I was shocked to read a comment from a non-Muslim saying “How many sermons have you listened to chastising Christ and Moses? A few Iâ€™ll bet.” I don’t blame him at all for saying this statement. Why? Many non-Muslims don’t realize that we respect the Messengers of God from the past from Adam (peace be upon him) to Muhammad (peace be upon him) and everyone between them (peace be upon them all). It is forbidden to mock, disrespect or ridicule any of them.
So here is a list of all the Prophets that Islam respects and loves:
- Adam Ø¢Ø¯Ù…
- Idris (Enoch) Ø§Ø¯Ø±ÙŠØ³
- Nuh (Noah) Ù†ÙˆØ
- Hud (Eber) Ù‡ÙˆØ¯
- Saleh (Shelah) ØµØ§Ù„Ø
- Ibrahim (Abraham) Ø¥Ø¨Ø±Ø§Ù‡ÙŠÙ…
- Lut (Lot) Ù„ÙˆØ·
- Ismail (Ishmael) Ø§Ø³Ù…Ø§Ø¹ÙŠÙ„
- Ishaq (Isaac) Ø§Ø³ØØ§Ù‚
- Yaqub (Jacob) ÙŠØ¹Ù‚ÙˆØ¨
- Yusuf (Joseph) ÙŠÙˆØ³Ù
- Ayub (Job) Ø£ÙŠÙˆØ¨
- Shoaib (Jethro) Ø´Ø¹ÙŠØ¨
- Musa (Moses) Ù…ÙˆØ³Ù‰
- Harun (Aaron) Ù‡Ø§Ø±ÙˆÙ†
- Dhul-Kifl (most likely Ezekiel) Ø°Ùˆ Ø§Ù„ÙƒÙÙ„
- Dawood (David) Ø¯Ø§ÙˆÙˆØ¯
- Sulayman (Solomon) Ø³Ù„ÙŠÙ…Ø§Ù†
- Ilyas (Elijah) Ø¥Ù„ÙŠØ§Ø³
- Al-Yasa (Elisha) Ø§Ù„ÙŠØ³Ø¹
- Yunus (Jonah) ÙŠÙˆÙ†Ø³
- Zakariya (Zacharias) Ø²ÙƒØ±ÙŠØ§
- Yahya (John the Baptist) ÙŠØÙŠÙ‰
- Isa (Jesus) Ø¹ÙŠØ³Ù‰
- Muhammad Ù…ØÙ…Ù‘Ø¯
Peace be upon them all.
As you can see there are 25 named Prophets from the Qur’an, but in Islam we believe that there are many more that we don’t know about. In fact there are over hundreds of thousands of Messengers of God that were sent down to guide the people of the past, we just don’t know exactly who. Famous people of the past like Confucius, Buddha, Zoraster and others could have been Messengers of God, but no one knows for sure.
Why do Muslims emphasize so much about Muhammad (peace be upon him)? Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the last and final messenger. That’s why. It’s a core beilef of the declaration of faith or the shahada: “There is no god but Allah and Muhamamd is his messenger”.