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[Verses 1 to 8]: Muslims chosen for Divine
The date of revelation of this chapter may be assigned to the first year of the Hijrah.
2 He it is Who raised among the illiteratesa a Messenger from among themselves, who recites to them His messages and purifies them, and teaches them the Book and the Wisdom although they were before certainly in manifest error
3 And others from among them who have not yet joined them. And He is the Mighty, the Wise.a
5 The likeness of those who were charged with the Torah, then they observed it not, is as the likeness of the ass carrying books. Evil is the likeness of the people who reject the messages of Allah. And Allah guides not the iniquitous people.
6 Say: O you who are Jews, if you think that you are the favourites of Allah to the exclusion of other people, then invoke death, if you are truthful.a
3a. Abu Hurairah says: "We were sitting with the Holy Prophet when the chapter entitled al-Jumuah was revealed to him, and in it the words others from among them who have not yet joined them. I asked the Holy Prophet: Who are these? He gave no reply until I questioned him thrice. Salman, the Persian, was sitting among us, and the Holy Prophet placed his hand on Salman, and said, Even if faith were near the Pleiades, a man from among these would surely find it." (B. 65: lxii, 1). This report would show that the verse applies to a man of Persian descent. As other reports show that the Messiah would appear among the Muslims at a time when they would have the letter of the law with them but would not be true to its spirit, the reference in the report given here is particularly to the Messiah or to his time. The significance is that after a time, when the true spirit of Islam should have been lost, a man would be raised who, again receiving the light from the Holy Prophet, would spread the light of Islam in the world. But some commentators understand that non-Arabs, or all Muslims coming after the Prophet, are meant (Rz, JB). The Prophet would thus be the teacher forever, through his disciples, and no Israelite prophet would be sent as a teacher to the Muslim community. [Back to verse 3]
6a. The prayer for death spoken of here is the same as that in 2:94, for which see 2:94a. [Back to verse 6]