Risalah (prophethood)

Risalah, meaning prophethood or the belief in prophets, is a basic article of faith for Muslims.

Prophets are messengers sent from God, or Allah, to help Muslims follow the straight path. Although the names of many prophets are recorded in both the Bible and the Qur'an, the Qur'an records the names of twenty-five prophets.

However, there are only a select few who are considered to be true prophets according to Islam. They are:

  • Adam
  • Abraham and Isaac (also known as Ibrahim and Ishmael)
  • Jesus (also known as Isa)
  • Prophet Muhammad
Say, [O believers], "We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.Qur’an 2:136