me. So worship Me ˹alone˺, and establish prayer for My remembrance. [20:14]

That is how the Message was revealed to the prophet Moses (peace be upon him)

How are Muslims commanded to believe in Jesus and Moses and their teachings?

Muslims believe that all prophets were sent to humans to guide them to the right path and to worship Allah.

“O my people, worship God, you have no other God but Him”.  (Quran 11:50).

Muslims were instructed by Allah and his prophet Mohammad (peace and blessing be upon him) to believe in all the prophets and respect them.

Say, “We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him.” [3:84]

Why you should learn about the prophets in Islam?

Muslims were instructed to believe in all the prophets and respect them. Prophets were sent by Allah to guide humans to the right path and to worship Allah. In Islam, there’s only one God and he is Allah. all the prophets called for worshipping Allah and their message is the same starting from the prophet Adam (peace be upon him) to the last prophet Mohammad (peace and blessing be upon him).

The holy Quran is the only holy book that is still in its original form and wasn’t destroyed like the other books. Therefore, to learn about the prophets you should learn it from the holy Quran.

“The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one of them believes in God, His angels, His books, and His Messengers. They say: ‘We make no distinction between one and another of His Messengers.’ And they say: ‘We hear, and we obey. We seek Thy forgiveness, Our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.'” [2:285]

There are 25 prophets mentioned in the holy Quran, and their names are:

1.      Adam (peace be upon him), the first human being who was created by Allah. he is the father of all humans and he is the first Muslim.

2.      Idris (Enoch)

3.      Hud.

4.      Saleh.

5.      Ibrahim (Abraham).

6.      Isma’il (Ishmael).

7.      Ishaq (Isaac).

8.      Lut (Lot).

9.      Ya’qub (Jacob).

10.   Yousef (Joseph).

11.   Shu’aib.

12.   Ayyub (Job).

13.   Musa (Moses).

14.   Harun (Aaron).

15.   Dhu’l-kifl (Ezekiel).

16.   Dawud (David).

17.   Sulaiman (Solomon).

18.   Ilias (Elias or Elijah).

19.   Al-Yasa (Elisha).

20.   Yunus (Jonah).

21.   Zakariyya.

22.   Yahya.

23.   Isa (Jesus).

24.   Muhammad.

Lessons we learn from the stories of the prophets.

We learn a lot from the prophet’s stories and teachings and here are some of them:

We learn from the Prophet Nooh (peace be upon him) to be patient and consistent. He kept calling his people to worship Allah day and night even though they didn’t listen to him. They ignored his calling and hurt him verbally and physically but he didn’t care. We should learn to be patient and persistent like him, no matter how life gets tough we shouldn’t give up.  When things get hard on you turn to Allah and he shall help you.

“He said: ‘O my Lord!  Verily, I have called my people night and day (secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism), but all my calling added nothing but to their flight from the truth.  Verily!  Every time I called unto them that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride.” (Quran 71:5-7)

The Lessons from Musa’s Story

Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) faced many challenges and went through a lot but he didn’t give up. And he said:

  said, “No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.” [26:62]

because of his faith in Allah, Allah saved him. One great example that we all know is when Pharaoh and his soldier were after the prophet Moses and his followers. There was the sea surrounding the prophet from one direction and the Pharaoh and his soldier from the other. Even though he trusted that Allah will save him and that when the sea part for him and his people to escape.

What we learn from the prophets in Islam is to never give up and always have faith in Allah. Whenever life gets tough, we should turn to Allah, and only Allah can help us.

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