Thus the first revelation, declaring the prophethood of our beloved Prophet, had occured. It did not reoccur for three years. Meanwhile, the angel named Israfîl had come and taught him some things. They were not revelations. During this time, occasionally our Master Rasûlullah would become doleful. Whenever this occcured, Jabrâil ‘alaihis-salâm’ would appear and ease his sadness by saying, “O Habîbullah! You are the Messenger of Allahu ta’âlâ.” Our Master, the Prophet said, “During the time when the revelation had ceased, when I was walking down Mount Hira, I suddenly heard a sound in the sky. I looked at the sky. I saw Jabrâil ‘alaihis-salâm’. He was sitting on a throne standing between the ground and sky. Fear gripped me. I went home. I told them to cover me with something. Haqq ta’âlâ sent the initial âyats (verses) of the Muddaththir Sûra (purporting), ‘O thou, (Muhammad), wrapped up (in a mantle)! Arise and frighten (your people with the torment of Allah)! Deliver your warning (about the imminent torment of Allahu ta’âlâ to those who will not believe), and your Lord do you magnify! And your garments keep free from stain!’ After this, the revelation had not ceased again.”
Our Master, Fakhr-i Kâinat (alaihi afdalus salawât) started inviting people to Islâm and heralding the orders and prohibitions of Allahu ta’âlâ. While bringing revelation, Hadrat Jabrâil ‘alaihis-salâm’ (Archangel Gabriel) would sometimes come in the guise of human form, looking like Dihya-i Kalabî, one of the sahâbîs. Sometimes, he would inspire the heart of our Master, the Prophet. At those times, our Prophet would not see him. Sometimes, he would come in a dream and sometimes by making a horrific sound. The latter were the most difficult and hardest form of revelation for our Master, the Prophet. In these situations, even on the coldest days, Rasûlullah would perspire. If he was on a camel, the camel would crouch due to the heaviness of the revelation. Those companions who were near him also would feel the heaviness of the revelation. Also, several times, Jabrâil ‘alaihis-salâm’ came in his own form.
Allahu ta’âlâ also sent revelations without the angel and curtain, that is, He sent some revelations to our Prophet without means, too. This case occurred on Mi’râj night.
Starting his prophethood with the first revelation, our Master Muhammad Mustafa’s (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) began communicating Islam and had continued for twenty three years. Thirteen years of this period had passed in Mecca and ten years had passed in Madîna.
Qur’ân al-karîm had been revealed and completed in a period that lasted for 22 years, 2 months and 22 days.
Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ was ummî, that is, he hadn’t read books; he was not schooled in writing nor had he received lessons from anyone. Born and raised in Mecca, brought up among certain people, he conveyed information about facts and events in the Tawrât (Hadrat Mûsâ’s holy book), in the Injîl (the Bible), and in the books written during the Grecian and Roman centuries. In order to communicate Islam, in the sixth year of the Hegira, he sent letters to Byzantine, Iranian, and Abyssinian rulers and to other Arabic kings. More than sixty foreign ambassadors came to his service. The 48th âyat of the sûrat al-Ankabût purported, “You had not read any book before the Qur’ân descended; you had not written. If you had been literate, they would have said that you had learned it from others.”
It was declared in a hadîth-i sharîf that, “I am Muhammad the ummî Prophet. There will be no Prophet after me.” Also the third and fourth âyats of Najm Sûra purported, “Nor does he (Muhammad ’alaihis-salâm) say (aught) of (his own) desire. It is no less than revelation sent down to him.” (Najm Sûra: 3, 4)


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