The Power of Revelation and the Blessed Prophet Muhammed.

 “If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah. And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought. “(Qur’an 59:21)

One of the most awesome and utterly powerful aspects about Islam are the narrations that have come to us about the experiences of the Blessed Prophet Muhammed when receiving revelation.

Could we perhaps pause for a moment and contemplate the sheer awesomeness of this? What would that be like? What would be the state of your mind? What would be the condition of your body? What would be the feeling in your soul and heart to be touched by the divine in such a way?

As a former Christian myself, and in my humble studies of Judaism and Christianity I have never found this subject broached upon at all. It is simply a mere afterthought.

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)

This is fine and all, but what was that like? To be ‘moved by the Holy Spirit’ How did they feel? What was the state of being?

 “Every scripture inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness..” (2 Timothy 3:16)

How did they feel when they were inspired? What was this process like? How did they know that they were chosen to be inspired to write?

“On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning. A cloud covered the mountain, and a very loud horn sounded. All the people among the tents shook with fear. Then Moses brought the people from among the tents to meet God. They stood at the base of the mountain.  Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord came down upon it in fire. Its smoke went up like the smoke of a stove. And the whole mountain shook. The sound of the horn became louder and louder. Moses spoke, and God answered him with thunder.  Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. The Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and he went up. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down and tell the people not to break through to look at the Lord. For then many of them would be destroyed.” (Exodus 19:16-21)

Here one is going to take upon themselves sacred writ, the very inspired word of God, the very revelation of the divine. Think if you will dear reader at a moment in your life when you have been awe struck. Was it the stars at night? The vastness of the sea or an open desert? Was it the birth of your first child, perhaps you have stood atop a mountain. Or maybe you have been one of the few who have journeyed outside of Earth’s orbit.

Imagine if you will the state of your mind.

Now dear reader imagine if you will what if YOU were chosen for such a task. What if you were chosen to be a recipient of divine revelation. Never mind, meeting with God, as such, just imagine even having communication with an angel!

In the Musnad Al Imam Al Rabe’ bin Habeeb (radiAllahu anhu) The second section: The Beginning of Revelation:

Al Rabe’ bin Habeen said: Abu Obaida has told me from Jabir bin Ziad from Aisha the mother of the believers -radiAllahu Anha-that she said: Al Harith bin Hisham asked the Messenger of Allah (saw): How does the revelation come to you O Messenger of Allah? He said, “Sometimes it comes to me like the ringing of a bell, and that is the hardest on me, and when it leaves me I understand what it has said. And sometimes the angel appears to me in the likeness of a man and talks to me and I understand what he says.” A’isha added, “I saw it coming down on him on an intensely cold day, and when it had left him is forehead was dripping with sweat.”

In connection with the Blessed Messenger (saw) being an epileptic.

Let us say for the sake of argument that this is true. Would that preclude someone from being a Messenger of Allah (swt)? It absolutely would not.

Those initial verses that were revealed to the Blessed Messenger (saw) were absolutely riveting. The state of being, the state of mind.

I have not encountered anything like it in either the Jewish or the Christian tradition. The encounter’s with the divine, and the task of receiving revelation always seem like such humdrum affairs.

Al hamdulillah for Islam!

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2 responses to “The Power of Revelation and the Blessed Prophet Muhammed.

  1. adam2561

    keep amazing work brother.

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