The Place Where Polytheists and Monotheists Connect

I will say that whatever tells a polytheist that all gods are valid and connected to one another as creators- that force that connects them together in one culture or religion, is my idea of God.

Where a pantheist says all religions have truth in them and all gods are equal, behind that notion of interconnection is God.

Where a pagan or animist that worships all things non living and living equally-put it together and all of it is God to me.

I see unity everywhere and in every religion…cause God brings it to me by letting me know that all mankind was once one nation.

We may have different perspectives, but we are the One Soul created by the One Big Bang.

Humanity is One Soul from the start of Adam (Atom)…never forget that interconnection ❤

Quran 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.

21:04

The Day when We will fold the heaven like the folding of a [written] sheet for the records. As We began the first creation, We will repeat it. [That is] a promise binding upon Us. Indeed, We will do it.

2:213

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.

I thank God for guiding me to this path of oneness as a Muslim, and to look at everything with the eyes of eternal love and balance.

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Polytheism: Splitting the God Consciousness up.

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I have known many sweet hearted pagans and polytheists in my life and still remain their friend, be it from a Hindu culture that teaches Hinduism from a polytheistic perspective (since Hinduism can also be taught in a monotheistic way), or a pagan who believes in nature gods and different aspects of the Creator. But let me offer the reason why I think the Abrahamic God is against worship of other gods and will forever be, as long as humans live.

If the God consciousness wants us all to eventually come back to God where we originated from and enjoy the gardens of paradise we fell from, that means there is a “hub” or a center source of Creation that we all stem from. While believing in many gods as aspects of the One Creator may seem harmless to a person, the effects of doing so can split the God consciousness into more sections than it already is being filtered through the diversity of culture and religion of so many people on earth.

I believe that God wants us to discover our Oneness with each other and integrate that into our living amongst each other. This simply can not happen with thousands of gods and goddesses being worshipped at the same time. If thoughts create reality, then this would cause more division in reality. It is like splitting the soul into fragments and the search for the TRUE core becomes harder to do. So splitting God of Creation into a tree god, a river goddess, a war god, and a destruction goddess can cause a division in not only God in people’s minds, but in the human psyche.

It will cause God to be seen through so many different lenses that finding the way back to the source  TOGETHER, may become harder to do. It also may cause more division in people than God ever intended. For an example, say I didn’t believe in the river goddess that another feels there is, this can cause an issue and a fight if I had a warring nature. And in the past this is what tribes and nations did. They fought over who/what should be worshipped and honored in the land that they shared.

The past historical crusade fights amongst Christians, Muslims and Jews were caused by this inability to see where another was coming from. They split God up in their own minds and had trouble seeing the whole. These fragments of God then allowed them to feel alienated from one another and cause them to hate, ridicule, and eventually even kill. That being said, I don’t think the wars we have today in the Middle East are for religious purposes. The wars are happening for geopolitical reasons that have very little to do with spiritual reality. But at one point in time, our consciousness of humanity was not ready to accept all the puzzle pieces together to create the Big Picture. I believe it is starting to now.

While I think paganism in itself is harmless to the individual to worship more than one God, to the WHOLE of humanity, it can become a dangerous seed of division. If you are a holistic thinker you may be able to see God as the many, but sadly many people are not able to do that and some may never be able to, depending on how far they choose to extend their perspective.

There are many Christians who STILL today don’t understand that “Allah” is the word to describe the One God that spoke to Abraham and created Jesus…it sounds like “ALL” and so it is the best word in the Arabic name to describe the ALL. It is not a name of a being sitting up in Heaven looking at us.  There are many Muslims who don’t understand the trinity idea today and how Jesus and God are worshipped as One thing by some branches of Christianity, like Universalism. These abstracts are hard for people to grasp and although many do, like me and others, other do not. So there needed to be One Creator to worship for even the lowest of intelligence on earth to grasp. One=One. It is extremely hard to teach someone that Many=One. It is not logical to some people who have a more rational mind. To the more imaginative and perceptive types, this can be easily seen. But we are not all like this.

Since I am someone who can see things on a global level, I tend to think holistically and this includes my perceptions of other faiths interconnecting to Islam. The Quran reads to me like a manual for how to become One with the All, once again. Some Muslims even say I am not teaching Islam, but it is because they can not SEE the same things I can see by training myself to see unity in all things. Nothing makes me happier to see examples of unity in this world. That is just where I am consciously right now in my life.

As I said before, I don’t pretend to know the truth of the Plan of God, but in my heart, I feel we are headed towards an understanding of our unity that will lead us to more empathic ways of living with each other. Which in turn will mean more peace on earth and enjoyment for all.

Let me be very clear, I am not a supporter of the New World Order idea. I don’t like the images of a dystopian future where people have to die in order to establish unity or “sameness” without religion. I do advocate for the awakening of human consciousness to start to see unity past the illusions of separation that we created ever since God divided us during the Tower of Babel event. I believe in unity through diversity, but having the realization to understand that through our differences we have a common thread. And that when one person prays, or looks to the sky towards a Supreme Being or higher power we are in simplest terms looking at the same thing.

Established polytheism gives more justification to divide the Creator into many little creators, and ultimately it divides us further from realizing we are all part of ONE-God. It also could easily call on non human beings from other planets (or dimensions of space) to try to rule over us as these many deities (see the movie Stargate for that theory). If there isn’t ONE Creator, then there isn’t a limit to how many we can have as humans. Talk about micromanaging! I don’t know about you, but I would rather listen to ONE source of Laws, morals, and guidance.

God can have many names, looks, languages, but remains ONE single source of energy of creation. If you understand Zero Point energy in Quantum Physics then you will understand that by seeing God as one single source, we can then start to see us all as coming from this one single source at the Big Bang.

I believe emotionally, mentally, and spiritually it is where humanity is headed and where God always intended for us to go and ultimately why polytheism is warned against. Besides the fact that in polytheism you can justify ANY cruel law you want to by saying some harvest goddess wants you to kill children for the crops to grow this year (true story-this happened in pre-Islam Arabia), it really is to keep humanity on track towards discovering our Oneness with each other.

 

 

Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 190-200) The Cow

190. And fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not commit aggression; God does not love the aggressors.

191. And kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from where they had expelled you. Oppression is more serious than murder. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there. If they fight you, then kill them. Such is the retribution of the disbelievers.

192. But if they cease, then God is Forgiving and Merciful.

193. And fight them until there is no oppression, and worship becomes devoted to God alone. But if they cease, then let there be no hostility except against the oppressors.

194. The sacred month for the sacred month; and sacrilege calls for retaliation. Whoever commits aggression against you, retaliate against him in the same measure as he has committed against you. And be conscious of God, and know that God is with the righteous.

195. And spend in the cause of God, and do not throw yourselves with your own hands into ruin, and be charitable. God loves the charitable.

196. And carry out the Hajj and the Umrah (pilgrimage) for God. But if you are prevented, then whatever is feasible of offerings. And do not shave your heads until the offering has reached its destination. Whoever of you is sick, or has an injury of the head, then redemption of fasting, or charity, or worship. When you are secure: whoever continues the Umrah until the Hajj, then whatever is feasible of offering. But if he lacks the means, then fasting for three days during the Hajj and seven when you have returned, making ten in all. This is for he whose household is not present at the Sacred Mosque. And remain conscious of God, and know that God is stern in retribution.

197. The Hajj is during specific months. Whoever decides to perform the Hajj-there shall be no sexual relations, nor misconduct, nor quarreling during the Hajj. And whatever good you do, God knows it. And take provisions, but the best provision is righteousness. And be mindful of Me, O people of understanding.

198. You commit no error by seeking bounty from your Lord. When you disperse from Arafat, remember God at the Sacred Landmark. And remember Him as He has guided you. Although, before that, you were of those astray.

199. Then disperse from where the people disperse, and ask God for forgiveness. God is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.

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

My Interpretation:

Carried on from the last post, we see that this was a terrible time of war 600 yrs after Jesus. Polytheists were still murdering innocent people and attacking villages. Muhammad is being prepared by Gabriel to let him know the allowances he is given by God. There is going to be attacks on Muhammad and his peaceful muslims, since the Mecca leaders do not want to loose their wealth and their status-given to them by their “gods”. How easy for a pagan leader to call themselves divine when there are no holy books written by these deities! This is why Muhammad must harden and strengthen himself against the “disbelievers” who are and will continue to try to murder Muhammad’s growing alliance of Muslims.

Many people today take these verses for being violent commands by Muhammad. But what they fail to do is to bring history into context of the meaning. They are not understanding the historical time when monotheism was greatly warred against by the pagans in charge. Monotheism was not as popular, nor as big as polytheist worship in many parts of the world. God is prescribing self defense of the righteous because by sheer logic, if the righteous believers never fought back, today Mecca would be pagan and who knows what darker path it could have lead mankind down. When I hear about the ancient civilizations claiming blood sacrifices suffice their nature gods…I shudder to think what we would experience today, if we never received guidance from above.

As you can see in these verses clearly, Muhammad is given clear orders to only be assertive, not aggressive towards these tribes. Muhammad must never kill out of anger or revenge off their land, but if the enemy comes towards them and fights them at their mosques and sacred spaces, then it is allowed to fight back and kill them back. If they pull back their armies, then Muhammad must pull back his. It is a big responsibility to be a representative of God’s Mercy and Forgiveness, and Muhammad is given the allowance to do so.

As I try to tell people who are afraid of Islam and misunderstand it, terrorism would be a tactic of the enemies of God and the angels-not a honorable way of  war.

Charity is always mentioned and we are reminded to be aware of the needs of others, even during war time. Going to Hajj and doing the pilgrimage is important for muslims of any generation. It brings you closer to understanding Islam and purifies you in a sense. This is why the head is shaved just as the  Buddhist and Christian monks did at one point for spiritual reasons, it purifies you and helps you lose attachments to superficial beauty and earthly matters. 

All muslims are called to do pilgrimage by God, BUT once again God understands your life and knows what you can do and can not do. God understands the intents and desires of a person, even if their bank account does not allow it. So here Archangel Gabriel is saying, muslims should find a way to go, but also to know that it is no sin on them if they can not. They can make up for their absence during it in other ways, such as donations, fasting for 10 days, and charities. Hajj is a time to remember what is important in life in service and worship to God.

The Hajj going by JUST the Quran states that 4 months are sacred and should be observed as so. Four months you may not fight, have sex, and be conscious of what you do. There seems to be a truce called between the polytheists and muslims at this time, and it is called for Muhammad to not fight anyone at this time of spiritual observance. My guess is that it gave each side time to think about the importance of the war and decide whether or not it is worth losing lives over.

Arafat is the mountain that people lived on and could then go down to the Kabbah to observe worship. Today it is where muslims move from to the Kabbah to sit together and pray during the pilgrimage. There is arguments about what four months are sacred. By going strictly with logic, I believe that they are the last 4 months from Ramadan, which changes every year depending on Lunar Calendar. 

The reason I see this is because after such a holy month when the Quran was said to first come down in the Night of Power, it seems that 4 months after that would be needed to observe and allow for this holy time to spread to others and permeate society. To me in this Quran, pilgrimage can be done at any time during these 4 months instead of squeezing millions of muslims into a few days as it is done today. I am not so sure God prescribed a holiday, as much as a time of great reflection to take up 4 months of your year, every year. By sheer logic-this could alter a person immensely, in a good way. It could make people more reflective in nature if they needed to stop their bickering and human endeavors for four months. That is a lot of time, to think about what to do with the other 8 months and to appreciate what has been given to you already.

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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 130-140) The Cow

130. Who would forsake the religion of Abraham, except he who fools himself? We chose him in this world, and in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.

131. When his Lord said to him, “Submit!” He said, “I have submitted to the Lord of the Worlds.”

132. And Abraham exhorted his sons, and Jacob, “O my sons, God has chosen this religion for you, so do not die unless you have submitted.”

133. Or were you witnesses when death approached Jacob, and he said to his sons, “What will you worship after Me?” They said, “We will worship your God, and the God of your fathers, Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac; One God; and to Him we submit.”

134. That was a community that has passed; for them is what they have earned, and for you is what you have earned; and you will not be questioned about what they used to do.

135. And they say, “Be Jews or Christians, and you will be guided.” Say, “Rather, the religion of Abraham, the Monotheist; he was not an idolater.”

136. Say, “We believe in God; and in what was revealed to us; and in what was revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus; and in what was given to the prophets-from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we surrender.”

137. If they believe in the same as you have believed in, then they have been guided. But if they turn away, then they are in schism. God will protect you against them; for He is the Hearer, the Knower.

138. God’s coloring. And who gives better coloring than God? “And we are devoted to Him.”

139. Say, “Do you argue with us about God, when He is our Lord and your Lord, and We have our works, and you have your works, and we are sincere to Him?”

140. Or do you say that Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs were Jews or Christians? Say, “Do you know better, or God?” And who does greater wrong than he who conceals a testimony he has from God? God is not unaware of what you do.

My Interpretation:

Now we are getting deeper into the past, and showing how Islam is a call to revert back to the original religion of Abraham. Also as you can see, God includes Isaac and Ishmael as the righteous descendants of Abraham…so there you go. Jews and Muslims can end the debate forever. The brothers were equal in righteousness and considered as part of the bloodline of righteous believers.

Here Gabriel is saying Jews and Christians claim that the original religion is theirs. However historically, Abraham did not claim a name for the religion and instead it was a way of life of good deeds and monotheistic devotion. Islam is a way of life, and never was supposed to be a rigid religion and here we see this clearly.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 120-130) The Cow

120. The Jews and the Christians will not approve of you, unless you follow their creed. Say, “God’s guidance is the guidance.” Should you follow their desires, after the knowledge that has come to you, you will have in God neither guardian nor helper.

121. Those to whom We have given the Scripture follow it, as it ought to be followed-these believe in it. But as for those who reject it-these are the losers.

122. O Children of Israel! Remember My blessing which I bestowed upon you, and that I have favored you over all people.

123. And beware of a Day when no soul will avail another soul in any way, and no ransom will be accepted from it, and no intercession will benefit it, and they will not be helped.

124. And when his Lord tested Abraham with certain words, and he fulfilled them. He said, “I am making you a leader of humanity.” He said, “And my descendants?” He said, “My pledge does not include the wrongdoers.”

125. And We made the House a focal point for the people, and a sanctuary. Use the shrine of Abraham as a place of prayer. And We commissioned Abraham and Ishmael, “Sanctify My House for those who circle around it, and those who seclude themselves in it, and those who kneel and prostrate.”

126. When Abraham said, “O My Lord, make this a peaceful land, and provide its people with fruits-whoever of them believes in God and the Last Day.” He said, “And whoever disbelieves, I will give him a little enjoyment, then I will consign him to the punishment of the Fire; how miserable the destiny!”

127. As Abraham raises the foundations of the House, together with Ishmael, “Our Lord, accept it from us, You are the Hearer, the Knower.

128. Our Lord, and make us submissive to You, and from our descendants a community submissive to You. And show us our rites, and accept our repentance. You are the Acceptor of Repentance, the Merciful.

129. Our Lord, and raise up among them a messenger, of themselves, who will recite to them Your revelations, and teach them the Book and wisdom, and purify them. You are the Almighty, the Wise.”

130. Who would forsake the religion of Abraham, except he who fools himself? We chose him in this world, and in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.

My Interpretation:

Muhammad is being shown the truth of how Abraham had once done the same to speak up against the pagan idolatry of his people. He was tested with a trail that he passed that I will speak about later in the verses. And was considered God’s messenger to tell all the people that they needed to stop the pagan worship of their gods and goddesses that demanded blood and sacrifices.

Gabriel is saying that the Kabbah that was the place of worship of these gods was actually the shrine that Abraham converted his people to monotheism. The story is he smashed 300 idols of gods and goddesses inside the Kabbah. So today the Kabbah is not a thing to be worshipped, but a place of reflection for all the muslims had to endure in order to bring Islam to the land.

Gabriel also is giving Muhammad a prayer to say when the people are together by the Mecca in brotherhood and sisterhood.

Abraham becomes a great leader of his people with his son Ishmael. There is a point that Abraham says to God that he hopes his whole family can join him in this, and God replies saying that it is up to them whether they become one of the righteous. So clearly God does not say “No”, which is the constant conflict Jews and Muslims have together. Jews say it was Isaac who became the righteous leader with Abraham. Isaac was another son, and I will say in my heart I will not say whether Isaac was righteous or not, as God said…”My pledge does not include the wrongdoers.” So was Isaac not as morally upright as Ishmael? Or did God just leave it up to be discovered later? These are questions that continue to haunt the Jews and Muslims, but here I show it is not direct whether Isaac was not a righteous believer of God or not.

Paganism still exists today where many gods and goddesses are still worshipped. What I have come to see is this separates people into sects of each different god. We see it it history and the greeks even went to war over their gods. I also have come to see ALLAH means ONE, and so if you divide this ONE, you risk uniting what was always meant to be brought together again after the Tower of Babel event, where God made us all speak different languages so we could not build the Babylon tower of Nimrod.

To me, there is peaceful paganism which effects no one, but there is an ugly side to paganism that causes nothing but war, competition, and excess blood rituals and worships that evoke sprits and energies unseen. The Ancient Egyptians were great pagans, and their kingdoms were influenced by power and spiritual quest at the suffering of others to build it. The Ancient Greeks also were pagans that committed great sins for their gods killing Christians in Rome, when the Christians believed in one God, Jesus taught about.

So do you see? Paganism has also caused war and destruction as well. 

When God is ONE, it becomes more clear and less manipulation can be had. It’s as if God wanted us all to realize we came from the same source by honoring the one source, we can come together as one in love and unity.
One God + One Book=One Love and Understanding 

Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 90-100) The Cow

91. And when it is said to them, “Believe in what God has revealed,” they say, “We believe in what was revealed to us,” and they reject anything beyond that, although it is the truth which confirms what they have. Say, “Why did you kill God’s prophets before, if you were believers?”

92. Moses came to you with clear proofs, yet you adopted the calf in his absence, and you were in the wrong.

93. And We made a covenant with you, and raised the Mount above you: “Take what We have given you firmly, and listen.” They said, “We hear and disobey.” And their hearts became filled with the love of the calf because of their disbelief. Say, “Wretched is what your faith commands you to do, if you are believers.”

94. Say, “If the Final Home with God is yours alone, to the exclusion of all other people, then wish for death if you are sincere.”

95. But they will never wish for it, because of what their hands have forwarded. God is aware of the evildoers.

96. You will find them, of all mankind, the most eager for life, even more than the polytheists. Every one of them wishes he could live a thousand years; but to be granted a long life will not nudge him from the punishment. God is Seeing of what they do.

97. Say, “Whoever is hostile to Gabriel-it is he who revealed it to your heart by God’s leave, confirming what preceded it, and guidance and good news for the believers.”

98. Whoever is hostile to God, and His angels, and His messengers, and Gabriel, and Michael-God is hostile to the faithless.

99. We have revealed to you clear signs, and none rejects them except the sinners.

100. Is it not that whenever they make a covenant, some of them toss it aside? In fact, most of them do not believe.

My Interpretation:

Archangel Gabriel is telling Muhammad about the way the Isralites leaders and their followers decided to stray from the truth and worship the Golden Calf. I know this deity as “Moloch” an ancient cow or bull god, that was said to give wealth and power if they sacrificed their children to fire by this statue. This was an ancient Israelite deity that some of them believed secretly in practice while, some of them believed in God. Not all of them trusted Moses nor followed his examples.

At this point I see God not as a jealous God, as the Bible says, but as a “concerned” one. Concerned that pagan worship would spread and human sacrifice will gain further influence over people’s minds. Islam is COMPLETELY against all human sacrifice or blood to God. There is no blood needed for the Lord of the Worlds that has all the blood drops as much as there are stars in the skies. The Burning Bush that spoke to Moses was to start this catalyst of getting mankind back on track of not worshipping evil and cruel gods that demand suffering. But some sadly did not want to listen.

There is an idea that there were other prophets as well as Moses, that were evil killed by those Jewish leaders unjustly. Gabriel is letting Muhammad know that you can never hide a thing from God and all lies are revealed eventually.

Anyone who is an open enemy to angels, prophets, messengers, or God…is on the side of the one who is an enemy to them as well-Satan.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 70-80) The Cow

70. They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us which one; the heifers look alike to us; and God willing, we will be guided.”

71. He said, “He says she is a heifer, neither yoked to plow the earth, nor to irrigate the field; sound without blemish.” They said, “Now you have brought the truth.” So they slew her; though they almost did not.

72. And recall when you killed a person, and disputed in the matter; but God was to expose what you were hiding.

73. We said, “Strike him with part of it.” Thus God brings the dead to life; and He shows you His signs, that you may understand.

74. Then after that your hearts hardened. They were as rocks, or even harder. For there are some rocks from which rivers gush out, and others that splinter and water comes out from them, and others that sink in awe of God. God is not unaware of what you do.

75. Do you hope that they will believe in you, when some of them used to hear the Word of God, and then deliberately distort it, even after understanding it?

76. And when they come across those who believe, they say, “We believe,” but when they come together privately, they say, “Will you inform them of what God has disclosed to you, so that they might dispute with you concerning it before your Lord?” Do you not understand?

77. Do they not know that God knows what they conceal and what they reveal?

78. And among them are uneducated who know the Scripture only through hearsay, and they only speculate.

79. So woe to those who write the Scripture with their own hands, and then say, “This is from God,” that they may exchange it for a little price. Woe to them for what their hands have written, and woe to them for what they earn.

80. And they say, “The Fire will not touch us except for a number of days.” Say, “Have you received a promise from God-God never breaks His promise-or are you saying about God what you do not know?”

My Interpretation:

Muhammad is being told what happened to his fellow Jewish neighbors of the Middle East, in terms of their disbelief about God. For some reason, a faction of them were skeptical of God and kept questioning about the cow. Eventually they killed the cow, but they almost did not do it due to their disbelief. Next a murder took place and there was an argument about it without a proper trial, and so God brought this man back to life to show them what they have done.

line 77 is so meaningful, that even if people speak nice words or act as one thing on the surface, God knows what is underneath. So never be good for rewards, the intention has to come from a honest place otherwise God will see that.

Many atheists like to argue that religious people do things for rewards from God. This is not true, and in these verses is the ultimate argument to that idea. When you do things with a reward or exterior motivation in mind, then it cancels out the good you do and God sees this.

There is a idea, that many people in high places (not just Jewish leaders, but instead many pagan, christian, or other faiths seem to come together under the same hatred for the truth. Misery loves company. However, they are still lying to each other, as well as to Muhammad by saying sweet words, but really meaning something else.

So they play with the words of God altering it for their own enjoyment and approval and tell their ideas to others. This is the start of the manipulations in the holy books. Some things were written, some not at all, some things were taken out and changed to something else. It is hard to decipher the truth unless you have a good compass that points the way.

The Quran acts as a compass and helps show the truth.

The ones who created the mischief on earth with say that they will live long anyways, and not have to worry about the punishment they will get, if ever. Gabriel lets Muhammad know how wrong they are and they can not escape their fate. Human life is a millisecond compared to God’s infinite existence, and when you think you have lots of time to do good, and procrastinate good deeds, that’s when you start to see time slip by.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 60-70) The Cow

61. And recall when you said, “O Moses, we cannot endure one kind of food, so call to your Lord to produce for us of what the earth grows: of its herbs, and its cucumbers, and its garlic, and its lentils, and its onions.” He said, “Would you substitute worse for better? Go down to Egypt, where you will have what you asked for.” They were struck with humiliation and poverty, and incurred wrath from God. That was because they rejected God’s revelations and wrongfully killed the prophets. That was because they disobeyed and transgressed.

62. Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Christians, and the Sabeans-any who believe in God and the Last Day, and act righteously-will have their reward with their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

63. And recall when We received a pledge from you, and raised the Mount above you: “Take what We have given you earnestly, and remember what is in it, that you may attain righteousness.”

64. But after that you turned away. Were it not for God’s grace and mercy towards you, you would have been among the losers.

65. And you surely knew those of you who violated the Sabbath. We said to them, “Be despicable apes!”

66. Thus We made it a deterrent for their generation, and for subsequent generations, and a lesson for the righteous.

67. And recall when Moses said to his people, “God commands you to sacrifice a heifer.” They said, “Do you make a mockery of us?” He said, “God forbid that I should be so ignorant.”

68. They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us which one.” He said, “He says she is a heifer, neither too old, nor too young, but in between. So do what you are commanded.”

69. They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us what her color is.” He said, “He says she is a yellow heifer, bright in color, pleasing to the beholders.”

70. They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us which one; the heifers look alike to us; and God willing, we will be guided.”

My Interpretation:

Muhammad at this point is still being shown the past of what happened to cause such a division in Judaism and what happened to the first People of the Book. It’s a sad story to see that after being in Egypt as slaves, somehow because they were not satisfied with the food given to them in the particular land Moses walked the people to for 40 days, they were sent back to Egypt and incurred hostility and perhaps enslavement once again. This is all suggested that this is a natural consequence to them not being satisfied with the freedom given to them and instead wanting more types of food to grow.

There is an idea that other prophets of God have been killed and quite possibly this is evil from the division. So God punished them in their disobedience to not allow them to find their way back to this free land that Moses was lead to for their safety. There was a violation with the Sabbath, that was not worshipped on the right day and so it was another way that the Jewish leaders lead their people astray.

God then sends another test to teach them a lesson and to see where they were consciously. God told them to go kill a cow for food, which is how God prescribed sacrifice. God was not being sacrificed to, the cow was supposed to sacrifice itself in order to feed the people, however animals don’t kill themselves so humans had to do the actual sacrifice. But once again they mocked Moses and started to ask for specifics in the cow, out of disbelief and suspicion.

I can see it clearly. They hated Moses for taking away all the fun in their sinful pleasures they used to indulge in. Moses created the commandments to help them and they took him as a threat to their experiences. But they forgot that this not just a place of enjoyment it is a place to learn how to get back to God from the state that we all fell from.

But they wanted it to be more difficult to find this cow, so it became so.

This is the lesson I take to heart. When you ask for something to be more difficult or make things more difficult than they are, your reality appears that way around you. God sent them specific instructions for this cow that kept getting narrower and narrower of categories..only because they kept asking more and more questions.

At line 62, this is where my heart opened up to Islam because it showed me the unity people of all faiths have. NO ONE religion has monopoly or claim on Heaven and it is up to God to reflect on the goodness of a person, not the religion you claim to be part of. Labels can be different, but paths to God are similar in terms of devotion and positive energy given back to the world.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 50-60) The Cow

50. And recall that We parted the sea for you, so We saved you, and We drowned the people of Pharaoh as you looked on.

51. And recall that We appointed for Moses forty nights. Then you took to worshiping the calf after him, and you turned wicked.

52. Then We pardoned you after that, so that you might be grateful.

53. And recall that We gave Moses the Scripture and the Criterion, so that you may be guided.

54. And recall that Moses said to his people, “O my people, you have done wrong to yourselves by worshiping the calf. So repent to your Maker, and kill your egos. That would be better for you with your Maker.” So He turned to you in repentance. He is the Accepter of Repentance, the Merciful.

55. And recall that you said, “O Moses, we will not believe in you unless we see God plainly.” Thereupon the thunderbolt struck you, as you looked on.

56. Then We revived you after your death, so that you may be appreciative.

57. And We shaded you with clouds, and We sent down to you manna and quails: “Eat of the good things We have provided for you.” They did not wrong Us, but they used to wrong their own souls.

58. And recall that We said, “Enter this town, and eat plentifully from it whatever you wish; but enter the gate humbly, and say, ‘Pardon.’ We will forgive your sins, and give increase to the virtuous.”

59. But the wrongdoers among them substituted words other than those given to them, so We sent down on the wrongdoers a plague from heaven, because of their wicked behavior.

60. And recall when Moses prayed for water for his people. We said, “Strike the rock with your staff.” Thereupon twelve springs gushed out from it, and each tribe recognized its drinking-place. “Eat and drink from God’s provision, and do not corrupt the earth with disobedience.”

My Interpretation:

Here Gabriel continues to give Muhammad a glimpse into the past of what happened after Moses gave his commandments on the mount. As I said before, the wrath of God on these Jewish leaders is brought on by after saving them as a worthy people, they decided to turn their back on God. They were slaves of Egypt and were rescued by a messenger of God, yet they still didn’t believe. After Moses caught them in the act of ritual to this other god, they were caught by sheer surprise at the power of God when lighting struck.

The death and resurrection here to me is more symbolic that they died spiritually when they worshiped another deity, but were brought back to life when God showed them the awe and the power He has. There must have been a wild lighting storm that made them cower in fear, and some may have died from this storm, and it made them rethink their acts of worship to a powerless idol.

After they redeemed themselves fully (some of them), they started to spread out amongst the land and 12 tribes is an idea that the Israelites came from those different tribes. It’s an interesting concept and shows the diversity, but unity in people represented by the water flowing in different directions from the same source.

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