Our Prophet's (saas) first encounter with Gabriel (pbuh)
Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar's Live Conversation on A9TV dated February 10th, 2016
ADNAN OKTAR: Yonca asks, "Just as the Prophet Moses (pbuh) ran away in fear when his staff turned into a snake, our Prophet (saas), too, was startled and tried to run out of the room when he first saw Gabriel (pbuh). Are angels frightening? They indeed are. Not everyone can handle it. Our Prophet (saas) feinted the first time he saw Gabriel (pbuh). Our viewer wrote "room" but this is wrong. When the Prophet (saas) exited the cave, he encountered Gabriel (pbuh) with wings so huge that covered the entire horizon. In fear, he ran inside the cave. But then, Gabriel (pbuh) followed him in there and held our Prophet (saas) in embrace. Of course, our Prophet (saas) felt a profound fear.
BEYZA BAYRATKAR: Did our Prophet (saas) feel Gabriel's presence inside the cave?
ADNAN OKTAR: One way or the other, our Prophet (saas) walked out of the cave and encountered Gabriel (pbuh) there. Then, he ran back inside the cave, and Gabriel (pbuh) went after him. God says in the verse, "Then he drew near and hung suspended. He was two bow-lengths away or even closer." Gabriel did not only draw near, but he embraced the Prophet (saas). He held him tightly and told him to "Read." "But, I do not know how," replied the Prophet (saas) and immediately fainted. Later, he rushed to Hazrat Khadija to tell her what had happened. Our Prophet (saas) was a really pleasant, sweet prophet. His wife told him, "You are the Prophet (saas)." At the time, he could not make any sense of it and thought that there must be something wrong with him, that what he had experienced was a psychological issue, may God forbid. He could not identify what had really occurred, which upset him deeply. He thought that what had occurred was psychological. His wife told him, "Whom you saw was Gabriel (pbuh), Jibril al-Amin. You are the Prophet (saas). God has revealed this fact to you. Rest at ease." It was at this point that our Prophet (saas) felt relieved. Before that, he was trembling, and they covered him with a sheet as he was repeatedly asking to be covered. He could not recover for a while as he was overcome with a feeling of dread. It was so intense that he fainted in the cave. Once he had regained consciousness, he rushed to his wife, Hazrat Khadija. Of course, Hazrat Khadija was a wise and mature woman; "What you saw was not a figment of imagination or hallucination. He was Gabriel (pbuh)," she told the Prophet (saas), "You are a very health person. What Gabriel (pbuh) told you was a revelation." It was clearly a revelation as Gabriel (pbuh) said to him, "Read in the name of your Lord." His wife must have already expected him to be the Prophet (saas) because of his high morals. In fact, everyone who saw the Prophet (saas) would expect him to be so. For example, there was a priest named Bahira; when he first saw our Prophet (saas) on the street, he said, "There is something extraordinary about this boy. Can you bring him to me? " After they had brought the Prophet (saas), Bahira instructed him to remove his shirt and show his back. When he saw his back, he saw the prophetic seal, he said, "In the future, the boy will become a prophet." There were many priests who had faith in him because of his extremely honest personality. They would take a look at his face and say, "It is certain." Because his honesty was the defining factor that convinced them. "He is very honest. It is certain that he will be a prophet," they would remark.
ZEYNEP BALABAN: Can angels take any shape and form?
ADNAN OKTAR: Angels usually take the form of a human. For example, they appear in the form of a handsome young man. But it is impossible to distinguish them from a real human. Here is a proof of sudden creation. An angel appears out of nowhere in the middle of a vast desert. People can deduce from this the fact that evolution does not exist. The angel has the appearance of a human being.
BÜLENT SEZGİN: God says in the verse that when angles visited the Prophet Abraham (pbuh), "...he suspected them and felt afraid of them..." (Surah Hud, 70)
ADNAN OKTAR: Yes.
Look, this is from the Torah; "Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, 'Are you for us or for our enemies?' 'Neither,' he replied, 'but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.'" He comes as the commander of God's army. He is Khidr (pbuh). This is written in the Torah. "...'I have now come.' Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, 'What message does my Lord have for his servant?' The commander of the Lord’s army replied, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.' And Joshua did so." As you know, this is also written in the Qur'an. The angel says to the Prophet Moses (pbuh), "As commander of the army of the Lord I have now come."