“(O Muhammad!): Even before you We never sent any other than human beings as Messengers, and to them We sent revelation. Ask the People of the Book if you do not know. We did not endow the Messengers with bodies that would need no food; nor were they immortals. Then We fulfilled the promise We made them; delivering them and all those We willed, and destroyed the transgressors.”
(Al-Qur’an – 21: 7-9)
The Holy Qur’an has replied to all the questions raised by the unbelievers from time to time. Here these Qur’anic verses are in response to the unbelievers’ question whether the Holy Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) is ‘no more than a man like ourselves’. They considered the Holy Messenger’s human existence to be inconsistent with his claim to prophethood.
This unbelief of the Makkan unbelievers is countered by reference to their own recognition of the humanity of those whom they considered to be Messengers in earlier times. The Holy Qur’an has made the difference between the Messengers of Allah and other people abundantly clear. It says that the difference lies in the fact that although they were all human beings, the Messengers additionally received from time to time revelations from God.
The Holy Book says that if the Makkan unbelievers do not know that earlier Messengers were all human beings, they should ask the Jews, who had joined hands with them in their hostility to Islam and who were guiding them in their machinations against Islam, about Moses and other Prophets of Israel: were they human beings or did they belong to any other species?
Turning the pages of history, we come to know for certain not only that the earlier Messengers were human beings, but also that God fulfilled all the promises He made to effectively aid His Messengers and destroy their opponents. The result being that all those nations which sought to humiliate the Messengers were, one by one, annihilated.