Understanding Islam : Purpose of Messengers
Is it fair to create an object, and then allow it to function without any rules and regulations and finally call it to account and punish it for breaking the rules?
Having created man with the power of thought and free will, Allah sent prophets and messengers as a guide for mankind. Each prophet was sent to his particular people to remind them of the need to worship one God, and refrain from associating partners with Him. They were not gods, sons
or partners of God, but were simply the best of mankind, chosen because of their humility in their behaviour, morals, peacefulness and knowledge of Allah.
Allah sent a long chain of prophets from the first days of mankind, from prophet Adam (the Father of human beings) – and sealed them with prophet Muhammad, the final prophet (peace be upon them). This long chain included the prophets of the people of Israel and the five great messengers who came with the most important messages: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them all).
Prophets were the leaders of humanity who knew how to worship one God. They knew about the Hereafter, about good morals and human rights and they guided their people to the same. The Holy Qur’an tells us that every messenger said to his people:
“O my people, worship Allah; You have no deity other than Him…” (Qur’an 7: 59)
“Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct, and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” (Qur’an 16: 90)
Prophets were the leaders of humanity who knew how to worship one God.
Mohammed was the final of these messengers, who brought Allah’s message for the whole of mankind from the first day of revelation to the final day of our existence. Because of this we see Muslims from all over the globe, of all colours and races, accepting and respecting all of the prophets of Allah, as they were all on the same path of worshipping one God.
Author : Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, Qatar