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Thus have we made you a central people, that ye may be witnesses in regard to mankind, and that the apostle may be a witness in regard to you. (Surih II, "The Cow", v. 137)
O children of Adam! there shall come to you Apostles from among yourselves, rehearsing my signs to you; and who so shall fear God and do good works, no fear shall be upon them, neither shall they be put to grief
(Surih VII, "Al Araf", v. 33)
Another interesting point we find in the Qur'an is the setting forth of a universal principle governing the appearance of the Messengers of God. This principle, which has no exceptions and therefore does not exclude Islam, provides that any people who receive a Messenger of God are given a fixed term or appointed time. At such an appointed time, a Divine Book is revealed by God through His Messenger which seals the past term and starts the new one.
Every nation hath its set time. And when their time is
come, they shall not retard it an hour; and they
shall not advance it.1
(Surih VII, "Al Araf", v. 32)
Neither too soon, nor too late, shall a people reach its
(Surih XXIII, "The Believers", v. 45)
... To each age its Book.
What He pleaseth will God abrogate or confirm: for
with Him is the source of revelation.
(Surih XII, "Thunder", vv. 38-9)
From the Heaven to the Earth He governeth all things: hereafter shall they come up to him on a day whose length shall be a thousand of such years as ye reckon.4
(Surih XXXII, "Adoration", v. 4)
I have amongst you two weighty legacies, the Book of God and My Descendants.5
The foolish ones will say, "What hath turned them from the kebla [Qiblih] which they used? "Say: the East and the West are God's. He guideth whom he will into the straight path."
(Surih II, "The Cow", v. 136)
They will ask thee concerning wine and games of chance. Say: In both is great sin, and advantage also, to men; but their sin is greater than their advantage ....
(Surih II, "The Cow", v. 216)
O ye true believers, come not to prayer when ye are drunken, but wait till ye can understand what ye utter . . .
(Surih IV, "Women", v. 46)
O believers! surely wine and games of chance, and statues, and the divining arrows, are an abomination of Satan's work! Avoid them, that ye may prosper.
(Surih V, "The Table", v. 92)
Blessed be He who hath sent down Al Furkan (the illumination) on his servant, that to an creatures he may be a warner.
(Surih XXV, "Al Furkan", v. 1)
We gave of old to Moses and Aaron the illumination [al-Furqan], and a light and a warning for the God-fearing.
(Surih XXI, "The Prophets", v. 49)
To every people have we appointed observances which they observe.
Therefore, let them not dispute this matter with thee, but bid
them to thy Lord, for thou art on the right way:
But if they debate with thee. then Say: God best knoweth what ye
God will judge between you on the day of resurrection, as to
the matters wherein ye differ.
(Surih XXII, " The Pilgrimage", vv. 66-8)
Whatever verses we cancel, or cause thee to forget, we bring a better or its like.9 Knowest thou not that God hath power over all things?
(Surih II, "The Cow" v. 100) [2:100]
And if God had pleased He had surely made you all one people...10
(Surih V, "The Table ", v. 53) [5:53]
Had thy Lord pleased he would have made mankind of one religion: but those only to whom thy Lord hath granted his mercy will cease to differ.11 And unto this hath He created them ...
(Surih Xl, "Houd" v. 120)
Had God so pleased, He had made them one people and of one creed: but He bringeth whom He will within His mercy; and as for the doers of evil, no patron, no helper shall there be for them.
(Surih XLII, "The Counsel", v. 6)
Had God pleased, He could have made you one people: but He causeth whom He will to err, and whom He will He guideth: and ye shall assuredly be called to account for your doings.
(Surih XVI, "The Bee" v. 95)
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