Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


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  • Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


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    10. Is this the one whom
    Allah has sent
    as a Messenger?

    The shallow criteria, such as power and wealth, by which the Quraish
    judged people barred them from the truth. Had the Qur’an been sent down to one
    of the chiefs of Quraish, perhaps they might have believed in it:

    (And they say, “Why is not this Qur’an
    sent down to some great man of the two towns (Makkah and Ta’if)?”
    )1

    Al-Walid bin Al-Mughirah is reported to have said, “Had prophethood
    been true, I would have been more entitled to it than you. I am older and
    wealthier than you.
    2

    They begrudged the
    gift of prophethood that Allah
    U bestowed upon Muhammad r. They deemed it to be too implausible that
    Allah would choose from among them a poor orphan, who was not a chief or a
    ruler, as His Messenger. They arrogantly expressed their doubt, saying as the
    Noble Qur’an relates:
    (Has the Reminder (the Qur’an) been sent
    down to him from among us?

    )3

    Their disapproval of the
    Choice of Allah is answered with a question, angry and reproachful: A
    re
    they the owners of Allah’s Mercy and Blessings to give and not to
    give?

    (Or
    do they have the treasures (depositories) of the Mercy of your Lord, the
    Exalted in Might, the Real Bestower? Or is theirs the dominion of the heavens
    and the earth and what is between them? If so, let them ascend with means (to
    the heavens)!
    )4

    Nothing can grant or withhold the Mercy of Allah U:

    (Whatever
    Allah grants to people of mercy (i.e. of good), none can withhold it; and
    whatever He withholds, none can grant it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in
    Might, the All-Wise.
    )5

    Humans
    own nothing of whatever is in the heavens or on the earth. Allah bestows of His
    Blessings and Mercy upon whom He wills of His servants and chooses those He
    knows are the worthiest of good. He showers His endless Bounties on them,
    without limit, without end.
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    1
    Translated
    meanings of Az-Zukhruf 43: 31.

    2 Al-Qurtubi, Al-Jami Li Ahkam Al-Qur’an (Tafsir Al-Qurtubi), interpretation of Surat Al-An‘am [6: 124]

    3
    Translated
    meanings of Sad 38: 8.

    4
    Translated
    meanings of Sad 38: 9-10.

    5
    Translated
    meanings of Fatir 35: 2.

    6 Sayyid Qutb, In the Shade of the
    Qur’an
    , interpretation of Surat Sad [38: 8-10], thirty-sixth
    edition, Dar Al-Shorouk.

     

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