The commencement of the Divine
Inspiration to Allah's Apostle Sallallahu
Alaihe Wasallam was in the form of good
dreams which came true like bright day
light, and then the love of seclusion was
bestowed upon him. He used to go in
in the cave of Hira where he
used to worship (Allah alone)
continuously for many days before his
desire to see his family. He used to take
with him the journey food for the stay and
then come back to (his wife) Khadija to
take his food like-wise again till suddenly
the Truth descended upon him while he
was in the cave of Hira. The angel came to
him and asked him to read. The Prophet
replied, "I do not know how to read. He
(Prophet) said, "The angel caught me
(forcefully) and pressed me so hard that I
could not bear it any more. He then
released me and again asked me to read
and I replied, 'I do not know how to read.'
Thereupon he caught me again and
pressed me a second time till I could not
bear it any more. He then released me and
again asked me to read but again I replied,
'I do not know how to read (or what shall I
read)?' Thereupon he caught me for the
third time and pressed me, and then
released me and said, 'Read in the name of
your Lord, who has created (all that
exists), has created man from a clot. Read!
And your Lord is the Most Generous."
(96.1, 96.2, 96.3) Then Allah's Apostle
Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam returned with
the Inspiration and with his heart beating
severely. Then he went to Khadija bint
Khuwailid Radiullahu Unha and said,
"Cover me! Cover me!" They covered him
till his fear was over and after that he told
her everything that had happened and said,
"I fear that something may happen to me."
Khadija replied, "Never! By Allah, Allah
will never disgrace you. You keep good
relations with your Kith and kin, help the
poor and the destitute, serve your guests
generously and assist the deserving
calamity-afflicted ones." Khadija then
accompanied him to her cousin Waraqa
bin Naufal bin Asad bin 'Abdul 'Uzza,
who, during the PreIslamic Period became
a Christian and used to write the writing
with Hebrew letters. He would write from
the Gospel in Hebrew as much as Allah
wished him to write. He was an old man
and had lost his eyesight. Khadija said to
Waraqa, Listen to the story of your
nephew, O my cousin!" Waraqa asked, "O
my nephew! What have you seen?"
Allah's Apostle Sallallahu Alaihe
Wasallam described whatever he had seen.
Waraqa said, "This is the same one who
keeps the secrets (angel Gabriel) whom
Allah had sent to Moses. I wish I were
young and could live up to the time when
your people would turn you out." Allah's
Apostle Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam
asked, "Will they drive me out?" Waraqa
replied in the affirmative and said,
"Anyone (man) who came with something
similar to what you have brought was
treated with hostility; and if I should
remain alive till the day when you will be
turned out then I would support you
strongly." But after a few days Waraqa
died and the Divine Inspiration was also
paused for a while.
Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah Al-Ansari
while talking about the period of pause in
revelation reporting the speech of the
Prophet "While I was walking, all of a
sudden I heard a voice from the sky. I
looked up and saw the same angel who
had visited me at the cave of Hira' sitting
on a chair between the sky and the earth. I
got afraid of him and came back home and
said, 'Wrap me (in blankets).' And then
Allah revealed the following Holy Verses
(of Quran): O you (i.e. Muhammad)!
wrapped up in garments!' Arise and warn
(the people against Allah's Punishment),
up to and desert the idols. (74.1-5) After
this the revelation started coming strongly,
frequently and regularly."