Question 534: Was Ya`qoob (Jacob) a Prophet or a pious Slave of Allaah?
Answer: Ya`qoob (peace be upon him) is one of the Prophets of the Children of Israel. Allah (Exalted be He) states: Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “We believe in Allaah and in what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down to Ibraaheem (Abraham), Ismaa‘eel (Ishmael), Is-haaq (Isaac), Ya‘qoob (Jacob). The Aayah confirms that Revelation was sent to him, so he was one of the Prophets. Allsah (Exalted be He) states: Verily, We have sent the revelation to you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) as We sent the revelation to Nooh (Noah) and the Prophets after him; We (also) sent the revelation to Ibraaheem (Abraham), Ismaa‘eel (Ishmael), Ishaaq (Isaac), Ya‘qoob (Jacob), and Al-Asbaat [the offspring of the twelve sons of Ya‘qoob (Jacob)].... read more here.