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As well as (to confer all these benefits upon) others of them, who have not already joined them: And He is exalted in Might, Wise.

Islam is a religion for all humanity, all races, cultures and creeds.  The Prophet stressed this in many sayings; the Qur’an affirmed it in numerous verses, and the multiracial and multicultural nature of the companions confirmed this view in the minds of the first generations of Muslims.  This verse is one of the motivating factors for the Prophet to send letters of invitation to the rulers of both the Byzantine and Persian Empires, along with other communities near and far. Islam was for all of humanity. Many commentators believe that this verse also contains a nod towards the Prophet’s Persian companion, Salman al-Farsi, for when the companions asked the Prophet about this verse, he put his hand on the shoulder of this foreign convert and said, “If faith were high up in the Pleiades (a group of stars), even then some men of these people (the Persians) would attain to it.”  (Ma’ariful Qur’an).

References:

Emerick, Yahiya. The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an in Today’s English (p. 829). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

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