appeared as a trace that he went into periodically. He accepted these experiences as a
direct communion with God that no other human being could have. He claimed to talk with
the angel Gabriel and with God (Allah) himself, who he states appointed him as His final
Prophet. Mohammed spoke of the Koran as the Word of God, given to him for all humanity for
the rest of history until the Day of the Final Judgment. Mohammed always referred to
himself as the Prophet and servant of God. At his death he spoke of going to Heaven, not
of merging into the formless Divine.
not speak of the Self or Atman or make statements like "I am God (aham
Brahmasmi)," the hallmark of Self-realized sages. According to orthodox Islam no
individual should proclaim "I am God," which is a delusion. God and the
individual are different and the individual should never arrogate realization of God to
himself. For saying this the ninth century Sufi Al-Hallaj was cut into pieces and thrown
into a river by other Muslims. The reason is because Mohammed, the greatest and final
Prophet, did not say this and for a Muslim to claim even what Mohammed did not, would be
blasphemy of the greatest order.
Mohammed does speak of various mystical experiences, including communication with spirits,
fighting with devils, and the descent of Divine grace and power. He speaks of effacement
into Allah, but God or Allah as the Creator is the supreme term.