Prophethood

Risalah means prophethood or messengership and represents the various ways Allah communicates with humanity.

Islamic belief teaches that Allah wants to help people live good lives and so he sends messages about how to do this. Many of these messages are found in the Qur’an. Muslims believe that messages from Allah are communicated through prophets, or nubuwwah.

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The prophets are not worshipped, because Allah is the one true God. Instead they are respected.
  • The prophets are the connection between Allah and humanity.
  • There are 25 named prophets in the Qur’an, although many believe there may have been as many as 124,000.
  • All of the prophets are considered to be equal: We make no distinction between any of them(Qur’an 2:136).
  • Allah chose the prophets to reveal his truth. They are responsible for the revelation of God’s word.
  • Messages from Allah were sent to the prophets using angels (malaikah).
  • These messages are recorded in the holy books.
  • The prophets performed miracles, which proved they really were prophets.
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We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: we make no difference between one and another of them: and we bow to Allah.Qur’an 2:136

All of the prophets received the same message about the one God, which shows that Allah is unchanging and that Islam is the true religion. Muhammad was the final prophet.