A prophet is a human messenger whom God has chosen to communicate his message to mankind.
The message brought by a prophet is called a prophecy.
The act of communicating God’s message is to prophesy.
Please note the spelling: c for the noun and s for the verb!
A good way to remember the difference is to think of:
advice (noun) and advise (verb).
If you can replace the word prophecy with the word advice and it still makes sense then you've got it right - same with prophesy and advise!
Try putting these two words into sentences: prophecies;
(think about how they are pronounced).
Muslims believe that God sent 124,000 prophets before Muhammad, to whom they also show honour and respect. At least 24 of these prophets are mentioned in the Qur’an, and many of them also appear in the Jewish and Christian scriptures.
Five major prophets before Muhammad were:
Adam, Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), and Isa (Jesus).
”We believe in God and in the revelation given to us, and to Ibrahim, Isma’il, Ishaq, Yaqub, and the tribes. We believe in all that was given to Musa, Isa and all the other messengers of the Lord. We make no distinction between them. To God alone we submit.” (Surah 3.84)
This shows a much closer connection between Jews, Christians, and Muslims than many people think.
Seal of the Prophets
Muslims describe Muhammad as the ‘Seal of the Prophets’. This means that God will not send any more - Muhammad is the last who has brought the final revelation from God: the Qur’an.
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