Total number of Prophets

How many Prophets were sent in total?

There is a narration which says that a hundred and twenty four thousand prophets were sent, amongst them there were 315 messengers who carried with them revelations. Of course, this narration is not authentic. The number of prophets that were sent was many. Only 25 names are mentioned in the Qur’an. However, at the same time, Allah stresses that those mentioned do not represent all of the prophets.

He said in Surah Ghafir:

وَلَقَدۡ أَرۡسَلۡنَا رُسُلاً۬ مِّن قَبۡلِكَ مِنۡهُم مَّن قَصَصۡنَا عَلَيۡكَ وَمِنۡهُم مَّن لَّمۡ نَقۡصُصۡ عَلَيۡكَ

“And We have already sent messengers before you. Among them are those [whose stories] We have related to you, and among them are those [whose stories] We have not related to you…” [1]

So, a huge numbers of Prophets were sent.

Allah also promises in Surah Al-Isra:

وَمَا كُنَّا مُعَذِّبِينَ حَتَّىٰ نَبۡعَثَ رَسُولاً۬

“And never would We punish until We sent a messenger.” [2]

They were chosen by Allah to reinforce the fitrah, which Allah created every human being with.


[1] Surah Ghafir, 40:78

[2] Surah al-‘Isra, 17:15

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