This number comes from a long hadith in Musnad Imam Ahmad, narrated by Abu Umamah al-Bahili relating a conversation that Abu Dharr (ra) had with the Prophet (saws). This is some text from toward the end of that hadith:
قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ كَمْ وَفَّى عِدَّةُ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ قَالَ مِائَةُ أَلْفٍ وَأَرْبَعَةٌ وَعِشْرُونَ أَلْفًا الرُّسُلُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ ...
Allah the Exalted says in Surah Al-Azhab:
مَّا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ وَلَـٰكِن
رَّسُولَ اللَّـهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَكَانَ اللَّـهُ بِكُلِّ
Interpretation of the meaning:
Muhammad is not the father of [any] one of your men, but [he is] the
Messenger of Allah and last of the prophets. And ever is ...
Are Prophets only male?
Among the scholars there are a few who count a couple of women among the prophets (Peace be upon them): abu al-Hassan al-Ash'ari, Imam al-Qurtubi and ibn Hazm.
And these have consensus in counting Mariam (Peace be upon her) as one of the female prophets, and they also counted Hawa'/Eve, Sarah, the mother of Musa/Moses, Hajar and ...
Prophets received message from God and messengers deliver the message. As all the prophets delivered the message as well Prophets are also messengers but all messengers are not Prophets; as all the messengers didn't receive message from God.
I may quote the verse below to ponder:
"Say: We believe in Allah and (in) that which had been revealed to us, and (in)...
Extract from this fatwa:
“but he is the Messenger of Allaah and the last (end) of the Prophets”
and why it did not say the last of the Messengers – the end of the
Message does not mean the end of Prophethood, but the end of
Prophethood does mean the end of the Message. Hence the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon ...
Many of mufassir according to the two ayat "164; surah Al-nesa" and "78; surah Al-ghafer" discussed about the number of prophets and there are different Ahadith on it.
In one Hadith, it's said that there were 124 prophets which is a quite popular one.(1)
In another, it's said there were 124,000 prophets and 313 messengers.(2)
And yet in another one, it's ...
It's just as easy to find examples of the 'good tidings' as well. More so, actually :)
The most prominent example of good tidings that Prophets preached is the promise of Paradise for those who do good. The Qur'an itself gives this good tiding and it is mentioned throughout.
إن هذا القرآن يهدي للتي هي أقوم ويبشر المؤمنين الذين يعملون الصالحات أن لهم أجرا ...
The founder of the Ahmadiyya sect (who is a false prophet by the consensus of Muslims) believed that Buddha was a prophet as well as Krishna. I came across this answer of his belief from a Buddhist - it's an interesting read: http://wenshuchan-online.weebly.com/a-buddhist-response-to-hadrat-mirza-ghulam-ahmad-of-qadian.html
In verse 3:81 we learn that this pledge has been taken from the Prophets (Anbiya'), where they promise to believe and follow (and support) a (any) Messenger (Russul) that might come later (while they are alive) and in verse 33:7 it was taken from Prophets and Messengers too (including Muhammad). So at first sight there seem to be a difference.
About the ...
You are saying you have been atheist for a long time. Then let me tell you something. You are just one step away from Islam. How is that? to be a Muslim, the first thing you do is saying the "Shahadah".
The first part of Shahadah is "I bear witness that there is no god but ALLAH" So as atheist, you do believe that there is no god. So, what is missing, ...
Did Angels visit all Prophets/Messengers?
Yes, of course. There are two angels that aways stay with us. A angel visits us right before we die and some other types of angels visit us during our lifetime. Angels visit everyone and therefore they visited all prophets and messengers (peace be upon them all).
Did Allah use angels as a medium of communication to ...
I understand your question completely and applaude your courage in asking it. Islam is a religion that encourages inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge at every turn, and I encourage you to never fear asking controversial questions with such respect and hikma.
I chose to answer because, despite the brother's helpful methods of answering this question, I ...