56 Important Muslim Prophet Names, Meanings And Inspiration

Abhijeet Modi
Feb 16, 2024 By Abhijeet Modi
Originally Published on Oct 08, 2022
The Prophet's Mosque (Al-Masjid an-Nabawi).
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A prophet is an individual who is regarded as a messenger sent by a divine being or God to serve humanity.

He is a person who speaks for God and delivers messages from the divine being to humans. Religiously, it is said that God has sent prophets to liberate humanity from ignorance and darkness and teach that God is one.

It is said that the prophets of Islam are a connection between Allah and humankind, and they preach that one must walk on the path of righteousness. All the prophets received the same message from God. In Islam, all prophets are considered equal and Islamic teachings preach that God is one.

Some of the most well-known prophet names related to Islamic behaviors are Yusuf, Joseph, Ishmael, Ishaq, Isaac, Moses, Harun, Aaron, Idris, Enoch, Nuh, Elisha, Yunus, Jonah, Dawud, David, Abraham, Ismail, Noah, Hud, and Adam.

Prophets of Islam have an important role to play in the Islamic culture as their teachings are highly revered by followers. These teachings act as guidelines for the followers of Islam as a way to lead their life and how to behave with others. It is therefore extremely important to know all about the prophets of Islam. Here are some of the most well-known prophets of Islam who have taught human beings some extremely important lessons about humanity.

Muslim Prophet Names In English With Meanings

There are 25 important prophets mentioned in the Holy Quran. An important thing to remember here is that all messengers mentioned in Quran are also prophets but all prophets are not messengers. The prominent names include Dawud, David, Abraham, Ismail, Noah, Hud, and John the Baptist (ISA).

Here are some more well-known 25 Muslim prophet names in English along with their meanings.

Adam (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘the son of the red Earth’, was the first prophet and messenger and also the father of all humankind.

Ayyub (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘a prophet’, was a prophet who was immensely blessed by Allah and was also a community leader.

Dawood (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘beloved’, is considered Israel’s greatest king who unified the tribes of Israel.

Elisha (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘God is my salvation', was the successor to the prophet Iliyas and was also known as, ‘a prophet of Grace’.

Harun (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘warrior lion’, was the younger brother of Moses and was also a gifted speaker who would always speak for Musa.

Hud (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘the one who asks forgiveness’, is said to be the descendant of the prophet Noah, and was sent to preach to the people of the 'Ad' tribe.

Ibrahim (Hebrew/Welsh/Arabic origins), meaning, ‘father of many ’, is believed to be the builder of Kaaba.

Idris (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘dedicated and profound', also known as Enoch, was the first man to introduce reading and writing to mankind.

Iliyas (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘the lord is my God’, was a prophet and a messenger of God.

Isa (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘God is my oath’, also called Jesus in the Holy Bible, was said to be sent by Allah to guide the children of Israel.

Ishaq (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘laughter’, was the son of the prophet Ibrahim and Sarah, he is also the one who continued to spread the message of Allah after the death of his father.

Ishmael (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘God listens’, was the son of the prophet Ibrahim and he was associated with the construction of Kaaba and Mecca.

Jethro (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘overflow’, was the priest of Midian and the father-in-law of Moses, he was also known as the eloquent preacher among the prophets.

Lut (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘a prophet’, was related to the prophet Ibrahim and was sent to preach to the people of Lot.

Muhammad (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘praised’, was the prophet who was divinely inspired to preach and confirm the monotheistic teachings and it is believed that Allah narrated the Quran to Muhammad through the archangel Gabriel.

Musa (Hebrew/Latin origin), meaning, ‘drawn out of water ’, is the most important prophet in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and was the one who led the people of Isreal out of slavery from Eygpt.

Noah (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘rest or repose’ was a prophet, messenger, and also an arch prophet, who was charged by Allah to preach to the people advising them to abandon idolatry.

Saleh (Arabic origin), meaning, 'pious', was a camel breeder and was sent to prophesize to the tribe of Thamud in ancient Arabia.

Solomon (Aramaic origin), meaning, 'the man of peace', is known for being a prophet and the king of Israel.

Yahya (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘God is gracious’, was also known as John the Baptist (ISA) in English who came to confirm the word of God.

Yaqub (Hebrew/Syriac origin), meaning, ‘he who supplants’, was the son of Prophet Issac known for following the footsteps of his grandfather and father.

Yunus (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘peaceful being’ or ‘dove’, was a prophet and messenger of God sent to Nineveh, an ancient town in current-day Iraq to deliver Allah’s messages.

Yusuf (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘God increases’, had a talent for interpreting dreams.

Zechariah (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘God remembers’, was the righteous priest and the prophet of God.

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Muslim Prophet Wife Names

Women mentioned in Quran are mostly the wives or the mothers of prophets. They hold a high degree of respect and independence. The Islamic faith states that in the eyes of God, both men and women are equal. Allah has created Hawa from Adam’s rib to be his companion. Given below, we have mentioned some names of the wives of prophets mentioned in the Quran.

Aisha (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘life’, was the wife of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Bilquis (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘the queen of Sheba,' was the wife of the prophet Solomon.

Hafsa (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘lioness’, was the daughter of Umar and the wife of the prophet Muhammad.

Hajira (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘the one who migrates’, also known as Hagar, is the second wife of the prophet Ibrahim and the mother of his first son Ishmael.

Hawa (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘the mother of mankind’, also known as Eve, was the wife of the prophet Adam.

Khadijah (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘trustworthy’, was the first wife of the prophet Muhammad.

Layyah (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘flexure’, was the wife of the prophet Yaqub.

Maria (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘a lady with fair complexion’, was the wife of the prophet Muhammad.

Maymuna (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘good tidings’, was the wife of the prophet Muhammad.

Rahima (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘compassion’, was the wife of the prophet Ayyub.

Safiya (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘pure’, was the wife of the prophet Muhammad.

Sarah (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘noble woman’ or ‘princess’, was the wife of the prophet Ibrahim and mother of the prophet Ishaq.

Sawdah (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘wife of a prophet’, was the wife of the prophet Muhammad.

Zaynab (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘fragrant flower’, was the first cousin and the wife of the prophet Muhammad.

Zubaida (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘essence’, was the wife of the prophet Harun.

Muslim Male Prophet Names

It is said that Allah chose many people as prophets. Although 25 names have been mentioned in the Quran, some believe that there are as many as 1,24,000. However, the names of all the 1,24,000 prophets are not available. Here are the names of some figures whose prophethood is still debated.

Daniyal (Persian origin), meaning, ‘intellectual’, also known as Daniel, is a prophet according to Shia Muslim ‘hadith’.

Ezekiel (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘God will strengthen’, is considered a prophet by a few Muslim scholars.

Ezra (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘helper’, also known as Uzair, is considered a prophet by some Islamic scholars.

Maryam (Aramaic origin), meaning, ‘beloved’, is considered a messenger and a prophetess by some people as God sent her a message through an angel and she was the receptacle of many divine miracles.

Seth (Hebrew origin), meaning, ‘appointed’, was the third son of Adam and Hawa. His name was not mentioned in Quran but was mentioned in Hadith that he was the son of Adam.

Baby Names Meaning Prophet

Names are a very crucial part of our lives. Our name reflects our nature and personality. One of the most important duties of a parent is to name their child something unique and meaningful. Here in this list, you will find some names which mean prophet to name your baby boys! 

Abu Bakr (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘father of a young camel’, was the companion of the prophet Muhammad, a name given to baby boys.

Ahmad (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘praiseworthy’, is an alternative name for the prophet Muhammad.

Ali (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘champion’, was a companion of the prophet Muhammad.

Basheer (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘the one who brings good news ’, is a male name.

Hamid (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘praiseworthy’, is a masculine name.

Imran (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘strength of Allah’, is a masculine name.

Mustafa (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘chosen’, is also one of the names of the prophet Muhammad.

Nabi (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘prophet’, is a masculine name.

Owais (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘companion’, was a companion of Prophet Muhammad.

Rahim (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘merciful’, is one of the names of Allah in Islam and is a masculine name.

Umar (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘wealthy’, was a companion of the prophet Muhammad.

Zubair (Arabic origin), meaning, ‘brave’, was the companion of the prophet Muhammad.

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Written by Abhijeet Modi

Master of Computer Science

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Abhijeet ModiMaster of Computer Science

An experienced and innovative entrepreneur and creative writer, Abhijeet holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Application from Birla Institute of Technology, Jaipur. He co-founded an e-commerce website while developing his skills in content writing, making him an expert in creating blog posts, website content, product descriptions, landing pages, and editing articles. Passionate about pushing his limits, Abhijeet brings both technical expertise and creative flair to his work.

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