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In Islam, an Apostle or Messenger (Arabic: رسولrasūl, plural رسل rusul) is a prophet sent by God.


According to the Qur'an, God sent many prophets to mankind. The five universally acknowledged messengers in Islam are Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and Muhammad,[1] as each is believed to have been sent with a scripture.[2] Muslim tradition also maintains that Adam received scrolls, as did some of the other patriarchs of the Generations of Adam.[3]

The term Apostle or Messenger is also applied to prophets sent to preach to specific areas; the Qur'an mentions Jonah,[4] Elijah,[5] Ishmael,[6] and Shoaib,[7] as well as other prophets as being messengers. This meaning is also used for the following figures:

  • Jonah, who is regarded as the Apostle to Nineveh
  • Hud, who is regarded as the Apostle to ʿĀd
  • Shoaib, who is regarded as the Apostle to Midian
  • Noah, who is regarded as the Apostle to the People of Noah
  • Salih, who is regarded as the Apostle to Thamud
  • Elijah, who is regarded as the Apostle to the Baal-Worshipers
  • Lot, who is regarded as the Apostle to Sodom and Gomorrah

See also

Islam portal


External links

Template:Prophets in the Qur'an

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