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Qur’an 10:47 - Apostles to every nation or not?

There are different answers to this question in the Qur’an:

1. Allah has sent apostles to every nation - Qur’an 10:47
“And for every nation is a messenger. So when their messenger comes, it will be judged between them in justice, and they will not be wronged” (Qur’an 10:47).
“And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger…” (Qur’an 16:36).

2. Allah did not sent apostles to every nation - Qur’an 25:51
“And if We had willed, We could have sent into every city a warner.” (Qur’an 25:51)
Many nations, before and after the time of Muhammad are city states. Today Singapore, Montecarlo and Vatican City are examples of city states. They are a difficulty with Qur’an 10:47 about a messenger to every nation.

3. Conclusion
One verse says that there are messengers to every nation, while another verse says that there are no messengers to all cities. Because there are many city-states a messenger to every state or nation is cannot be true. This is a difficulty in the Qur’an. Therefore the verses show a contradiction in the Qur’an.


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