Surah Al-Hijr (The Rock): Chapter 15 (line 40-50)

40. “Except for Your sincere servants among them.”

41. He said, “This is a right way with Me.”

42. “Over My servants you have no authority, except for the sinners who follow you.”

43. And Hell is the meeting-place for them all.

44. “It has seven doors; for each door is an assigned class.”

45. But the righteous will be in gardens with springs.

46. “Enter it in peace and security.”

47. And We will remove all ill-feelings from their hearts—brothers and sisters, on couches facing one another.

48. No fatigue will ever touch them therein, nor will they be asked to leave it.

49. Inform My servants that I am the Forgiver, the Merciful.

50. And that My punishment is the painful punishment.

 

My Interpretation: 

This is where Muhammad is told how Allah allowed Satan to exist only to tempt mankind through the “seven” doorways to Hell. I would say these are the seven sins, logically. Let’s look at these seven sins closely and see how they could be the gateway that leads a person into Hell:

Pride-The reason why Satan did not bow to Adam in respect, was for pride. Pride is something that often times, sneaks up on a person and it does not allow them to make the best choices in arguments and in life. When someone is prideful, they are closed off to the needs of others and simply are thinking about their own ego. Being prideful is something that is seen in great dictators and mass murderers in history. Hitler was prideful, thinking that his way to a better Germany was the only way. These moments of pride in our history is when we can find some of the greatest crimes committed against the human species. When there is pride, there is no room for empathy.

Envy-Envy is often times a dangerous emotion that creates a feeling of lack and depression in yourself, and then a hatred in another person. You look at the person you envy with malice in your heart. You want to harm them, and you want them to suffer, because you lack what they have, or perceive to lack what they have. Envy has caused crimes of passion in this world where many have died because of the inability to control their envy of someone. Thinking they lack something and another has it, can destroy your sense of self and appreciation for God.

Wrath-Wrath is an anger force that is out of control, and wishes to destroy without mercy in the heart. Wrath is born from a closed heart and mind about other people. Some of the biggest massacres in war and scheming have been created through wrath. We know from Charles Manson’s interviews that he got these women to kill for them, filling their heads with feelings of “wrath” towards others. Much crime and murder has been done through anger and revengeful spirits.

Gluttony-the overconsumption of anything on earth, in selfishness and not replenishment. We can see a gluttony occurring on earth in terms of paper products, constantly cutting down our trees and not replanting them. This is a form of gluttony. As well as the over indulgence of food of course, that leaves the body unhealthy and the food source scarce for others. This is a sin of imbalance.

Lust-The desire to obtain someone purely for sexual gratification. There is no love in this emotion. It is purely lust. I would wager to say this is why Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. There was no love in that city, only pure adulterated lust for pure beings such as Angels, showed that this civilization was hopeless in terms of changing. Lust can cause rape, and other forms of crimes of passions. Yes, rape is not normally about lusting over someone, but it is about objectivity of the person as a play toy or a thing to use and abuse. This is a loveless sin…that shows a devoid of love in a person’s heart.

Sloth-Laziness. This is a gateway to Hell because it is about being a lazy person when you can help someone or others out. Many of our fellow human beings would be considered full of sloth, as innocent people are dying in immoral wars, and not many people speak out about it or make a physical action to stop it. It can cause great inaction in the world, and this in turn, never allows the good people to act, leaving our world static and not moving forwards.

Greed-Taking of wealth in excessive way that leaves others without it. This is another form of overindulgence, but it deals specifically with our form of commerce that allows people to survive and live on this earth. When people are living in greed, while others are dying in need…this is a major sin.

If people can stay away from these dark temptations to do evil in the world, then they enter into a peaceful state in death. Muhammad is the bringer of both good news, and warner to those who will not listen and change their ways.

I would say, that nobody is perfect. I have even felt these temptations in my life. But to live and STAY in them is a different story. We must always be aware of when we see the “doorway” of these sins and choose to walk right out or not even open these doors. Repenting is key in keeping these doors shut forever and walking the other way…back onto the right path.

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Heaven as a Bore: The Human Drama Cycle

An interesting observation I just made today, was in one the facegroups called Violet Awakening, there isn’t much arguing or fighting going on. In fact, there isn’t much in depth dialogue going on between people. Everyone is simply sharing their thoughts on love, abundance, soul bliss, and joy. I can’t believe it, but this group actually is a pocket on the internet where people don’t bother each other. They all have different faiths, share different points of view, but connect on the level of violet consciousness which is the Crown Chakra, point of spiritual realization.

Being a spirit in an energetic body, this is a great state of being. Imagine, floating in your consciousness of pure bliss, never any wars, or evils. I can picture it right now…it seems absolutely beautiful. However, it does draw the question that perhaps brings our existence into focus: Is heaven boring?

To my human level, YES, it is. I am feeling it in this group. Not that the group members are boring, but it is “uneventful”. There isn’t any drama, or problems. I am so glad this group exists because in a web full of arguments, threats, and problems, I am glad this group doesn’t have any in order to be a safe haven for others. Trust me, I am really happy that the state of being the group is. I do wish there was more wild discussions going on though.

BUT it raises the question that one time, I heard from others, asking if Heaven really is boring. While, I don’t think Hell is an adventure rather than a pining or burning place of remorse and regret. I would say Heaven is not boring at the spirit level, but at the personality level..heck yeah! We humans crave action, and reaction. Eventful adventures that drive us towards the quest of fulfillment of the soul. Once you are fulfilled in the soul, you are done experiencing the adventure because there is nothing more to seek.

So can this earth become a Heaven? No, because subconsciously many aren’t ready for that in the physical. I know I am in the spiritual level when dead and gone, but not right now as me. I am sure many others can agree and perhaps this is why many choose NOT to believe in Heaven, Angels and God. Maybe deep down, they don’t want to stop the human cycle of adventure.

When humans stop wanting adventure and exploration maybe that’s when they are ready for Heaven’s bliss. I try to picture any action happening in Heaven, and can not. I truly don’t see wars, or issues arising in this state of being. All I see or feel is a state of pure awareness and bliss. No souls are fighting or arguing in Jannah/Heaven, because of a pure state of consciousness that they are in.

Wow..I can’t believe I admitted this. But while I am alive still, I LIKE the experience of drama. I love seeing good and evil play out and learning from it’s lessons. I love siding with the Good and Light side and most certainly don’t like seeing the suffering, but I know this is a byproduct of evil existing. If evil didn’t exist, this world would be completely different. It would be a total state of “non action” or perhaps the actions would take place in other ways?

Could adventure be had without having to battle evil always? I am not so sure, but it gives me something to ponder. Would we be really ready for Heaven in the physical? What do you think?

What are the alternatives to adventure without war or fighting against something?

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Terrorists are Transgressors in Islam:Are You Ready for Hell, ISIS?

3:7

It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise – they are the foundation of the Book – and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah . But those firm in knowledge say, “We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord.” And no one will be reminded except those of understanding.

2:178

O you who have believed, prescribed for you is legal retribution for those murdered – the free for the free, the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But whoever overlooks from his brother anything, then there should be a suitable follow-up and payment to him with good conduct. This is an alleviation from your Lord and a mercy. But whoever transgresses after that will have a painful punishment.

2:190

Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.

5:2

And do not let the hatred of a people for having obstructed you from al-Masjid al-Haram lead you to transgress. And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.

11:112

So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allah ], and do not transgress. Indeed, He is Seeing of what you do.

20:81

“Eat from the good things with which We have provided you and do not transgress [or oppress others] therein, lest My anger should descend upon you. And he upon whom My anger descends has certainly fallen.”

 

 

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Bombing innocent civilians without a care in the world of who their target is in no way just or retribution for past actions. There is no equal rights established between victims or law provided to charge people of crimes justly. Bombing and shooting innocents from streets not caring who they hit, will be something all terrorists will answer the Angels when they are asked about the crimes they committed.

As they answer that their pride and ego took over allowing them to interpret the Quran in ways to spread fear, terror and trauma on the land..the Angels will drag them into the fire pits of Hell they voluntarily followed Satan into…

4:14

And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger and transgresses His limits – He will put him into the Fire to abide eternally therein, and he will have a humiliating punishment.

21:9

In the end We fulfilled to them Our Promise, and We saved them and those whom We pleased, but We destroyed those who transgressed beyond bounds.

32:20

And as for those who transgress, their abode is the fire; whenever they desire to go forth from it they shall be brought back into it, and it will be said to them: Taste the chastisement of the fire which you called a lie.

42:42

The blame is only against those who oppress men and wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a penalty grievous.

50:27

His [devil] companion will say, “Our Lord, I did not make him transgress, but he [himself] was in extreme error.”

55:8-9

That you not transgress within the balance. And establish weight in justice and do not make deficient the balance.

22:25

The day they see the angels – no good tidings will there be that day for the criminals, and [the angels] will say, “Prevented and inaccessible.”

79:1 By the (angels) who tear out the souls of the wicked with violence;

TERRORISM IS NOT ISLAM. TERRORISTS WILL ANSWER TO THE ANGELS THAT RIP THEIR SOULS VIOLENTLY FROM THE VIOLENCE THEY CAUSED ON EARTH. BE WARNED. IS THE PRICE YOU SOLD YOUR SOUL FOR TO DO EVIL, WORTH IT?

 

Surah Hud: Chapter 11 (line 20-30) Hud

20. These will not escape on earth, and they have no protectors besides God. The punishment will be doubled for them. They have failed to hear, and they have failed to see.

21. Those are the ones who lost their souls, and what they had invented has strayed away from them.

22. Without a doubt, in the Hereafter, they will be the biggest losers.

23. As for those who believe and do good deeds, and humble themselves before their Lord-these are the inhabitants of Paradise, where they will abide forever.

24. The parable of the two groups is that of the blind and the deaf, and the seeing and the hearing. Are they equal in comparison? Will you not reflect?

25. We sent Noah to his people, “I am to you a clear warner.”

26. “That you shall worship none but God. I fear for you the agony of a painful Day.”

27. The notables who disbelieved among his people said, “We see in you nothing but a man like us, and we see that only the worst among us have followed you, those of immature judgment. And we see that you have no advantage over us. In fact, we think you are liars.”

28. He said, “O my people, Have you considered? If I stand on clear evidence from my Lord, and He has given me a mercy from Himself, but you were blind to it, can we compel you to accept it, even though you dislike it?”

29. “O my people! I ask of you no money for it. My reward lies only with God. And I am not about to dismiss those who believed; they will surely meet their Lord. And I see that you are ignorant people.”

30. “O my people! Who will support me against God, if I dismiss them? Will you not give a thought?”

My interpretation:

I had to go back to include line 19 to understand 20,  “Those who hinder others from the path of God, and seek to make it crooked; and regarding the Hereafter, they are in denial.”

These are the ones who will not escape the judgment of God and the truth of what they have done spiritually to people will experience the harsh truth of what they have done. They will become the loser of paradise because of this guilt they will carry when everything is shown to them.

The believers who do good in the world, have faith in something outside themselves and money, will be the rewarded of paradise. Possibly because they will have learned the lessons their souls need to and have detached from their egos enough to experience bliss.

While there is nothing wrong with someone who looses their sight or is born without sight, the parable is trying to show that someone who doesn’t believe is just like a deaf or blind person. They can not see or hear the Signs from the Lord and will remain in disadvantage of those who can, by their own choice.

Gabriel tells Muhammad that Noah as a messenger said to the people that he had messages to give and for people to heed the warnings. They thought he was just like him and did not take him to be specially appointed to anything, so they laughed at Noah and ridiculed him while blocking others from coming to him to listen to the words of God. They called Noah immature, and others ignorant for following him. But truly they were the ignorant ones.

Noah tried hard to get people to listen to him. He said that he only stands as clear evidence of guidance from the Lord and that he doesn’t want power or money, but only to warn the people. His rewards lies with God and he made sure to tell the people that no reward on earth was he after.

Here at the last line, Noah is asking for  the people to support him and to see that he would never dismiss a person in their curiosity to hear what he has to say. He has a duty to perform for God and fears for his soul to abandon it.

An artist’s depiction of Noah trying to get people to listen to him.

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Joining Isis Is Really Joining the Devil:A Muslim’s Perspective

I am a bit wary these days with media coverage saying all these young muslims are joining ISIS. Especially when they are killing innocent civilians at this very minute in  Syria, what kind of muslim would really  want to be part of this nonsense? But let me offer my services to the angry and hurt muslims who may be out there thinking that joining a militant branch of Islam is the way towards God’s rewards.

Although we learn in the Quran that Muhammad’s need for his people to arm themselves and fight off the Mecca pagans who were oppressing them, I see ISIS as transgressors. When you read the Quran, you see a different energy than anger involved in the defense of Islam. It is a strong one that is backed by the angels and God of Creation. Muhammad was used as a tool to help take down the system of pagan child and human sacrifice and inequality in people not part of the elite class. Muhammad’s people would go about their normal lives as muslims and spend their time absorbing the revelations given to Muhammad and at the same time were prepared for war.

They would either march forward into Mecca when provoked by caravan attacks on the people of Medina, or they would stand their ground and defend their own land and places of worship. It was not done out of anger or revenge, it was done out of necessity to help spread a powerful message of Islam to the pagan Mecca leaders that did not hear or care to take seriously the words of messengers before.

That was in year 600AD. Now we are in year 2016, and we have the ability to see new ways of achieving peace. ISIS may be upset with the choices of others, but threatening, kidnapping and cutting off heads as scare tactics is not the Muslim way. It is actually against the laws of Islam to attack those that have not directly attacked you. It is not an open war fought against oppressors, it is scare tactics of terror to exact revenge and express anger. I see their disgusting videos on youtube, and I just get the instant vibe that these are very mistaken and mislead men. Some muslims have been wrongly lured that this violence is what God wants. But those muslims with understanding and heart know the difference between a honorable war fought against evil, and these terror tactics.

We are in a complicated situation these days. It is not WHOLE states or nations against others as it has been in the past. In Mecca around the 600s AD, in smaller civilizations to control,  people where manipulated to be against the new forming muslims. When ISIS attacks a whole nation, they are not rightfully judging who dies and who lives. Innocent people are killed in the cross fire today, and it seems they are far more concerned with exacting revenge than doing the right thing for God.

17:33

And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].

5:32

Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors

 

And as far as suicide bombers here is what the Quran has to say about those who take their lives, to take other lives.

4:29

O you who have believed, do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.

So really joining a militant rogue group is not really an army of God, it is dishonorable and cowardly. When you follow the darker side of anger and revenge, you follow Satan into the fire. Use the force for good, not evil. Remember Heaven is not a place, it is a space or dimension our souls can occupy if our consciousness is clear enough to do so. Do you really think ISIS men and women will have the cleared consciousness to achieve such a higher state? Not according to what I see in the news.

As I said before, it is hard to know the truth these days in the media. But I do believe there are some young muslims who see what is going on in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and feel helpless and want to exact revenge, so they are said to then join ISIS. I offer a new perspective.  It will take many people from all different faiths and nations to try to bring peace back into the world. It is not the path of God to exact revenge and blindly kill those who you see as an enemy. You have to be stronger than that. There are so many good people in Israel  and America as well, that declaring wars on whole nations just doesn’t work any longer. The wrong people are always killed and the acts are then used to represent all of Islam.

For this reason, I believe the leaders of ISIS to be minions of the devil. They have infiltrated Islam and are using the idea of war and self defense to terrorize people. I have watched their messages on youtube. They try to use the lines of Quran to twist them for their intent, but  many muslims know better. The interpretation that ISIS gets from the Quran shows them to be “transgressors” a word to be used to describe someone who goes over the limit of what is needed in the world.

3:7

It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise – they are the foundation of the Book – and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah . But those firm in knowledge say, “We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord.” And no one will be reminded except those of understanding.

I doubt any ISIS members are on wordpress, but I hope to put my words out into the world and to help soothe the anger of young muslims who see the wars in the Middle East or experience it. Part of this test of this world is to see if we can remain good even though there is corruption and evil around us. While direct self defense of homes and loved ones holds honorable intentions, terrorism never does.  It all will be balanced in the end. Those who were killed by the acts of others will be shown justice. Don’t taint your own soul by following a path of revenge.

Do not use the Quran and interpret the words with the energy of anger and hate…that’s the path of Satan and leads you into the hellish Fire of the soul.

Fellow muslims, if you know a friend who is full of hate and anger, please share this post with them to remind them there is a higher perspective to be found in Islam.

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Surah Hud: Chapter 11 (line 10-20) Hud

10. And if We give him a taste of prosperity, after some adversity has afflicted him, he will say, “Troubles have gone away from me.” He becomes excited and proud.

11. Except those who are patient and do good deeds-these will have forgiveness and a great reward.

12. Perhaps you wish to disregard some of what is revealed to you, and you may be stressed because of it, since they say, “If only a treasure was sent down to him, or an angel came with him.” You are only a warner, and God is Responsible for all things.

13. Or do they say, “He invented it?” Say, “Then produce ten chapters like it, invented, and call upon whomever you can, besides God, if you are truthful.”

14. But if they fail to answer you, know that it was revealed with God’s knowledge, and that there is no god but He. Will you then submit?

15. Whoever desires the worldly life and its glitter-We will fully recompense them for their deeds therein, and therein they will not be defrauded.

16. These-they will have nothing but the Fire in the Hereafter. Their deeds are in vain therein, and their works are null.

17. Is he who possesses a clear proof from his Lord, recited by a witness from Him, and before it the Book of Moses, a guide and a mercy? These believe in it. But whoever defies it from among the various factions, the Fire is his promise. So have no doubt about it. It is the truth from your Lord, but most people do not believe.

18. Who does greater wrong than he who fabricates lies about God? These will be presented before their Lord, and the witnesses will say, “These are they who lied about their Lord.” Indeed, the curse of God is upon the wrongdoers.

19. Those who hinder others from the path of God, and seek to make it crooked; and regarding the Hereafter, they are in denial.

20. These will not escape on earth, and they have no protectors besides God. The punishment will be doubled for them. They have failed to hear, and they have failed to see.

My interpretation: 

Gabriel is telling Muhammad that those who are prideful and haughty are in a slow downward spiral towards the punishment of the afterlife. Those who are patient and kind to others while remembering God, are the ones who will experience rewards of the hereafter.

Line 12 is one of the definite lines where we can see Muhammad was being talked to by a higher being. He is told by Gabriel that God knows the burden the revelations have laid on Muhammad as it has other messengers. Gabriel revisits what some have said to Muhammad at this point. People of Medina and Mecca are doubting Muhammad because of the lack of physical evidence of these revelations. They wish there was some sort of celestial object or an angel to appear in front of them. Instead they get wisdom passed through the mouth of a middle aged man named Muhammad.

This is PROOF that some of the Hadiths that said the Angel Gabriel has been seen by others in the sky is not entirely accurate. Nobody else saw the angel except Muhammad and perhaps he didn’t even physically see this angel, he only heard the voice vibrate through his entire being.

But this is all a test for the people as well as Muhammad. Those with true faith listen to Muhammad with tears in their eyes to the revelations. They know it is the truth and the mercy they have been waiting for. Those with doubt already in their hearts will listen to Muhammad, but not truly be able to understand what he means or where he is coming from and ask to see proof.

Muhammad is commanded at this point to ask these people with doubt while listening to him to produce their own just and morally perfect 10 chapters like this book. They are also asked to call upon their own gods and goddesses and see if they will even be answered with revelations such as this. When they realize they can not, Muhammad is then to ask them the final question if they will submit to God of all things.

For so many who look for just success in this world may receive it, but it is always the more permanent state of our souls that is most important and so Muhammad is to teach the people that a life just chasing glitter and gold will bring emptiness in the hereafter.

There is an idea that the true book from Moses is the real words of God and those who have altered the teachings for their own intentions and purposes will experience a great punishment since it caused so much division and bloodshed, including the blood of many messengers of God.

Everyone is given a chance to not be ignorant about faith and God. I have seen it in my own life and I know there is always that one moment where the nature of God’s existence comes into question in people’s minds. Those that seek to block the path of God for other’s are in the highest place of denial and disbelief and they are the ones who suffer the most karmically to what they have done spiritually to others.

I don’t want to go too far into it on this post, but if you look very closely in our world today you will see several groups of people who just would like to watch the whole world burn and become more isolated from God in thought and spirituality. These are the groups that oppress spirituality and are gaining momentum today in America’s society. I am not sure about other parts of the world, but I can SEE it today. These are the devil’s minions and God will bring justice in the end with punishment doubling because of how many people they have harmed.

 

“If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong. The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and backbiting; the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.”

~C.S Lewis

 

 

16th century drawing of Muhammad in the cave with Gabriel. Notice how Muhammad is not looking at the being next to him? He can not see Gabriel he only feels his words…

16th-century manuscript drawing of Muhammad in the cave with Abu Bakr

 

Satan Can No Longer Be Blamed.

Satan is not here on earth in physical form-not one physical form that is. Satan is not in an anti-christ baby or person right now alive on earth. Satan is inside people who allow “him” to be. Satan is inside the person who trolls the internet and gets joy out of bullying people. Satan is inside of a person who chooses to be greedy over sharing with others. Satan is inside of a person who is so angry that they have to lash out at others without thought-killing or injuring others. Satan is inside those who seek revenge instead of forgiveness. Satan is inside those who seek sexual gratification without love or care for the other person. Satan is inside those who delve into the excess of life in money, drink, gambling, and drugs, bringing more attachment to this earth. Satan is most certainly in the dictators and corrupt leaders of the earth creating loss for their own gain.

It is the dark side of our human nature that we must learn to overcome. In year 2016, we can no longer look for the creature with horns and a red body that does evil things to our world. We must now evolve to see that God guided us to realize the truth of Satan as the “prince of Air”. Air is everywhere and yet nowhere in physical shape or form. This is what the religious texts were trying to tell us. Satan is the desires and egos that get us off the straight path.

This should actually be comforting news to you. It means you have the power over Satan! It is all in you and the people whether evil reigns on earth or not. No longer can we blame an unknown entity for the evils and wrongs, now it is time to admit to our mistakes to our own selves and start to evolve as a species. The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden with the snake is symbolism with deep inner truths to our nature. We must take these ideas now and learn from them.

Yes, we still will be punished in the consciousness of hell if we follow Satan’s footsteps. It is karma and a consequence to being out of connection with God. Hell could very much could be the reliving of the pain given to others and feeling that same suffering back. Our punishment will not be dealt by God with a paddle and a bunch of demons, it will be by the balancing forces of God that create realizations and hard lessons to learn from-if you are not willing to learn from them at first.

Please stop blaming the devil on the evil in the world and start to be an active force to fight against the hate and evil. YOU are responsible. We are all responsible for allowing evil to happen on earth. If every human stopped listening to the whispers of their ego and selfish desires, there would no longer be a devil…and only God would be left to see shining out of people.

 

114:1-6

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

 Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind.

 The King of mankind.

The God of mankind.

 From the evil of the sneaky whisperer.

 Who whispers into the hearts of people.

 From among jinn and among people.”

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Surah Al-A’raf : Chapter 7 (line 50-60) the Elevations

50. The inmates of the Fire will call on the inhabitants of the Garden, “Pour some water over us, or some of what God has provided for you.” They will say, “God has forbidden them for the disbelievers.”

51. Those who took their religion lightly, and in jest, and whom the worldly life deceived. Today We will ignore them, as they ignored the meeting on this Day of theirs, and they used to deny Our revelations.

52. We have given them a Scripture, which We detailed with knowledge-guidance and mercy for people who believe.

53. Are they waiting for anything but its fulfillment? The Day its fulfillment comes true, those who disregarded it before will say, “The messengers of our Lord did come with the truth. Have we any intercessors to intercede for us? Or, could we be sent back, to behave differently from the way we behaved before?” They ruined their souls, and what they used to invent has failed them.

54. Your Lord is God; He who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then established Himself on the Throne. The night overtakes the day, as it pursues it persistently; and the sun, and the moon, and the stars are subservient by His command. His is the creation, and His is the command. Blessed is God, Lord of all beings.

55. Call upon your Lord humbly and privately. He does not love the aggressors.

56. And do not corrupt on earth after its reformation, and pray to Him with fear and hope. God’s mercy is close to the doers of good.

57. It is He who sends the wind ahead of His mercy. Then, when they have gathered up heavy clouds, We drive them to a dead land, where We make water come down, and with it We bring out all kinds of fruits. Thus We bring out the dead-perhaps you will reflect.

58. As for the good land, it yields its produce by the leave of its Lord. But as for the bad, it produces nothing but hardship and misery. Thus We explain the revelations in various ways for people who are thankful.

59. We sent Noah to his people. He said, “O my people! Worship God; you have no god other than Him. I fear for you the punishment of a tremendous Day.”

60. The dignitaries among his people said, “We see that you are in obvious error.”

My interpretation: 

Muhammad is still being given a terrible glimpse of what is to happen in the future to those who do not follow the guidance found in these revelations and in the original Gospel, and Torah given to Moses. When the inmates of Hell call to the people in Heaven above them, they will ask for water, AND other provisions that God has given the believers. But by that time it will be too late for them.

The ones who ignored God, mocked the messengers and took the afterlife in jest are the ones who will get the consequences of being ignored by God. I have always felt that God will not be a direct punisher of those in Hell, but it will be a place of isolation and neglect from God. The way I have heard it and it’s a beautiful expression, is that the ones furthest from God’s light will be in a void or vacuum from any of God’s Love only cause they pushed it away when alive.

Gabriel is telling Muhammad that God created everything in 6 days and rested on the 7th. This is the same as been told by the other messengers and if you are an evolutionist like me, you may be able to see that time is relative to God. 6 days to God, could be millions of years to humans who live a speck of the infinity, that God does. I have always believed in a God that creates us to evolve.

Muhammad is told that just by the idea of land being able to have water rained down on them to help the crops and grow food, is a Sign from this guiding force that creates life. Muhammad is told to tell the pagans, this is from One God, and they are better guided to practice worship to this One God.

Noah was a man who was a chosen messenger of God, trying to bring truth to his people he lived with. But they sadly did not listen and called Noah in obvious error.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 160-170) The Cow

160. Except those who repent, and reform, and proclaim. Those-I will accept their repentance. I am the Acceptor of Repentance, the Merciful.

161. But as for those who reject faith, and die rejecting-those-upon them is the curse of God, and of the angels, and of all humanity.

162. They will remain under it forever, and the torment will not be lightened for them, and they will not be reprieved.

163. Your God is one God. There is no god but He, the Benevolent, the Compassionate.

164. In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of night and day; in the ships that sail the oceans for the benefit of mankind; in the water that God sends down from the sky, and revives the earth with it after it had died, and scatters in it all kinds of creatures; in the changing of the winds, and the clouds disposed between the sky and the earth; are signs for people who understand.

165. Yet among the people are those who take other than God as equals to Him. They love them as the love of God. But those who believe have greater love for God. If only the wrongdoers would realize, when they see the torment; that all power is God’s, and that God is severe in punishment.

166. Those who were followed will then disown those who followed them, and they will see the retribution, and ties between them will be severed.

167. Those who followed will say, “If only we can have another chance, we will disown them, as they disowned us.” Thus God will show them their deeds, as regrets to them, and they will not come out of the Fire.

168. O people! Eat of what is lawful and good on earth, and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. He is to you an open enemy.

169. He commands you to do evil and vice, and to say about God what you do not know.

170. And when it is said to them, “Follow what God has revealed,” they say, “We will follow what we found our ancestors following.” Even if their ancestors understood nothing, and were not guided?

My Interpretation:

The inspiring speech that Muhammad must courageously say to the Mecca leaders is still being given to Muhammad. At this point he is being told to let the leaders know that it is never too late to repent and change ways. They can simply submit to the laws of God to monotheism and there will never need to be wars.

Gabriel gives Muhammad the aspects of nature of God to show that the nature deities they may worship, is already a part of “Allah”, which is the Arabic name for the “One God”. So when you pray to Allah, you are indeed praying to the Creator of everything and no need to divide Him into aspects of His Self.

In one way, I believe this is the biggest crime of Paganism- to divide the ego into more pieces away from the whole of God. In Hinduism, many Hindus can worship one God as they see aspects of this one God in deity in form. There is a difference to worshipping many little gods, to honoring and devoting time to ONE.

This is why Muhammad is considered a prophet and a messenger, he was given the messages by an angel to give to the people, but he was also given insight into the future that other messengers where perhaps not given. Here he starts to see Hell as a place of separation these leaders will experience if they deny God’s Will on earth for monotheism.

It is described once again as a painful torment for them, and this pain will be experienced on a spiritual level.

There is a warning to not indulge in earthly pleasures and eat of things given and made good for them. As you know, the God of Abraham does not prescribe pig of any sorts, and possibly because it is not made good for human consumption as we learn so often in news stories. They are scavengers that roll in their own feces and mud. They are found to eat their own kind, and even the occasional farmer fallen into a pig pen (see news stories), and they are extremely dirty animals. Far more dirtier than grass grazing cows, sheep, or goat. God forbids the consumption of scavengers and carrion eaters, which devour other animals for their food. Eating their meat can cause disease in humans.

There is also the idea of committing one of the seven sins by self indulgence in what the earth provides-Gluttony. For me this is not about oppression of God, but healthy suggestion to not over indulge in food and drink. It’s about healthy balance.

And there is a warning that many should heed today: Just because your parents or grandparent practice one thing, does not make it right. You must always seek for the truth yourself. Remember Abraham’s father almost had him stoned for claiming monotheism. So do not follow your parent’s pathway of spirituality…always find your own.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 150-160) The Cow

150. And wherever you come from, turn your face towards the Sacred Mosque. And wherever you may be, turn your faces towards it. So that the people may not have any argument against you-except those who do wrong among them. So do not fear them, but fear Me, that I may complete My blessings upon you, and that you may be guided.

151. Just as We sent to you a messenger from among you, who recites Our revelations to you, and purifies you, and teaches you the Book and wisdom, and teaches you what you did not know.

152. So remember Me, and I will remember you. And thank Me, and do not be ungrateful.

153. O you who believe! Seek help through patience and prayers. God is with the steadfast.

154. And do not say of those who are killed in the cause of God, “Dead.” Rather, they are alive, but you do not perceive.

155. We will certainly test you with some fear and hunger, and some loss of possessions and lives and crops. But give good news to the steadfast.

156. Those who, when a calamity afflicts them, say, “To God we belong, and to Him we will return.”

157. Upon these are blessings and mercy from their Lord. These are the guided ones.

158. Safa and Marwa are among the rites of God. Whoever makes the Pilgrimage to the House, or performs the Umrah, commits no error by circulating between them. Whoever volunteers good-God is Appreciative and Cognizant.

159. Those who suppress the proofs and the guidance We have revealed, after We have clarified them to humanity in the Scripture-those-God curses them, and the cursers curse them.

160. Except those who repent, and reform, and proclaim. Those-I will accept their repentance. I am the Acceptor of Repentance, the Merciful.

My Interpretation:

This is Gabriel saying to Muhammad these are the words he must speak for God to the people as the next chosen prophet in this historical time. He must remind the people that they are and will be slaughtered and oppressed by those in Mecca who hate to see their pagan religion system crumbling. But he gives them glad tidings, that there is no such thing as “death” for these brave souls who are killed by others. They are very much alive in the spiritual world that we can not see.

These lines read as an inspiring speech to start a revolution and to know that God is with them. The brave choices they make as righteous believers will not go unseen by God. All good acts are recorded and reflected upon.

There is also a curse put upon those who become the mortal enemies of God and the messengers, and their punishment for not listening to Muhammad, will not be light in the hereafter.

I see Hell as a state of being or conscious state you can end up in after death, if in life you denied Heaven and God. After all-we are the co-creators of our realities, and this extends to the afterlife as well.