The start of Islam began when Muhammad received Qur’ān in the cave Hira, the traditional Islamic sources tell us that it was an angel who visited Muhammad and delivered the verses of Qur’ān. But did the “angel” ever reveal himself as such?
Certainly, if we apply the same stipulation when it comes to the Bible we’re told that the angel (ἄγγελος) Gabriel (Γαβριὴλ) came to Mary announcing Mary would give birth to Jesus. Therefore we can be certain who this angel was that appeared to Mary.
Notice the scripture says the angel Gabriel was sent from God (θεοῦ), Mary who is the virgin visited by the angel is then greeted by him as he said, Hail (Χαῖρε). Looking at the Greek confirms what we have in our Bible.
In the Qur’ān, we find the same story in Surah Maryam with the exclusion of the angel identifying himself to her. He tells her that she will have a pure boy, this is of course Isa (the Islamic version of Jesus).
Even Mary gets more respect than Muhammad, this angel who Muslims agree it’s Jibril (Gabriel) didn’t squeeze Mary the way Muhammad was pressed like a grapefruit. In Surah 96:1-5 we have the story of “Jibril” coming to Muhammad and violently pressing or squeezing him 3 times.
The Islamic scholar Ibn Kathir in his tafsir tells us that Muhammad could no longer bear it being squeezed by this angel who never said who he was, if the angel never said he was Jibril then how can Muslims tell us it was Jibril?
Kathir tells us that Muhammad would go to cave Hira to worship, this brings up a good question if Muhammad didn’t receive Qur’ān at this point who was Muhammad worshipping? He couldn’t have known who Allah was, this confirms that Muhammad was a pagan just as Shaykh Uthman ibn Farooq said: Muhammed didn’t come from an Abrahamic faith but was a pagan who didn’t know Jibril.
According to Kathir, the revelation came to Muhammad suddenly in cave Hira, the angel said “Read” seizing Muhammad and pressed him multiple times until he could no longer bear it. Afterwards, Muhammad was afraid and ran to his wife Khadijah. In the following explanation from Kathir we’re told that Khadijah took Muhammad to see her cousin Waraqah bin Nawfal who according to Islamic tradition was a Christian, truth is he was not a Christian he was a Nasara. and it was these two who convinced Muhammad that the angel was Jibril.
Neither Khadijah or Waraqah bin Nawfal were there with Muhammad in the cave, how can they with surety say this was an angel and not a demon. Kathir then tells us about the mental state of Muhammad, when Waraqah bin Nawfal died and the “revelations” stopped Muhammad became depressed and tried killing himself multiple times by tossing himself off a mountain.
Confirming what Kathir tells us in the tafsir we will now turn to an authentic Hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari which corroborates this story.
Sahih al-Bukhari 3392 states the prophet returned to his wife Khadija in fear of what he just experienced. Khadija takes Muhammad to visit her cousin Waraqa bin Naufal and he tells Muhammad that what he experienced was an angel. As we see here it was Waraqa who claimed Muhammad saw an angel. No account in the Qur’ān ever mentions this was an angel from Allah.
Additionally, we also have the account of Khadija giving Muhammad a lap dance found in The Life of Muhammad by Ibn Isḥāq on page 107. Here she puts the “Jibril” to a test asking the prophet to sit on her lap asking Muhammad if he still sees him, in-which Muhammad responds by saying yes. Once she gets undressed this entity departs and Khadija then tells Muhammad this is an angel of God.
Muhammad’s entire prophethood rest on top of these 2 people Waraqa bin Naufal and his wife Khadija. When Muhammad was in the cave this being never revealed himself stating that he was Jibril. Where do Muslims get this fabricated idea from because it’s not in the Qur’ān? As we saw in this article Muhammad had no witnesses to his experience in the cave, the “angel” never gave Muhammad a name and lastly Muhammad didn’t know he was a prophet, it was Waraqa and Khadija who claimed Muhammad was a prophet.
It’s not difficult to see that Muhammad never received revelations from God, all of the Qur’ān is made up of fabricated stories from a man who’s mentally ill.