FRIDAY FOCUS|Messengers: Carriers of Divine Wisdom

Messengers are meant to be carriers of Divine Wisdom, and a Messenger is destined to pass through every community:

‘’We sent you with the truth; a bearer of good news, and a Warner.  There is no community but a Warner has passed through it’’ (35: 24)

In the Ayah Kareem, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is told by Allah (SwT) that We have sent you with the truth. The truth as contained in Holy Quran is meant to be a harbinger of good news. It is emphasized in the Divine Word that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is meant to be a Warner, as was true of the Warners’ before him. In fact there is no community, which did not have a Warner in the epochs preceding the advent of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as the last Messenger,   hence the Ultimate Warner. Messengers being Warners’ is emphasized in the Ayah Kareem preceding the one quoted above:

‘’You are only a Warner’’   (35: 23)

The disbelief in spite of warning was a phenomenon seen in earlier epochs, even as the Messengers came with clear proofs:

‘’If they disbelieve you, those before them also disbelieved. Their Messengers came to them with clear proofs, with the Psalms, and with the Enlightened Scripture’’ (35: 25)

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is being told that there never was a community which did not belie their Messengers. The rejection of truth which was enshrined in the Psalms and in the Enlightened Scriptures by communities has been an age old feature. However, the disbelievers did not escape the consequences.   It falls in the Divine Realm how to account for the disregard:

‘’Then I seized those who disbelieved, so how was my rejection’’   (35: 26)

As the communities ignored everything—the warnings, the scriptures, retribution, ‘Law of Mukafat’ came into play. And history of mankind is a witness, as to how the ‘Divine Seizure’ played out with the communities, with the nations unwilling to heed the call.