In this book, we examined how some of Allah’s messengers communicated Allah’s message to the communities to which they were sent. The purpose is to remind readers of the moral excellence of these honourable messengers of Allah, and of the sincerity, effort and commitment they displayed in spreading the message, to refresh our respect and love for them and call attention to the importance of the issues they conveyed. Moreover, by remembering what these messengers communicated to their peoples, we are inclined to reconsider our deficiencies and errors and to atone for them. Indeed, all the information and stories related in the Qur’an are meant primarily for believers, so that they may learn lessons from them and reflect and thereby find the right path.
The life stories of the prophets furnish us today—as much as they did the people who lived in those times—with lessons in faith. In the future too, they will remain a source of guidance. Allah reminds this attribute of the Qur’an with the verse: “This Qur’an guides men to that which is most upright and gives the good news to the believers who do good works that they will have a rich reward.” (Surat al-Isra’, 9) For this reason, as is the case with every verse of the Qur’an, the life stories of messengers comprise information that “guide to the most upright way.” As is stated in our Lord’s address to our Prophet (saas), “… Allah has sent down the Book and Wisdom to you and taught you what you did not know before. Allah’s favour to you is indeed immense.” (Surat an-Nisa’, 113) This clarifies that every verse of the Qur’an contains “what one did not know before” and “guidance.”
This book calls for believers to see the divine purpose in the stories of the messengers, to ponder over them and to embrace them.