2Enakshi Ganguly = ""Prophet Muhammad was in solitude in the cave on Mount Hira. He was startled by the Angel of Revelation, Gabriel, the same who had come to Mary, the mother of Jesus, who seized him in a close embrace. A single word of command burst upon him: ‘Iqra’ - ‘Read!’ He said: ‘I am not able to read!’ but the command was issued twice more, each with the same response from the Prophet. Finally, he was grasped with overwhelming force by the angel. Gabriel released him, and the first ‘recitation’ of the Quran was revealed to him:
“Read in the name of your Lord who created -created man from a clot. Read: for your Lord is Most Bountiful, who teaches by the pen, teaches man that which he knew not.” (Quran 96:1-5)"Source: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/183/"
3Ben N = "Muhammed was in the habit of going off alone to a mountain cave in order to pray in solitude. On one such evening, the archangel Gabriel appeared before him, and began to recite to him the verses which became the Quran."