Someone sent me this question:
لماذا ذكر الله جزء من الأنبياء ولم يذكرهم كلهم في القرآن؟
ماهي الحكمة من ذلك؟
Why did Allah only mention some prophets and not all of them in the Quran. What’s the wisdom in doing so?

Allah knows best but I personally think the answer is quite simple. The Quran is not a book of history. Take a step back and observe that even the handful of prophets that are mentioned have been spoken about in brief without exhaustive biographies. The surahs of the Quran have the purpose of offering us lasting guidance, counsel, reminder and wisdom. Everything mentioned serves that purpose and everything omitted is because it doesn’t serve that purpose. Surah 26 is a great example to think about. Prophet after prophet is mentioned that belongs to different regions and generations, separated by miles and centuries and yet echo the same message. فاتقوا الله وأطيعون. This drives home the point that the essential divine message has remained consistent throughout societies, cultures and generations from the tongues of all the inspired prophets. They didn’t know one another and in many cases didn’t even share the same language yet their message was the same. Allah Himself tells us that He deliberately didn’t mention all prophets. That is by divine design:

Holy Quran 4:164
وَرُسُلًا قَدْ قَصَصْنَاهُمْ عَلَيْكَ مِن قَبْلُ وَرُسُلًا لَّمْ نَقْصُصْهُمْ عَلَيْكَ ۚ وَكَلَّمَ اللَّهُ مُوسَىٰ تَكْلِيمًا

Oh man if I could geek out and tell you about the مشغول عنه in this ayah I’d be telling you about the منصوب beginning then reiterated in the ضمير متصل which emphasizes the مفعول به twice, thus communicating not just that “there are messengers We have narrated about to you already (oh prophet s) but actually that these were incredible, remarkable, noteworthy, attention deserving messengers! The grammatical style of the ayah is very loud and clear that the messengers that have been mentioned and more importantly what has been mentioned about them is of colossal importance. The ayah then goes on to finish the point about amazing prophets who are no less valuable who have not been mentioned. The same grammatical form المشغول عنه is used for them. This is Allah’s way of telling us that just because they’re not mentioned in the Quran doesn’t mean they’re not valuable. And of course my favorite part of this whole ayah is its conclusion that Allah engaged Musa (as) in great conversation! Quranic Hint, make a big deal out of the study of the narrative of Musa (as) in the Quran!

Bottom line: خذ ما طف لك. Old Arab saying that means focus on what you have before you. Too often we’re interested not in what Allah did say but rather what He didn’t say. What was the ministers wife’s name in the story of Yousuf. What color dog was the dog in the story of the cave? Is ZulQarnain Persian? If Allah wanted your attention on that stuff, He’d tell you. How about we focus on what He did say because I guarantee its wisdom and value has not been exhausted.

Ok bye.

So you guys have asked some heavy questions tonight. I don’t know if I have all the answers. But I think that these are worth the conversation.

Thanks to the wonderful audience in the Hague for an insightful evening. Learned a lot from you all and I’m taking stock of your questions and comments many of which have been nothing short of eye-opening. I’ll go on fb live around 12 AM tonight (UK time 11 pm, 6pm EST), to talk about some of your questions for a few minutes. And if any of you have anything to ask, just send your questions in via the comments section below. I hope to catch you then.

Asalamu alaikum.

The crowd is gathering here in The Hague.
I’m excited to be able to share the Story of Musa AS with you all. I hope we can all mutually benefit.

I’ve arrived in the city of Den Hague, as my European tour continues today this time in the country of The Netherlands. An interesting fact for you that I learnt earlier about this country is that there are more are more bicycles than residents! Amazing.
For those of you coming tonight, I look forward to seeing you in a short while!

Thank you Antwerp for a wonderful evening. Meeting so many of you with your questions, insights, suggestions, prayers and of course smiles was invaluable. I’m learning a lot during this tour about your personal struggles. Please know that you’re in my prayers and I’m going to do my best to take your concerns and go back to Allah’s book for insights that would hopefully help.

Last night was a truly unique experience. I requested my hosts in Berlin to take me and my sisters to the neighborhood we were born in. We went to the apartment building my parents lived in and where they raised me till the age of six. It was surreal. I haven’t seen this place except in fragmented images retained in my childhood memory for nearly 34 years (yup nearly 40. I’m old). That pic is the entry to the building. I remember being too short to reach those buttons. I wanted to press all of them. (Even now).

We FaceTimed my mom from the park in front of our apartment building.
“Mom guess where we are”. I thought I’d have to explain myself and tell her so it would jog her memory. Silly me. My mother in an instant transported back 35 years and gave me a complete walkthrough of where I was standing. Where she used to sit when I splashed in the water park. Directions to the grocery store (they’ve expanded since, good for them). I turned the camera to the outside of our once 2nd floor apartment. She said, “that’s my balcony, that’s my kitchen window, that’s my bedroom window!”

I could hear the intensity of emotion she was experiencing in her voice. I could tell the memory of her father passing around the same time she was too late in her pregnancy to travel with me in her womb and my dad being sick to the point of hospitalization himself was flashing through her mind.

The rest of that evening I spent contemplating this experience and what it was making me feel.

I want to dedicate this post to my parents and all the parents out there who left their homeland and raised their kids in a society alien to their own culture. May be what I write below resonates with you and may be it doesn’t. I will dedicate another post to children of abusive parents because that is an under addressed issue in our communities and cultures. But this one is for my parents who I can never thank Allah enough for.

You worked hard. You withstood feeling like an outsider and often being made to feel like one, many times the object of ridicule, missing your friends, family, laughs and comforts. You compromised your lives for us. You took your life savings and dedicated them to our living, our education and our happiness. You gave us love when you felt none from the outside world. You were our shelter when you felt exposed and vulnerable yourselves. You taught us the value of hard work. You cried in silence when your loved ones passed and you couldn’t go back home to see them. You sheltered us even from your own pain. You were our pillars even as you crumbled inside.

My siblings and I never really got to call a single country our homeland. Germany was home until it wasn’t. Pakistan was home for 6 months and we left for Saudi. That was home until the first gulf war. Pakistan was home again for nothing more than a year. America has been home since. But all this time growing up we knew as your kids that we had to pack our bags and leave some day. No place was home for life. But you, you became our homeland. You are now retired, past your prime, and though us adult kids of yours might live under the delusion that we now take care of you, the truth is that your heartfelt prayers take care of us. You live in a land now where you’re the one with the foreign accents and we your kids speak the local language better than you. But we won’t forget that if not for you, we wouldn’t be able to say a single word. For those of you out there that have had the blessing of parents who have provided for you and have cared for you, just know that all of their imperfections combined aren’t even an ounce compared to the mountains you owe them.

We are nothing without you and we can’t ever pay you back for what you’ve done for us. We are sorry for the times we raised our voice, when we made you angry and sad. For all the times we made you feel less important, dismissed and disrespected. We love you, we honor you and we hope we do right by you so long as we live. In Islam, the highest level of excellence anyone can attain is called Ihsan. The best prayer is a prayer with ihsan. The best hajj is a hajj with ihsan. The best charity is a charity with ihsan. Yet when it comes to you, Allah honored you by making Ihsan not the highest, but the minimum standard of conduct. The least we better show you is Ihsan! We pray you forgive us and that we earn your life long prayers with our ihsan dedicated to you. Love you Mama and Papa.

Ok bye.

Answering your questions live now

Alhamdullilah just finished the first Story Night in the UK, really awesome to see so many of you come out and be part of what was a beautiful evening.

With just around under an hour until going live on Facebook, I’d like to try and answer some of the questions you have.

Comment below or message them over and I’ll hopefully get around to answering some of them.

For those of you not in London, I want to specially invite you to tune in, tonight on Facebook around 12am UK time, 7pm EST time, where I’ll be live talking about and answering some of the questions you guys have asked me.

I hope to catch you then. Make sure you share with your family and friends.

I’m on the way to the Edmonton Islamic Centre for tonight’s Story Night. Really excited to be in London and share the lessons I’ve learned regarding the story of Musa AS.

Remember, tonight’s event is part of a 10 city European tour. You can see if I’m coming to a see near you by checking this link:

Story Night – Miracles

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Grey skies?
It can only mean London.

Alhamdulillah, grateful to be here for the first leg of Story Night in the UK.
I’ll be sharing moments from the night on my Instagram ( and Facebook, as the evening progresses.

Also, I have a special invitation for you all that I’ll be sharing later. So make sure you stay tuned in.

Look forward to seeing some of you in a few hours!

These are surahs that by Prophetic advice, we are told to recite every night for our own protection.

I’m hoping to share some powerful lessons embedded within Surah An-Nas and Surah Al-Falaq to help myself and you.

Come Jon me and let’s pray that Allah accepts our gathering as one in service to his book.

This was taken earlier during a meeting with publishers.

Almost 10,000 copies of the book are being bought a month. That’s crazy.

Really feeling the love here in Turkey.

I’ve got some great news to share with you.
I will be going live exclusively on Facebook tonight, around 10 pm UK time, 5pm EST time, to talk about the gems and guidance found in Surah An-Nas and Surah Al-Falaq. So make sure you tune in tonight.
Don’t forget to let your family and friends know too.

As salamu alaikum. Alhamdullilah I’ve arrived in Istanbul for the first leg of my European tour.
Follow my Instagram (@Noumanbayyinah – and my Facebook throughout the day to see exclusive behind the scenes footage of what I get up to, and I’ll also be revealing something that can’t be missed. Stay tuned!

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As part of my preparation for this tour, I’m studying some very interesting research on the miracles that were given to Musa AS, which the Quran refers to as “nine clear signs”. The Qurans depiction of these miraculous events is different from what is described in the Bible in many ways and the comparison and contrast is fascinating. Someone once asked me how it’s of any practical benefit to us knowing about these things that happened thousands of years ago. It’s not like we are experiencing them, right? That’s one of the questions I hope to explore in my tour.

On another note the deeper I dive into this story, the more I realize how timelessly relevant each of its details are. I’m eager to share lessons I’ve learned with you when I see many of you at story Night events in the UK and across Europe إن شاء الله. In the meantime I’d love to hear your insights and favorite snippets from the story of Musa AS. Those of you who don’t know about the events, maybe one of them is near you and you might be able to attend. Check this link:

Story Night – Miracles

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