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12:109 Who are the Prophets and Messengers?

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Nor did We send before thee (as messengers) any but men, whom we did inspire,- (men) living in human habitations. Do they not travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those before them? But the home of the hereafter is best, for those who do right. Will ye not then understand?

It was men that Allah sent as His Messengers to
explain Him to men. He did not send angels or gods. Into
His chosen men He breathed His inspiration, so that they
could see truer than other men. But they were men
living with men, in men’s habitations in town or country;
not recluses or cenobites, who had no personal
experience of men’s affairs and could not be teachers of
men in the fullest sense. Their deeds tell their own tale.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (Surah 12 verse 109). Microsoft Word – 012 Yusuf.doc (

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