In the vast chronicles of human history, stories of superheroes have always captivated our imagination. Whether donned in capes or wielding incredible powers, these fictional characters embody the virtues we aspire to. Yet, in the realm of Islam, there exists a unique pantheon of heroes—our prophets. It is said that Allah Almighty sent 124,000 prophets to every nation on Earth to help people and guide them towards the right path, towards monotheism, towards Islam, towards Allah, and 25 of them are mentioned in the Holy Quran. These extraordinary individuals, chosen by Allah SWT, showed the power of God and helped people, performing miracles (by the will of Allah) that resonate through the ages. This article explores the profound concept of how our prophets are the superheroes we truly need, instead of fictional characters like Superman, Batman, and Spiderman, we have real-life superheroes in human history. We will be drawing inspiration from the miraculous stories of Abraham (Ibrahim A.S.), Moses (Musa A.S.), Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Joseph (Yusuf A.S.), Jesus (Isa A.S.), and Solomon (Sulaiman A.S.), Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon them all.
Abraham (Ibrahim A.S.): Rescued from the Furnace of Fire
In the biblical narrative, the story of Abraham (Ibrahim A.S.) being cast into a fiery furnace is well-known. However, in Islamic tradition, this event takes on a unique significance. Abraham (Ibrahim A.S.), chosen as a prophet by Allah, faced immense opposition from his own people for denouncing idolatry. When threatened with punishment, Abraham (PBUH)’s unwavering faith led to a miraculous intervention. Allah SWT commanded the fire to become cool and safe for Abraham (PBUH), turning a dire situation into a testament of divine protection.
قُلْنَا يَا نَارُ كُونِي بَرْدًا وَسَلَامًا عَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ
God says, “O fire, be coolness and safety upon Ibrahim” [Quran 21:69].
Moses (Musa A.S.): Parting the Red Sea
The Story of Prophet Moses (Musa A.S.) parting the Red Sea is one of the most iconic stories in religious history. Faced with the relentless pursuit of Pharaoh’s army, Moses (PBUH), under divine guidance, raised his staff, causing the sea to miraculously split into two, allowing the Children of Israel (Bani Israel) to cross safely. This awe-inspiring event symbolizes the power of faith and the triumph of good over evil. The divine intervention showcased in the parting of the Red Sea serves as a reminder that Allah’s help comes in the most unexpected and miraculous forms.
فَاَوۡحَيۡنَاۤ اِلٰى مُوۡسٰٓى اَنِ اضۡرِبْ بِّعَصَاكَ الۡبَحۡرَؕ فَانْفَلَقَ فَكَانَ كُلُّ فِرۡقٍ كَالطَّوۡدِ الۡعَظِيۡمِۚ
Then We revealed to Moses, (commanding him): “Strike the sea with your rod.” Thereupon the sea split up, and then each became like the mass of a huge mount. [Quran 26:63]
Prophet Muhammad (SAW): The Moon Splitting Miracle
Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the final messenger of Islam, was also granted miracles, one of the most astonishing being the splitting of the moon. This event, recorded in the Quran, occurred when the Meccans challenged Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to provide a sign of his prophethood. In response, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) supplicated to Allah, and miraculously, the moon split into two distinct halves, visible to the astonished onlookers. This supernatural occurrence affirmed the legitimacy of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)’s mission and serves as a powerful symbol of Allah’s authority over the heavens and the earth.
ٱقْتَرَبَتِ ٱلسَّاعَةُ وَٱنشَقَّ ٱلْقَمَرُ
The Hour has drawn near and the moon was split ˹in two˺. [Quran 54:1]
Joseph (Yusuf A.S.): Interpreter of Dreams
The story of Prophet Yusuf A.S., known for his exceptional beauty and unwavering faith, also highlights his ability to interpret dreams. While imprisoned in Egypt, Yusuf A.S. gained fame for deciphering the dreams of fellow inmates, including those of the king. His unparalleled skill in interpreting dreams ultimately led to his appointment as the chief minister of Egypt. This miraculous talent underscores the importance of divine guidance in navigating life’s challenges and uncertainties.
وَكَذَٰلِكَ يَجْتَبِيكَ رَبُّكَ وَيُعَلِّمُكَ مِن تَأْوِيلِ ٱلْأَحَادِيثِ وَيُتِمُّ نِعْمَتَهُۥ عَلَيْكَ وَعَلَىٰٓ ءَالِ يَعْقُوبَ كَمَآ أَتَمَّهَا عَلَىٰٓ أَبَوَيْكَ مِن قَبْلُ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ وَإِسْحَـٰقَ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌۭ
And so will your Lord choose you ˹O Joseph˺, and teach you the interpretation of dreams, and perfect His favour upon you and the descendants of Jacob—˹just˺ as He once perfected it upon your forefathers, Abraham and Isaac. Surely your Lord is All-Knowing, All-Wise. [Quran 12:6]
Jesus (Isa A.S.): Healing the Sick and Raising the Dead
In the Islamic tradition, Jesus (Isa A.S.) is revered as a prophet and a messenger of Allah. One of his most extraordinary miracles was the ability to heal the sick and even bring the dead back to life. The Quran narrates instances where Jesus (PBUH), with Allah’s permission, cured the blind and lepers, showcasing divine compassion and mercy. The resurrection of the dead, such as the raising of Lazarus, serves as a powerful testament to the limitless power of Allah and Jesus serving as a great messenger and prophet of Allah.
وَرَسُولًا إِلَىٰ بَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ أَنِّى قَدْ جِئْتُكُم بِـَٔايَةٍۢ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ ۖ أَنِّىٓ أَخْلُقُ لَكُم مِّنَ ٱلطِّينِ كَهَيْـَٔةِ ٱلطَّيْرِ فَأَنفُخُ فِيهِ فَيَكُونُ طَيْرًۢا بِإِذْنِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ وَأُبْرِئُ ٱلْأَكْمَهَ وَٱلْأَبْرَصَ وَأُحْىِ ٱلْمَوْتَىٰ بِإِذْنِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ وَأُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا تَأْكُلُونَ وَمَا تَدَّخِرُونَ فِى بُيُوتِكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَـَٔايَةًۭ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ
Solomon (Sulaiman A.S.): Communicating with Animals and Controlling Jinns
Prophet Solomon (Sulaiman A.S.), known for his wisdom and just rule, was also blessed with extraordinary powers. Among these was his ability to communicate with animals and control jinns (supernatural beings). The Quran describes how birds and animals would assemble at Solomon (PBUH)’s command, and he could understand their language. Additionally, his control over the jinns enabled him to accomplish monumental tasks, such as the construction of the grand Temple of Solomon. These supernatural abilities highlight the diverse nature of the miracles granted to prophets by Allah, each serving a unique purpose in fulfilling their divine mission.
The Role of Prophets as Role Models and Heroes:
Beyond their miraculous feats, the prophets in Islam serve as unparalleled role models for humanity, and heroes of real world. Their lives exemplify unwavering faith, resilience in the face of adversity, and an unyielding commitment to conveying the message of monotheism. In a world fraught with challenges, the prophets provide a blueprint for righteous living, encouraging believers to emulate their virtues.
The Saving Grace: Rescuing People from Sin and Idolatry
While comic book superheroes often save the day by thwarting physical threats, the prophets in Islam embarked on a mission to rescue people from the shackles of spiritual darkness. Abraham (PBUH)’s defiance of idolatry, Moses (PBUH) liberating the Children of Israel from the clutches of Pharaoh, and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) guiding humanity towards monotheism—all these narratives underline the prophets’ role as saviors from the perils of sin, polytheism, and idolatry.
Conclusion: Our Prophets are the Superheroes
In a world enraptured by fictional superheroes, the stories of Islamic prophets stand as an unparalleled source of inspiration. These figures, blessed with extraordinary powers of miracles by Allah, serve as the embodiment of virtue, courage, and unwavering faith. Abraham (PBUH)’s divine protection from the fiery fire, Moses (PBUH) parting the Red Sea, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) splitting the moon, Yusuf (PBUH) interpreting dreams, Jesus (PBUH) healing the sick, and Solomon (PBUH)’s dominion over animals and jinns—all these stories converge to form a rich tapestry of divine intervention and guidance.
Our prophets are the superheroes we truly need, not just for the miraculous feats they performed but for the timeless lessons embedded in their lives. As believers reflect on these narratives, they find solace, inspiration, and a call to emulate the virtues that define true heroism in the eyes of Allah. The legacy of our prophets continues to illuminate the path of righteousness, guiding humanity from the darkness of ignorance to the light of divine guidance. In their stories, we discover the ultimate superheroes—chosen by Allah, equipped with extraordinary powers, and devoted to saving humanity from the pitfalls of spiritual peril.
So, even in the modern times, our Prophets are the Superheroes we should really look upto and aim to become like them. Read more Islamic Blogs or Follow us on social media for daily Islamic reminders.