Dr. Saifullah attempts to convince us, in this section, that God sent every nation a messenger to preach monotheism. There are extensive historical records from many ancient civilizations including China, India, Egypt, Persia, and Mesopotamia. None of these histories show a civilization that worshiped one god exclusively , except for perhaps the Zoroastrians of Persia. Saifullah cites the quasi-monotheistic beliefs of the Kapauku Papuans of Guinea and the Dinka tribe of the southern Sudan in an attempt to convince us of his (and the Qur'an's) thesis. Does this thesis stand the test of reason?
Dr. Saifullah tells us :
And for every Ummah (a community or a nation), there is a Messenger; when their Messenger comes, the matter will be judged between them with justice, and they will not be wronged. (Qur'an 10:47)
BUT, this Sura also tells us:
So, in other words, Muhammad is the main witness and the Qur'an is the standard by which all will be judged at the final judgment. Therefore, Muhammad and the Qur'an are of infinitely greater importance than the "Messengers", "prophets", or "books" of the other tribes and nations since only "those who became Muslims" will obtain God's mercy. So much for Saifullah's intellectual flirtation with Universalist philosophy!
He continues by citing the beliefs of the Kapauku Papuans and the Dinka. However, he gives us an important disclaimer:
So, if they worship other (subservient) gods, is this truly monotheism? What happened to the "message" given to them by their "messenger"? An all-powerful God can certainly protect His message... right?
In spite of Sura 10:47, which claims that God sent a messenger to every nation, Sura 29:27 contradicts this by proclaiming:
In other words, since Prophethood comes through the descendants of Isaac and Jacob, the "messengers" sent to the Kapauku Papuans, the Dinka, the Arabs, and any other group apart from the Jews, can not, and did not, bring the message of God! The Bible tells us that Prophethood, and our ultimate redemption through Jesus Christ, comes to us by this lineage. However, this contradiction, once again, suggests that the Qur'an is not the Word of an all-knowing God. After all, God, never contradicts Himself because, as you love to say, God knows best!
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