This is a continuation of a multi-post article. You can read the first post here and you can read the previous post here. This is also part of a larger series called "The Koran from a Christian perspective." You can find other posts in this series here.The Koran teaches that, to each nation, God sends their own messenger and their own testament, speaking and written in their own tongue, that they might be warned and rightly guided into the truth.
"Every nation has its Messenger [Apostle]; then, when their Messenger [apostle]comes, justly the issue [a rightful decision] is decided between them, and they are not wronged." (Koran 10:48)
"And We have sent no Messenger [Apostle] save with the tongue [speech] of his people, that he might make all clear to them." (Koran 14:4 )
"And thou shalt see every nation hobbling on their knees [kneeling], every nation being summoned unto its Book: 'Today you shall be recompensed [repaid] for that you were doing [have done]. This is Our Book, that speaks against you the truth; We have been registering all that you were doing.'" (Koran 45:27-28)
In this sense, the Koran was sent down, written in Arabic and for an Arabic speaking people.
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"We have sent it down as an Arabic Koran; haply you will [that ye might] understand [it]." (Koran 12:2)
"The sending down of the Book, wherein no doubt is, [s revelation send down] from the Lord of all Being [the world]. Or do they say, 'He has forged it'? Say: 'Not so; it is the truth from thy Lord that thou mayest warn a people to whom no warner came before thee, that haply so they may be guided." (Koran 32:1-2)Muhammad believed that he was chosen as the messenger to bring a Arabic book from God to warn, instruct, and lead a people whom previously had been without a warner and a book from God. He was an Arabic warner with an Arabic book for an Arabic speaking people. His mission was not to change the world, or to convert a people of an unknown tongue, but to being God's message to the people around him who spoke his language. He was a messenger and a warner sent to a specific people, not to the world in general.
"Surely We have sent thee with the truth good tidings to bear, and warning; not a nation there is, but there has passed away in it a warner. If they cry thee lies [treat the as a liar], those before them also cried lies; their Messengers [Apostles] came to them with the clear signs, the Psalms [scriptures], the Illuminating Book; then I seized [chastised] the unbelievers, and how was My horror [vengeance]!" (Koran ?35:22-24)Given this, it makes me wonder how Islam went from an Arabic message to an Arabic people to a conquering force seeking to establish its religion and rule over all of mankind. Muhammad himself sought to expand his Islamic control over other nations and people through military battles and campaigns. We have seen over the past fourteen hundred years the aggressive expansion of Islamic rule throughout the world; often through military conquest rather than peaceful persuasion. Even today, there are those within our borders and without that are actively seeking to overthought our societies and cultures in order to bring about Muslim rule. However, one must ask, "Where is our warner? Where is our book written in our own language?" If we are so bad and in such need of reform, let God do what He promised in the Koran and send us our own messenger and our own book! However, it is those who claim to follow Islam yet disregard the message of the Koran who are seeking to destroy us from within. This inconsistency is one of the reasons I find it hard to accept the Muslim message: the inconsistency both within the Koran itself and in the combative lives of those who seek its spread its message in a way that seems contrary to the message of Muhammad himself.
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