According to the accepted answer in the linked question below, an ummah is " the whole community of Muslims bound together by ties of religion".

But didn't earlier Prophets have their own ummah? Is it not said that ours is the last of all ummah?

Are Jews not from the Ummah from Moses and Christians from Jesus?

I guess what I'm trying to ask is if an individual belongs to the time/era/geography of a Prophet but does not ascribed to the message, is he/she still a part of that Ummah? Are present day Jews/Christians/Hindus/Sikhs/Buddhists/Zoroastrians part of Muhammed's Ummah or are they part of their Prophet's Ummah but now have gone astray from the straight path?

Linked Question : What does “Ummah” mean in Islam?

  • The question there is about the meaning of Ummah in Islam. In Arabic Ummah may mean nation or any kind of group that has something in common, it might also refer to such a group at a specific time.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 6:37
  • So are all people alive today part of Prophet Muhammad's Ummah? Or only the Muslims?
    – Ahmed
    Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 6:54

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About the usage of the word Ummah

أُمَّة in Arabic refers to a community of people of mainly common descent, history, and language; a tribe or confederation of tribes it could therefore mean people, nation, any kind of community or all people all nations or a part of a community according the context.
So basically you could say that Ummah is a term of wide comprehension. As it can gather together and/or separate at the mean time.

For example you could call the staff in your company an Ummah. You could also call all Muslims alive one Ummah. You could call Muslims an Ummah. YOu could call your family Ummah and you could call all chess players an Ummah etc.

So based on that each Prophet of course had an "own" Ummah. I think this already should answer your question.

Examples from the Qur'an

With this meanings you may find it also in the Qur'an (the English synonym used is put in bold letters, in cases with the restriction meant):

  • Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You. ...(2:128)
  • That was a nation which has passed on. ... (2:134 and 2:141)
  • And thus we have made you a just community that you will be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a witness over you. ... (2:143)
  • Mankind was [of] one religion [before their deviation]; then Allah sent the prophets as bringers of good tidings and warners and sent down with them the Scripture in truth to judge between the people concerning that in which they differed. ... (2:213)
  • And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful. (3:104)
  • You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. ... (3:110)
  • They are not [all] the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing [in obedience], reciting the verses of Allah during periods of the night and prostrating [in prayer]. (3:113)
  • So how [will it be] when We bring from every nation a witness and we bring you, [O Muhammad] against these [people] as a witness? (4:41)
  • And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. ... (5:48)

These are a couple of examples of the use of Ummah in the Qur'an (there should be around 40 on the whole) which show that Ummah may refer to a part of a bigger community, a whole community or a whole nation.

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