Islamic concepts

Nabī نبي — prophet; informer, communicator sent by Allāh

noun singular plural
romanization nabīyūn or anbiyāʾ

A Nabī is a human being who receives revelation from Allāh.


selected by Allāh to inform and communicate the message of Allāh’s Oneness to their people.

Difference between prophet and messenger

A messenger is a special kind of prophet.

Generally speaking, prophets affirm the same divine code as the previous messenger, whereas a messenger comes with new divine code. Prophets are sent to nations that are waiting for them and wanting to accept them, whereas messengers are initially rejected by their people.

Sent to every nation

A Ḥadīth tells us that Allāh sent about 124,000 prophets to humanity, with Muḥammad ﷺ being the very last.


The five most majestic revelations.

Known prophets

The Qurʾān gives the names of 24 (or 25) prophets:

  1. Ādam — Adam, the first human being
  2. Idrīs — possibly Enoch
  3. Nūḥ — Noah, messenger to Noah’s people
  4. Hūd — messenger to people of ʿĀd
  5. Ṣāliḥ — messenger to people of Thamūd
  6. Ibrāhīm — Abraham
  7. Lūṭ — Lot, messenger to Sodom and Gomorrah
  8. Ismāʿīl (Ishmael)
  9. Is′ḥāq (Isaac)
  10. Yaʿqūb (Jacob), also known as Isrāʾīl (Israel)
  11. Yūsuf — Joseph, son of Jacob
  12. Ayyūb — Job
  13. Shuʿayb (Jethro)
  14. Mūsá (Moses)
  15. Hārūn (Aaron)
  16. Dhū al-Kifl — possibly Ezekiel
  17. Dāwūd — David, father of Solomon
  18. Sulaymān (Solomon)
  19. Ilyās — Elijah, messenger to the Baʿl worshippers
  20. Alyasaʿ — Elisha, successor of Elijah
  21. Yūnus — Jonah
  22. Zakarīyā — Zechariah, father of John the Baptist
  23. Yaḥyá (John the Baptist)
  24. ʿĪsá (Jesus)
  25. Muḥammad

from Qisas Al-Anbiya (Stories of the Prophets)

Possibly prophets

Maybe simply saintly people