The Arab prophet Shuayb is mentioned by name in the Quran many times. He is said to have been sent to the people of Midian (Q 7:85, 11:84) and the people of the Tanglewood [Ar. al-aikah] (Q 15:78, 26:176). Muslim exegetes claim that Shuayb was the father-in-law of Moses, called "Jethro" in the Bible where he is called the "priest of Midian" (see Q 28:22-28).

According to al-Kisa'i: The letters of the alphabet are the names of the people of Shuayb: Abjad, Hawwaz, Huttiya, Kalaman, Sa‘fas, and Qurishat. Qatadah says: These are the names of the people of the Tanglewood. It is also said that they are the names of the kings of the Amalekites, cousins of the people of Midian but have no relation to Shuayb the son of Zion, son of Anka, son of Midian, son of Abraham.

Muslim tradition assigns the tomb of Shuayb to different locations including the Sinai and places in Palestine.


This mosque is located in the Wadi Shuayb which leads up from the Jordan Valley to the city of al-Salt just northwest of Amman in Jordan. The mosque is of modern construction and houses a refurbished tomb of the prophet Shuayb.



The tomb of Shuayb is housed in a room to the east of the main mosque and prayer area. This tomb is not of extraordinary size, though some travelers and locals report that the tomb was much longer before it was refurbished.



Bibliography on the Arab Prophets

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