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The Number Of Prophets


The number of prophets ('alaihimu 's-salam) is not known. It is well known that they were more than 124,000. Among them, 313 or 315 were rasuls; the six higher rasuls among them, called Ulu 'l-'azm, were: Adam, Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), 'Isa (Jesus) and Muhammad Mustafa ('alaihimu 's-salatu wa 's-salam).

The following thirty-three prophets are well-known: Adam, Idris, Shit (or Shis), Nuh, Hud, Salih, Ibrahim, Lut, Isma'il, Is'haq, Ya'qub, Yusuf, Ayyub, Shu'aib, Musa, Harun, Khidir, Yusha' ibn Nun, Ilyas, Alyasa', Dhu 'l-kifl, Sham'un, Ishmoil, Yunus ibn Mata, Dawud, Sulaiman, Luqman, Zakariyya, Yahya, 'Uzair, 'Isa ibn Mariam, Dhu 'l-qarnain and Muhammad ('alaihimu 's-salatu wa 's-salam).

Only the names of twenty-eight of them are written in the Qur'an al-kerim. Shit, Khidir, Yusha', Sham'un and Ishmoil are not written. Among the twenty-eight, it is not certain whether Dhu 'l-qarnain, Luqman and 'Uzair were prophets or not.