From Merchant to Messenger

The Prophet Muhammad's struggle for legitimacy as revealed in the Koran

Christianity as a Reason Not to Believe

From Merchant to Messenger38 SÂD

In the Name of Allah,

the Compassionate, the Merciful

38:1 Sâd (one of three surahs which open with symbolic letters). By the Koran which contains the Reminder (admonitions, or which serves as a reminder, Moududi).

38:2 But the unbelievers are steeped in arrogance and strife.

38:3 How many a generation We have destroyed before them? They called out, but time was past escaping.

38:4 They marvelled that a warner has come to them from their own, and the unbelievers said: “This is a lying sorcerer.

38:5 “What, has he made the gods one single God? This, indeed is a very strange thing.”

The "latest religion” in Revelation 38:7 did not mention anything about another saviour and another Message which led many to suspect that their kin’s claim to being a messenger of God was a ploy to become their de facto dictator.

38:6 And the dignitaries among them went forth saying ("The allusion is to the chiefs who got up and left Abu Talib, an uncle of the Prophet, when they had heard what the Holy Prophet said,” Moududi): “Go on and be steadfast regarding your gods. This is indeed a matter premeditated (Muhammad… [wants] to subjugate us and rule us as his subjects, Moududi).

38:7 “We have not heard about this in the latest religion (Christianity). This is only a mere invention.

They may think that now, but wait till they taste “My Punishment.”

38:8 “Has the Reminder been sent down upon him (Muhammad) alone, apart from us all?” Indeed, they are in doubt regarding My Reminder. But, they have not yet tasted My Punishment.

38:9 Or, do they possess the treasuries of your Lord’s Mercy, the All-Mighty, the All-Giving.

38:10 Or do they have the dominion of the heavens and the earth? Let them, then, ascend its rungs (try to reach the Divine Throne, Moududi).

38:11 A host of the Confederates will be defeated there (Mecca, Moududi).

38:12 Before them, the people of Noah, ‘Ad, Pharaoh of the Pegs (a metaphor for power or grandeur);

38:13 And Thamud and the people of Lot; as well as the Companions of the Thicket (probably the people of Madyan), such were the Confederates.[12]

38:14 None of them but denounced the Messengers, and so My Retribution struck them.

Judgement Day can’t come too soon for those who believe that because the Koran is not mentioned in the Gospels, it is an invention of Muhammad.

38:15 These are only awaiting a single cry (the blast of the Trumpet signaling the end-of-times) which will not cease.


[12] Tribes who joined the Meccans against the Muslims at the battle for Medina (see Jihad in the Koran: "Medina", Boreal Books). Their inclusion here is anyone’s guess.