Surah al-Anfal: Chapter 8 (line 20-30) the Spoils

20. O you who believe! Obey God and His Messenger, and do not turn away from him when you hear.

21. And be not like those who say, “We hear,” when they do not hear.

22. The worst of animals to God are the deaf and dumb-those who do not reason.

23. Had God recognized any good in them, He would have made them hear; and had He made them hear, they would have turned away defiantly.

24. O you who believe! Respond to God and to the Messenger when He calls you to what will revive you. And know that God stands between a man and his heart, and that to Him you will be gathered.

25. And beware of discord which does not afflict the wrongdoers among you exclusively; and know that God is severe in retribution.

26. And remember when you were few, oppressed in the land, fearing that people may capture you; but He sheltered you, and supported you with His victory, and provided you with good things-so that you may be thankful.

27. O you who believe! Do not betray God and the Messenger, nor betray your trusts, while you know.

28. And know that your possessions and your children are a test, and that God possesses an immense reward.

29. O you who believe! If you remain conscious of God, He will give you a criterion, and will remit from you your sins, and will forgive you. God is possessor of infinite grace.

30. When the disbelievers plotted against you, to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They planned, and God planned, but God is the Best of planners

My interpretation:

Gabriel is coaching Muhammad on what to say to the people. He is not telling Muhammad directly what to say, more so than giving guidance to be in God’s good light. Muhammad then is to give this speech or teachings to the people.

The main point of this verse is to get the people to realize that the reason why they win against the oppressors is because of God and they should continue to show gratitude. God has recognized good in a certain people and He gives them blessings in abundance and children. BUT within these blessings are also trials and so we must never forget that.

The last line always makes me feel safe, and I remember as I first read the Quran, tears came to my eyes realizing that there may be plots by the evil people in the world who want what they do. But I am soothed to know that while they plan in their mansions and dark conference rooms the fate of people, God also plans too and His plans are MUCH bigger and more beautiful than we can ever imagine.

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Surah al-Anfal: Chapter 8 (line 10-20) the Spoils

10. God only made it a message of hope, and to set your hearts at rest. Victory comes only from God. God is Mighty and Wise.

11. He made drowsiness overcome you, as a security from Him. And He sent down upon you water from the sky, to cleanse you with it, and to rid you of Satan’s pollution, and to fortify your hearts, and to strengthen your foothold.

12. Your Lord inspired the angels: “I am with you, so support those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. So strike above the necks, and strike off every fingertip of theirs.”

13. That is because they opposed God and His Messenger. Whoever opposes God and His Messenger-God is severe in retribution.

14. “Here it is; so taste it.” For the disbelievers there is the suffering of the Fire.

15. O you who believe! When you meet those who disbelieve on the march, never turn your backs on them.

16. Anyone who turns his back on them on that Day, except while maneuvering for battle, or to join another group, has incurred wrath from God, and his abode is Hell-what a miserable destination!

17. It was not you who killed them, but it was God who killed them. And it was not you who launched when you launched, but it was God who launched. That He may bestow upon the believers an excellent reward. God is Hearing and Knowing.

18. Such is the case. God will undermine the strategy of the disbelievers.

19. If you desire a verdict, the verdict has come to you. And if you desist, it would be best for you. And if you return, We will return; and your troops, however numerous, will not benefit you. God is with the believers.

20. O you who believe! Obey God and His Messenger, and do not turn away from him when you hear.

My interpretation: 

Gabriel is telling Muhammad about what has happened recently and what is from God. Muhammad’s armies have been blessed: They have been given a safe place to sleep, drink, and bathe in the desert.

The Lord also inspired His angels to support Muhammad and the angels were told by God that He will strike terror in every one of their hearts that fight against Muhammad. God will do this by directing the angels  to strike at their necks and finger tips so they could not come after Muhammad’s army. This line, 12, is what many people misinterpret and take out of context. God is telling the angels to do this to the armies against Muhammad. It is not a command to the muslims, it is to the angels. Another example of why you shouldn’t mess with the angels. They are strong and loyal creatures with wings (we will learn later) and they are not to be mocked or fought against.

When Muhammad’s troops are marching towards Mecca they are told to never turn their backs on people otherwise they will die in their own ignorance and experience the wrath of God if they are trying to run away from the battles that need to happen in order for Islam to be established.

Gabriel tells Muhammad that even though his army are doing the fighting, God is working through them. So each attack, and each kill is coming from God to the disbelievers of Mecca who will not let go of their pagan traditions. This is their retribution for what they have done.

I have said this before in other blog posts, every human rights movement and war fought against oppressors have been God working through the people to preserve the goodness in the world. This to me makes perfect sense when you think about how God is the Protector and Preserver. Letting evil run loose in the world for too long will corrupt a whole world, so the good people are often times used to “check” the evil and keep them in their place, so that there is not an imbalance of evil.

I am against war, and feel there is always other ways to work out our differences IF we were all the same level consciously. But I must remember evil people will not stop fighting you, and so they must always be fought back-kill or be killed is the self defense of war. It is a sad reality of this world, but a needed one in order for the goodness to thrive and the innocent always protected.

Have you ever stopped to think where the idea of superheroes came from?

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Surah al-Anfal: Chapter 8 (line 1-10) the Spoils

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

1. They ask you about the bounties. Say, “The bounties are for God and the Messenger.” So be mindful of God, and settle your differences, and obey God and His Messenger, if you are believers.

2. The believers are those whose hearts tremble when God is mentioned, and when His revelations are recited to them, they strengthen them in faith, and upon their Lord they rely.

3. Those who perform the prayer; and from Our provisions to them, they spend.

4. These are the true believers. They have high standing with their Lord, and forgiveness, and a generous provision.

5. Even as your Lord brought you out of your home with the truth, some believers were reluctant.

6. Arguing with you about the truth after it was made clear, as if they were being driven to death as they looked on.

7. God has promised you one of the two groups-that it would be yours-but you wanted the unarmed group to be yours. God intends to prove the truth with His words, and to uproot the disbelievers.

8. In order to confirm the truth and nullify falsehood, even though the guilty dislike it.

9. When you appealed to your Lord for help, He answered you, “I am reinforcing you with one thousand angels in succession.”

10. God only made it a message of hope, and to set your hearts at rest. Victory comes only from God. God is Mighty and Wise.

My interpretation: 

At this point in time Muhammad had already begun to defend himself from the attacks of Mecca armies that have not wanted to believe in the messenger’s words and have killed and tortured his followers who stopped  believing in polytheism. Gabriel says that Muhammad’s followers will ask about the money received from the war triumphs (bounties) and what to do with it. Muhammad is to tell them that the money is for God and the Messenger.

As we know, Islam gives people a concern about the poor and deserted so I can imagine this is why. God wanted the money to be used in a righteous way only. The bounties will be divided up to poor of the community and used to help others, and possibly to help establish Islam in the Middle East.

Gabriel is saying that the believers are people that fear saying “no” to God’s orders and hold fast to faith. The only thing on earth to fear is for your soul and the wrath of God. If everyone lived with this fear, I bet there would be less choices made to do violence, and other immoral things. Muhammad is being told that those with respect for God in their hearts will fight in the way they need to in order to preserve the good.

Muhammad is told that he had two groups to choose to be part of: the armed group of Mecca, and the unharmed group of Medinah. Muhammad chose the unarmed group to belong to full of faithful believers who followed the revelations of the Quran. Because they did so they have been reinforced by 1,000 angels even though the men could not see, they were supported by Heaven.

Something very important to tell Muhammad so that he may pass this knowledge onto to others, is that good always triumphs over evil. Gabriel tells Muhammad that since God knows best, and knows which side of a war will bring more benefit to the world, then that is the side that will be victorious. Since the pagans have established rituals that consist of burying their baby daughters alive in the sand (more on that later). This will set Muhammad and the people’s minds at rest as they look towards a future full of war and hardship to help spread Islam across the land.

The good people can be oppressed, silenced, and even killed by the Mecca leaders, but they can’t lose in the end. This is why Islam is a world religion today and there is no polytheism in Arabia any longer.

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Surah An-Nisa : Chapter 4 (line 100-110) Women

100. Anyone who emigrates for the sake of God will find on earth many places of refuge, and plentitude. Anyone who leaves his home, emigrating to God and His Messenger, and then is overtaken by death, his compensation falls on God. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

101. When you travel in the land, there is no blame on you for shortening the prayers, if you fear that the disbelievers may harm you. The disbelievers are your manifest enemies.

102. When you are among them, and you stand to lead them in prayer, let a group of them stand with you, and let them hold their weapons. Then, when they have done their prostrations, let them withdraw to the rear, and let another group, that have not prayed yet, come forward and pray with you; and let them take their precautions and their weapons. Those who disbelieve would like you to neglect your weapons and your equipment, so they can attack you in a single assault. You commit no error, if you are hampered by rain or are sick, by putting down your weapons; but take precautions. Indeed, God has prepared for the disbelievers a demeaning punishment.

103. When you have completed the prayer, remember God, standing, or sitting, or on your sides. And when you feel secure, perform the prayer. The prayer is obligatory for believers at specific times.

104. And do not falter in the pursuit of the enemy. If you are aching, they are aching as you are aching, but you expect from God what they cannot expect. God is Knowledgeable and Wise.

105. We have revealed to you the Scripture, with the truth, so that you judge between people in accordance with what God has shown you. And do not be an advocate for the traitors.

106. And ask God for forgiveness. God is Forgiver and Merciful.

107. And do not argue on behalf of those who deceive themselves. God does not love the deceitful sinner.

108. They hide from the people, but they cannot hide from God. He is with them, as they plot by night with words He does not approve. God comprehends what they do.

109. There you are, arguing on their behalf in the present life, but who will argue with God on their behalf on the Day of Resurrection? Or who will be their representative?

110. Whoever commits evil, or wrongs his soul, then implores God for forgiveness, will find God Forgiving and Merciful.

My Interpretation:

Gabriel is telling Muhammad about the importance of prayer during this difficult time of war. Muhammad is living in a time where the peaceful monotheists are being attacked on all sides. So they are told to be on guard while praying and to watch over each other while praying.

Prayer during wartime is important for these people because it keeps them spiritually connected and gives them hope. Five times a day prayer is required to keep someone fully connected to God mentally, when this world feels so isolated at times from God and His Angels.

When you are on the side of God, no one can defeat you in spirit. When you die here, you will be very much alive and enjoy a hereafter in a way that the disbelievers will not be able to, simply because they didn’t believe.

 

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Surah An-Nisa : Chapter 4 (line 80-90) Women

80. Whoever obeys the Messenger is obeying God. And whoever turns away-We did not send you as a watcher over them.

81. They profess obedience, but when they leave your presence, some of them conspire something contrary to what you said. But God writes down what they conspire. So avoid them, and put your trust in God. God is Guardian enough.

82. Do they not ponder the Quran? Had it been from any other than God, they would have found in it much discrepancy.

83. When some news of security or alarm comes their way, they broadcast it. But had they referred it to the Messenger, and to those in authority among them, those who can draw conclusions from it would have comprehended it. Were it not for God’s blessing and mercy upon you, you would have followed the Devil, except for a few.

84. So fight in the cause of God; you are responsible only for yourself. And rouse the believers. Perhaps God will restrain the might of those who disbelieve. God is Stronger in Might, and More Punishing.

85. Whoever intercedes for a good cause has a share in it, and whoever intercedes for an evil cause shares in its burdens. God keeps watch over everything.

86. When you are greeted with a greeting, respond with a better greeting, or return it. God keeps count of everything.

87. God-there is no god except He. He will gather you to the Day of Resurrection, in which there is no doubt. And who speaks more truly than God?

88. What is the matter with you, divided into two factions regarding the hypocrites, when God Himself has overwhelmed them on account of what they did? Do you want to guide those whom God has led astray? Whomever God leads astray-you will never find for him a way.

89. They would love to see you disbelieve, just as they disbelieve, so you would become equal. So do not befriend any of them, unless they emigrate in the way of God. If they turn away, seize them and execute them wherever you may find them; and do not take from among them allies or supporters.

90. Except those who join people with whom you have a treaty, or those who come to you reluctant to fight you or fight their own people. Had God willed, He would have given them power over you, and they would have fought you. If they withdraw from you, and do not fight you, and offer you peace, then God assigns no excuse for you against them.

My Interpretation: 

At this point, Muhammad has been speaking publicly in front of the people of Medinah and Mecca. Some are listening, while others are not.  Some people have lied to Muhammad’s face not understanding how God reflects on all reality and can see their lies. The Angel is asking Muhammad to question people to try to find any discrepancy within the Quran to prove it’s authentic source. That is the one thing that is miraculous about the Quran-you can not. It is written in ONE flowing voice, and not from Muhammad, but a higher perspective that could only come from a being that knows humanity as a whole, and can know what God wants for it.

This Quran, which are many revelations all in one book, is a Mercy for mankind because there are only a few people who naturally do the things. or think the things written in the Quran, as pure souls who just have this instinctive ability. But God has decided to give EVERYONE on earth a chance to follow the straight path back home to God. So this is what the Quran is, it is a guidebook for those who don’t already understand or comprehend life and God’s Will.

This means that YES you can be a Christian, and YES you can be a Jew, but you must see all parts of religion as one. You must become a muslim Christian, or a muslim Jew to fully submit to God. Those who call themselves muslims, are then following the same paths as the other faiths, and vice versa. God always knew there would be less suffering in this world, if we could could see  belief as one idea towards wholeness instead of divided into sects.

It is ok to call something a different name from each other because of language and culture, but ultimately the meanings have to be the same in order to have peace. There can be no spiritual hierarchies of faith and this is what the Quran was trying to say-A Christian is not better or guaranteed Heaven more so than a Jew, or vice versa. If we are all muslims, we are all servants and future dwellers of Heaven.

The Angel is telling Muhammad to rouse the others and get them to stand up against the evil on earth, and to be kind and greet others with sincerity. It’s a delicate balance of being both kind and strong, that is needed in the muslims to spread the message of the True God.

Muhammad is being told that these disbelievers (Pagan Arab tribes) will continue to fight the people of God, so it is their duty to fight them and do what they must, UNTIL the evil ones stop their fighting and come to an understanding in their minds that lead to peace. Otherwise self defense and defending God’s message is prescribed in order to protect what is good and innocent in the world.

Our Mercy is the words that should have always been found in the other religious texts

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Surah An-Nisa : Chapter 4 (line 70-80) Women

70. That is the grace from God. God suffices as Knower.

71. O you who believe! Take your precautions, and mobilize in groups, or mobilize altogether.

72. Among you is he who lags behind. Then, when a calamity befalls you, he says, “God has favored me, that I was not martyred with them.”

73. But when some bounty from God comes to you, he says-as if no affection existed between you and him-“If only I had been with them, I would have achieved a great victory.”

74. Let those who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter fight in the cause of God. Whoever fights in the cause of God, and then is killed, or achieves victory, We will grant him a great compensation.

75. And why would you not fight in the cause of God, and the helpless men, and women, and children, cry out, “Our Lord, deliver us from this town whose people are oppressive, and appoint for us from Your Presence a Protector, and appoint for us from Your Presence a Victor.”

76. Those who believe fight in the cause of God, while those who disbelieve fight in the cause of Evil. So fight the allies of the Devil. Surely the strategy of the Devil is weak.

77. Have you not considered those who were told, “Restrain your hands, and perform your prayers, and spend in regular charity”? But when fighting was ordained for them, a faction of them feared the people as God is ought to be feared, or even more. And they said, “Our Lord, why did You ordain fighting for us? If only You would postpone it for us for a short while.” Say, “The enjoyments of this life are brief, but the Hereafter is better for the righteous, and you will not be wronged one bit.”

78. Wherever you may be, death will catch up with you, even if you were in fortified towers. When a good fortune comes their way, they say, “This is from God.” But when a misfortune befalls them, they say, “This is from you.” Say, “All is from God.” So what is the matter with these people, that they hardly understand a thing?

79. Whatever good happens to you is from God, and whatever bad happens to you is from your own self. We sent you to humanity as a messenger, and God is Witness enough.

80. Whoever obeys the Messenger is obeying God. And whoever turns away-We did not send you as a watcher over them.

 

My Interpretation: 

Gabriel gives Muhammad an example that if people stay behind in war and are not killed, they feel blessed. But really the ones who courageously fight against evil, are the blessed ones. Because what matters is not this life, but how well you live it, and the causes you die and fight for. God sees their courageous sacrifice to better the life of others as they fight off the evil.

The Angel is telling Muhammad the reality of war. At this time in history, the Mecca leaders have gotten to so oppressive to those who do not follow their ancient customs of pagan worship, that we hear men, women, and children are crying out. The situation has become so hard for people that the people who have a chance to do anything are called to fight back and protect those who are weak.

I imagine and have seen documentaries on preIslam Arabia that shows ancient customs that did not make sense and benefited the rich, while being unfair to the poor class. When Islam came about, it was the first time that a slave could be seen as equal spiritually and in worth, to a king. These Mecca leaders did not like this new teaching, that threatened their old way of life they have grown comfortable with. They were used to having slaves,  having a ruling class of  men that hoarded women and gold saying it was from their gods. Pagan rites and rituals they did for their 300 gods and goddesses, that they made up or created that established caste systems. It was all too hard to give up when Muhammad started to give them the warnings.

These ten lines gives us a glimpse of the nature of Angels. They are not peaceful and gentle creatures at all times as sometimes is seen in angel worship. They are strong, and sometimes even fierce creatures.  In Christianity, it is said that Michael and the other archangels fought a war in heaven, against Lucifer’s (Iblis’s) followers. Those angels became the “fallen” as they were defeated by the angels and came down to earth as “demons”. Here we get an accurate description of how this angel is saying that it is sometimes a necessity to go to war even when humans do not like it. There is honor in these types of war, where the evil becomes so imbalanced that the only choice is to fight against it.

It is now time, where the muslims do not have a choice against those who will not stop until they are shown how great Muhammad’s army can be with the angels backing them.

Gabriel says this to Muhammad to tell the people that whatever good comes to people are blessings, but whatever bad is not from an “evil” God, it is from their own selves. It is cause and effect. Something they did, caused a negative reaction and it is time to take responsibility for it. These are the laws that God set for the universe and gives us the most freedom to create the life we wish within clear boundaries.

Muhammad is given clear boundaries to his duties at this point, he is told that he is being sent to humanity as a messenger only, not a watcher of their behavior or a judger. He only needs to give the warnings  to the transgressors, and good news to the good people. God watches and judges.

Islam is against all manmade caste systems

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Surah Ali-Imran: Chapter 3 (line 150-160) The Family of Iram

150. God is your Master, and He is the Best of Helpers.

151. We will throw terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they attribute to God partners for which He revealed no sanction. Their lodging is the Fire. Miserable is the lodging of the evildoers.

152. God has fulfilled His promise to you, and you defeated them by His leave; until when you faltered, and disputed the command, and disobeyed after He had shown you what you like. Some of you want this world, and some of you want the next. Then He turned you away from them, to test you; but He pardoned you. God is Gracious towards the believers.

153. Remember when you fled, not caring for anyone, even though the Messenger was calling you from your rear. Then He repaid you with sorrow upon sorrow, so that you would not grieve over what you missed, or for what afflicted you. God is Informed of what you do.

154. Then after the setback, He sent down security upon you. Slumber overcame some of you, while others cared only for themselves, thinking of God thoughts that were untrue-thoughts of ignorance-saying, “Is anything up to us?” Say, “Everything is up to God.” They conceal within themselves what they do not reveal to you. And they say, “If it was up to us, none of us would have been killed here.” Say, “Even if you Had stayed in your homes, those destined to be killed would have marched into their death beds.” God thus tests what is in your minds, and purifies what is in your hearts. God knows what the hearts contain.

155. Those of you who turned back on the day when the two armies clashed-it was Satan who caused them to backslide, on account of some of what they have earned. But God has forgiven them. God is Forgiving and Prudent.

156. O you who believe! Do not be like those who disbelieved, and said of their brethren who marched in the land, or went on the offensive, “Had they stayed with us, they would not have died or been killed.” So that God may make it a cause of regret in their hearts. God gives life and causes death. God is Seeing of what you do.

157. If you are killed in the cause of God, or die-forgiveness and mercy from God are better than what they hoard.

158. If you die, or are killed-to God you will be gathered up.

159. It is by of grace from God that you were gentle with them. Had you been harsh, hardhearted, they would have dispersed from around you. So pardon them, and ask forgiveness for them, and consult them in the conduct of affairs. And when you make a decision, put your trust in God; God loves the trusting.

160. If God supports you, there is none who can overcome you. But if He fails you, who is there to help you after Him? So in God let the believers put their trust.

My Interpretation: 

Gabriel is saying that through these victories in battle that God will give Muhammad, terror will be thrown in their hearts. The pagan Mecca leaders who are killing innocent people because they do not want to give up their wealth will soon see that Muhammad’s army and followers are strong and not easily defeated. They have the strength from God and the Angels that back them, that are invisible, but are always there.

I sat back and tried to imagine the voice this is written in. This is Gabriel giving exact instructions on what has happened during the battles with the Mecca leaders and what needs to be said to the people. Muhammad was the battle cry of God. Whether people want to like that fact or not, in today’s world, sometimes in order to bring peace, there needs to be a war against those who can not see peace nor want it.

It was probably hard for this middle aged man to become a military leader during this time, but with Gabriel supporting Muhammad in wisdom and fulfilling him with this knowledge that his armies will be safe and protected, he had extra strength given to him. Faith also provides a courageousness to sacrifice your life for the good of the many, because you KNOW in your heart that you will be rewarded in Heaven and have fulfilled some sort of spiritual duty given to you. It is a difficult time in today’s world…suicide bombers are sometimes transgressors and they are sometimes women and children who may have reached the end of hope. They become martyrs to save others they love against soldiers that threaten their lives. Each individual case is judged and weighed in morality to see if these sacrifices were true sacrifices to help others, or were they evil aggressions. Only God can judge and know for sure.

Fleeing from a war that is inevitable because evil people want to take your land, home, rights, and lives away does more harm than good for your soul.  God does not like the proud cowards on earth. War is used as a measure at times to see the amount of faith believers may have in God in the first place. In war, there is an aggressive side or a side that started the war first. Then there is the defensive side that is trying to end the war while protecting themselves. God knows the difference between the two and will judge accordingly. God is merciful and understands who truly repents and asks for forgiveness as well. This all seeing consciousness knows what is each in our hearts and minds, we can not escape the True Reality of God.

The Plan of the world exists already, what matters is the choices we make.

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Surah Ali-Imran: Chapter 3 (line 110-120) The Family of Iram

110. You are the best community that ever emerged for humanity: you advocate what is moral, and forbid what is immoral, and believe in God. Had the People of the Scripture believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are the believers, but most of them are sinners.

111. They will do you no harm, beyond insulting you. And if they fight you, they will turn around and flee, then they will not be helped.

112. They shall be humiliated wherever they are encountered, except through a rope from God, and a rope from the people; and they incurred wrath from God, and were stricken with misery. That is because they rejected God’s revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. That is because they rebelled and committed aggression.

113. They are not alike. Among the People of the Scripture is a community that is upright; they recite God’s revelations throughout the night, and they prostrate themselves.

114. They believe in God and the Last Day, and advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and are quick to do good deeds. These are among the righteous.

115. Whatever good they do, they will not be denied it. God knows the righteous.

116. As for those who disbelieve, neither their possessions nor their children will avail them anything against God. These are the inhabitants of the Fire, abiding therein forever.

117. The parable of what they spend in this worldly life is that of a frosty wind that strikes the harvest of a people who have wronged their souls, and destroys it. God did not wrong them, but they wronged their own selves.

118. O you who believe! Do not befriend outsiders who never cease to wish you harm. They love to see you suffer. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their hearts conceal is worse. We have made the messages clear for you, if you understand.

119. There you are, you love them, but they do not love you, and you believe in the entire scripture. And when they meet you, they say, “We believe;” but when they are alone, they bite their fingers in rage at you. Say, “Die in your rage; God knows what is within the hearts.”

120. If something good happens to you, it upsets them; but if something bad befalls you, they rejoice at it. But if you persevere and maintain righteousness, their schemes will not harm you at all. God comprehends what they do.

My interpretation: 

God and the Angels are NOT PLAYING any longer with humanity. This constant bickering and warring going one between people of different religions, needs to stop. Gabriel is telling Muhammad that these leaders of religious systems are going to want to fight you. They can not detach from their stubbornness and ego, and so they will wish to kill the muslims that will be spreading unity without force.

There is no getting around this idea. The evil people within ALL religions and not part of religions, will experience the suffering they caused others. As the verses say there are good people from Christianity, and Judaism, and other religions. They do good on earth, and don’t hate or try to divide people different from them embracing the true teachings of the messengers and prophets.

Islam will be calling people to love and unity, but those who hate these ideas as followers of Satan will feel an envy and a hatred in their hearts. God and the Angels will know them and they will be reflected upon.

Good begets good-regardless of the path you take to God.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 240-250) The Cow

240. Those of you who die and leave wives behind-a will shall provide their wives with support for a year, provided they do not leave. If they leave, you are not to blame for what they do with themselves, provided it is reasonable. God is Mighty and Wise.

241. And divorced women shall be provided for, equitably-a duty upon the righteous.

242. God thus explains His revelations to you, so that you may understand.

243. Have you not considered those who fled their homes, by the thousands, fearful of death? God said to them, “Die.” Then He revived them. God is Gracious towards the people, but most people are not appreciative.

244. Fight in the cause of God, and know that God is Hearing and Knowing.

245. Who is he who will offer God a generous loan, so He will multiply it for him manifold? God receives and amplifies, and to Him you will be returned.

246. Have you not considered the notables of the Children of Israel after Moses? When they said to a prophet of theirs, “Appoint a king for us, and we will fight in the cause of God.” He said, “Is it possible that, if fighting was ordained for you, you would not fight?” They said, “Why would we not fight in the cause of God, when we were driven out of our homes, along with our children?” But when fighting was ordained for them, they turned away, except for a few of them. But God is aware of the wrongdoers.

247. Their prophet said to them, “God has appointed Saul to be your king.” They said, “How can he have authority over us, when we are more worthy of authority than he, and he was not given plenty of wealth?” He said, “God has chosen him over you, and has increased him in knowledge and stature.” God bestows His sovereignty upon whomever He wills. God is Embracing and Knowing.

248. And their prophet said to them, “The proof of his kingship is that the Ark will be restored to you, bringing tranquility from your Lord, and relics left by the family of Moses and the family of Aaron. It will be carried by the angels. In that is a sign for you, if you are believers.”

249. When Saul set out with the troops, he said, “God will be testing you with a river. Whoever drinks from it does not belong with me. But whoever does not drink from it, does belong with me, except for whoever scoops up a little with his hand.” But they drank from it, except for a few of them. Then, when he crossed it, he and those who believed with him, they said, “We have no strength to face Goliath and his troops today.” But those who knew that they would meet God said, “How many a small group has defeated a large group by God’s will. God is with the steadfast.”

250. And when they confronted Goliath and his troops, they said, “Our Lord, pour down patience on us, and strengthen our foothold, and support us against the faithless people.”

My Interpretation:

Archangel Gabriel a being of the Light of God, is speaking to Muhammad to let him know that the reason these revelations are being given is so that the people may LIVE and understand once again. It’s a freeing of the soul to treat others with kindness and to care for ones uncared for in the past. Also having this knowledge will put them in advantage to those who only want to conquer and create chaos on earth. 

God works through people in order to sustain the human species.So activist events, major Human Rights movements, and battles against oppressive and evil people are the Will of God.

The message continues into this idea that a war was once prescribed to an early civilization of Israel to preserve their religion and selves, and instead they did not fight. I am not sure how God made them die and then resurrect them, but with God of the Universe, anything is possible. This could be spiritual death and a rebirth within the community to have found God again after neglecting the signs to fight against oppression.

Who ever loans Allah a beautiful loan will be blessed and receive back more than they can imagine. I see this as natural consequences to doing good on earth. Good will always have good come back to you, but in regards of doing the Will of God prescribed in the messages, it will be multiplied, since we have a loving God that loves the Good protected and to thrive.

The story of Saul appointed as King is an interesting look at how people viewed rulers back then and still do unfortunately. It is not the wealth of a leader that makes a leader, it is the way a leader helps their people and the way in which they carry themselves as a devotee to God. But the people were not happy and did not understand this idea, they were still very much not awakened to God. But the Ark of Covenant was given to Saul in order to prove to the people that this chest with a great power was chosen to be placed in his hands by God.

Saul set off with his army, but guided by God in his heart and in his mind, he tested to see who was really a devoted servant to him and to the Lord. So he asked the men to not be tempted to drink water and to instead have faith in the Lord while they are at war. The ones who remained with Saul were on the same path as believers and together they fought the giant Goliath and his army. King Saul was David’s father and this is where the story of David and Goliath comes from.

This story is a parable of how the forces of darkness in the world may seem bigger than the good people, but with God, all things are possible and this is why King Saul’s army won over Goliath. They were bigger and stronger as giants it is said, but Saul’s army had God’s divine support and nothing can ever defeat that.

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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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