Muhammad: divinely inspired or demon possessed?
Hatun and Daniel look at the manner in which Muhammad received his revelations. Do those signs show that Muhammad is prophet of God or demon possessed?
“Narrated Safwan bin Ya’la bin Umaiya from his father who said: ‘A man came to the Prophet while he was at Ji’rana. The man was wearing a cloak which had traces of Khaluq or Sufra (a kind of perfume). The man asked (the Prophet), “What do you order me to perform in my ‘Umra?” So, Allah inspired the Prophet divinely and he was screened by a place of cloth. I wished to see the Prophet being divinely inspired. ‘Umar said to me, “Come! Will you be pleased to look at the Prophet while Allah is inspiring him?” I replied in the affirmative. ‘Umar lifted one corner of the cloth and I looked at the Prophet who was snoring. (The sub-narrator thought that he said: The snoring was like that of a camel). When that state was over, the Prophet asked, “Where is the questioner who asked about ‘Umra? Put off your cloak and wash away the traces of Khaluq from your body and clean the Sufra (yellow color) and perform in your Umra what you perform in your Hajj (i.e. the Tawaf round the Ka’ba and the Sa’i between Safa and Marwa).” Sahih Bukhari 3:27:17
..Muhammad said, ‘O Khadija, what is wrong with me?’ Then he told her everything that had happened and said, ‘I fear that something may happen to me.’ … But after a few days Waraqa died and the Divine Inspiration was also paused for a while and the prophet became so sad as we have heard that he intended SEVERAL TIMES TO THROW HIMSELF FROM THE TOPS OF HIGH MOUNTAINS and every time he went up the top of a mountain in order to throw himself down, Gabriel would appear before him and say, ‘O Muhammad! You are indeed Allah’s Apostle in truth’ Sahih Bukhari 9:87:111
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These explanations may answer:
(i) Why didn’t Gabriel identify himself as the “Angel” right from the start?
At that time Prophet Muhammad himself didn’t “yet” know of what angel is.
In Islam, Gabriel is the same communicative angel who says “I am that I am” to Moses when inviting him to talk in the burning bushes. In Islam, Gabriel is Holy Spirit. Jews call Gabriel the “angel of fire”. Trinitarians mistake Gabriel as Jesus.
If someone doesn’t believe in what Moses wrote in Exodus 4:24, how can we expect him to believe in the story of Gabriel and his visitation to Prophet Muhammad in the cave?
(ii) Why didn’t Gabriel tell “not be afraid” or say “fear not” when he was encountering other humans?
In Human’s psychology an angelic appearance truly makes more powerful impact than a verbal suggestion.
(iii) Why did Gabriel ask (implore, beg, pray to “read” as Isaiah 29:12) when he would have known that he could not read?
Gabriel is not divine, he even didn’t “yet” know if Prophet Muhammad is illiterate.
And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
(iv) Why did Gabriel turn too aggressive under the circumstance by pressing down 3 times until Prophet Muhammad could barely breathe in order to get him to read?
That’s well-known in the Bible. The People of the Book such as Waraqa knew this feature: a similar “violent” encounter happens on Moses in the inn. God was going to kill Moses because of his sin in Exodus 4:24 which is not stated explicitly, but the surrounding events give substantial clues as to the violent character of Moses’ bloody temperament and his sinful past.
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
(v) Why did Waraqa first suggest that it was Gabriel, not demons?
That’s easy. It is because among the verses Gabriel conveyed (of Sura 96th) it is mentioned one Arabic word “Rabb” (the Lord) twice, without even mentioning the exact name “Ism” of the Lord (not yet at that time), that is “Allah” in Arabic. Also it is mentioned in the first revealed verse how the Lord is the Creator of mankinds. The Lord is the Owner of glory. Also, the Lord teaches humans how to “think” and obtain knowledge.
Satan is so wretchedly inglorious, and he didn’t create humans, can’t value knowledge, does not have any brain, so can’t think.
(vi) Why did the Prophet wish to kill himself?
From Waraqa’s story of Moses – that God wants to kill Moses because of his sins (in Exodus 4:24) – it is plausible if Prophet Muhammad would have had a similar worry that the same “unpleasant” event would be repeated once more time upon him.
(vii) Why did the Prophet – after believing that he was visited by Gabriel – still feel afraid after the second visit?
The crux of the issue is not Gabriel.
It s a symbol and lesson that Prophet Muhammad can “only” be strengthened by Allah directly (of Sura 74th) when he wrapped himself at his home. For the Prophethood, a weak consolation indirectly by an angel is nothing. That is unlike a weak consolation to Jesus who just gets “half-way strengthened” by an angel in the garden Gethsemane. Moreover, Gabriel can’t do anything helpful unless Allah permits him.
About the Hadith of “aorta”
(i) Poison by a Jewess doesn’t have any lethal effect whatsoever, except “pain”.
Allah protects Prophet Muhammad thru many ways:
– Prophet Muhammad has a more powerful prayer that cures “every” form of poisons. Thus, actually Prophet Muhammad doesn’t need a cupping or a date to heal him from any poison.
Muslim, Book 026, Hadith 5442.
Abd al-Rahman b. al-Aswad reported on the authority of his father: I asked Aisha about incantation. She said: Allah’s Messenger had granted its sanction to the members of a family of the Ansir for incantation in curing every type of poison.
– Allah eliminates any effort to harm the Prophet:
Muslim, Book 026, Hadith 5430.
Anas reported that a Jewess came to Allah’s Messenger with poisoned mutton and he took of that what had been brought to him. (When the effect of this poison were felt by him) he called for her and asked her about that, whereupon she said: I had determined to kill you. Thereupon he said: Allah will never give you the power to do it.
(ii) Poison by Jewess is not considered as a poison by Allah, nor as a way of cutting the aorta by Allah (supposed punishment for a great sin of altering the verses of Qur’an per Q.69, v.46).
(iii) Death can’t be caused by just one ant’s biting.
A painful pang of death was quickly removed from Prophet Muhammad after he personally prayed to Allah to eliminate it from him. A painful pang of death could be reduced by Allah to be as irrelevant as a small biting of one ant, or less. Certainly one ant’s biting can be bearable.
Had the Prophet not prayed to Allah to remove his pang of death, it could have been painful “as if” (meaning it’s not, it is otherwise) his heart’s valve were cut off. By a protection of Allah, the death is not painful.
Bukhari, Hadith 5713.
Narrated Aisha: The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say: O Aisha, I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if my heart’s valve is being cut from that poison.
Narrated by Aisha: I saw the Prophet when he was dying. He had a drinking-cup containing water, and he would put his hand into the cup, wipe his face, and say: O Allah, help me to bear the pangs of death.
Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, The Prophet said: A martyr does not suffer when he is slain any more that one of you suffers from being bitten by an ant.
(iv) Prophet Muhammad was not afraid of death by strong crying and rain of tears a lot for trembling.
That is quite different from what the NT Bible depicts Jesus of doing:
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Prophet Muhammad used to flee when Gabriel calls him shortly after the event in the cave of Hira, because he fears if God tried to kill him thru the angel, just as story of Moses in an inn shortly after the event of the burning bush.
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
Impact during and after conversing with angels:
– Zechariah became mute.
And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
– Daniel fell into sickness:
And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.
– Peter fell into a trance:
And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
– Paul fell into a trance:
And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
Other impact of religious event:
– Saul became disillusioned and laid himself down in nakedness:
23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
– Early Christians get an ability of Speaking in tongues, like men full of wine:
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
– Paul fell into blindness:
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
Major unexplained “Stone fetishism” that occurs in the Bible as well:
– a piece of pebble from the altar *absorbs* Isiah’s sins by just “kissing” or “smooching” it.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
– Abraham erects the altar of stone shortly after he arrives at the eastern Bethel.
And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
– Moses and David illustrates Jehovah as a “Rock”:
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
– Worse than kissing, Jacob anoints a stone with oil.
I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
– king Hezekiah wails by praying toward the wall of stone before being given a longevity.
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,
– altar of stone needs to be anointed for making it “clean” by pouring down the sacrificial bloods on it.
And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.
Main words in Sura Al-Ikhlas have the hidden Hebrew meanings:
– Echad: means One.
In Hebrew, Echad means “one person only”, not “one of”, per Isa 15:2.
The phrase Allahu Ahad occurs only four times (1 in Q.112:1, and 3 times in Sura 72, Q.72, v.7,18,22) referring to One person only, not “one of”.
One Father, One God (so, this doesn’t refer to many fathers, nor to Jesus being the second father).
Have we not all one father (Hebrew: Ab Echad)? hath not one God (Hebrew: El Echad) created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
Abraham is one person, not compound of many persons to one:
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone (Hebrew: Echad), and blessed him, and increased him.
– Samad: means (in Hebrew) a destroyer.
In Hebrew, God thru concept of sins is continuously destroying those infidel’s souls who refuse to believe in Monotheism. It is not Satan who destroys sinful soul, but God Himself destroys it (including soul of Satan).
For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you, lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy (Hebrew: Shmad) thee from off the face of the earth.
For the LORD thy God is a merciful God; he will not forsake thee, neither destroy (Hebrew: Shmad) thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
Destruction by God on all forms of paganism:
And I will destroy (Hebrew: Shmad) your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed (Hebrew: Shmad) them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:
Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baal-peor: for all the men that followed Baal-peor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed (Hebrew: Shmad) them from among you.