Surah Al-An’nam : Chapter 6 (line 1-10) the Livestock

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

1. Praise be to God, Who created the heavens and the earth, and made the darkness and the light. Yet those who disbelieve ascribe equals to their Lord.

2. It is He Who created you from clay, then decided a term-a term determined by Him. Yet you doubt.

3. He is God in the heavens and the earth. He knows what you keep secret and what you make public; and He knows what you earn.

4. Not one of their Lord’s signs comes to them, but they turn away from it.

5. They denied the truth when it has come to them; but soon will reach them the news of what they used to ridicule.

6. Have they not considered how many generations We destroyed before them? We had established them on earth more firmly than We established you, and We sent the clouds pouring down abundant rain on them, and We made rivers flow beneath them. But We destroyed them for their sins, and established other civilizations after them.

7. Had We sent down upon you a book on paper, and they had touched it with their hands, those who disbelieve would have said, “This is nothing but plain magic.”

8. And they say, “Why was an angel not sent down to him.” Had We sent down an angel, the matter would have been settled, and they would not have been reprieved.

9. Had We made him an angel, We would have made him a man, and confused them when they are already confused.

10. Messengers before you were ridiculed, but those who mocked them became besieged by what they ridiculed.

My Interpretation: 

This is Gabriel doing what Angels do best-praising the Lord of the Universe they live to serve. The capital “He” is when Gabriel is talking about God and how God created humans. I believe in human terms, “He” is best to describe the Fatherly duty of God. We are all children of God, in a way, that he created as an active force, and teaches indirectly. We were made from  the elements that science can study. Clay is ultimately wet mud, so Gabriel is explaining how we were created out of carbon and other elements of the earth, and molded into the shape that we have when we are born.

Muhammad is being told about how others have denied the truth before him, and will deny the Signs from God once again. Switching to the “We” pronoun could be then talking about the Angels and God. Angels may be used to destroy civilizations along with nature. All we know is angels are beings of energy or God’s Light, and so we may not be able to see them as they come to earth destroying the ancient pagan civilizations that no longer exist today.

There is an allusion to the idea that before humans, there were other earth creatures living here that were more established on earth than humans. This to me could mean that there were beings living more highly advanced or more in connection to the flow of the earth. But something happened within their society to start to cause them to go astray to the point where they started to sin in ways that could not sustain their lives any longer. It could be a matter of things (terrible blood sacrifice, waring nature, imbalance of evil and arrogance which caused them to lose the message of God completely within generations), that caused them to be destroyed and new humans created in their place.

The next few lines are interesting which express that the Quran revelations are not a solid book yet, but instead it is only a deeply memorized conversation, that later becomes written down word for word. And Gabriel may not be an angel in the flesh, but a being or energy in service to God that can be described as a Holy Spirit or Archangel projected on Muhammad. Cause right here Gabriel is saying that the people will ask why an angel was not sent to him directly just as they have asked about in the past. The answer is so that faith can be established in something that the people could not see with their own eyes. Sending an angel down for all to see may have then impeded on the nature of Free Will. The eyes would have no choice, but to register what was in front of them. Therefore no soul would have to work towards faith, if they saw an angel at face value. Also the word “reprieve” means to pardon, so if an angel was ever sent directly to the people, that is the end of their civilization. Almost like it is the last straw, before God destroys a people and does not want to pardon them for their sins.

I will say another idea pops into my head, that possibly Muhammad was “channeled” this information from the Angel, but did not physically see this being in the cave. Like the bodiless form of God’s voice from the burning bush that Moses heard. There are many accounts of people saying they have channeled higher beings who give them information without seeing the entity. I believe we should not go seeking answers from unseen energies that are not the Creator of the universe, but if an angel or higher being comes to you without looking for it, it would be wise to listen as Muhammad chose to.

Line 9 explains that making humans into angels, would have confused people even more into the spiritual nature of God. And as we learn in other parts of the Quran, God is subtle, but does not wish to confuse. A good teacher in life shows the way gently or guides, never confuses a student. This is what God does too. There is always a subtle guiding towards the right path for humans, but it is never confusing or twisting things to make you question existence. Satan is the one who confuses as the trickster, and God is our Creator that makes things clear again.

Here Gabriel is saying that before Muhammad, there was messengers that were mocked, but to not worry. They will be judged and punished for the what they have done in their lives. The good and bad are always accounted for.

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Surah An-Nisa : Chapter 4 (line 50-60) Women

50. See how they devise lies against God. That alone is an outright sin.

51. Have you not considered those who were given a share of the Book? They believe in superstition and evil powers, and say of those who disbelieve, “These are better guided on the way than the believers.”

52. Those are they whom God has cursed. Whomever God curses, you will find no savior for him.

53. Or do they own a share of the kingdom? Then they would not give people a speck.

54. Or do they envy the people for what God has given them of His grace? We have given the family of Abraham the Book and wisdom, and We have given them a great kingdom.

55. Among them are those who believed in it, and among them are those who held back from it. Hell is a sufficient Inferno.

56. Those who reject Our revelations-We will scorch them in a Fire. Every time their skins are cooked, We will replace them with other skins, so they will experience the suffering. God is Most Powerful, Most Wise.

57. As for those who believe and do good deeds, We will admit them into Gardens beneath which rivers flow, abiding therein forever. They will have purified spouses therein, and We will admit them into a shady shade.

58. God instructs you to give back things entrusted to you to their owners. And when you judge between people, judge with justice. God’s instructions to you are excellent. God is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.

59. O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you dispute over anything, refer it to God and the Messenger, if you believe in God and the Last Day. That is best, and a most excellent determination.

60. Have you not observed those who claim that they believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, yet they seek Satanic sources for legislation, in spite of being commanded to reject them? Satan means to mislead them far away.

My Interpretation: 

Muhammad is given insight into a very evil thing that is happening in the world at this time. Those who believe in superstition, magic, and evil powers to wield for their own desires are the great occultists of the world. They have lied saying that the disbelievers of God, the atheists, are the right ones. Making the world so topsy turvy, and twisting God in the minds of men. These are the ones who will receive the wrath of God.

Out of envy, and hatred for the believers in God such as Abraham’s family, have they followed Satan and will join Satan in his “fiery” prison. It is extremely hard to know if fire exists as a flame in the spiritual realm or if the fire is a metaphor for something else much deeper. Having their skins burned and then renewed to experience the pain again, speaks much about karma. What evil is done, will be experienced again as a tormenting cycle, till one repents and seeks for change.

Water is cooling and soothing as an energy, and so Heaven is expressed to Muhammad as a beautiful earthly place with water to soothe and relax their souls from the harsh times of this world.

Muhammad is to tell the people to give back what they took from others as they borrowed them and that theft is not allowed. If arguments happen then people need to pray on it and to ask the messengers who have been given guidance to help lead the people towards a fair solution. Much like Socrates was a man of wisdom, people would come to him for their problems, knowing that he followed a strict moral guideline instilled by God, not manmade laws. Many teachers and messengers have been like this. They don’t ask for money, they are only here to guide others and share the wisdom given to them.

There are some people back then, and still today that seek Satan as a source of information and wisdom. They only wrong themselves while doing this and are falling into Satan’s trap to mislead mankind away from their salvation.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 220-230) The Cow

220. About this world and the next. And they ask you about orphans. Say, “Improvement for them is best. And if you intermix with them, then they are your brethren.” God knows the dishonest from the honest. Had God willed, He could have overburdened you. God is Mighty and Wise.

221. Do not marry idolatresses, unless they have believed. A believing maid is better than an idolatress, even if you like her. And do not marry idolaters, unless they have believed. A believing servant is better than an idolater, even if you like him. These call to the Fire, but God calls to the Garden and to forgiveness, by His leave. He makes clear His communications to the people, that they may be mindful.

222. And they ask you about menstruation: say, “It is harmful, so keep away from women during menstruation. And do not approach them until they have become pure. Once they have become pure, approach them in the way God has directed you.” God loves the repentant, and He loves those who keep clean.”

223. Your women are cultivation for you; so approach your cultivation whenever you like, and send ahead for yourselves. And fear God, and know that you will meet Him. And give good news to the believers.

224. And do not allow your oaths in God’s name to hinder you from virtue, and righteousness, and making peace between people. God is Listener and Knower.

225. God does not hold you responsible for your unintentional oaths, but He holds you responsible for your intentions. God is Forgiving and Forbearing.

226. Those who vow abstinence from their wives must wait for four months. But if they reconcile-God is Forgiving and Merciful.

227. And if they resolve to divorce-God is Hearing and Knowing.

228. Divorced women shall wait by themselves for three periods. And it is not lawful for them to conceal what God has created in their wombs, if they believe in God and the Last Day. Meanwhile, their husbands have the better right to take them back, if they desire reconciliation. And women have rights similar to their obligations, according to what is fair. But men have a degree over them. God is Mighty and Wise.

229. Divorce is allowed twice. Then, either honorable retention, or setting free kindly. It is not lawful for you to take back anything you have given them, unless they fear that they cannot maintain God’s limits. If you fear that they cannot maintain God’s limits, then there is no blame on them if she sacrifices something for her release. These are God’s limits, so do not transgress them. Those who transgress God’s limits are the unjust.

230. If he divorces her, she shall not be lawful for him again until she has married another husband. If the latter divorces her, then there is no blame on them for reuniting, provided they think they can maintain God’s limits. These are God’s limits; He makes them clear to people who know.

My Interpretation:

We left off with Muhammad getting guidance that helping orphans is best for humanity to do. I can see this aides in our evolution. As we know children our always our next generation, so raise them right and they will become good people who will further society in a positive way. Raise children wrong and you will see the effects of it later in humanity.

Marriage to a disbeliever of God’s messages is worse than marriage of an uneducated war slave. It was not just Arabs that took slaves in as war captives, but when Islam arrived it was better to free these slaves if they were innocent and just caught up in the wars. So freeing of a maid or a slave is generally by ransoming them and also offering marriage to them. Here Gabriel  is saying that it is best to marry a slave girl than a pagan woman who believes in the false gods of Mecca. This will ensure the message of God being passed down from generation to generation.

The woman’s period is something, as a woman, I personally struggle with. Yes, it is a hurt and a “dirty” time where the egg from the body is trying to rid itself. It has been scientifically proven that sex on periods can cause infections later since the blood and linings do not fully get washed out of the body with penetration happening at this time. So this is not to say that women are “dirty” at this time, it is to say that it can cause medical issues within the body by not fully cleaning the body of the uterus lining that is shedding during the unfertilized egg. Remember God never wants to make this life harder than it already is to us. We are always being guided.

Absence from sex is permitted for the four holy months for reflection on spiritual matters, but it is said here that if sex happens Allah is merciful and understands what we do. Divorce is something that is up to the couple God says, but it is vital that the woman not be pregnant or conceal pregnancy or terminating it. Allah is aware of all we do, so righteous decisions in love and marriage is needed in order to free the soul from any guilt. Divorce is allowed twice, but not any more than that in excess to drag on a relationship that is not meant to be. We all deserve our happiness and God wished to guide us to it, and end any unnecessary suffering that we humans may cause to each other and ourselves.

There is a protection to the woman here which shows the knowledge of our sensitivity in the matters of love. God says that a man can not divorce and remarry a woman over and over again, and to stop this playing of her emotions, Gabriel tells Muhammad that a woman must be allowed to find a new husband and only after she divorces that new husband can the old one come back into her life. This must have happened a lot in these times. Women were treated like commodity and Gabriel was telling Muhammad what women really are to men-a gift, as men are a gift to us. 

This is to protect her and if I may say, I am a feminist, but also I understand that woman are more fragile in ways men are not. It makes us desirable to men in order to care and protect women (it’s wired in a male’s brain when he is ready to be a father or fall in love)  and so Allah has made men stronger physically and in a non-emotional sense, which is how I can interpret that men are a “higher degree than woman”. This can mean social status in the structure they had back then.

 I can see how men were the protectors and guardians of women who in turn provide a home and love that is felt on a spiritual level. Today in society woman are very independent and this is good and bad for us. We have gained an independence, but we have also gained a removal of our connection to each other as Adam and Eve at times in this modern world. Sometimes when the roles are reversed both sides are not happy. There are many interesting books on how the brain is wired in a male and a female brain, and what makes us unique from one another.

Eve was created after Adam, because God knew Adam wouldn’t feel whole without her in his life as a companion through this journey. And Eve needed Adam just as equally to thrive.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 210-220) The Cow

210. Are they waiting for God Himself to come to them in the shadows of the clouds, together with the angels, and thus the matter is settled? All things are returned to God.

211. Ask the Children of Israel how many clear signs We have given them. Whoever alters the blessing of God after it has come to him-God is severe in retribution.

212. Beautified is the life of this world for those who disbelieve, and they ridicule those who believe. But the righteous will be above them on the Day of Resurrection. God provides to whomever He wills without measure.

213. Humanity used to be one community; then God sent the prophets, bringing good news and giving warnings. And He sent down with them the Scripture, with the truth, to judge between people regarding their differences. But none differed over it except those who were given it-after the proofs had come to them-out of mutual envy between them. Then God guided those who believed to the truth they had disputed, in accordance with His will. God guides whom He wills to a straight path.

214. Or do you expect to enter Paradise before the example of those who came before you had reached you? Adversity and hardship had afflicted them, and they were so shaken up, that the Messenger and those who believed with him said, “When is God’s victory?” Indeed, God’s victory is near.

215. They ask you what they should give. Say, “Whatever charity you give is for the parents, and the relatives, and the orphans, and the poor, and the wayfarer. Whatever good you do, God is aware of it.

216. Fighting is ordained for you, even though you dislike it. But it may be that you dislike something while it is good for you, and it may be that you like something while it is bad for you. God knows, and you do not know.

217. They ask you about fighting during the Holy Month. Say, “Fighting during it is deplorable; but to bar others from God’s path, and to disbelieve in Him, and to prevent access to the Holy Mosque, and to expel its people from it, are more deplorable with God. And persecution is more serious than killing. They will not cease to fight you until they turn you back from your religion, if they can. Whoever among you turns back from his religion, and dies a disbeliever-those are they whose works will come to nothing, in this life, and in the Hereafter. Those are the inmates of the Fire, abiding in it forever.

218. Those who believed, and those who migrated and fought for the sake of God-those look forward to God’s mercy. God is Forgiving and Merciful.

219. They ask you about intoxicants and gambling. Say, “There is gross sin in them, and some benefits for people, but their sinfulness outweighs their benefit.” And they ask you about what they should give: say, “The surplus.” Thus God explains the revelations to you, so that you may think.

220. About this world and the next. And they ask you about orphans. Say, “Improvement for them is best. And if you intermix with them, then they are your brethren.” God knows the dishonest from the honest. Had God willed, He could have overburdened you. God is Mighty and Wise.

My Interpretation:

Archangel Gabriel is speaking to Muhammad in hurried tones that Muhammad must let the people know that inaction is a choice too, and if the people sit around waiting for a miracle, it will be too late to fight the good fight and do God’s will on earth. Then judgement of inaction will be done to the people that neglected to lift a hand to fight evil in the world. This has happened to the children of Israel where they saw the Signs and neglected them causing some to follow God and others to follow their own desires. So here Gabriel is telling Muhammad to ask them about these same Signs, in a rhetorical way.

There is also indication that the words of Moses from God, had been manipulated in some way and to understand the warning again for Islam now. Muhammad is supposed to warn others that by writing words not from God and passing it off as so, will cause major problems.

To those who disbelieve in a Creator this world seems to be all there is. So they covet, and hoard wealth and fame. They attach themselves to their egos and to the material realm of this earth making them disconnect from the spiritual. God allows for this illusion to look beautiful to those who claim there is nothing else besides this lifetime. But the true believers are grateful and found a balance between enjoying this life, but also knowing there is more to come in the hereafter. The eternal optimists are the true believers, the ones who see the sunshine through the clouds are the best of humanity is what this angel is saying.

To me this does not mean that atheists can not be good, but they will lack the imagination to experience something beyond our idea of Good, if they do not believe in the Creator of it.

213 is LIFE of this revelation to me. It is the proof of all unity of all human beings that shows ultimately how and why we were divided in order for a grand testing of souls to get back to the state we fell from. Those that do judge one messenger over another will not experience this unity and may have trouble experiencing the ALL. When you reject one prophet, but accept another, you are judging on something you know little about, but go by your subjective feelings. This is what Archangel Gabriel is teaching us not to do. He tells Muhammad to follow the guidance that we are one, and it is the righteous who will make no distinctions between God’s messengers. 

The reason why the books where manipulated was out of envy for one another. Something that was in the original Torah made the Christian leaders mad enough to conspire against them and vice versa with the Jews angry at the Christians. But all these matters return to God as we are judged for our bickering and unwillingness to see the other’s side.

Once again the monopoly on Heaven is being refuted by Gabriel who says that this idea is quite ridiculous because to say that only Christians or Jews will get to Heaven doesn’t explain the faithful servants that were “muslims” before these religions came about by the churches and temples.

Muhammad sincerely asks about charity and he is told that whatever good you do on earth is noted. Take care of those who seem to have less than you, treat them as family under one God. This is the beauty of Islam reflected here.

Yes fighting is a bad thing, but there are times in life when war is warranted and so Gabriel says that you must always fight to defend the innocent from any form of oppression in life. To not fight them, is worse for humanity in the long run. Many heroes through out time sacrificed their lives for the sake of others, and Gabriel acknowledged this and said this is why fighting is good for you while they can not see the positive effects just yet. The muslims from what I understand were a peaceful group that was being targeted by Mecca leaders so they were given permission here to fight back.

Alcohol and gambling are easy pathways to sin. They can be used as benefits in having fun with friends and family. They can bring a small enjoyment to life, but most people can not contain it to just this. Gabriel knows this and warns Muhammad that it is BEST for people to not pursue these things in life as they can dull the senses and cause economic situations that are not worth the suffering. Some muslims are very strict in their no alcohol intake while others can see there are greater sins in life, than this and are careful with excessive drinking. I will let you choose your own paths…

Orphans are something that seemed to be a big problem in society in 600 A.D. So Muhammad is given guidance to treat them justly and to not use them sexually, financially, or any other ways as God and his Angels are always watching.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 200-210) The Cow

200. When you have completed your rites, remember God as you remember your parents, or even more. Among the people is he who says, “Our Lord, give us in this world,” yet he has no share in the Hereafter.

201. And among them is he who says, “Our Lord, give us goodness in this world, and goodness in the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire.”

202. These will have a share of what they have earned. God is swift in reckoning.

203. And remember God during the designated days. But whoever hurries on in two days commits no wrong, and whoever stays on commits no wrong-provided he maintains righteousness. And obey God, and know that to Him you will be gathered.

204. Among the people is he whose speech about the worldly life impresses you, and he calls God to witness what is in his heart, while he is the most hostile of adversaries.

205. When he gains power, he strives to spread corruption on earth, destroying properties and lives. God does not like corruption.

206. And when he is told, “Beware of God,” his pride leads him to more sin. Hell is enough for him-a dreadful abode.

207. And among the people is he who sells himself seeking God’s approval. God is kind towards the servants.

208. O you who believe! Enter into submission, wholeheartedly, and do not follow the footsteps of Satan; he is to you an outright enemy.

209. But if you slip after the proofs have come to you, know that God is Powerful and Wise.

210. Are they waiting for God Himself to come to them in the shadows of the clouds, together with the angels, and thus the matter is settled? All things are returned to God.

My Interpretation:

This is a message to Muhammad to learn how to use his intuition and wisdom given to discern between a true believer and not. I meet these people all the time. They pay lip service to God while they harm, hurt, and judge others to hell. This is something Gabriel is telling Muhammad right now at this point. To understand that people may say that they are believers, but it is their actions that will prove it. Are they giving their wealth to those in dire situations? Are they helping others have an enjoyable experience in this world too by being kind? These are all things God knows and recognizes.

There is a warning to give to the people Gabriel is telling Muhammad at this point, and it is to be warned about following Satan’s dark path of lies, deceit, greed, lust, and avoidance of service to God. Here is also a warning that if someone starts off with faith and is mislead by Satan, then they are told that God can cause you to find your way back, but is wise in choice of WHO to call back and WHO to allow to wander. God can read each of our hearts and can tell what the intention is behind our actions.

Something VERY important to me is the idea of not being passive and waiting for angels to come through the clouds to do our work for us. We are told even in the Bible, that God helps those who help themselves. And this is something brought forth in the Quran, that God will not change the condition of a person until they change it within first. 

Same thing, my fellow human beings. Archangel Gabriel right now is letting Muhammad know that people need to change before the angels come and the resurrection begins. Because it matters what a person chooses to do with their time on this earth while still alive. It matters greatly to God. All truth will be revealed in the end.