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A Mercy for All the Nations

Al-Arabi Abu Hamzah
5/15/2012
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Islam is a universal religion. The Messengers prior to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) were sent to their respective peoples, as the Qur’an says:

 

We did indeed send, before you, Messengers to their [respective] peoples and they came to them with clear signs.” (30:47).

 

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was not sent to a particular tribe, race or set of people, but rather to all mankind, as the Qur’an says:

 

We have not sent you but as a Messenger to allmankind, giving them glad tidings,and warning them [against sin],but most of men know not.” (34:28).

 

Say: ‘O mankind! I am sent unto you all, as the Messenger of Allah, to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth’.” (7:158)

We sent you not but as a mercy for all the nations.”

 

These and similar other Verses of the Qur’an point to the fact that there is now no question of race or nation, of a “chosen people” or the “seed of Abraham” or that of David; of Jew and Gentile, Arab or non-Arab, white or coloured. The expression” all mankind” in the above mentioned Verses point to the universal and everlasting character of the message of Islam. It is worthwhile to note here that all the Messengers before Muhammad (Peace be upon him)  came with certain miracles to lend support to the message with which Allah had sent them. These miracles were confined to their time and the place where they were sent. Moses had a rod which, when he threw it, would turn into a snake. He did this in the presence of Pharaoh to prove to him and to his magicians that he was truly sent from God. This snake quickly swallowed up the magicians’ ropes and rods that seemed to move about like snakes. He also used it to strike a dry path for his followers through the Red Sea into the Sinai Peninsula. They crossed on foot while Pharaoh, who came in pursuit with his troops, was overwhelmed by the sea. He and his men all perished while Moses and his followers safely crossed the sea.

 

Jesus Christ, son of Mary, who had a miraculous birth, was also supported with certain miracles, which were restricted to his time. He would, by Allah’s leave, make out of clay the figure of a bird and breathe into it, then it became a real bird with flesh and blood! He would also cure the blind and the lepers, raise the dead and inform the people of what they ate and stored in their homes, by Allah’s leave.

 

The prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was also supported with numerous miracles, the greatest of all is the Noble Qur’an which is still in its original form and which will continue to guide people and illuminate their hearts and souls till the Day of Judgment! The Qur’an is Allah’s Word and whoever earnestly wishes true guidance should read study the Qur’an:

 

 

If there were a Qur’an with which mountains could be moved [from their places], or the earth could be cloven asunder or the dead could be made to speak, [this would be the one].” (13:31(

 

The Qur’an has no dark corners or ambiguous expressions. It speaks clearly and guides to the right path. It is straight, clear and understandable. Therein no confusion is to be found:

 

 

Praise be to Allah Who has sent to His slave [i.e., Muhammad] the Book and has allowed no crookedness. [He has made it] straight [and clear] in order that He may give glad tidings to the believers who work righteous deeds, that they shall have a goodly reward, wherein they shall remain forever.” (18:1-2( .

 

It is a guide to all, and to those who accept its guidance, a source of mercy and the way to salvation. Allah instructs us to earnestly seek to understand it:

 

Do they not then earnestly seek to understand the Qur’an, or is that there are locks upon their hearts?”(47:24).

 

It is not meant for one class or race; it is universal and is addressed to all the worlds

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Verily this is no less than a message to all the worlds.” (81:27(

 

The fact that it is still with us in its original form is a clear indication of the universality of Islam.






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