What to know The Islamic conquest is a source of pride for many Muslims, who see Mohammad as a great military leader like Moses or Joshua...carrying the message of Islam by force when necessary. Interestingly, "Islam" is a military term that means surrender. "Muslim" means one who surrenders, or submits. To Muslims, who see Mohammad's military triumphs as a sign of God's favor, the reluctance of Jonah (Yunus) to fulfill what God said can seem foreign. "How can this man be a prophet?" What to say The message of God to the world was never meant for only Ibrahim and his descendants. The prophets were entrusted with the revelation of God in order to be a blessing to the whole world. In the life of Yunus, however, we see this message learned through intense situations...a story that can serve as a reminder to all people that God's acts of mercy are higher than what we look for or imagine.
In the passages that come after Yunus, the Injil, we see God's message and revelation unfold even further...with a statement that one day, people from every nation, tribe, people, and language, will be together in worship. In the next series, Al-Masih, we'll learn more.