208 – IARLG – WHY NOT ALL PROPHETS ARE MENTIONED IN THE QURAN; Date 16th February 2018; 30th Jumada al-Ula or 1st Jumada ath-Thaniya 1439

Date: 16th February 2018; 30th Jumada al-Ula or 1st Jumada ath-Thaniya 1439;  

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Someone sent me this question:

لماذا ذكر الله جزء من الأنبياء ولم يذكرهم كلهم في القرآن؟

ماهي الحكمة من ذلك؟

Why did Allah only mention some prophets and not all of them in the Quran.

What’s the wisdom in doing so?


Allah knows best but I personally think the answer is quite simple. The Quran is not a book of history.

Take a step back and observe that even the handful of prophets that are mentioned have been spoken about in brief without exhaustive biographies. The surahs of the Quran have the purpose of offering us lasting guidance, counsel, reminder and wisdom. Everything mentioned serves that purpose and everything omitted is because it doesn’t serve that purpose.

Surah 26 is a great example to think about. Prophet after prophet is mentioned that belongs to different regions and generations, separated by miles and centuries and yet echo the same message. فاتقوا الله وأطيعون. [meaning, ‘So fear Allah and obey me.’] {See (Qur’an 26: 108, 110, 126, 131, 144, 150, 163, 179)} {Notice that even ‘Iesa (Jesus) said, ‘So fear Allah and obey me’ as can be seen in (Qur’an 3:50)}

This drives home the point that the essential divine message has remained consistent throughout societies, cultures and generations from the tongues of all the inspired prophets. They didn’t know one another and in many cases didn’t even share the same language yet their message was the same. Allah Himself tells us that He deliberately didn’t mention all prophets. That is by divine design:

Holy Quran 4:164

وَرُسُلًا قَدْ قَصَصْنَاهُمْ عَلَيْكَ مِن قَبْلُ وَرُسُلًا لَّمْ نَقْصُصْهُمْ عَلَيْكَ ۚ وَكَلَّمَ اللَّهُ مُوسَىٰ تَكْلِيمًا

And [We sent] messengers about whom We have related [their stories] to you before and messengers about whom We have not related to you. And Allah spoke to Musa (Moses) with [direct] speech. (Qur’an 4:164)


Oh man if I could geek out and tell you about the مشغول عنه in this ayah I’d be telling you about the منصوب beginning then reiterated in the ضمير متصل which emphasizes the مفعول به twice, thus communicating not just that “there are messengers We have narrated about to you already (oh prophets) but actually that these were incredible, remarkable, noteworthy, attention deserving messengers! The grammatical style of the ayah is very loud and clear that the messengers that have been mentioned and more importantly what has been mentioned about them is of colossal importance. The ayah then goes on to finish the point about amazing prophets who are no less valuable who have not been mentioned. The same grammatical form المشغول عنه is used for them. This is Allah’s way of telling us that just because they’re not mentioned in the Quran doesn’t mean they’re not valuable. And of course my favorite part of this whole ayah is its conclusion that Allah engaged Musa (as) in great conversation! Quranic Hint, make a big deal out of the study of the narrative of Musa (as) in the Quran!

Bottom line: خذ ما طف لك. Old Arab saying that means focus on what you have before you. Too often we’re interested not in what Allah did say but rather what He didn’t say. What was the minister’s wife’s name in the story of Yusuf? What color dog was the dog in the story of the cave? Is ZulQarnain Persian? If Allah wanted your attention on that stuff, He’d tell you. How about we focus on what He did say because I guarantee its wisdom and value has not been exhausted.


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