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53:8 Then he (Gabriel) approached And came closer

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Then he approached and came closer,

Narrated Masruq:

I asked Aisha “What about His Statement:– “Then he (Gabriel) approached And came closer, And was at a distance Of but two bow-lengths Or (even) nearer?” (53.8-9) She replied, “It was Gabriel who used to come to the Prophet (ﷺ) in the figure of a man, but on that occasion, he came in his actual and real figure and (he was so huge) that he covered the whole horizon.”

References:

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 3235
In-book reference : Book 59, Hadith 46
USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 4, Book 54, Hadith 458
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