BEGINNING TEACHINGS CHAPTER 3
4:13 These are the limits set up by Allah. Those who obey Allah
and His Messenger will be led into the Gardens watered by
flowing rivers to live forever. This is the ultimate reward!
Mohammed would take month long retreats to be alone and do the Quraysh religious practices. After the retreat he would go and circumambulate (circle and pray) the Kabah.
At the age of forty Mohammed began to have visions and hear voices. His visions were first shown to him as bright as daybreak during his sleep in the month of Ramadan. Mohammed said that the angel, Gabriel, came to him with a brocade with writing on it and commanded him to read. “What shall I read?” The angel pressed him and said, “Read.” Mohammed said again, “What shall I read?” The angel pressed him again tightly and again commanded, “Read!” Again the reply, “What shall I read?”
The angel said:
96:1 Recite: In the name of your Lord, Who created man from clots of blood.
96:3 Recite: Your Lord is the most generous, Who taught the use of the pen and taught man what he did not know.
Mohammed awoke from his sleep. Now Mohammed hated ecstatic poets and the insane. His thoughts were that he was now either a poet or insane, that which he hated. He thought to kill himself by jumping off a cliff. And off he went to do just that. Half way up the hill, he heard, “Mohammed, You are the apostle of Allah and I am Gabriel.” He gazed at the angel and no matter which way he turned his head the vision followed his eyes. Mohammed stood there for a long time.
Then Mohammed began to receive what he called revelations such as:
97:1 Surely, We have revealed it [the Koran] on the night of power. And who will explain to you what the night of power is? The night of power is better than a thousand months. On that night the angels and the spirit descended with their Lord’s permission, to do their every duty and all is peace until the break of day.
55:1 Merciful Allah has taught the Koran, has created man, and has taught him to speak. The sun and the moon follow their exact courses, and the plants and the trees bow down in adoration. He has uplifted the sky and set the balance of justice so that you may not exceed the right measure. Measure fairly, and do not cheat the balance.
55:10 He has prepared the earth for his creatures. On it there are fruits and palms with sheathed clusters and husked grains and fragrant plants. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?
55:14 He has created man from clay like a potter, and He created the jinn from smokeless fire. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?
55:17 He is the Lord of the east. He is the Lord of the west. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?
55:19 He has freed the two seas [fresh water and salt water] so that they meet, but separated them with a barrier that they cannot breach. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?
55:22 From the seas come pearls and coral. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?
55:24 His ships sail the seas, towering like mountains. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?
55:26 Everything on the earth will perish, but the majestic and glorious face of your Lord will endure forever. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?
55:29 Everything in the heavens and the earth look to Him. Every day He exercises absolute power. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?
55:31 Soon We will settle the affairs of men and jinn [invisible beings made of fire]. Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny?