Is the duty of the Prophet not to make people understand Islam?

The Details of the Question

- According to an-Nur 54, was the duty of the Prophet (pbuh) not to enable people to understand Islam?
- ​ According to Nur 54, should the Prophet (pbuh) simply state that Islam was the true religion and not interfere with the rest?
- Should he not answer when people asked why Islam was the true religion?
- I think that just saying that something is right is not enough to believe that thing is right.

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

The Quranic verse in question is as follows:

“Say: Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger. but if ye turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him and ye for that placed on you. If ye obey him, ye shall be on right guidance. The Messenger’s duty is only to preach the clear (Message).” (an-Nur, 24/54)

- There is no statement in the verse to deduce the following decree mentioned in the question: “According to Nur 54, the Prophet (pbuh) should simply state that Islam was the true religion and not interfere with the rest.”

- What needs to be understood from the statement “but if ye turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him” in the verse is as follows

“The duty of the Prophet (pbuh) is conveying the message. He has no duty or responsibility such as preventing people from disregarding him and from insisting on denial, and guiding them because guidance belongs to Allah, not to the Prophet (pbuh). His duty is only to convey the religion of Islam. As a matter of fact, that fact is underlined in the following verse:

“(O Messenger!) Thou wilt not be able to guide every one, whom thou lovest; but Allah guides those whom He will” (al-Qasas, 28/56)

- What is tabligh (conveying the message)?

Tabligh has two aspects: One is to convey the text of the Quran to people. And the other is to explain it.

“The Messenger’s duty is only to preach the clear (Message). (an-Nur, 24/54; al-Ankabut, 29/18)

In the verses above and similar ones, it is indicated that the duty of the Prophet (pbuh) is to convey the message of the Quran.

“We have sent down unto thee (also) the Message; that thou mayest explain clearly to men what is sent for them, and that they may give thought.” (an-Nahl, 16/44)

On the other hand, his duty to explain is indicated in the verse above.

- Yes, it is emphasized many times in the Quran that the Quran is “true”. However, the explanations of that “truth” are included hundreds of times in the Quran and the nature of that truth is presented with hundreds of explanations based on evidence.

Hundreds of statements are included in sound hadiths stating that the religion of Islam is the true religion.

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