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10. Prophet Yaqub (AS)


Yaqub was born to Ishaq (Isaac), and was thus the grandson of Ibrahim (Abraham). Like his father and grandfather he was a prophet of Allah (God) who preached the oneness of Allah (God). Yaqub (Jacob) had twelve sons and a daughter. His sons would go on to father the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Among his sons was another prophet named Yousuf (Joseph).

Yaqub(Jacob) is also known as Israel and his people (Israelites) are known as Bani Israel (Children of Israel) and mentioned in the Quran at several places.

Rather than calling oneself christian or Jew, one should follow the legacy set by Ibrahim and his sons. The Qur'an stresses that worshiping and bowing to the one true God (Allah) was the main legacy of Yaqub (Jacob) and his fathers. The Qur'an states that salvation hinges upon this legacy rather than being Jew or Christian

[2:136] Say (O Muslims): "We believe in Allah and that which has been sent down to us and that which had been sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and to Al Asbat (the twelve sons of Jacob), and that which has been given to Moses and Jesus and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islam)."

[2:132] And this was the Legacy that Ibrahim left to his sons, and so did Ya'qub; "O my sons! Allah hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in the state of submission (to Allah).

[2:133] Were ye witnesses when Death appeared before Ya'qub? Behold he said to his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship thy God and the God of thy fathers, - of Ibrahim, Isma'il and Ishaq, - the One (True) God: to Him we bow (in Islam)."

[2:134] That was a People that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did, and ye of what ye do! Of their merits there is no question in your case!

[2:135] They say: "Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided (to salvation)." Say thou: "Nay! (I would rather) the Religion of Ibrahim, the True, and he joined not gods with Allah."


Allah says in the Quran says he was a righteous prophet, and of the company of the Elect and the Good,
who received inspiration direct from Allah (God)

[38:45] And commemorate Our Servants Ibrahim, Ishaq, and Ya'qub, possessors of Power and Vision.

[38:46] Verily We did choose them for a special (purpose), proclaiming the Message of the Hereafter.

[38:47] They were, in our sight, truly, of the company of the Elect and the Good.