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 “Except a messenger whom He has chosen: and then He makes a band of watchers march before him and behind him,

Revelation is not a mechanical or material thing.
It has to be safeguarded from being distorted or
corrupted by ignorance, selfishness, or the powers of
evil. How can its precious and subtle worth and the
spiritual safeguards against its misuse by human folly or
the perversity of evil be expressed in plain human

We can imagine a very great treasure, which has to be
transmitted. To guard it against evilly-disposed persons,
a strong escort is required, to march in front and behind,
so as to protect it from all sides. When it reaches its
destination, the escort presents its credentials and an
Invoice showing the Treasure being transmitted. Then
the destined receiver knows that it has come intact and
feels satisfied. So about spiritual Revelation. The Prophet
recognises the credentials and checks the contents on
the tablets of his own heart and insight. He has then no
doubt that it is a true Message from Allah, and that those
who bring it are the true messengers “of their Lord”. (R).


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 72 verse 27) Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (

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