Our educated friend started scratching his head; it was clear that he was trying his best to locate the pitfall that would finish me off. He resumed, slowly arranging his choice of words:
Alright, what do you say about that person who was unreached by the Quran, wasn’t sent a book from the heavens, and wasn’t sent a prophet? What’s his fault? What’s his fate on your day of judgment? An Eskimo in the far poles, or a negro in the jungle. What are their chances in between the hands of your God on the day of judgment?
Allow me to clear up some misconceptions at first, as your questions are founded upon a false premise. God informed us that he deprived none of his mercy, revelations, words, and signs.
And there was no nation but that there had passed within it a warner” (Quran 35:24)
And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger” (Quran 16:36)
The messengers mentioned in the Quran are not all the messengers who have been sent for mankind. Instead, there are thousands of other messengers whom we know nothing about. And God says to his prophet:
And, indeed We have sent Messengers before you [O Muhammad]; of some of them We have related to you their story and of some We have not related to you their story” (Quran 40:78)
God sends down his revelations to everything, including the bees.
And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct.” (Quran 16:68)
A revelation could be in the form of a book delivered by Gabriel, an illumination put down by God in the heart of a worshiper, a state of inner bliss, a certain wisdom, a certain fact, an understanding to a certain issue, and it could be reverence toward and fear of God, with an attitude of piety.
No one that ever works on his heart and senses, aiming their adjustment, but receives a grace from God. But, talking about those who deliberately mute their senses and ignore their hearts, neither books, messengers, nor even miracles will be of use to them.
God said that he picks whoever he pleases for his mercy to descend upon, and that he is never questioned about what he ordains and decrees. He could, for a wise purpose, will that a particular person be warned, while another person be excused and gets accepted with the slightest belief.
Who knows, a small fearful glance from this primitive negro to the sky could be more redeeming and acceptable, in the sight of God, than our prayers.
Though a close consideration of prevailing religions in those primitive areas, reveals that they had messengers and revelations just like us. For instance, in a tribe called ‘Mau Mau’, we read that they believe in a God named ‘Mogabe’, describing him as one and only, does not beget, was not begotten, nothing is like or equal to him, invisible and unseen except through his effects and actions, that he’s a creator, a giver of livelihood, a bestower, merciful, heals the sick, relieves the distressed, sends down the rain, hears the prayers, alongside that lightning is his dagger, and that thunder is the sound of his footfall.
Isn’t this ‘Mogabe’ our exact same God? From where have they gotten to know all of this without an informant messenger in their history? As usual, with the passage of time, the message was subjected to superstitions that corrupted its divine purity.
In another tribe called ‘Niam Niam’, we read about their belief in a one God naming him ‘Mbole’, saying that everything in the jungle moves according to his will, aiming thunderbolts at evildoers, and rewarding the virtuous with livelihood, blessings, and security.
Another tribe called ‘Shilock’, believes in a single deity named ‘Jok’, describing him as invisible and manifest, that he’s in the heavens, everywhere, and that he’s the creator of everything.
And in a tribe called ‘The Denka’, they believe in a one God named ‘Nialok’, which is a word that literally means “the one in the sky” or the sublime.
By what name other than Islam can we call such creeds? And what can they be other than messages delivered through messengers throughout the history of those tribes?
Indeed, religion is one.
Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve” (Quran 2:62)
Even the Sabeans who worshiped the sun as one of God’s signs, believed in the oneness of God, the afterlife, resurrection, judgment, and did good deeds will have their rewards with God.
We know that God’s mercy varies in how it is bestowed. Some people are born blind, others enjoy sight. Some have lived during the age of Moses and saw him with their own eyes split the sea with his stick, others lived during the age of Jesus and witnessed how he raised the dead. Talking about ourselves, we know nothing about those signs except through hearing. And a report is never equivalent to witnessing with your own eyes. Though belief and disbelief are not hinged upon miracles. The arrogant and the stubborn get to see wonders from the prophets sent to guide them, but have no more to say of these miracles other than describing them as ‘fabricated sorcery’.
No doubt that our educated friend coming from France, have reached him three books; the Torah, the Bible, and the Quran, in his own mother-tongue language. All those books increased nothing in him but the drowning in disputation. Instead, as a way to escape the whole situation, he shifted the entire subject to a primitive man in the jungle unreached by any book, and started asking: What about this man who is unreached by the Quran or any book? Hoping to catch a breach in divine justice, or deceiving himself into thinking that the whole issue is pointless.
For that he asked:
Why does God’s mercy vary? Why would God witness someone his signs, and another one knows nothing about them except through hearing?
And we say that witnessing God’s signs isn’t that all-good picture that you might be having, and it certainly could end up with wrath instead of mercy. Didn’t God warn the companions of Christ who asked for a table to descend among them from heaven?
Allah said, “Indeed, I will sent it down to you, but whoever disbelieves afterwards from among you – then indeed will I punish him with a punishment by which I have not punished anyone among the worlds.” (Quran 5:115)
The reason for this warning is that the coming of miracles is always accompanied by increase in the severity of punishment for those who disbelieve after witnessing them.
Lucky indeed are those who believe by hearing and without seeing any miracles. And woe to those who witnessed and refused to believe.
The Quran you have with you is a witness against you and a warning for you, thus on the day of judgment it will not be a mercy but the contrary. Therefore, sparing the Eskimo of the polar regions such an irrefutable witness could be a sign of pardoning, relief, mercy, and redemption on the day of judgment. A glance to the sky from that Eskimo during a certain moment in his life, may be, in the sight of God, sufficient for his acceptance as a sincere believer.
Though the question of why God’s bestowal of mercy on someone can be less on someone else, is something that God constitutes based upon his knowledge of the hearts.
He knew what was in their hearts, so He sent down tranquility upon them and rewarded them with an imminent conquest” (Quran 48:18)
God’s knowledge of our hearts precedes our existence in wombs, extending back to when we were still spirits around his throne. Some of us gathered around his light and were completely absorbed in it. Others shifted their attention toward enjoying the spectacle of the universe, distracted from The Creator by the creations. These are the deductions of those who are certain of God’s existence by all their senses.
What we experience in our few years in this world isn’t everything that there is, while knowing the wisdom behind every forbiddance and pain belongs to God the All-Knowing.
If someone was to ask me: Why did God create the pig “a pig”? I have no other saying but to say that God chose for it a piggish outfit because he had a piggish spirit, and that creating it in that shape was right and just.
All different qualifications and worthiness that we see around us are in fact just, though knowing the complete wisdom behind them and unveiling this justice is not something within the capabilities of everyone. Perhaps that’s why there’s an afterlife; a day where all the scales are set up and the All-Knowing informing us with all what we disputed about.
Though, my friend, I shall relieve you with the decisive point. God said in his book that he shall not punish except those who have been warned by messengers.
And never would We punish until We sent a messenger” (Quran 17:15)
Are you feeling better now?
Then allow me to tell you something, my friend. The strangest thing about your question is that it appears to be out of faith and pity for that negro who’s missed all the light, mercy, and guidance in the Quran; while in fact your true nature is disbelief in the Quran, its light, mercy, and guidance. So your question is closer to a deceptive lure, out of a contradicting, wicked self; trying to establish an argument for which you have no evidence at all.
Do you not notice, my friend, that your logic apparatus is in need of a repair?
This is my (Mohamed the blog owner) first attempt to translate Arabic books that I find interesting and worth reading, in a simple and easy way to follow. If you have any comments please don’t hesitate to leave them, and of course feel free to share this wherever and whenever you like.