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Qur’an 14:4 - Only messengers to their own people?

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

Messengers only to their own people - Qur’an 14:4, 30:47

"And We did not send any messenger except [speaking] in the language of his people to state clearly for them” (Qur’an 14:4).

Jonah (Yunus) went to others - Qur’an 37:147

"And We sent him to [his people of] a hundred thousand or more." (Qur’an 37:147) From the context of this verse it becomes clear that Jonah was far for his home country and went by ship to escape his own people. Jonah went to other people.


One verse says that messengers are only for their own people, while another verse says that there is one messenger (Jonah) who went to other people. This is a difficulty in the Qur’an. Therefore the verses show a contradiction in the Qur’an.


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