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John: A Prophet of Islam

Amongst the 25 Prophets mentioned by God in the Quran, one name is Prophet John (peace be upon him). In Arabic, his name is Yahya. He is also a Prophet who figures prominently in Christianity, where he is known as John the Baptist. His story in the Christian tradition is described in Bible Luke 1:5-22.

In Islam, belief in all of Allah's Prophets is a fundamental article of faith. A person who denies belief in any of the Prophets, be it Jesus (peace be upon him) Moses (peace be upon him), or any of the others leaves the fold of Islam.

His miraculous birth

Prophet Jesus was not the only Prophet who was born miraculously. By miraculous, we mean outside of the normal process of human reproduction Allah has ordained which requires a man and a woman to conceive a child. In the case of Jesus, this meant being born of a mother but no father.

But Prophet Adam (peace be upon him)'s birth was even more miraculous in this sense since he was created with no mother or father. Similarly, Hawwa or Eve (may Allah be pleased with her) was created from a man, her husband, and no parents.

The birth of Prophet John is miraculous because he is the offspring of a barren mother and an elderly father. His father, it should be noted, was also a Prophet named Zecheriah.

"'Zecheriah, We bring you the good news of the birth of a son whose name shall be John, one whose namesake We never created before.' He said: ‘My Lord! How can I have a boy when my wife is barren and I have reached an extremely old age?' He answered: ‘So shall it be.' Your Lord says: ‘It is easy for Me', and then added: ‘For beyond doubt, I created you earlier when you were nothing' (Quran 19:7-9).

"Zecheriah exclaimed: ‘My Lord! How shall I have a son when old age has overtaken me and my wife is barren?' He said: ‘Thus shall it be; Allah does what He wills'"(Quran 3:40).

With the birth of John, Allah granted Zecheriah his desire for an heir.

"And We bestowed favor upon Zecheriah, when he cried to his Lord: ‘Lord! Leave me not solitary [without any issue]. You are the best Inheritor.' So We accepted his prayer and bestowed upon him John, and We made his wife fit (to bear a child). Verily they hastened in doing good works and called upon Us with longing and fear, and humbled themselves to Us" (Quran 21:89-90).

The beautiful qualities of John

Allah did not just miraculously grant Zecheriah a son. He made this child a blessing for his parents and beautiful in character. Prophet John is described in the Quran as chaste and righteous.

"Then Zecheriah prayed to his Lord: ‘O Lord! Grant me from Yourself out of Your grace the gift of a goodly offspring, for indeed You alone heed all Prayers. As he stood praying in the sanctuary, the angels called out to him: ‘Allah gives you good tidings of John, who shall confirm a command of Allah, shall be outstanding among men, utterly chaste, and a Prophet from among the righteous" (Quran 3:38-39).

"'O John! Hold fast the Book with all your strength. We had bestowed wisdom upon him while he was still a child; and We also endowed him with tenderness and purity; and he was exceedingly pious and cherishing to his parents. Never was he insolent or rebellious. Peace be upon him, the day he was born, and the day he will die, and the day he will be raised up alive. (Quran 19: 12-15).

Part of a line of honored Prophets

Finally, as mentioned above, Prophet John is one of the Prophets Muslims must believe in. He is one of the 25 mentioned in the Quran.

"And We bestowed upon Abraham (offspring) Isaac and Jacob and each of them did We guide to the right way as We had earlier guided Noah to the right way; and (of his descendants We guided) David and Solomon, Job, Joseph, Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward those who do good. (And of his descendants We guided) Zecheriah, John, Jesus and Elias: each one of them was of the righteous." (Quran 6:84-85).



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Gil, Mastic ny - wrote on 4/1/2012 1:12:45 PM
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Comment: If you believe in Jesus Christ and you say that he is a prophet of God then why do you not believe his words. Answer this: Jesus said I AM which means he is God. In the old testament if you claimed to be God they would have stoned you, so why wasn't Jesus stoned?


Shawnz, Singapore - wrote on 4/15/2011 12:04:40 PM
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Comment: Very excellent article... Would appreciate a christian version for easy comparison though... Nonetheless... the truth of John the Baptist


Shawnz, Singapore - wrote on 4/15/2011 12:04:13 PM
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Comment: Very excellent article... Would appreciate a christian version for easy comparison though... Nonetheless... the truth of John the Baptist


Shawnz, Singapore - wrote on 4/15/2011 12:03:52 PM
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Comment: Very excellent article... Would appreciate a christian version for easy comparison though... Nonetheless... the truth of John the Baptist


Saira, UK - wrote on 1/20/2011 4:49:20 AM
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Comment: Can any one please explain to me what the prophet John (the baptist) did in islam?


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Comment: I was born, raised in a strong Christian home. I have struggled with many Christion concest. For the last month I have been absolole to write a book. I raised my family in the Middle East. The book is Fabalous beyond believe. It is GOd Inspired, I am looking for help in writhin, edition. PLEASE HAVE SOME ONE CALL ME. wHY i WAS LOOIKING FOR A cHRISTION aUTHOR. NO hUDELA gIVE GOD ALLT HE CREDIT. PLEASE EXCUSE MY SPELLING OR AMERFICANION OF ARABIC WORDS. i SPEEK FLUEST ARABIC. i WANT A MUSLIM AURTEHO. cHRISTIANTY IS LOOING THE BATTLE. iT CANNOT KEEP UP. i WANT THTE BOOD TO FORM A DEEP BOOK BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND CHRITION. i WAS ASKED TO SPEAK TO A LARGE CHURCH. HELLO !!!i READ 10 EXCERPTS FROM THE KORAM. I SAID...WHERE DID THAT COME FROM...ANSER THE BIBLE OH HOW SWEET. AMERICA HAS TO BE MORE UNDERSTANDING THE 2ND LARGEST RELIGHION THE WORLD. PLEAST CALLME. A EMAIN IS GREAT...INEED OT TALK TO SOME ONE. THE BOOK IS INCREDIBLE..TRUST ME. DO I BELIEVE THIS COULD HIT MARKET BEFOR CHRISTMAN AND BE NO1 BEST SELLAR CALLME bATON rOUGE, lOUISIANA 225 620 4237 IT IS 12:11 pM..i ANSIOUSLY AWAIT YOUR CALL.I WILL PAY FOR CALL. CALL I AWAIT BY THE PHONE. WILL NOT SEARCH FOR CHRISTIAM AURTHOR. FOR NEST 12 HOURS


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Comment: I was born, raised in a strong Christian home. I have struggled with many Christion concest. For the last month I have been absolole to write a book. I raised my family in the Middle East. The book is Fabalous beyond believe. It is GOd Inspired, I am looking for help in writhin, edition. PLEASE HAVE SOME ONE CALL ME. wHY i WAS LOOIKING FOR A cHRISTION aUTHOR. NO hUDELA gIVE GOD ALLT HE CREDIT. PLEASE EXCUSE MY SPELLING OR AMERFICANION OF ARABIC WORDS. i SPEEK FLUEST ARABIC. i WANT A MUSLIM AURTEHO. cHRISTIANTY IS LOOING THE BATTLE. iT CANNOT KEEP UP. i WANT THTE BOOD TO FORM A DEEP BOOK BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND CHRITION. i WAS ASKED TO SPEAK TO A LARGE CHURCH. HELLO !!!i READ 10 EXCERPTS FROM THE KORAM. I SAID...WHERE DID THAT COME FROM...ANSER THE BIBLE OH HOW SWEET. AMERICA HAS TO BE MORE UNDERSTANDING THE 2ND LARGEST RELIGHION THE WORLD. PLEAST CALLME. A EMAIN IS GREAT...INEED OT TALK TO SOME ONE. THE BOOK IS INCREDIBLE..TRUST ME. DO I BELIEVE THIS COULD HIT MARKET BEFOR CHRISTMAN AND BE NO1 BEST SELLAR CALLME bATON rOUGE, lOUISIANA 225 620 4237 IT IS 12:11 pM..i ANSIOUSLY AWAIT YOUR CALL.I WILL PAY FOR CALL. CALL I AWAIT BY THE PHONE. WILL NOT SEARCH FOR CHRISTIAM AURTHOR. FOR NEST 12 HOURS


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