Why Allah choosed arabia (specially the middle east) to spread the universal religion islam
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why Allah choosed arabia (specially the middle east) to spread the universal religion islam, all when i read about the history or prophets they all belong to the same region--why? any authentic quotations from ahdith or quran-e-kareem
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Why all prophets from middle east arabia
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Islam or the prescribed and approved way of life for attaining peace in this world and salvation in the Hereafter by surrendering the will of man to the Will of Allah, was the religion which originated from the very first man who was sent to this world, the common father of all mankind and the Noble Prophet of Allah, Adam (a.s.).
This way of life (Islam) was the deen of all the Prophets who ever came to this earth.
The Holy Quran mentions only about 26 Prophets of Allah by name, and the fact is that they all originated in the larger Middle East. All the Prophets mentioned by name in the Quran are from the the Bani Israel except four prophets who were from the Arabs.. namely: Prophet Hud (a.s.), Prophet Saleh (a.s.), Prophet Shuaib (a.s.), and the Last and Final Messenger of Allah, Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah (saws).
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 40 Surah Mumin verse 78:
78 We did aforetime send Prophets before thee (O Mohamed (saws)): of them there are some whose story We have related to thee, and others whose story We have not related to thee.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 13 Surah Raad verse 7:
7 And the Unbelievers say! "Why is not a Sign sent down to him (Prophet Mohamed (saws)) from his Lord?" But thou (O Prophet (saws)) art truly a warner, and to every people (We have sent) a Guide.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verses 24-26:
24 Verily We have sent thee (O Mohamed (saws)) in Truth as a bearer of glad tidings and as a warner: and there never was a people without a warner having lived among them (in the past).
25 And if they reject thee (O Mohamed (saws)), so did their predecessors to whom came their Messengers with Clear Signs, Books of Dark Prophecies, and the Book of Enlightenment.
26 In the end did I punish those who rejected faith: and how (terrible) was My rejection (of them)!
In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, what we do know with absolute certainty is that Allah Subhanah sent His Prophets to every community and Ummah through all times and ages, starting with the first man on earth, Prophet Adam (a.s.) and ending with the Last and Final Prophet and the Seal of Allahs Messengers, Prophet Mohamed ibn Abdullah (saws).
Your Question: all when i read about the history or prophets they all belong to the same region--why?
In light of the absolutely clear guidance of the Glorious Qruan, the Lord All-Just, All-Merciful sent His Prophets to every nation and every people all over the world; all relaying the exact same Message of belief and worship of the One and Only Lord Creator Alone.
It seems that the main reason and wisdom the Glorious Quran only finds mention of the names of the Prophets of Allah that originated in the Middle East, is that when Prophet Mohamed (saws) told them the stories of these Prophets, the people who were being addressed (The Arabs, the Jews, and the Christians, etc.) were already aware of those names, their message and their existence. Allah Subhanah cites the stories of various Prophets in His Glorious Quran as examples, to warn the people, that Allah destroyed those communities before you that rejected the Message of Allah, and give good news to the believers. It was also to reconfirm to the Jews and Christians of the time (and even today), that Mohamed (saws) had not come with a new religion, but came to confirm the religion that they all claimed they followed, that is, the religion of Prophet Ibraheem (a.s.).. The Glorious Quran also states and declares that Prophet Mohamed (saws) was sent to confirm the Message of the previous Prophets, and set-right the corruptions these people had innovated/added/subtracted from their original religion, according to their own whims and fancies and without any authority from Allah Subhanah.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 40-41:
40 O children of Israel! Call to mind the (special) favor which I bestowed upon you and fulfil your covenant with Me as I fulfil My covenant with you and fear none but Me.
41 And believe in what I reveal (Quran) confirming the Revelation which is with you and be not the first to reject faith therein, nor sell My Signs for a small price: and fear Me and Me alone
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa vese 47:
47 O ye people of the Book! Believe in what We have (now) revealed (The Quran) confirming what was (already) with you before We change the face and fame of some (of you) beyond all recognition and turn them hindwards or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers: for the Decisions of Allah must be carried out.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 92:
92 And this (Al-Quran) is a Book which We have revealed bringing blessings and confirming (the Revelations) which came before it:
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verse 31:
31 That which We have revealed to thee (O Mohamed (saws)) of the Book (Al-Quran) is the Truth confirming what was (Revealed) before it: for Allah is assuredly with respect to his servants, Well Acquainted and Fully-Observant!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 91:
91 When it is said to them: "believe in what Allah hath sent down" they say "We believe (only) in what was sent down to us"; yet they reject all besides, even if it be Truth confirming what is with them.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 101:
101 And when came to them a Messenger from Allah confirming what was with them, a party of the People of the Book threw away the Book of Allah behind their backs as if (it had been something) they did not know!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 48:
48 To thee (O Mohamed (saws)) We sent the Scripture (Al-Quran) in Truth, confirming the Scriptures that came before it and guarding it in safety; so judge between them by what Allah hath revealed and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have We prescribed a Law and an Open Way. If Allah had so willed He would have made you a single people, but (His Plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute.
The disbelievers amongst the Arabs, the Jews, and the Christians of the times strongly opposed and rejected the Message and the Mission which Prophet Mohamed (saws) was sent on by His Lord, even though they well knew the names and stories of the ancient Prophets from their own Scriptures. One can only imagine what these evil rejecters and disbelievers in the Truth would have done and said if Prophet Mohamed (saws) told them the names and stories of the other Prophets of Allah whom they did not recognize, and of regions and people of the earth whom they had never even heard of!
One amongst the many Noble and Exclusive Attributes of our Lord Creator is that He is the Al-Aadil or the All-Just; and it does not behove and befit His Majesty and His Mercy to ever be unjust to any in His creation.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 41 Surah Haa Meem verse 46:
46 Whoever works righteousness benefits his own soul; whoever works evil it is against his own soul: nor is thy Lord ever unjust (in the least) to His servants!
One amongst the promises and laws of our Just and Supreme Lord and Creator is that He never never ever would punish a people who did not receive His Message!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verses 13-15:
13 Every man's augury We have fastened on his own neck: on the Day of Judgment We shall bring out for him a scroll which he will see spread open.
14 (It will be said to him:) "Read thine (own) record: sufficient is thy soul this day to make out an account against thee."
15 Who receiveth guidance receiveth it for his own benefit: who goeth astray doth so to his own loss: no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another: nor would We visit with Our Wrath until We had sent Our Messenger!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 26 Surah Shuaraa verses 208-209:
208 Never did We destroy a people but had its Warners
209 by way of reminder; and We never are unjust.
And just to make absolutely sure that this Just-Law is implemented and that one who has not received the Message of their Lord is not punished, every time a people are about to be cast into the dungeons of the Hell Fire, they will be asked by the guardian Angels of the Hell Fire whether or not a Warner from their Lord came to them and recited to them the Warning and the Message of their Lord! And every wrongdoer at the gates of Hell Fire on that Tumultuous Day will indeed admit and confess himself that Allahs Warner did indeed come unto them, but it was they themselves who in their arrogance rejected Allahs Message and His Warnings!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 67 Surah Mulk verses 6-11:
6 For those who reject their Lord is the Penalty of Hell: and evil is (such) destination.
7 When they are cast therein they will hear the (terrible) drawing in of its breath, even as it blazes forth.
8 Almost bursting with fury: every time a group is cast therein its keepers (the Angels) will ask "Did no warner come to you?"
9 They will say: "Yes indeed: a warner did come to us but we rejected him and said `Allah never sent down any (Message): ye are in nothing but an egregious delusion!' "
10 They will further say: "Had we but listened or used our intelligence we should not (now) be among the companions of the Blazing Fire!"
11 They will then confess their sins: but far will be (Forgiveness) from the Companions of the Blazing Fire!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verses 71-72:
71 The unbelievers will be led to Hell in crowds; until when they arrive there its gates will be opened and its Keepers (the Angels) will say "Did not messengers come to you from among yourselves rehearsing to you the Signs of your Lord and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?" The answer will be: "True: but the decree of punishment has been proved true against the unbelievers!"
72 (To them) will be said: "Enter ye the gates of Hell to dwell therein: and evil is (this) abode of the arrogant!"
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verses 36-37:
36 But those who reject (Allah) for them will be the Fire of Hell: no term shall be determined for them so they should die nor shall its Penalty be lightened for them: thus do We reward every ungrateful ones!
37 Therein will they cry aloud (for assistance): "O Our Lord! Bring us out: we shall work righteousness not the (deeds) we used to do!" Did We not give you long enough life so that he that would should receive admonition? And (moreover) the warner came to you! So taste ye (the fruit of your deeds): for the wrongdoers there is no helper."
Dear and Beloved Brother in Islam, it is Allah Subhanah, our Lord and the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth who has taken the responsibility of making the arrangements to deliver and make available His Message to all His slaves; and rest absolutely assured, that The Lord never ever ever fails in fulfilling His Responsibilities!!!
Your Question: why Allah choosed arabia (specially the middle east) to spread the universal religion islam
Beloved brother, it is only natural that at one time only one person could be sent with Lords Message to any one region or one people! If the Lord Most High had chosen America, or Japan, or Germany or any other nation or region or people in the world, one would ask why there? Why not here? Why not us?
When the world was ripe and ready to receive the One Last and Final Message of the Lord that would last until the end of time, in the Lords Absolute and Perfect Wisdom and Knowledge, He Chose, Determined, and Decreed that His Last and Final Message be sent upon His Last and Final Messenger Mohamed (saws) in the desert land of Arabia; and the Lord Creator gave and made it the responsibility of those who believed in His Last and Final Messenger (saws) and His Last and Final Message to proclaim it to all mankind.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imran verse 110:
You (muslims) are the best community which has been raised for the guidance of mankind. You enjoin what is right, forbid what is evil, and you all believe in Allah Alone.
Allah says in the Holy Quran: Chapter 16, Surah An-Nahl Ayat 125:
Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and excellent admonition and argue with people in the best manner. Your Lord knows best who has gone astray from His Way and who is Rightly Guided.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,