The following is extracted from “The Prophet Muhammad Musthafa the Elect (s.a.w.)” by Shaykh Osman Nuri Topbas.
Having completed the six-month preparation toward perfecting his spiritual development so that he was now ready to receive Divine Revelation, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was now forty years old. It was the seventeenth day of the holy month of Ramadhan.
The Noble Prophet (s.a.w.) was in the Cave of Hira as usual, when Jibril (a.s.) suddenly appeared and said, “Read!”
“I cannot read”, answered our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w.). Thereupon, the angel seized and constricted the Prophet (s.a.w.) so hard that he left him almost unable to breathe.
“Read!” Jibril (a.s.) then ordered once more.
But the Light of Being (s.a.w.) responded in the same manner: “I cannot read!”
The angel then seized him for the second time, compressing the Prophet (s.a.w.) until he had not strength to remain on his feet, repeating the command once again: “Read!”
“I cannot read!” ans…