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Revelation

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Cave Hira on Jabl al-Nur (Mount of Light) near Mecca where Prophet Muhammad (s) received his first revelation from Allah through Gabriel. During hajj, Muslims climb the mountain to reach this cave to visit and say prayers.

Revelation or waḥy (Arabic: الوحي) is a spiritual unknown connection between a prophet and the Unseen World, in which a divine message is conveyed to that prophet. Sometimes there is a medium in this connection and sometimes, without any medium, the message is conveyed. In theology, this process is called "legislative or prophetic revelation" and it is specific to the Prophets (a) and is different to inspiration and conversation. This subject has attracted thinkers of our contemporary time and new interpretations have been proposed for it which are mostly based on "religious experience".

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Meaning

Literally, "wahy" means "a quick notice"[1] and "hidden implication of something."[2]

In religious terminology, it refers to the spiritual connection between a prophet and the Unseen World, in which a divine message is conveyed to that prophet. The result of this process is a definite awareness bestowed from God upon the prophet.[3]

Qur'anic Applications

This word has been used in different cases in the Qur'an which include its specific meaning as well:

  • "A hidden notice" as in the story of Prophet Zechariah (a), "So he emerged before his people from the Temple, and signaled to them that they should glorify [Allah] morning and evening."[4]
  • Guidance through instinct such as the natural guidance of honey bee: "And your Lord inspired the bee [saying]: 'Make your home in the mountains and on the trees and the trellises that they erect."[5]
  • Natural gui