In the Name of Allah,

the Most Gracious,

the Most Merciful

All Prophets and Messengers were sent

with one Message. God says:

“Or have they taken gods besides Him?

Say, [O Muhammad to them], ‘Produce

your proof. This [Qur’an] is the message

for those with me and the message of




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those before me.’ But most of them do

not know the truth, so they are turning

away. And We sent not before you any

messenger except that We revealed to

him that, ‘There is no deity except Me,

so worship Me.’” (Qur’an 21:24-25)

The belief in the Oneness of God was

the central message delivered by all

Prophets and Messengers to their

respective peoples. God, the Exalted,


“He has ordained for you of religion

what He enjoined upon Noah and that

which We have revealed to you, [O

Muhammad], and what We enjoined

upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus -

to establish the religion and not be

divided therein. Difficult for those who

associate others with Allah is that to

which you invite them. Allah chooses for

Himself whom He wills and guides to

Himself whoever turns back [to Him].”

(Qur’an 42:13)

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He is the first Messenger sent by God.

He was sent after his people began

practicing Shirk (polytheism). Their

condition deteriorated steadily and they

forgot the fundamentals of their faith

that were passed down to them by their

forefathers who upheld the creed of

Islam. God, the Exalted, says:

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“Indeed, We sent Noah to his people,

[saying], ‘Warn your people before there

comes to them a painful punishment.’”

(Qur’an 71:1)

They worshipped five idols named:

Wadd, Suwa’, Yaghuth, Ya’uq and Nasr.

Allah, the Exalted, clarifies their names

in the Qur’an saying:

“And they said, ‘Never leave your gods

and never leave Wadd or Suwa’ or

Yaghuth and Ya’uq and Nasr.’” (Qur’an


The Prophet Noah was very pious and

truthful. He patiently called his people to

righteousness. He called on them using

a variety of different methods. God, the

Exalted, says:

“He said, ‘My Lord, indeed I invited my

people [to truth] night and day. But my

invitation increased them not except in

flight. And indeed, every time I invited

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them that You may forgive them, they put

their fingers in their ears, covered

themselves with their garments,

persisted, and were arrogant with [great]

arrogance. Then I invited them publicly.

Then I announced to them and [also]

confided to them secretly. And said, ‘Ask

forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is

ever a Perpetual Forgiver.’” (Qur’an 71:5-10)

In spite of his efforts, many of his people

turned away and rejected the Message.

Only a few followed him and the

disbelievers amongst his people continued

in their disbelief and evil ways. So Allah

prevented them from receiving any rain.

Noah informed them that if they were to

believe they would receive rain and so

they believed, but soon afterward they

returned to their disbelief. After spending

long years in calling them to the path of

Allah, but seeing no answer, he eventually

beseeched God, the Exalted, saying:

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“And Noah said, ‘My Lord, do not leave

upon the earth from among the

disbelievers an inhabitant. Indeed, if You

leave them, they will mislead Your

servants and not beget except [every]

wicked one and [confirmed] disbeliever.’”

(Qur’an 71:26-27)

Allah answered his supplications and

He ordered him to build an ark. Noah

was a skillful carpenter and those who

believed in the Message helped him.

Once the ark was complete, God

ordered Prophet Noah to gather a pair

of each animal (a male and female). God

then ordered the heavens to pour rain

and the earth to release the water within

it. God, the Exalted, says:

“The people of Noah denied before

them, and they denied Our slave and

said, ‘A madman,’ and he was repelled.

So he invoked his Lord, ‘Indeed, I am

overpowered, so help me.’ Then We

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opened the gates of the heaven with rain

pouring down. And caused the earth to

burst with springs, and the waters met

for a matter already predestined. And

We carried him on a [construction of]

planks and nails. Sailing under Our

observation as reward for he who had

been denied. And We left it as a sign, so

is there any who will remember?” (Qur’an


The Prophet Noah had three

offspring: Sam was the father of the

Arabs, Ham was the father of the

Ethiopians and Yafith was the father of

the Europeans.

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He is known as Khalil ar-Rahman (The

Beloved Friend of God). His eldest son

was Ismail (Ishmael) and his second son

was Ishaq (Isaac), both prophets. From

their descendants came the majority of

Prophets and Messengers. Allah, the

Exalted, says:

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“Praise be to Allah, who has granted to

me in my old age Ishmael and Isaac.

Indeed, my Lord is the Hearer of

supplication.” (Qur’an 14:39)

Allah chose him to deliver His message.

The Prophet Abraham was living in

a community of polytheists. They were

idolaters who worshipped the stars and

hand-made idols. Allah, the Exalted,


“And [mention, O Muhammad], when

Abraham said to his father Azar, ‘Do you

take idols as deities? Indeed, I see you

and your people to be in manifest error.’

And thus did We show Abraham the

realm of the heavens and the earth that

he would be among the certain [in faith].

So when the night covered him [with

darkness], he saw a star. He said, ‘This

is my lord.’ But when it set, he said, ‘I like

not those that disappear.’ And when he

saw the moon rising, he said, ‘This is my

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lord.’ But when it set, he said, ‘Unless

my Lord guides me, I will surely be

among the people gone astray.’ And

when he saw the sun rising, he said,

‘This is my lord; this is greater.’ But when

it set, he said, ‘O my people, indeed I am

free from what you associate with Allah.

Indeed, I have turned my face toward He

who created the heavens and the earth,

inclining toward truth, and I am not of

those who associate others with Allah.’”

(Qur’an 6:74-79)

He was not happy with what he

witnessed from his people. He sensed

that there had to be a God who was

greater than what his people

worshipped. He knew that these idols

did not have the power to offer any

benefit or harm! Abraham would

frequently argue with his people using

logical arguments as to why these idols

did not deserve any reverence. He said,

as God tells us:

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“And recite to them the news of

Abraham, When he said to his father

and his people, ‘What do you worship?’

They said, ‘We worship idols and remain

to them devoted.’ He said, ‘Do they

hear you when you supplicate? Or do

they benefit you, or do they bring harm?’

They said, ‘But we found our fathers

doing thus.’ He said, ‘Then do you see

what you have been worshipping, You

and your ancient forefathers? Indeed,

they are enemies to me, except the Lord

of the worlds, Who created me, and He

[it is who] guides me. And it is He who

feeds me and gives me drink. And when

I am ill, it is He who cures me. And who

will cause me to die and then bring me

to life. And who I aspire that He will

forgive me my sin on the Day of

Recompense.’ [And he said], ‘My Lord,

grant me authority and join me with the

righteous.’” (Qur’an 26:69-83)

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The Prophet Abraham continued calling

his people to the path of Allah, to believe

in the Oneness of God and to leave

aside all that they worshipped. But they

rejected his message and even tried to

kill him, but Allah saved him. Allah tells

us about this, saying:

“He said, ‘Then do you worship instead

of Allah that which does not benefit you

at all or harm you? Uff to you and to

what you worship instead of Allah. Then

will you not use reason?’ They said,

‘Burn him and support your gods - if

you are to act.’ Allah said, ‘O fire, be

coolness and safety upon Abraham.’

And they intended for him harm, but We

made them the greatest losers.” (Qur’an

21: 66-70)

After continuous preaching, God

ordained that the Prophet Abraham take

his wife, Hajar, and their son, Ismail, to

Makkah. There, God ordained that he

build the Ka’bah. From the Prophet

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Ismail’s progeny came the final prophet

of God, the Prophet Muhammad, who

was sent to all of mankind. Allah, the

Exalted, says:

“And [mention] when Abraham said, ‘My

Lord, make this a secure city and provide

its people with fruits whoever of them

believes in Allah and the Last Day.’ [Allah]

said, ‘And whoever disbelieves - I will

grant him enjoyment for a little. Then I

will force him to the punishment of the

Fire, and wretched is the destination.’

And [mention] when Abraham was

raising the foundations of the House and

[with him] Ishmael, [saying], ‘Our Lord,

accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the

Hearing, the Knowing. Our Lord, and

make us Muslims [in submission] to You

and from our descendants a Muslim

nation [in submission] to You. And show

us our rites and accept our repentance.

Indeed, You are the Accepting of

repentance, the Merciful. Our Lord, and

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send among them a messenger from

themselves who will recite to them Your

verses and teach them the Book and

wisdom and purify them. Indeed, You

are the Exalted in Might, the Wise.’”

(Qur’an 2:126-129)

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“And when Moses arrived at Our

appointed time and his Lord spoke to

him, he said, ‘My Lord, show me

[Yourself] that I may look at You.’ [Allah]

said, ‘You will not see Me, but look at

the mountain. If it should remain in

place, then you will see Me.’ But when

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his Lord appeared to the mountain, it

was rendered dust, and Moses fell

unconscious. And when he awoke, he

said, ‘Exalted are You! I have repented

to You, and I am the first of the

believers.’” (Qur’an 7:143)

The Prophet Moses has been mentioned

in the Qur’an over 130 times, making

him the most mentioned prophet in the

Qur’an. God provided him with nine

miracles. The first was when his staff

was transformed into a serpent, by the

will of Allah. The second miracle was

when his hand shone forth with a

beautiful, radiant light. These signs were

granted to Moses so that he could

convince Pharaoh of the fallacies of his

ways and so that he would accept

Islam. Allah, the Exalted, says:

“And Moses said, ‘O Pharaoh, I am a

messenger from the Lord of the worlds.

Obligated not to say about Allah except

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the truth. I have come to you with clear

evidence from your Lord, so send with

me the Children of Israel.’ [Pharaoh]

said, ‘If you have come with a sign, then

bring it forth, if you be of the truthful.’ So

Moses threw down his staff, and

suddenly it was a serpent, manifest.

And he drew out his hand; it was white

[with radiance] for all to see.” (Qur’an


Allah sent him to the Pharaoh of Egypt

and his people to call them to the belief

in the Oneness of Allah and to cast

aside all of their falsely worshipped

gods. God, the Exalted, says:

“And Pharaoh said, ‘O eminent ones, I

have not known you to have a god other

than me. Then ignite for me, O Haman, [a

fire] upon the clay and make for me a

tower that I may look at the God of Moses.

And indeed, I do think he is among the

liars.’” (Qur’an 28:38)

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Prophet Moses called the Pharaoh with

wisdom and beautiful words to believe

in the Oneness of Allah. But the Pharaoh

opposed him and gathered together all

of the sorcerers of that time to defeat

Moses. Moses, however, was victorious,

as his staff transformed, by the will of

Allah, into a snake and swallowed the

deceptions cast by the sorcerers. Allah

mentions this story to us:

“Said the eminent among the people of

Pharaoh, ‘Indeed, this is a learned

magician Who wants to expel you from

your land [through magic], so what do

you instruct?’ They said, ‘Postpone [the

matter of] him and his brother and send

to the cities gatherers who will bring you

every learned magician.’ And the

magicians came to Pharaoh. They said,

‘Certainly there is for us a reward if we

are the predominant?’ He said, “Yes,

and moreover you will be among those

made near [to me].’ They said, ‘O

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Moses, either you throw [your staff], or

we will be the ones to throw [first].’ He

said, ‘Throw,’ and when they threw,

they bewitched the eyes of the people

and struck terror into them, and they

presented a great [feat of] magic. And

We inspired to Moses, ‘Throw your

staff,’ and at once it devoured what they

were falsifying. So the truth was

established, and abolished was what

they were doing. And Pharaoh and his

people were overcome there and

became debased. And the magicians

fell down in prostration [to Allah].” (Qur’an


The Pharaoh and his people disbelieved

in the Message of God, so God punished

them with a number of trials. He sent

upon them floods, locusts, lice, frogs,

and blood as signs. Still, they refused

and persisted in disbelief. Each

punishment was lifted by the blessing of

the supplication of Prophet Moses.

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Shortly after each event, they returned

and persisted in their disbelief. Allah

says about this:

“And they said, ‘No matter what sign you

bring us with which to bewitch us, we will

not be believers in you.’ So We sent upon

them the flood, locusts, lice, frogs and

blood as distinct signs, but they were

arrogant and were a criminal people. And

when the punishment descended upon

them, they said, ‘O Moses, invoke for us

your Lord by what He has promised you.

If you [can] remove the punishment from

us, we will surely believe you, and we will

send with you the Children of Israel.’ But

when We removed the punishment from

them until a term which they were to

reach, then at once they broke their word.”

(Qur’an 7:132-1355)

After all of this, Allah ordered the Prophet

Moses to take his people, under the

cover of night, and leave Egypt, so that

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they could practice their faith freely.

Once the Pharaoh realized that they had

left, he chased after them with his

troops. Moses and his people reached

the shores of the Red Sea, at which the

Children of Israel exclaimed, “The

Pharaoh will capture us!” Moses, who

had complete trust in God, struck his

staff on the water and the sea parted

into pathways through which his people

entered, by the will of Allah. Allah then

saved Moses and his people and

destroyed Pharaoh in the sea. God, the

Exalted, says:

“And when the two parties saw one

another, the companions of Moses said,

‘Indeed, we are to be overtaken!’ [Moses]

said, ‘No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He

will guide me.’ Then We inspired to Moses,

‘Strike with your staff the sea,’ and it

parted, and each portion was like a great

towering mountain. And We advanced

thereto the pursuers. And We saved

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Moses and those with him, all together.

Then We drowned the others.” (Qur’an


God, the Exalted, then says:

“And We took the Children of Israel

across the sea, and Pharaoh and his

soldiers pursued them in tyranny and

enmity until, when drowning overtook

him, he said, ‘I believe that there is no

deity except that in whom the Children of

Israel believe, and I am of the Muslims.’

Now? And you had disobeyed [Him]

before and were of the corrupters? So

today We will save your body that you

may be to those who succeed you a

sign. And indeed, many among the

people, of Our signs, are heedless.”

(Qur’an 10:90-92)

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صلى الله عليه وسلم MUHAMMAD

is the last of صلى الله عليه وسلم The Prophet Muhammad

the Prophets and Messengers. He was

sent by God to all of mankind. He is from

the family of the Prophet Ishmael, the son

of Abraham. He was born in Makkah, a

few months after the death of his father.

His mother later died while he was still

young, and he was cared for by his

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Grandfather, Abdul-Muttalib, and later by

his uncle Abu Talib.

was a صلى الله عليه وسلم The Prophet Muhammad

shepherd taking care of a flock of sheep

in Makkah. He was very well-known for

being trustworthy and having never told

a lie in his life. The people of Makkah

even called him “The Truthful” and “The

Trustworthy”. Whenever people left for a

trip, they would entrust him with their


When he reached the age of 40, God sent

the Angel Gabriel to him and appointed

Muhammad as a Prophet and Messenger

to mankind. He spent 13 years in Makkah

calling people to the path of God and later

on migrated to Madinah. The people of

Madinah responded and accepted Islam

in droves. He died when he was 63 years

old. His followers then spread the Message

of Islam across the world, and until today

people are accepting Islam in large

numbers across the globe.

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Family of Imran

Prophets and Messengers were sent by

God continuously after the Prophet

Noah, may God praise him. God, the

Exalted, says:

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“Muhammad is not the father of [any]

one of your men, but [he is] the

Messenger of God and last of the

prophets. And ever is God, of all things,

Knowing.” (Qur’an 33:40)

The Prophet Jesus, the last Prophet

from the Children of Israel, has a special

place in the hearts of Muslims. He

informed his people of the advent of

and he is صلى الله عليه وسلم Prophet Muhammad

mentioned in the Qur’an 25 times.

God has conveyed to us in the Qur’an

some of the original passages that He

revealed to Jesus. God also mentions

details about the life of Mary, the mother

of Jesus. She is spoken of highly and is

known for being pure and chaste. God,

the Exalted, says:

“Indeed, God chose Adam and Noah

and the family of Abraham and the family

of ‘Imran over the worlds. Descendants,

some of them from others. And God is

Hearing and Knowing.” (Qur’an 3:33-34)

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Mary, may God praise her

God has praised Mary, the mother of

the Prophet Jesus. God describes

Maryam as pure, chaste and pious. He,

the Exalted, says:

“And [the example of] Mary, the daughter

of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so

We blew into [her garment] through Our

angel, and she believed in the words of

her Lord and His scriptures and was of

the devoutly obedient.” (Qur’an 66:12)

The Qur’an clarifies that the birth of

Mary was the result of a supplication

that her own mother made. God, the

Exalted, says:

“[Mention, O Muhammad], when the

wife of ‘Imran said, ‘My Lord, indeed I

have pledged to You what is in my

womb, consecrated [for Your service],

so accept this from me. Indeed, You are

the Hearing, the Knowing.’” (Qur’an 3:35)

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This supplication was the indirect cause

through which she and her offspring

were protected by God from the Devil.

God provided for Mary and reared her

with His blessings. Allah says:

“But when she delivered her, she said,

‘My Lord, I have delivered a female.’

And God was most aware of what she

delivered, indeed the male is not like the

female. ‘And I have named her Mary,

and I seek refuge for her in You and [for]

her descendants from Satan, the

expelled [from the mercy of God].’ So

her Lord accepted her with good

acceptance, caused her to grow in a

good manner and put her in the care of

Zechariah. Every time Zechariah entered

upon her in the prayer chamber, he

found with her provision. He said, ‘O

Mary, from where is this [coming] to

you?’ She said, ‘It is from God. Indeed,

God provides for whom He wills without

account.’” (Qur’an 3:36-37)

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Mary was very pious in her worship of

God. She was the best of women in her

generation. The Prophet, may God

praise him, said:

“From among the women of the world

who have reached perfection and who

are worthy of following are: Mary, the

daughter of Imrân; Khadijah, the

daughter of Khuwaylid; Fatima, the

daughter of Muhammed and Asiyah,

the wife of Pharaoh.” (Tirmidhi).

God, the Exalted, says:

“And [mention] when the angels said, ‘O

Mary, indeed God has chosen you and

purified you and chosen you above the

women of the worlds. O Mary, be

devoutly obedient to your Lord and

prostrate and bow with those who bow

[in prayer].’” (Qur’an 3:42-43)

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God revealed an entire chapter in the

Qur’an carrying her name. It is the 19th

chapter in the Qur’an. It is the only

chapter in the Qur’an named after a

woman, and in it God praises Mary. A

praise of a similar nature cannot be

found in any of the previous Scriptures.

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