Excerpt: The traditional interpretation holds that on the Night of Power, the entirety of the Holy Qur’ān as a Scripture including all of its chapters and verses were ‘sent down’ to the lowest heaven and that the Angel Gabriel then began dictating this ‘text’ to the Prophet Muḥammad over twenty-three years. But this is merely the exoteric interpretation which is based on subjective assumptions and not actually supported by the Qur’ān itself.
Our previous post demonstrates that on this Night, the Prophet was not merely told to “Read: In the Name of your Lord”, but rather, he was already engaged in the spiritual practice of invocation (dhikru’llāh) – alluded to in the first revelation of the Qur’ān which properly reads: “Recite the Name of your Lord” (iqrā’ bi-smi rabbika).
On the Night of Power, the Prophet Muḥammad underwent a spiritual and mystical experience. The celestial power which granted him this experience is called the Holy Spirit which – as Ṣūrah al-Qadr states – descended in the Night of Power
Click here to read at the source: ismailignosis.com – Ismā‘īlī Gnosis.