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How many Prophets are mentioned in the Quran?

By Ijaz Chaudry

Quran is quite clear about how many prophets there are in the Quran in the following verse;

[4:164]  Messengers we have told you about, and messengers we never told you about. And GOD spoke to Moses directly.

The example of Moses in the above verse clarifies that in this verse the word “messengers” encompass prophets.  This verse clearly states that God has not told us about all the messengers and prophets.  One of the reasons for God not telling us the complete number of the messengers could be that this fact is not important knowledge in order to gain salvation and this may be a test to distinguish between believers and disbelievers. We know that there is a dispute going on in Muslim community at the moment to the issue of how many prophets are mentioned in the Quran. Despite what (4:164) clarifies for us that we do not know how many prophets are mentioned in the Quran, some Muslims are being stubborn and say that there were 21 prophets mentioned in the Quran. By their fictitious beliefs they are sure that Al-Muzzammil was Muhammad.  Their fictitious belief is that 73 being the 21st prime number and there were 21 prophets so chapter 73 which entitles Al-Muzzammil has to be Muhammad the final prophet.  However, Al-Muzzammil was not Muhammad but is a 21st century messenger.  For over whelming proofs read The Cloaked One without proof.doc. When they make a claim that since 73 is a prime number and chapter 73 is addressing Muhammad, do they not realise that only prime number 19 is the Miracle of the Quran and not all prime numbers.  Hence the disbelievers are already out of kilter about using a prime number to work out the code.  73 is prime number but is not multiple of 19 hence cannot be regarded as a miracle of the Quran as in (74:30-35).  Even by their own account, one prophet is not mentioned by name because all the prophets which are mentioned by name are only 20 please see; prophets.  And if you include one occurrence of the prophet without name the code breaks down, thus the following verse confirms what is happening;

[34:48-49]  Say, "My Lord causes the truth to prevail. He is the Knower of all secrets." Say, "The truth has come; while falsehood can neither initiate anything, nor repeat it."

Just because of their disbelief in (4:164) they are prevented to believe in the Miracle of 19 and Al-Muzzammil’s guidance, hence their disbelief is augmented.  Despite what (4:164) say’s that we do not know names of all the prophets, there is enough evidence in the Quran which clearly assure us that there were more than 21 prophets, hence blatantly providing evidence against what the disbelievers wrongly believe.  The remaining of this article talks about the prophets which the disbelievers left out in their account.

Within this document, apart from all the obvious prophets that we know from the Quran to be 21 one not so obvious prophet in the Quran is proven to be prophet (Adam), which overwhelmingly makes the total 22 hence breaking the myth of 21 prophets and the code of 21 being the 73 prime number.  And more prophets apart from the 22 are also are subtly included within the text of the Quran.  If you read it carefully you will notice these messengers also to be prophets.

Adam being prophet and a messenger is vehemently denied by the disbelievers which predominantly include people who followed Dr Rashad Khalifa. They overlook a simple but profound fact that prophets are those who receive revelations from God which Adam did in (2:37). When we take geometric value of (Nabi) prophet in Arabic which is 62 and concatenate with verses 36 & 37 of chapter 2 we get complete multiple of 19;

 62 36 37 = 32823 x 19 indeed there are two important points to notice here one the Temporal Connection which suggest that Adam was bestowed prophet hood represented by gv 62 of prophet left most which emphasise that it is more recent before he received the revelations right most verses 36 & 37 which happened later. Second point the Position 3 describes “Principle or Rule clarified”, indeed the rule clarified here is that prophets receive revelations.

 If that is not enough when we take geometric value of (Rasool) or Messenger in Arabic which is 296 and concatenate with the sum of the verses 36 + 37 = 73 and chapter 2 we get complete multiple of 19; 2 73 296 = 14384 x 19 once again the Temporal Connection suggests that after Adam received the revelations in verse 36 & 37 left most more recent he started spreading the message as a messenger right most or later on.   

 The above two scenarios are solid proof of Adam being a messenger and a prophet;

 [2:36]  But the devil duped them, and caused their eviction therefrom. We said, "Go down as enemies of one another. On Earth shall be your habitation and provision for a while." [2:37]  Then, Adam received from his Lord words, whereby He redeemed him. He is the Redeemer, Most Merciful.


 The word prophets in Quran are Al-Nabyeen, which has gv as follows;

Alif = 1, Laam = 60, Noon = 50 x 2, Bae = 2, and Yae = 10 which adds up to 173 when you add this to chapter 3 and verse 33 we get 209 which is 11 x 19.  This is proof that Adam was a prophet.  The Level is 2 which is Theme “Related to righteousness”, once again all prophets are righteous including Adam.

[3:33]  GOD has chosen Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family of Amram (as messengers) to the people.

 *Missing words “as messengers” or Kama Rusulan their respective gv’s are 61 & 291. 33 291 61 = 175219 x 19 the temporal position suggests that these families were historical and they were. This verse shows messenger ship lineage starting with Adam and then after Abraham the lineage narrows to Amram who was descendent of Aaron who in turn was descendent of Israel or Jacob. It has been misunderstood by today’s Muslims that Muhammad was descendent of Ismail who was not from Children of Israel. However, this verse is clear starting from Adam and ending in Amram where the messengers were descendent of Amram. And Amram was descendent of Aaron who was descendent of Israel. Therefore it is suggesting that Muhammad was also descendent of Israel because according to this verse the Messenger/Prophets were descended of Amram including Jesus and Muhammad.

[3:59]  The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.

 All the verses above suggest that he was a prophet. 

 2:37 - scriptures are made of words and prophets receive scriptures.

 3:33 – The definition of messenger as implied by 3:81 is that Prophets bring scriptures and later the messenger can come and give message from that scripture, since Adam was first to come he must be prophet and a messenger. 

 3:59 – Once again Jesus as a Prophet is compared with Adam as a Prophet…

Once again the disbelievers have left Adam out from the list of prophets and many more prophets who are mentioned by name in the Quran.

 Now an example where prophets are mentioned as messengers is in the following verse;

[5:75]  The Messiah, son of Mary, is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate!

The disbelievers are convinced there are 21 prophets, based on the number of prophets mentioned in the Quran, this list does not include Hud, Saleh and Shaib, while when you read the following verses it is clear that Hud, Saleh and Shaib indeed were also prophets;

7:59 to 7:64 talking about Noah’s people

7:65 to 7:72 Hud’s people

7:73 to 7:79 Saleh people

7:80 to 7:84 Lot’s people

7:85 to 7:93 Shaib’s people

7:94 whenever we sent prophet to any town…

It is clear that God, in 7:94, is referring to Noah’s, Hud’s, Saleh’s, Lot’s and Shuayb’s people as an example of people that He punished for their ingratitude. In this verse, God used the word prophet and not messenger (right after the stories of 5 of his messengers). You will find nowhere in the Quran that Hud, saleh and Shuayb are directly named as prophets.

God continue in 7:101 with: These are the towns whose stories We relate to you; their messengers had come to them with proofs, but they would not acknowledge what they had denied before. It is such that God stamps on the hearts of the ingrates.

Here in 7:101, the same 5 men sent by God are Called messengers. Then God continue with the story of Prophet Moses and Pharaoh from 7:103 to 137.

The same applies for code 19; even if God has never said explicitly that ‘the miracle of the Quran is represented by its mathematical structure based on number19 mentioned in chapter 74. I have reached the certainty that it is one of the greatest miracles only because all objective analysis and clear evidences have shown that.

Further proof that (4:164) is talking about messengers which include prophets;

Gv of Ambia, Alif = 1, Noon = 50, Bae = 2, Yae = 10, Alif = 1 = 64

164 + 64 = 228 = 12 x 19 or 1.2

 There is a strong implication that messengers mean prophets as well when we read (4:163-164).  There is even stronger suggestion that prophets are included in the messengers mentioned in (4:164) when it says ... And God spoke to Moses directly… because we know Moses was a prophet.  This suggests that we do not know about all the prophets and 21 prophets is not the correct figure.

 In conclusion it appears by overwhelming evidence that there were more than 21 prophets and Al-Muzzammil is not another name for Muhammad. It also concludes that prophets can be addressed by the name messengers.