Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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One who comes bringing information. The main word for messenger in the Qurʾān is rasūl, denoting “one sent with a message,” which occurs 236 times and its plural, rusul, ninety-five times. Mursal (pl. mursalūn), the passive participle of a verb from the same root letters, and which also means “one sent with a message,” occurs thirty-six times. Both rasūl and mursal usually refer to a human agent whom God sends to guide a people by communicating to them in a language they understand ( q 14:4; see language, concept of; arabic language; revelation and inspiration). The central message of th…

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Zahniser, A.H. Mathias, “Messenger”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00279>

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