God selects His messengers according to His infinite Wisdom. God knows who among his
servants is best qualified to deliver the message entrusted to him:
“When a powerful proof comes to them, they say, “We will not believe, unless we are given
what is given to God’s messengers!” God knows exactly who is qualified to deliver His
message“ Quran 6:124
From the information we have about the life of many previous messengers, we know that
such issues as education, wealth, or social status were never factors in the equation when it
comes to God’s selection of messengers.
According to all historical accounts, we know that such messengers as Moses, Abraham,
Jesus, Muhammad and others were men of slender means. They had no notable claim to
social status and had no material aspirations.
However, we do know that these prophets have all been men highly honored and regarded
for their integrity and the purity of their lives even by those who later, on the
announcement of their claims, became their enemies.
Moreover, almost all of God’s prophets, were not known to be learned men or scholars in
the arts and culture of their times, yet, God chose each of them to deliver His revelations.
Sadly, the human being is not always able to comprehend the wisdom and purpose of the
divine plan. We read in the Quran how every messenger sent by God was ridiculed by his
“Every time a messenger went to them, they ridiculed him” Quran 15:11
“When they saw you, they always ridiculed you: “Is this the one chosen by God to be a
messenger?” Quran 25:41
We read in Sura 43 how the community of Muhammad ridiculed him during the early days
of the revelation because he did not match their idea of a messenger as being one of the
prominent elite of Mecca or Yathrib (Medina):
“They said, “If only this Quran was sent down through another man from the two
communities (Mecca or Yathrib) who is prominent!” Quran 43:31
Yes, it is true that Muhammad had no notable claim to social status or power and had no
material aspirations, yet little did his enemies know that as a result of the revelation he
delivered from God, he would become a key factor in bringing about everlasting changes
in the history and civilization of the world. The same argument applies to other prophets of