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Was Muhammad a prophet like the prophets in the Bible?

In Islam the concept of prophecy is broader than in Judaism and Christianity. Muslims distinguish between “prophets” and “messengers,” to whom God gives a message for a community in book form. Unlike prophets, God's messengers are assured success by God. While all messengers are prophets, not all prophets are messengers. Prophets bring a specific message to a particular group of people. The word prophet is applied to Abraham, Noah, Joseph, and John the Baptist as well as nonbiblical prophets of Arabia like Hud and Salih. Messengers, on the other hand, bring a universal message to all peoples. The title Messenger is limited to the prophets Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, whose revelations were preserved in scriptural form.

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