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The Arabic word Anbiya (Arabic: أنبياء) means Prophets. It is the Qur’an identifies a number of men as “Prophets of Islam”. Such individuals were assigned a special mission by Allah to guide humanity usually through one nation each at a particular time. Its singular is Nabi (Arabic: نبي‎)


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And We have already sent messengers before you. Among them are those [whose stories] We have related to you, and among them are those [whose stories] We have not related to you. And it was not for any messenger to bring a sign [or verse] except by permission of Allah . So when the command of Allah comes, it will be concluded in truth, and the falsifiers will thereupon lose [all].Quran Surah Ghafir 40:78



Although only twenty-five prophets are mentioned by name in the Qur’an, a hadith mentions that there were 1,24,000 of them in total (Ibn Hibban 361and Musnad Ahmad 21552, 21546 and21257), and the Qur’an says that Allah has sent a prophet to every group of people throughout time. Quran, Surah number 21, Al-Anbiya has been dedicated to the subject matter of the Prophets sent for the message of Islam for humanity. The first of which was Adam(Peace be upon him), who was also the first man created all the way up till the last Messenger sent to mankind, Prophet Muhammad .


Names of prophets in Quran

There are 25 prophets mentioned by name in the Qur'an:

  1. Aadam (Peace be upon Him)
  2. Nuh [Noah] (Peace be upon Him)
  3. Idris [Enoch] (Peace be upon Him)
  4. Hud (Peace be upon Him)
  5. Saleh (Peace be upon Him)
  6. Ibrahim [Abraham] (Peace be upon Him)
  7. Lut [Lot] (Peace be upon Him)
  8. Isma'il [Ishmael] (Peace be upon Him)
  9. Ishaq [Isaac] (Peace be upon Him)
  10. Ya'qub [Jacob] (Peace be upon Him)
  11. Yousef [Joseph] (Peace be upon Him)
  12. Shu'aib (Peace be upon Him)
  13. Ayyub [Job] (Peace be upon Him)
  14. Musa [Moses] (Peace be upon Him)
  15. Harun [Aaron] (Peace be upon Him)
  16. Dhu'l-kifl [Ezekiel] (Peace be upon Him)
  17. Dawud [David] (Peace be upon Him)
  18. Sulaiman [Solomon] (Peace be upon Him)
  19. Ilias [Elias] (Peace be upon Him)
  20. Al-Yasa [Elisha] (Peace be upon Him)
  21. Yunus [Jonah] (Peace be upon Him)
  22. Zakariyya [Zechariah] (Peace be upon Him)
  23. Yahya [John] (Peace be upon Him)
  24. 'Isa [Jesus] (Peace be upon Him)
  25. And Muhammad (May Allah honor Him and grant Him Peace).



The Prophets of Allah were above the ordinary human beings and were given special talents, gifts and miracles by Allah. However unlike any other Prophet, Allah’s Messenger Muhammadwas sent not to just to one nation at a particular time, but to the entire mankind as a mercy and guidance from Allah, Quran Surah Anbiya 21:107. After him, there would be no more Prophets and the after the Quran, there would be no more amendments or updates in the religion as the Quran applies to everyone, at every time, under any circumstance and Prophet Muhammadwas granted the largest ummah out of all of them.


Narrated by Abu Hurairah, Allah's Messenger () said, "My similitude in comparison with the other prophets before me, is that of a man who has built a house nicely and beautifully, except for a place of one brick in a corner. The people go about it and wonder at its beauty, but say: 'Would that this brick be put in its place!' So I am that brick, and I am the last of the Prophets."Sahih al-Bukhari Vol4: 3535



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