The Prophet Hanzhalah is not among the count of 25 prophets that must be known. With reference to some accounts that say the number of prophets as much as 100,000 and other accounts mention the number up to 120,000 prophets. As for the apostles, some accounts state the number as many as 313.
It does not rule out the possibility that there are many more prophets who cannot be ascertained in number based on the Quranic verse that reads:
وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا رُسُلًا مِّن قَبْلِكَ مِنْهُم مَّن قَصَصْنَا عَلَيْكَ وَمِنْهُم مَّن لَّمْ نَقْصُصْ عَلَيْكَ ۗ وَمَا كَانَ لِرَسُولٍ أَن يَأْتِيَ بِآيَةٍ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۚ فَإِذَا جَاءَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ قُضِيَ بِالْحَقِّ وَخَسِرَ هُنَالِكَ الْمُبْطِلُونَ
We have sent other messengers before you- some We have mentioned to you and some We have not- and no messenger could bring about a sign except with God’s permission. When [the Day] God ordained comes, just judgement will be passed between them: there and then, those who followed falsehood will be lost.
Name, Nasab and Origin of Nabiyullah Hanzhalah AS
Belíau was Nabiyullah Hanzhalah bin Shafwan AS. But regarding the origin of the Prophet Hanzhalah, there are several opinions of scholars and historians who differ versions:
Among the scholars there are those who say that he, Nabiyullah Hanzhalah bin Shafwan is a descendant of Prophet Isma’il bin Ibrahim (AS), and was sent by Allah Swt to Ashabur Ras (Ras).
They were also descendants of Isma’il bin Ibrahim. They were identified from two kabilah, Adman and Yaamin, according to one opinion named Ra’wil and located in Yemen. Then The Prophet Hanzhalah carried out Allah’s command among them, but they killed him.
Another opinion says that This Ashabur Ras is from Himyar. The Prophet Hanzhalah came from the al-Aqsa family who were sent to the al-Ras people in the Hadhramaut region.
Some records explain that the Prophet Hanzhalah (p.S.). These are among the prophets who were born in circumcision. Including our Prophet Muhammad.
Regarding the existence of the Prophet Hanhalah (p.S.), the mufassir argued as according to Imam al-Baghawi; Narrated Abu Rauq of Dhahhaq that this well – Bi’ir Mua’thalah – is located in Hadhramaut in one area called; Hadura’, they are of four thousand who believe in the Prophet Shaleh who survived the punishment. Evacuated to Hadramaut with Nabi Shaleh As.
When they arrived, the Prophet Shaleh died, and the area was named Hadramaut; Because when the Prophet Shaleh came to this area, he died. Then the People of The Prophet Shaleh are located in the area of the “Dead Well” until they are able to purify the place.
But after some time they turned to worshiping the statue and became infidels, then Allah sent a Prophet named Hanzhalah bin Shafwan.
He was patient with their behavior, and he was killed in the market, and Allah dismissed their wells and destroyed their palaces until they disappeared.
History of Prophet Hanzhalah AS
The Prophet Hanzhalah lived among a harsh society. Not spared the ordeal for the sake of the trials he experienced in the mission of grounding the teachings of Allah Swt. Denied, reproached until his life was sacrificed.
On one note it confirms that it was once written on the tombstone of the Prophet Hanzhalah sentence; “I am Hanzhalah bin Shafwan, messenger of Allah, I was sent to The Bani Himyar and Hamdan and the Arabs of the yemeni people, they denied me to kill me.”
After he was denied murder, God sent his people a flash flood that destroyed them to their buildings. Abu Al-Hasan Al-Kisa’i in his book “Mubtada’ Al-Khalq” Ka’bul Ahbar says: “Ashabur Ras flourished in Hadhramaut, they built a city building 40 miles long, with the same length.
They also make aqueducts from the ground named after Ras and are converted to their owners. They also built a long house in which they preached ‘ worshiping Allah, the lord of the universe, then told that the devil came to say, “Surely Allah does not need your worship, so worship idols” then they apostatized and worshiped idols.
Sent by the Prophet Hanzhalah, As brought the message of Allah’s shari’ah to lead the people of Race back the right path, but defiance was carried out by this people until finally destroyed.
The location of the Prophet Hanzhalah’s Maqbarah AS.
To the west of bour, precisely in the lowlands of the western mountains, there is a tomb said to be the tomb of the Prophet Hanzhalah bin Shafwan, the Prophet of the al-Aqyun family who was sent to the al Rash people in the Hadhramaut-Yemen region. Until now the tomb of Nabiyullah Hanzhalah AS. exist.
Surprisingly, next to his grave there is another tomb that is equally 60 dzira’ (approximately 20 meters) long and the same as the tomb of other Prophets in Hadramaut.
Some corroborating evidence that the al-Rash people once existed in Hadramaut, including:
The Word of Allah (swt) in the Qur’an Surah Al-Furqan verse 38 :
وَعَادًا وَثَمُودَا۟ وَأَصْحَٰبَ ٱلرَّسِّ وَقُرُونًۢا بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ كَثِيرًا
And [We destroyed] ‘Aad and Thamūd and the companions of the well and many generations between them.
The mention of the name of the Al Rasites with the ‘Aad and Tsamud, indicates that they, the ar-Ras people, had occupied Hadramaut after the ‘Aad and Thamud. This is said by some scholars such as al Muzani and Ibn Abi Hurayrah.