Jesus said “a prophet is without honor in his own hometown” (Luke 4:24).  Muhammad knew exactly what he meant. 


Muhammad began receiving his revelations in the Cave of Hira overlooking his hometown of Mecca.  He went to his own people and they were not impressed.  Most of his first converts were his own family members, friends, and business partners.  When he would preach he was dismissed as a “mad-man.”  Most would push on past him; only a few believed in Muhammad’s monotheistic ideal.  Those who did believe tended to be lower class people or, at best, common workers.  His popularity would soon grow, but early on Muhammad was easy to ignore. 

Muhammad was not alone in his experience of rejection.  In today’s very long reading we come to an extensive rehearsal of the many prophets of old — Noah, Hud, Salih, Lot, Shu`yab, Moses — who were ignored when they in fact brought revelations from God.  It would appear the point of this passage is to weave Muhammad into this line as another such prophet.  In so doing, he is given credibility.  At the time, he also could have found encouragement in this history.  Such is the fate of God’s great prophets.  He is not alone. 

I am afraid my ability to blog will likely be impeded until the end of the weekend.  If you are still reading through the Qur’an with these readings this will give you a chance to catch up and work your way through today’s longer reading.  Blessings!