Surah Al-Ma’idah : Chapter 5 (line 100-110) The Table

100. Say: “The bad and the good are not equal, even though the abundance of the bad may impress you. So be conscious of God, O you who possess intelligence, that you may succeed.”

101. O you who believe! Do not ask about things that would trouble you if disclosed to you. But if you were to ask about them while the Quran is being revealed, they will become obvious to you. God forgives that. God is Forgiving and Clement.

102. A people before you asked about them, but then came to reject them.

103. God did not institute the superstitions of Bahirah, Saibah, Wasilah, or of Hami; but those who disbelieve fabricate lies about God-most of them do not understand.

104. And when it is said to them, “Come to what God has revealed, and to the Messenger,” they say, “Sufficient for us is what we found our forefathers upon.” Even if their forefathers knew nothing, and were not guided?

105. O you who believe! You are responsible for your own souls. He who has strayed cannot harm you if you are guided. To God is you return, all of you, and He will inform you of what you used to do.

106. O you who believe! When death approaches one of you, let two reliable persons from among you act as witnesses to the making of a bequest, or two persons from another people if you are travelling in the land and the event of death approaches you. Engage them after the prayer. If you have doubts, let them swear by God: “We will not sell our testimony for any price, even if he was a near relative, and we will not conceal God’s testimony, for then we would be sinners.”

107. If it is discovered that they are guilty of perjury: let two others take their place, two from among those responsible for the claim, and have them swear by God, “Our testimony is more truthful than their testimony, and we will not be biased, for then we would be wrongdoers.”

108. That makes it more likely that they will give true testimony, fearing that their oaths might be contradicted by subsequent oaths. So fear God, and listen. God does not guide the disobedient people.

109. On the Day when God will gather the messengers, then say, “What response were you given?” They will say, “We have no knowledge; it is You Who are the Knower of the unseen.”

110. When God will say, “O Jesus son of Mary, recall My favor upon you and upon your mother, how I supported you with the Holy Spirit. You spoke to the people from the crib, and in maturity. How I taught you the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel. And recall that you molded from clay the shape of a bird, by My leave, and then you breathed into it, and it became a bird, by My leave. And you healed the blind and the leprous, by My leave; and you revived the dead, by My leave. And recall that I restrained the Children of Israel from you when you brought them the clear miracles. But those who disbelieved among them said, `This is nothing but obvious sorcery.'”

My Interpretation: 

At this time in history if men were rich, they were mostly immoral and living off of the wealth of others. So Muhammad is told to let the people know that just become someone has more wealth, does not mean they are more blessed. God allows them temporary enjoyment to see what choices they will make with their wealth to see where their soul belongs.

The Quran holds much wisdom about the world even a bit of the non material one, but there are questions that humans have that can never be understood by our human minds. Muhammad is told to tell these people who ask these kinds of questions to not preoccupy themselves with things they will not be able to understand. The Quran gives the answers that they need.

A nation before Muhammad’s asked these types of questions, and received some answers, but rejected them. So Gabriel is saying he is basically giving the humans the knowledge that they need and nothing else beyond that to confuse them.

Superstitions of Bahirah, Saibah, Wasilah, or of Hami is the names of females camels or cattle group of animals that were idolized. Once again, we have evidence of the Golden Calf worship. Here Muhammad is told that these superstitions were invented by man, and were not instituted by God. They are old traditions and customs that their ancestors have been involved with, but Gabriel is telling Muhammad, that these are people that followed the blind.

We each have our own freedom to follow what is right. Even though your family or friends follow the wrong path, you always have the choice to create your own. Abraham is an example of this. After he told his father, a pagan, about the One God, his father wanted to have him stoned. So Abraham is one of the first examples of not following the same paths of those before you and being lead the right way by God.

Death inheritance was taking seriously back then in order to give the money to the people that was in the will of the person dying. There needed to be witnesses and a prayer to fulfill the contract, so the rightful people received the money. There is a push to always be honest while God and the Angels are watching.

Gabriel is telling Muhammad that the messengers of God do not have any other responsibility than to give the message. They have no other knowledge that was not given to them by God. Jesus is an example of this messenger who was supported with the Holy Spirit to make the dead come to life, and cure diseases. But this did not mean he was God, it meant he was given the gift to do miracles so people believed in his messages from God. Sadly Christianity became divided from the other religions based on this one notion whether Jesus was God, was a servant of God, or both.  Some of the people who were disbelievers in the One Lord (like the Romans and the pharisees), said it was sorcery not understanding the Good it came from and the messages he was trying to give.

Today many people have the gift of healing others, and are becoming more attuned to this gift from God. Jesus was perhaps the first to use this hidden potential that can be found in all of us.

Healing from Jesus