Stories of the Prophets in the Quran

17 December, 2016
Q Hi, I'm a Christian, but have also read part of the Quran. I read the elucidation on the origin of the Quran, which say that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet by God. But when I compare its contents with the Bible, then most of them are the same, the figures, the events, etc. But why then have the stories on Moses, Noah, Abraham, David, Jesus etc., since they have been well known to the Mediterranean world already for 600 years, before Islam? And, even, the Old Testament stories some hundreds years more? How should one regard this problem correctly? Could you guys please help him. Thank you.

Answer

Salam (Peace) Dear Sister,

Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question.
The stories of the Prophets have universal appeal, as they were chosen by God, as examples for humankind. However, in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, the lives of the prophets were gravely distorted. Lies were told about them to such an extent that they were no longer examples of righteousness, but examples of corruption! 

For example, Prophet Lot is portrayed as having become drunk with his daughters and committing incest with them! Prophet David is portrayed as lusting after a man’s wife, committing adultery with her, and sending her husband off to the front lines of the battle to be killed!

As for Prophet Solomon, he is portrayed as worshiping idols in his old age!!! Of course stories about Jesus, being God or the son of God, were woven into accounts called “gospels” and attributed to Jesus’ disciples. Consequently, the Quran cleared up these lies and elevated the prophets back to their proper status. 

Thus, the Quran relayed the basic message of all prophets, in the most simple and clear terms: Worship God alone and do not worship false gods.

It should also be noted that the Quran only mentions the key points of the lives of the prophets, wherein there are moral lessons to be learned. So, their stories in the Quran focus on the spiritual message and do not get bogged down with unnecessary details.

I advise you to compare, for example, the story of Joseph in both the Quran and the Bible. 

I hope this helps answer your question.

Salam and please keep in touch.

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