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Messengers Are Just Human Beings (25:20 – 25:26)

Messengers Are Just Human Beings

[25:20] We did not send any messengers before you who did not eat food and walk in the markets. We thus test you by each other; will you steadfastly persevere? Your Lord is Seer.
[25:21] Those who do not expect to meet us said, “If only the angels could come down to us, or we could see our Lord (we would then believe)!” Indeed, they have committed a gross arrogance, and have produced a gross blasphemy.
[25:22] The day they see the angels, it will not be good news for the guilty; they will say, “Now, we are irreversibly confined.”
[25:23] We will look at all the works they have done, and render them null and void.
[25:24] The dwellers of Paradise are far better on that day; they will hear better news.
[25:25] The heaven will break apart, into masses of clouds, and the angels will descend in multitudes.
[25:26] All sovereignty on that day belongs to the Most Gracious. For the disbelievers, it will be a difficult day. 

[23:34] “If you obey a human being like you, then you are really losers. [23:35] “Does he promise you that, after you die and turn into dust and bones, you will come out again? [23:36] “Impossible, impossible indeed is what is promised to you. [23:37] “We only live this life—we live and die—and we will never be resurrected. [23:38] “He is just a man who fabricated lies and attributed them to GOD. We will never believe him.” 

Messengership: An Essential Test

[17:94] What prevented the people from believing when the guidance came to them, is their saying, “Did GOD send a human being as a messenger?” [17:95] Say, “If the earth were inhabited by angels, we would have sent down to them from the sky an angel messenger. 

[25:7] And they said, “How come this messenger eats the food and walks in the markets? If only an angel could come down with him, to serve with him as a preacher!” 

Quran: The Ultimate Reference

[5:48] Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD’s revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny—all of you—then He will inform you of everything you had disputed.

[6:53] We thus test the people by each other, to let them say (mockingly), “Are these the people among us who are blessed by GOD?” Is GOD not aware of the appreciative ones?

Reward for the Righteous (25:15 – 25:19)

Reward for the Righteous

[25:15] Say, “Is this better or the eternal Paradise that is promised for the righteous? It is their well deserved reward; a well deserved destiny.”
[25:16] They get anything they wish therein, forever. This is your Lord’s irrevocable promise.
[25:17] On the day when He summons them, together with the idols they had set up beside GOD, He will say, “Have you misled these servants of Mine, or did they go astray on their own?”
[25:18] They will say, “Be You glorified, it was not right for us to set up any lords beside You. But You allowed them to enjoy, together with their parents. Consequently, they disregarded the message and thus became wicked people.”
[25:19] They have disbelieved in the message you have given them, and, consequently, you can neither protect them from the retribution they have incurred, nor can you help them in any way. Anyone among you who commits evil, we will commit him to severe retribution.

25:18 shows that the idols the people set up are righteous

Retribution for the Disbelievers (25:12 – 25:14)

Retribution for the Disbelievers

[25:12] When it sees them from afar, they will hear its rage and fuming.
[25:13] And when they are thrown into it, through a narrow place, all shackled, they will declare their remorse.
[25:14] You will not declare just a single remorse, on that day; you will suffer through a great number of remorses.

[3:91] Those who disbelieve and die as disbelievers, an earthful of gold will not be accepted from any of them, even if such a ransom were possible. They have incurred painful retribution; they will have no helpers.

The Real Reason (25:11)

The Real Reason

[25:11] In fact, they have disbelieved in the Hour (Day of Resurrection), and we have prepared for those who disbelieve in the Hour a flaming Hell. 

[25:40] They have passed by the community that was showered with a miserable shower (Sodom). Did they not see it? The fact is, they never believed in resurrection.

Typical Utterances of Disbelievers (25:7 – 25:10)

Typical Utterances of Disbelievers

[25:7] And they said, “How come this messenger eats the food and walks in the markets? If only an angel could come down with him, to serve with him as a preacher!”
[25:8] Or, “If only a treasure could be given to him!” Or, “If only he could possess an orchard from which he eats!” The transgressors also said, “You are following a bewitched man.”
[25:9] Note how they called you all kinds of names, and how this led them astray, never to find their way back.
[25:10] Most blessed is the One who can, if He wills, give you much better than their demands—gardens with flowing streams, and many mansions. 

Interesting that according to 25:9 it shows that if one mocks someone because of their belief in God it will lead them astray.

Almighty God

[6:59] With Him are the keys to all secrets; none knows them except He. He knows everything on land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls without His knowledge. Nor is there a grain in the depths of the soil. Nor is there anything wet or dry, that is not recorded in a profound record. 

[5:75] The Messiah, son of Mary, is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate!

[15:20] We made it habitable for you,* and for creatures you do not provide for. [15:21] There is nothing that we do not own infinite amounts thereof. But we send it down in precise measure. 

Divine Revelation: The Source of All Knowledge

[17:85] They ask you about the revelation. Say, “The revelation comes from my Lord. The knowledge given to you is minute.” [17:86] If we will, we can take back what we revealed to you, then you will find no protector against us. 

[17:90] They said, “We will not believe you unless you cause a spring to gush out of the ground. [17:91] “Or unless you own a garden of date palms and grapes, with rivers running through it. [17:92] “Or unless you cause masses from the sky, as you claimed, to fall on us. Or unless you bring GOD and the angels before our eyes. [17:93] “Or unless you own a luxurious mansion, or unless you climb into the sky. Even if you do climb, we will not believe unless you bring a book that we can read.”* Say, “Glory be to my Lord. Am I any more than a human messenger?” 

Messengership: An Essential Test

[17:94] What prevented the people from believing when the guidance came to them, is their saying, “Did GOD send a human being as a messenger?” [17:95] Say, “If the earth were inhabited by angels, we would have sent down to them from the sky an angel messenger.” 

God’s Messenger of the Covenant

[5:19] O people of the scripture, our messenger has come to you, to explain things to you, after a period of time without messengers, lest you say, “We did not receive any preacher or warner.” A preacher and warner has now come to you. GOD is Omnipotent.*

[16:2] He sends down the angels with the revelations, carrying His commands, to whomever He chooses from among His servants: “You shall preach that there is no other god beside Me; You shall reverence Me.” 

[6:8] They also said, “If only an angel could come down with him!” Had we sent an angel, the whole matter would have been terminated, and they would no longer be respited.

The Disbelievers Rebutted by the Quran’s Mathematical Code (25:4 – 25:6)

The Disbelievers Rebutted by the Quran’s Mathematical Code

[25:4] Those who disbelieved said, “This is a fabrication that he produced, with the help of some other people.” They have uttered a blasphemy and a falsehood.
[25:5] They also said, “Tales from the past that he wrote down; they were dictated to him day and night.”*
[25:6] Say, “This was revealed by the One who knows the Secret* in the heavens and the earth. He is Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
*25:5 Muhammad’s contemporaries knew that he was a literate man who could read and write; he wrote God’s revelations with his own hand (see Appendix 28).
*25:6 The Quran’s miraculous mathematical code, the incontrovertible answer to the disbelievers’ claims, remained a divinely guarded secret for 1400 years. God’s Messenger of the Covenant was destined to unveil it by God’s leave (Appendices 1, 2, & 26).

The Quran Is Not Copied From The Bible

[16:103] We are fully aware that they say, “A human being is teaching him!” The tongue of the source they hint at is non-Arabic, and this is a perfect Arabic tongue.