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Makkah, The Starting Place for the Prophet's Propagation of Islam

It is crystal clear that when the Holy Prophet of Islam illuminated the dark atmosphere of Makkah with the call of monotheism, he did not mean to lead just the people of the Hijaz or the Arabs, but his divine mission was to communicate God's message to the whole world and to start this momentous task from Arabia. One proof of this true belief is that at the beginning of his mission, he said to his Qwn relatives, 'Truly, I am God's Messenger to you, in particular, and to all people, in general...'. 152

There are also some verses in the Qur'an that confirm this claim. Consider the following three verses: 'Say, O people, "Surely I am God's Messenger to you all"' (7:158). 'And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds' (21:107). 'And this Qur'an has been revealed to me that with it I may warn you and whomsoever it reaches' (6:19).

Such verses reveal the fact that the divine mission of the Prophet was not revised to become universal after his migration to Medina and the prevalence of Islam. From the very beginning, his holy mission was meant for all people, for all parts of the world, and for all times. In answer to the question asked of Imam Sadiq, 'Why is the Qur'an always new and fascinating no matter how many times it is read or taught?', he said, 'God has not sent the Qur'an for a special time or for a particular group. The Qur'an is for all and forever, so till doomsday it will be new and enchanting at all times and to all groups of people'." 153

152. Kamil, Vol. 2, p.61.

153. Safinat ul-Bihar, Vol. 2, p.413.

Adapted from: "A Glance at the Life of the Holy Prophet of Islam" by: "Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers"

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