Islam Does not Differentiate Between the Prophets: Some people may criticize prophets belonging to religions other than their own. But Islam enjoins upon every Muslim to respect other prophets, and therefore any criticism or disrespect against other prophets goes against Islamic principles. The Apostle and the believers with him, believe in what has been bestowed upon him from on high by his Sustainer. They all believe in God and His angels, and His revelations and His apostles, making no distinction between any of his apostles and they say, “We have heard and we pay heed. Grant us thy forgiveness. 0 our Sustainer, for to Thee is the return (of all)’’ (Qur’an;2:285).
So a Muslim loves Moses and Jesus in the same way as he loves Muhammad (PBUT), and has the same degree of regard and respect for them. A Jew who embraces Christianity does not lose his affinity for Moses; he merely develops love for one more prophet, 220 Faith in the Prophets namely Jesus. Likewise, a Christian embracing Islam draws near to another prophet, the Prophet Muhammad, in addition to Prophets Jesus and Moses. May peace be upon Muhammad and all the other prophets and messengers! Messengers of God Mentioned in the Holy Qur’an Muslims believe that the Holy Qur’an is the Word of God; it was revealed to Muhammad through the Angel Jibril (Gabriel), and Muhammad conveyed this Message to mankind in the same way as he received it.
Muslims also believe that the words of the Holy Qur’an that he recites are the same words in the text that was transmitted by Gabriel. Only the unbeliever denies or doubts any part of it. The Holy Qur’an mentions twenty-five prophets and their names occur in five verses: And this was Our argument which We vouchsafed unto Abraham against his people: (for) We do raise by degrees whom We will. Verily thy Sustainer is Wise, All-knowing. And We bestowed upon him Isaac and Jacob, and We guided each of them as We had guided Noah aforetime. And out of his offspring (We bestowed prophethood upon) David, and Solomon, and Job, and Joseph, and Moses, and Aaron: for thus We reward the doers of good; and upon Zachariah, and John, and Jesus, and Elijah: every one of them was of the righteous; and (upon) Ishmael, and Eisha, and Jonah, and Lot. And every one of them did We favour above the other people. (Qur’an;6: 83 ” 86). And call to mind through this Divine writ, Idris. Behold, he was a man of truth, a prophet, whom We exalted onto a lofty station. (Qur’an;19:56). And unto (the tribe of) ‘Ad (We sent) their brother Hud. (Qur’an;7:65). And unto (the tribe of) Thamud (Qur’an;We sent) their brother Salih. (Qur’an;7:73). And unto (the people of) Madyan (We sent) their brother Shu’ayb. (Qur’an;7:85). And (remember) Ismail and Idris and Dhul-kifl, all-(men) of constancy and patience. (Qur’an;21:85).
Although the Holy Qur’an does not refer to Adam specifically as a prophet, we can deduce from the verses where he is mentioned that he was one. Among the twenty five prophets mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, some, such as Idris and DhulKhifl, have only been referred to very briefly by name. Others are mentioned with a short account of their life histories, such as Ismael, Isaac and Yunus, while great detail has been given about other Prophets such as Abraham, Moses, Joseph and Jesus. All stories in the Holy Qur’an about the prophets arc true and authentic, and one of the principles of faith for Muslims is to believe in them. Some of these apostles have we endowed more highly than others: among them were such as were spoken to by God (Himself) and some He has raised yet higher. (Qur’an;2:253).
- Faith in Prophets
- Miracles of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)