Since the beginning of Creation, Allah has sent His guidance for mankind through selected people.
These chosen people are called Prophets or Messengers.
A Prophet is one whom Allah has chosen to teach His message.
No person can become a Prophet on his own. Once a Prophet, no Prophet can cease being a Prophet.
When Allah chooses a Prophet, He purifies his heart to receive His message.
All Prophets are pure and sinless.
The Arabic word for Prophet is Nabi, and the word for Messenger is Rasul.
The plural of Nabi is Ambiyaa’, and the plural of Rasul is Rusul.
Prophethood is the way Allah has chosen to communicate with mankind.
Sending a Prophet is the best way to deliver a message to human beings because not only do Prophets tell us what Allah commands, but they show us how to follow His commands.
Prophets set an example for us to follow because, as human beings, we need examples and role models.
For this reason all Prophets were human beings.
They are Allah’s servants.
Prophets are not sons of god. Allah is One and He has no partner or son.
Prophets are not angels either.
Allah, in His mercy, has provided human beings with the guidance of Prophets to make this world a happy and peaceful place to live in.
There will also be a great reward in the life after death for those who follow the guidance of the Prophets.
Islam is the religion taught by all the Prophets.
The message of all the Prophets is one and the same.
Because Allah is One, so too is His message. The message that all Prophets (Ambiyaa’) and Messengers (Rusul) brought was, “Laa ilaha illallah”, “There is no god but Allah”.
They commanded their people, saying, “Worship Allah and obey His commands, and you will be successful”.
Allah has also sent books of guidance through the Prophets (Ambiyaa’) and Messengers (Rusul).
The difference between a Prophet (Nabii) and a Messenger (Rasul) is that a Messenger brings a whole new set of laws and a new book of guidance while a Prophet only preaches and follows the laws brought by the previous Messenger and may not receive a new book of guidance from Allah.
Every Messenger (Rasul) is a Prophet (Nabii) but not every Prophet (Nabii) is a Messenger (Rasul).
Allah sent Prophets and Messengers to every nation at different times.
It was necessary to send Prophets at different times to bring forgetful human beings back to the right path (Sirat al-Mustaqim).
Every Prophet spoke in the language of his people.
Every Prophet communicated the message of Allah to his people faithfully.
No Prophet ever concealed or changed what Allah revealed to him.
The Prophets had firm faith and trust in Allah.
Their character was noble.
They were never selfish or mean.
They were truthful, honest and kind.
They were very courageous.
When in danger the Prophets were not afraid.
When wrongdoers opposed them, they stood firm.
When laughed at and tortured, they remained patient.
In the Prophets of Allah we have the best examples for humanity to follow.
The first Prophet was Nabi Adam [a].
The greatest of all the Prophets was Nabi Muhammad [s].
He was also the last Prophet (Nabi) and Messenger (Rasul) of Allah.
Nabii Muhammad [s] is also called “Rasulullah”, the Messenger of Allah.
This is because he was given the Qur’an, the last book of guidance from Allah and His final law to mankind.
Nabii Muhammad [s] is “Khatim ul-Ambiya’”, “The Seal of the Prophets”.
The total number of Prophets (Ambiyaa’) and Messengers (Rusul) is about one hundred and twenty four thousand.
The Qur’aan mentions only twenty-five Prophets and Messengers.They are:
As Muslims we believe in all the Prophets (Ambiyaa’) and Messengers (Rusul) of Allah.
To reject even a single Prophet of Allah is an act of disbelief.