Allah عزوجل says in the Qur’an;
مَا كَذَبَ ٱلْفُؤَادُ مَا رَأَىٰٓ
“The ˹Prophet’s˺ heart did not lie about what he saw. “
Surah An-Najm, 53:11
Excerpt from Tafsir Ibn Kathir about this Ayah:
Allah said next,
﴿مَا كَذَبَ الْفُؤَادُ مَا رَأَى – أَفَتُمَـرُونَهُ عَلَى مَا يَرَى ﴾
(The heart lied not in what he saw. Will you then dispute with him about what he saw) Muslim recorded from Ibn `Abbas about:
﴿مَا كَذَبَ الْفُؤَادُ مَا رَأَى ﴾
(The heart lied not in what he saw), and,
﴿وَلَقَدْ رَءَاهُ نَزْلَةً أُخْرَى ﴾
(And indeed he saw him at a second descent.) “He saw Allah twice in his heart.” Simak reported a similar from
Ikrimah from IbnAbbas. Abu Salih, As-Suddi and several others said similarly that the Prophet saw Allah twice in his heart.Masruq said, “I went to
A'ishah and asked her,Did Muhammad see his Lord’ She said,
You said something that caused my hair to rise!' I said,Behold!’ and recited this Ayah,
﴿لَقَدْ رَأَى مِنْ ءَايَـتِ رَبِّهِ الْكُبْرَى ﴾
(Indeed he saw of the greatest signs of his Lord.) She said, `Where did your mind wander It was Jibril. Whoever says to you that Muhammad saw his Lord, or hid any part of what he was commanded (i.e., Allah’s Message), or knew any of the five things which only Allah knows,
﴿إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ وَيُنَزِّلُ الْغَيْثَ﴾
(Verily, Allah, with Him is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain…)(31:34), Then he invents a great lie against Allah! The Prophet only saw Jibril twice, in his original shape, once near Sidrat Al-Muntaha and another time in Ajyad (in Makkah) while Jibril had six hundred wings that covered the horizon.”’ Muslim recorded that Abu Dharr said, “I asked the Messenger of Allah , `Have you seen your Lord’ He said,
«نُورٌ أَنَّى أَرَاه»
(How can I see Him since there was a light)” In another narration, the Prophet said,
(I only saw a light.) Allah’s statement,
﴿وَلَقَدْ رَءَاهُ نَزْلَةً أُخْرَى – عِندَ سِدْرَةِ الْمُنتَهَى – عِندَهَا جَنَّةُ الْمَأْوَى ﴾
(And indeed he saw him at a second descent. Near Sidrat Al-Muntaha.) “The Messenger of Allah said,
«رَأَيْتُ جِبْرِيلَ وَلَهُ سِتُّمِائَةِ جَنَاحٍ يَنْتَثِرُ مِنْ رِيشِهِ التَّهَاوِيلُ مِنَ الدُّرِّ وَالْيَاقُوت»
(I saw Jibril while he had six hundred wings and a colorful array of pearls and rubies falling from the feathers of his wings.)” This Hadith has a good, strong chain of narration. Ahmad also recorded that
Abdullah ﴿Ibn Masud﴾ said, “The Messenger of Allah saw Jibril in his original shape while Jibril had six hundred wings, each wing covering the side of the horizon. From his wings, precious stones were dropping of which only Allah has knowledge.” This Hadith has a good chain of narration. Imam Ahmad recorded that
Abdullah bin Masud said, “The Messenger of Allah said,
«رَأَيْتُ جِبْرِيلَ عَلَى سِدْرَةِ الْمُنْتَهَى وَلَهُ سِتُّمِائَةِ جَنَاح»
(I saw Jibril over Sidrat Al-Muntaha while he had six hundred wings.)” One of the subnarrators of the Hadith asked
Asim about Jibril's wings andAsim refused to elaborate. So some of his companions were asked and one of them said, “Each wing was covering what is between the east and the west.” This Hadith has a good chain of narration. Imam Ahmad recorded that Ibn Mas`ud said that Allah’s Messenger said:
«أَتَانِي جِبْرِيلُ فِي خُضْرٍ مُعَلَّقٍ بِهِ الدُّر»
(Jibril came to me wearing green with pearls hanging down.) This Hadith has a good chain of narration. Imam Ahmad recorded that
Amir said that Masruq askedA’ishah, “O Mother of the faithful, has Muhammad seen his Lord, the Exalted and Most Honored” She said, “Glorious is Allah! My hair is standing on end because of what you said. Three matters, if one tells you about any of them, will have lied. Whoever tells you that Muhammad has seen his Lord, will have lied.” She then recited these two Ayat,
﴿لاَّ تُدْرِكُهُ الاٌّبْصَـرُ وَهُوَ يُدْرِكُ الاٌّبْصَـرَ﴾
(No vision can grasp Him, but He grasps all vision.)(6:103), and,
﴿وَمَا كَانَ لِبَشَرٍ أَن يُكَلِّمَهُ اللَّهُ إِلاَّ وَحْياً أَوْ مِن وَرَآءِ حِجَابٍ﴾
(It is not given to any human being that Allah should speak to him unless (it be) by revelation, or from behind a veil.)(42:51) She went one, “And whoever tells you that Muhammad knew what the morrow will bring, will have uttered a lie.” She then recited,
﴿إِنَّ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ عِلْمُ السَّاعَةِ وَيُنَزِّلُ الْغَيْثَ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا فِى الاٌّرْحَامِ﴾
(Verily, Allah, with Him is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs.)(31:34) `A’ishah said, “And whoever tells you that Muhammad has hidden any part of the Message will have lied,” and she then recited this Ayah,
﴿يَـأَيُّهَا الرَّسُولُ بَلِّغْ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ﴾
(O Messenger proclaim which has been sent down to you from your Lord.)(5:67).She went one, “However, he saw Jibril twice in his original shape.” Imam Ahmad also recorded that Masruq said, “I asked
A'ishah,Did not Allah say,
﴿وَلَقَدْ رَءَاهُ بِالاٍّفُقِ الْمُبِينِ ﴾
(And indeed he saw him in the clear horizon.)(81:23), and,
﴿وَلَقَدْ رَءَاهُ نَزْلَةً أُخْرَى ﴾
(And indeed he saw him at a second descent)’ She said, `I was the first among this Ummah to ask Allah’s Messenger about it. He said,
«إِنَّمَا ذَاكَ جِبْرِيل»
(That was Jibril.) He only saw him twice in his actual and real figure. He saw Jibril descend from heaven to earth and was so huge that he covered the whole horizon between the sky and earth.)”’ This Hadith is recorded in the Two Sahihs via Ash-Sha`bi.
Tafsir Ibn Kathir
If one thinks deeply about this ayah it will become enough proof to show the importance of following the Qur’an and Sunnah strictly, if Allah Wills. While there are many who claim to be Muslim of those are some who deviate from the path of Islam due to their belief that there are other systems that are beneficial and complementary.
This can be evidenced in those Muslims practicing deviant forms of spirituality including Buddhist meditations, the using of stones in healing and worship, worshiping the graves, and praising ancestors who were upon disbelief. There are also Muslims who celebrate paganistic holidays and events like birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Muslims who participate in these acts and events are in essence saying that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was a liar, May Allah forgive us.
However, this ayah shows the purity of his (Prophet Muhammad’sﷺ) heart and that He not only received revelation from Allah through angel Jabril but that his (Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) heart actually saw him (Jabril). and it (his heart) did not lie.
Allah says in The Qur’an:
وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ ٱلْإِسْلَـٰمِ دِينًۭا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِى ٱلْـَٔاخِرَةِ مِنَ ٱلْخَـٰسِرِينَ
كَيْفَ يَهْدِى ٱللَّهُ قَوْمًۭا كَفَرُوا۟ بَعْدَ إِيمَـٰنِهِمْ وَشَهِدُوٓا۟ أَنَّ ٱلرَّسُولَ حَقٌّۭ وَجَآءَهُمُ ٱلْبَيِّنَـٰتُ ۚ وَٱللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِى ٱلْقَوْمَ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ
أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ جَزَآؤُهُمْ أَنَّ عَلَيْهِمْ لَعْنَةَ ٱللَّهِ وَٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةِ وَٱلنَّاسِ أَجْمَعِينَ
خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيهَا لَا يُخَفَّفُ عَنْهُمُ ٱلْعَذَابُ وَلَا هُمْ يُنظَرُونَ
إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ تَابُوا۟ مِنۢ بَعْدِ ذَٰلِكَ وَأَصْلَحُوا۟ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٌۭ رَّحِيمٌ
“Whoever seeks a way other than Islam, it will never be accepted from them, and in the Hereafter they will be among the losers.
How will Allah guide a people who chose to disbelieve after they had believed, acknowledged the Messenger to be true, and received clear proofs? For Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.
Their reward is that they will be condemned by Allah, the angels, and all of humanity.
They will be in Hell forever. Their punishment will not be lightened, nor will they be delayed ˹from it˺.
As for those who repent afterwards and mend their ways, then surely Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
Surah Ali Imran, 3:85-89
May Allah guide us. Ameen.