Surah The Night Journey (al-Isra’): Chapter 17 line 20-30

20. To all—these and those—We extend from the gifts of your Lord. The gifts of your Lord are not restricted.

21. See how We have favored some of them over others; yet the Hereafter is greater in ranks, and greater in favors.

22. Do not set up another god with God, lest you become condemned and damned.

23. Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and that you be good to your parents. If either of them or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of disrespect, nor scold them, but say to them kind words.

24. And lower to them the wing of humility, out of mercy, and say, “My Lord, have mercy on them, as they raised me when I was a child.”

25. Your Lord knows best what is in your minds. If you are righteous—He is Forgiving to the obedient.

26. And give the relative his rights, and the poor, and the wayfarer, and do not squander wastefully.

27. The extravagant are brethren of the devils, and the devil is ever ungrateful to his Lord.

28. But if you turn away from them, seeking mercy from your Lord which you hope for, then say to them words of comfort.

29. And do not keep your hand tied to your neck, nor spread it out fully, lest you end up liable and regretful.

30. Your Lord expands the provision for whomever He wills, and restricts it. He is fully Informed, Observant of His servants.

 

My Interpretations:

Gabriel is giving Muhammad deep insight into the levels of Heaven. Based on the life you live and the accomplishments of the heart you carry, you experience different levels of Heaven which can be experienced as different types of experiences. This is the same for Hell.

As many perspectives and lives there are in the universe, that is how many unique experiences of Heaven or Hell there will be. It is all a reflection, reflecting back what you gave in this lifetime.

When you divide God/Allah, you split up the psyche of consciousness and will not return to the WHOLE of Allah in death because your consciousness only saw division. It is a system of Law that works on Logic. What you do and SEE on earth in limited understanding or view will not all of a sudden give you sight in death. This is a sweet thought, but it is false, because it is not congruent to the laws of nature which show everything is about cause and effect.

Line 23, Muhammad learns the idea of respect for your parents and to treat them with kindness and show them the love they showed you, once they turn older. This also is a law based on Cause and Effect.

The Lord consciousness above us all, knows what is exactly in the heart of every man and woman. When you do things in kindness and with love, you can never do harm. Everyone will be judged equally for what they have earned.

Line 29 is a metaphor to show don’t be stingy or wisdom with your wealth or energy. Do things with an open heart and mind, but don’t be foolish in draining you of wealth or energy. There are many who unfortunately decide to take advantage of those with a good heart.

Muhammad is being taught this wisdom to pass on to his fellow mankind and let them know that when you follow your heart to do goodness, in turn that is what you earn.

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Surah The Night Journey (al-Isra’): Chapter 17 line 10-20

10. And those who do not believe in the Hereafter—We have prepared for them a painful punishment.

11. The human being prays for evil as he prays for good. The human being is very hasty.

12. We have made the night and the day two wonders. We erased the wonder of the night, and made the wonder of the day revealing, that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and know the number of years, and the calculation. We have explained all things in detail.

13. For every person We have attached his fate to his neck. And on the Day of Resurrection, We will bring out for him a book which he will find spread open.

14. “Read your book; today there will be none but yourself to call you to account.”

15. Whoever is guided—is guided for his own good. And whoever goes astray—goes astray to his detriment. No burdened soul carries the burdens of another, nor do We ever punish until We have sent a messenger.

16. When We decide to destroy a town, We command its affluent ones, they transgress in it, so the word becomes justified against it, and We destroy it completely.

17. How many generations have We destroyed after Noah? Your Lord is sufficient as Knower and Beholder of the sins of his servants.

18. Whoever desires the fleeting life, We expedite for him what We decide to give him, to whomever We desire. Then We consign him to Hell, where he will roast, condemned and defeated.

19. But whoever desires the Hereafter, and pursues it as it should be pursued, while he is a believer; these—their effort will be appreciated.

20. To all—these and those—We extend from the gifts of your Lord. The gifts of your Lord are not restricted.

 

My Interpretation: 

As one reads this with belief already in higher sources of information, you can see this “voice” does not come from a human source, but is indeed an objective one just telling humanity that way it is. Muhammad is the audience, and the student learning.

Muhammad is learning at this moment that many humans do evil and ask for evil things to happen, unaware of the fact that they are indeed evil. Allah will let them know everything in the end when your consciousness and subconsciousness is laid out for you to be your own witness with God to what you have done in your life.

Here we see God as not an impartial judge, but is solely the vehicle for a soul to LEARN. Allah/God provides the “space” above time and physical space to review and learn the truth of your actions in life.

Line 14 is telling Muhammad that each soul in death will get a chance to read their own book of life, and actions will be called into account.

I love line 15, as a freedom lover, nobody can influence your soul unless you choose for it to. You truly are the one responsible for all actions and can not blame completely on those in charge making you do something against your will. There are ways to defy evil and an example of being part of the German Nazi party comes to mind.

Those Nazi Party members in death will not be able to blame Hitler for their actions. Each soul is responsible and in that is a beautiful freedom.

When you don’t follow others, and instead follow your own heart and mind to do good, the rewards are great in this world and the hereafter.

 

Surah The Night Journey (al-Isra’): Chapter 17 line 1-10

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Glory to Him who journeyed His servant by night, from the Sacred Mosque, to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We have blessed, in order to show him of Our wonders. He is the Listener, the Beholder.

2. And We gave Moses the Scripture, and made it a guide for the Children of Israel: Take none for protector other than Me.

3. The descendants of those We carried with Noah. He was an appreciative servant.

4. And We conveyed to the Children of Israel in the Scripture: You will commit evil on earth twice, and you will rise to a great height.

5. When the first of the two promises came true, We sent against you servants of Ours, possessing great might, and they ransacked your homes. It was a promise fulfilled.

6. Then We gave you back your turn against them, and supplied you with wealth and children, and made you more numerous.

7. If you work righteousness, you work righteousness for yourselves; and if you commit evil, you do so against yourselves. Then, when the second promise comes true, they will make your faces filled with sorrow, and enter the Temple as they entered it the first time, and utterly destroy all that falls into their power.

8. Perhaps your Lord will have mercy on you. But if you revert, We will revert. We have made Hell a prison for the disbelievers.

9. This Quran guides to what is most upright; and it gives good news to the believers who do good deeds, that they will have a great reward.

10. And those who do not believe in the Hereafter—We have prepared for them a painful punishment.

 

My Interpretation: 

This is very powerful. First Muhammad is being told by a Divine Messenger-Archangel Gabriel that Allah is the one who allowed him to travel out of his body or by flight to one Mosque to another in order to show the unity growing of Muslims. Only in the hadiths, is it spoken that he rode on a flying animal, but in the Quran we see it is a lot more spiritual and mysterious than this children’s myth being spread to ridicule Islam.

Muhammad was given astral projection abilities, and given the foresight to see the spread of Islam with the symbolism of the Mosques. Perhaps it was only a dream, but we can be sure these visions were real enough to Muhammad to infuse him with this knowledge.

Line 2 is where Moses is joined hands with Muhammad, and shown that the SAME creator force has guided mankind with the 10 commandments written on stone tablets. There is some interesting history of the Jews, in which we learn that SOME of them followed the orders or commandments of God, and some of them did not. So they were brought with more hardship to learn from and grow in faith spiritually.

I have become aware that we do face trials and obstacles placed on us as reflections of our weaknesses in our lives. When we face them and start to change, that is when God will alleviate you and bring you blessings that you have worked hard to receive.

Line 8 is to show that not even Muhammad is safe from the wrath of God, once a promise is broken. If you break a promise to God, God breaks a promise to you, because Allah shows you reflections of what you have become.

They can be both good or bad…it is all your Free Will and choice.