Islam says that Allah has sent prophets to humanity, in different times and places, to communicate His Divine message. Some prophets also revealed Allah’s Word through Books of Revelation. In essence, all prophets taught the message of Islam – to find peace in your life through submission to the One Almighty Creator; to believe in God and to follow His guidance.
What does the Qur’an say about the Prophets?
“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 by name in the Quran, although Muslims believe that there were much more in different times and places. Among the prophets that Muslims validate are:
Adam, Nuh, Hud, Saleh, Ibrahim, Yusuf, Ismail, Ishaq, Lut, Yaqub, Shuaib, Ayyub, Musa, Dawud, Haroon, Sulaiman, Isa AS and the last of all, the seal of the Prophets – Muhammad ﷺ.
It is narrated from Abu Dharr that one day he asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, “How many prophets are there in all?” He replied, “One hundred and twenty four thousand.”
Muslims read about, learn from, and respect all of the prophets. Many Muslims name their children after them. In addition, when mentioning the name of any of Allah’s prophets, a Muslim adds these words of blessing and respect: “upon him be peace” (alayhi salam in Arabic).