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All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. [Muhammad's Last Sermon]
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Prophets and Messengers

If a human being realises that all things in the Universe, including humanity, are created matter created by a Creator that still does not explain how to live our lives.

Across the centuries and continents, human beings show a consistent instinctual characteristic to worship and revere something else. Some people revere the earth itself, others construct artificial idols as a focus for their worship. Historically, this latter form of religion revolved around idol worship, but in modern times we have seen other men form the focus for worship the rich and famous, the Communist party, Marx or Lenin.
Realising that all things have been created does not solve how one worships the Creator or indeed, whether or not the Creator would like people to live their lives in a certain way.

Without any guidelines people would have differing views of how to live and how to worship; differing views of whats good and bad, right or wrong. That, history tells us, proves a recipe for conflict as one persons views conflict with another.

So, we can see there is a need for guidance from the Creator, and a need for guides. These are prophets and messengers sent throughout history to guide humanity.

There were many such prophets and messengers sent to different peoples at different times. Some are known to us from the Quran and include most of those known to Jews and Christians as well. These include:

Adam (Adam) Nuh (Noah)
Ibrahim (Abraham)
Lut (Lot)
Ismail (Ishmael)
Ishaq (Isaac)
Yaqub (Jacob)
Yusuf (Joseph)
Musa (Moses)
Harun (Aaron) Dawud (David) Sulayman (Solomon)
Zakariyya (Zechariah) Yahya (John the Baptist)
Isa (Jesus)

Muslims ask for Gods Peace and Blessings to be sent upon all the prophets and make no distinction between them in terms of conviction and respect.

The Prophet Muhammad was the last in this long line, and distinguished by the fact that the message he brought was not for one tribe, nor one time, but the last and final testament for the whole of humanity. The nature of the message he brought was such that it covers all manner of human problems, and could be applied to the new and emerging realities over the coming centuries.

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