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Stories of the Prophets in the Qur

Stories of the Prophets in the Qur

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STORIES OF THE PROPHETS IN THE QUR'AN
Allah has sent all communities throughout history prophets to communicate them His religion. As Allahemphasises in the Qur'an, all acts and moral qualities of these prophets set an example for believers. Allahhas advised believers to take prophets as their role models:
 You have an excellent model in the Messenger of Allah, for all who put their hope in Allah and theLast Day and remember Allah much. (Surat al-Ahzab, 21)
For that reason every believer should carefully examine all the information given in the Qur'an about theprophets, learn about their lives, their practice of moral excellence and the deep devotion they showed toAllah. In this way he can seek the high morality of the most worthy people who ever lived on the face of theearth...In addition, every event Allah narrates in the Qur'an regarding the prophets is surely enlightening andinstructive for the lives of all believers. That is because believers who follow the prophets will go throughsimilar experiences to what the prophets and their followers went through, as Allah stated in His verse
'or did you suppose that you would enter the Garden without facing the same as those who camebefore you?...'. (Surat al-Baqara, 214)
Therefore a careful examination of the life styles of the prophets Allah narrates in the Qur'an will benefitbelievers. Allah states in the Qur'an that there are lessons in the stories of the prophets for 'people of intelligence':
There is instruction in their stories for people of intelligence. This is not a narration which has beeninvented but confirmation of all that came before, a clarification of everything, and a guidance and amercy for people who believe. (Surah Yusuf, 111)
 A MESSENGER HAS BEEN SENT TO EVERY COMMUNITY
We have sent you with the truth bringing good news and giving warning. There is no community towhich a warner has not come. (Surah Fatir, 24)We sent a Messenger among every people saying: 'Worship Allah and keep clear of all false gods.'Among them were some whom Allah guided but others received the misguidance they deserved.Travel about the earth and see the final fate of the deniers. (Surat an-Nahl, 36)We have never destroyed a city without giving it prior warning. (Surat ash-Shu'ara', 208)
 EVERY COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SENT A MESSENGERSPEAKING THE LANGUAGE OF ITS PEOPLE
We have not sent any Messenger except with the language of his people so he can make things clear to them. Allah misguides anyone He wills and guides anyone He wills. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise. (Surah Ibrahim, 4)
 THE PURPOSE OF SENDING PROPHETS
 
We do not send the Messengers except to bring good news and to give warning. As for those whobelieve and put things right, they will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Surat al-An'am, 48)That was because their Lord would never have destroyed the cities unjustly while their people wereunaware. (Surat al-An'am, 131)We only sent you for the whole of mankind, bringing good news and giving warning. But most of mankind do not know it. (Surah Saba', 28)Messengers bringing good news and giving warning, so that people will have no argument againstAllah after the coming of the Messengers. Allah is Almighty, All-Wise. (Surat an-Nisa', 165)
 OBEDIENCE TO PROPHETS AND ITS REWARD
 You who believe! Have fear of Allah and believe in His Messenger. He will give you a double portionof His mercy and grant you a Light by which to walk and forgive you. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, MostMerciful. (Surat al-Hadid, 28)Obey Allah and the Messenger so that hopefully you will gain mercy. (Surah Al 'Imran, 132)... Allah has sent down a reminder to you, a Messenger reciting Allah's Clear Signs to you to bringthose who believe and do right actions out of the darkness into the Light. Whoever believes in Allahand acts rightly, We will admit him into Gardens with rivers flowing under them remaining in themtimelessly, for ever and ever. Allah has provided for him excellently! (Surat at-Talaq, 10-11)The reply of the believers when they are summoned to Allah and His Messenger so that he can judgebetween them, is to say, 'We hear and we obey.' They are ones who are successful. All who obeyAllah and His Messenger and have awe of Allah and heed Him, they are the ones who are victorious.(Surat an-Nur, 51-52)Children of Adam! If Messengers come to you from among yourselves, recounting My Signs to you,those who guard against evil and put things right, will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Surat al-A'raf, 35)Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger will be with those whom Allah has blessed: the Prophetsand the loyal persons, the martyrs and the righteous. What excellent company such people are!(Surat an-Nisa', 69)
 OBEDIENCE TO THE PROPHET ISOBEDIENCE TO ALLAH
Whoever obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah. If anyone turns away, we did not send you to themas their keeper. (Surat an-Nisa', 80)
 THE PROPHETS DID NOT ASK PEOPLEFOR ANY RECOMPENSE

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