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How Many Prophets Are Mentioned in the Quran?
« on: March 30, 2013, 12:12:08 AM »
Dear Sir,

Salaam Alaykum,

How many actual prophets as per Quran - Dr. Zakir Naik 25 , Dr.Rashad 19?


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Re: How Many Prophets Are Mentioned in the Quran?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 12:14:30 AM »
May peace be with you.

In my humble opinion, neither of the numbers that you have shared are correct from a Quranic perspective.

For example, 18 prophets have been explicitly mentioned in verses 6:83-89 separately from Prophet Muhammad (33:40). Furthermore, Idris is also mentioned as a prophet in verse 19:56. This makes a total of 20 prophets. These prophets are also by default, messengers (unlike the traditional view which reverses this understanding without warrant from the Quran). [1]

If you also add the 3 named messengers (Hud, Shoaib and Saleh) who are not identified as prophets by the Quran, you have a total of 23 messengers. 

Adam, Dhul-Kifl and Luqman are also mentioned but neither as prophets nor messengers.

I hope that helps, God willing.


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