Argument and quibbling (2)

Others argued that although Allah is the creator of theuniverse, it is impossible to reconstruct something once it hasbeen destroyed. Allah refutes this argument, pointing out that it iseasier to reconstruct and revive something than to create it fromnothing: “Have We become exhausted after creating the universeonce? Verily, they are confused about the next act of creation.”(50: 15)

Although the Quraysh considered Muhammad to be atruthful man, they had difficulty accepting him as a prophet andmessenger of Allah. They believed that a mere man could not beentrusted with such a lofty office. When Muhammadproclaimed his Prophethood and Messengership, the Qurayshresponded by saying: “What kind of Messenger is this that eatsfood and walks through the markets?” (25: 7).

Allah describes the confusion of the Quraysh in the nextverse: “They marvel that a warner has arisen from among them.”(50: 2).

“Ask them: Who then revealed the Book that Moses brought,a source of light and guidance for mankind?” (6: 91).

Numerous parallels are mentioned in the Qur’an in which anation refused to follow a prophet because he was of flesh andblood: “You are no more than a man like us.” (14: 10).

“True, we are men like you, but Allah gives His blessings towhomever He pleases.” (14: 11)

All of Allah’s prophets and messengers, then, were meremortals, and Muhammad was no exception. Allah did not sendangels as messengers because mortal would not be able to followin the footsteps of a supernatural being. The role of Allah’smessengers was not only to communicate Allah’s message tomankind, but also to show mortals how to apply this divinemessage in an earthly, human setting. Who could perform such atask better than a mortal messenger could? If Allah had sentangels as messengers, the polytheists would have been justified inasking, “How can we imitate supernatural beings?” This divinewisdom is expressed in the following verse as well: “And had wesent him an angel, We would have given him the form of man.This would have confused them even more.” (6: 9).

Now, since the polytheists admitted that Ibraheem, Isma’eeland Musa (Peace be upon them all), were all prophets as well asmen, they could no longer challenge Muhammad’s Prophethoodarguing that he was human. Therefore, they then ridiculed theidea that Allah would appoint a once-destitute orphan as Hisprophet. Why would Allah pass over more dignified men of theQuraysh or Thaqf tribes?“Why was not this Qur’an revealed to someone of greatimportance from either (Makkah or Ta’if)?” (43: 31).

Allah’s reply to their question was succinct: “Will theydetermine how to distribute the Mercy of your Lord?” (43: 32).

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