Imam Qurtubi mentions that, the Hawariyyuns were twelve in number, but he does not give their names , except the name of the leader of the Hawariyyuns as Sham’oon in the miracle of the ascension of the table, saying,

"Sham’oon, the leader of the disciples, asked, "Is this food that of paradise or the food of this world?" Jesus’ reply was, "This is food specially created for you, it is neither from paradise or this world. Allah said to it, "BE," and so it was." The disciples of Jesus who were living after the ascension of I`sa (Jesus) are held to be respectable and honest by the Muslims. They are not, however considered to be prophets. They were ordinary human beings and not free from human errors. Their teachings and their statements have lost validity through the absence of authenticated historical verification.

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