A Friend of God: Prophet Ibrahim in the Quran

Ibrahim (Abraham) was one of the greatest and most influential prophets. Allah bestowed the highest honor upon him by making him a “leader for humanity” (4:125), and taking him as “an intimate friend.” (4:125) Ibrahim was born about four thousand years ago in the thriving city of Ur, in modern-day Iraq. His community was deeply … Continue reading A Friend of God: Prophet Ibrahim in the Quran

The Perished Nations of Hud, Salih, Lut, and Shuayb

After the great flood that destroyed the nation of Nuh, many other nations rose to power, and prophets were usually appointed from amongst those nations for their guidance. The reason we analyze together the stories of four prophets – Hud, Salih, Lut (Lot), and Shuayb – is that they all present a common theme. In … Continue reading The Perished Nations of Hud, Salih, Lut, and Shuayb

The Great Flood: Story of Prophet Nuh

Nuh (Noah) was the next major prophet after Adam. His people became indulged in worshipping idols named Wadd, Suwa, Yaghuth, Ya'uq, and Nasr – these possibly being the names of righteous individuals from earlier generations whose statues were made to honor them, and were later exalted to divine status. Nuh preached to his people to … Continue reading The Great Flood: Story of Prophet Nuh

The First of Humanity: Story of Adam and Hawwa

Allah created the first human being, Adam, from turaab – translated as dust or soil. He then blew into him through the Spirit, and commanded the angels to prostrate to Adam, which they did. However, one of the jinn known as Iblis (Satan), present among the angels, refused to do so, and Allah expelled him … Continue reading The First of Humanity: Story of Adam and Hawwa